One of the most influential and trusted sources for car rankings and reviews, U.S. News & World Report, has announced the 2012 Best Cars for the Money Awards. These awards help car buyers navigate a confusing automotive market by identifying vehicles that offer the best value for the money and that best incorporate the features today’s car buyers are looking for.
The Best Cars for the Money Awards cover 23 categories, including cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans. Each category has a single winner. The awards combine U.S. news Best Cars rankings with the average price paid and five-year total cost of ownership. The award-winning vehicles have the best combination of praise from car reviewers, lower upfront costs, and lower long-term ownership costs than their competition.
The 23 winners come from 12 different brands, showing that no single car company has a lock on value. Fourteen of the 22 winners are cars that have been introduced or significantly redesigned in the last three years.
Ford took home the most awards, with five of their vehicles earning awards. Chevrolet and Mazda each took home three awards. This year’s awards also saw some new brands emerge as winners with the 2012 Subaru Outback, Audi Q5, and Jeep Wrangler all being first-time winners.
“You don’t have to choose between a great car and a great value,” said Jamie Page Deaton, Managing Editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “The award-winning vehicles are both easy to live with and easy to afford.”
We’ve put together a list of the winners below and you can find them all in your area here on CarLocate.com.
For a complete list of winners visit U.S. News Best Cars.
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