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The Best "Bang for Your Buck" Cars

If you're looking for value in your next vehicle, then take note -- Consumer Reports has recently released their list of new cars with the best and worst value for the "automotive dollar."

For the second year in a row, the Toyota Prius was named the best overall value due to its combination of performance, reliability and low estimated five-year ownership costs of 47 cents per mile.

On the flipside is the Nissan Armada, which tops this year's worst list due to its low overall gas mileage and reliability, costing car owners $1.20 per miles to own.

All the scores were reportedly calculated based on the five-year ownership cost for each vehicle, plus Consumer Reports' road-test scores and predicated reliability scores.

If you're considering adding any of these top value picks to your garage, make sure to use the free to get the biggest discounts on these vehicles. And be sure to check out TrueCar Pre-Negotiated Prices to compare real prices where you live.

Compact/Subcompact CarsToyota Prius FourVolkswagen Beetle 2.5L
Midsized CarsSubaru Legacy 2.5i PremiumNissan Altima 3.5 SL
Large CarsToyota Avalon Hybrid LimitedFord Taurus Limited
Luxury CarsLexus ES 300hBMW 750Li
Sports Cars/ConvertiblesMazda MX-5 Miata Grand TouringChevrolet Camaro Convertible 2SS (V8)
Wagons/MinivansMazda5 Grand TouringChrysler Town & Country Touring-L
Small SUVsSubaru Forester 2.5i PremiumFord Escape SE (1.6T)
Midsized SUVsNissan Murano SLJeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
Luxury/Large SUVsBMW X1 xDrive28iNissan Armada Platinum
PickupsHonda Ridgeline RTSFord F-250 Lariat (6.7L V8)

3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum Money

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Step 2 Get Prices From TrueCar / CarsDirect

TrueCar, and CarsDirect are my top 2 online price quote recommendations. These services show you pre-negotiated prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually pretty decent. But remember, you can still negotiate further.

Step 3 Complete my Checklist

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About The Author

Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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