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Best Cars for the Money
February 20, 2014If you're in the market for a new car, of course you're going to want a vehicle that is not only a great value, but also features top marks in performance, comfort and reliability.
Lucky for you, US News has recently announced the winners of its 2014 Best Cars for the Money awards. Each year, they recognize the top cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs that are the total package by looking at not just the monetary value, but each vehicle's performance, interior features and comfort, reliability and safety ratings.
This year's winners include the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Santa Fe, Lexus RX 350, and Toyota Tacoma. See below for a full list of winners.
If you're considering any of these award-winning cars, remember to use TrueCar to find local dealers who are most willing to negotiate on these vehicles.
|Subcompact Car||Ford Fiesta|
|Compact Car||Mazda Mazda3|
|Upscale Small Car||Volkswagen GTI|
|Midsize Car||Toyota Camry|
|Upscale Midsize Car||Chevrolet Volt|
|Large Car||Chevrolet Impala|
|Hybrid Car||Ford Fusion Hybrid|
|Sports Car||Scion FR-S|
|Wagon||Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen|
|Compact SUV||Honda CR-V|
|Luxury Compact SUV||Acura RDX|
|2-Row Midsize SUV||Ford Edge|
|3-Row Midsize SUV||Hyundai Santa Fe|
|Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV||Lexus RX 350|
|Luxury 3-Row Midsize SUV||Acura MDX|
|Large SUV||Chevrolet Tahoe|
|Hybrid SUV||Lexus RX Hybrid|
|Compact Pickup Truck||Toyota Tacoma|
|Full Size Pickup Truck||Ram 1500|
3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum MoneyThe key to getting the best deal is to gather price or lease bids from as many local dealers as possible. Then shop that best price around until no one can beat it. Here are the steps:
Step 1 Get Prices From My Trusted NetworkSelect the vehicle you're interested in to see if there are local dealers in my network who will provide you with their best upfront price. You will get direct access to an internet sales manager who you can further negotiate with online (no need to visit dealership).
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Step 2 Get Prices From TrueCar / CarsDirectTrueCar, 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 ChecklistFollow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
- Gregg Fidan
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About The AuthorGregg 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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