U.S. News and World Report ranks the best vehicles by taking into consideration quality, features, and long-term value. Data is collected by looking at safety ratings, reliability and aggregating car, truck and SUV reviews from all the major automotive media outlets. Long-term value is measured by the average price paid for the vehicle calculated by TrueCar.com and the vehicle’s five-year total cost of ownership is provided by Vincentric, LLC .
Here are this year’s “Best Cars for the Money” winners organized by category. Honda leads the pack with the most winners in six categories, eight if you include the two Acura vehicles that won best upscale midsize car and best luxury 3-row SUV. Next in line is Toyota/Lexus with four winners covering the best hybrid SUV, best wagon, best luxury compact SUV, and best midsize car categories.
2016 Best Cars for the Money:
2016 Honda Fit – best subcompact and hatchback
2016 Honda Civic – best compact car
2016 Audi A3 – best upscale car
2016 Toyota Camry – best midsize car
2016 Acura TLX – best upscale midsize car
2016 Chevrolet Impala – best large car (finalists: Toyota Avalon and Avalon Hybrid)
2016 Ford Fusion – best hybrid car
2016 Toyota Prius V – best wagon (finalists: Ford C-Max Hybrid, Subaru Outback)
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata – best sports car
2016 Best SUVs and Minivans:
2016 Honda HR-V – best subcompact SUV
2016 BMW X1 – best luxury subcompact SUV
2016 Hyundai Tucson – best compact SUV
2016 Lexus NX – best luxury compact SUV
2016 Nissan Murano – best 2-row SUV (finalist: Ford Edge)
2016 Lincoln MKX – best luxury 2-row SUV
2016 Honda Pilot – best 3-row SUV
2016 Acura MDX – best luxury 3-row SUV
2016 Chevrolet Traverse – best large SUV
2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid – best hybrid SUV
2016 Honda Odyssey – best minivan
2016 Best Trucks:
2016 Ram 1500 – best fullsize truck
2016 Chevrolet Colorado – best compact truck
Complete list of winners can be found at http://usnews.com/cars-money.
The Audi A3 won ‘best upscale car’ for the money for its value and quality. In this TFLcar video, Nathan proves the A3 quattro is also a strong performer in the snow.