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U.S. News Announces 2012 Best Cars for the Money Awards

January 11, 2012

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. News Best Cars, one of the most influential and trusted sources for car rankings and reviews, today announced the 2012 Best Cars for the Money Awards, featured at http://usnews.com/cars-money. The awards help everyday car buyers navigate a confusing automotive market by identifying vehicles that offer the biggest bang for the buck and that best incorporate the features today’s car buyers want.

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The awards cover 23 automotive categories, including cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans. Each category has a single winner. The awards, and the Best Cars website, are published by U.S. News & World Report, which has a long history of helping Americans make the best choices when it comes to higher education, hospitals and more. More than 20 million people have visited U.S. News Best Cars in the past year alone.

“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. With twelve brands winning at least one award, it’s clear that a wide range of automakers are in tune with Americans’ desire for a solid value,” continued Page Deaton. “Additionally, 14 of the winners have been introduced or significantly redesigned in the last three years, demonstrating that newer models can offer good long-term value. And with the freshest technology and styling, they’re more fun to own.”


    CATEGORY                            WINNER
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    Affordable Compact SUVs - 2 row     2012 Chevrolet Equinox
    Affordable Compact SUVs - 3 row     2012 Toyota RAV4
    Affordable Large Cars               2012 Ford Taurus
    Affordable Large SUVs               2012 Chevrolet Suburban
    Affordable Midsize Cars             2012 Ford Fusion
    Affordable Midsize SUVs - 2 row     2012 Ford Edge
    Affordable Midsize SUVs - 3 row     2012 Mazda CX-9
    Affordable Small Cars - Compact     2012 Chevrolet Cruze
    Affordable Small Cars - Subcompact  2012 Ford Fiesta
    Affordable Sports Cars              2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata
    Compact Pickup Trucks               2012 Toyota Tacoma
    Full Size Pickup Trucks             2012 Ram 1500
    Hatchbacks                          2012 Ford Fiesta
    Hybrid Cars                         2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid
    Hybrid SUVs                         2012 Lexus RX Hybrid
    Luxury Compact SUVs                 2012 Audi Q5
    Luxury Large SUVs                   2012 Cadillac Escalade
    Luxury Midsize SUVs                 2012 Lexus RX 350
    Minivans                            2012 Mazda Mazda5
    Off-Road SUVs                       2012 Jeep Wrangler
    Upscale Midsize Cars                2012 Buick Regal
    Upscale Small Cars                  2012 Volkswagen GTI
    Wagons                              2012 Subaru Outback


The Best Cars for the Money Awards are geared towards helping everyday car buyers navigate a confusing new car market. The awards methodology combines quality and value data into a composite score. Within each of 23 categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the Best Car for the Money in that category. Quality is measured by the overall score a vehicle receives in the U.S. News car rankings. The rankings, updated monthly at http://www.usnews.com/cars, compare cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of industry experts’ opinions. Value is measured by a combination of a vehicle’s five-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle at the time the awards are published, as calculated by TrueCar.com.


  • The diversity of the award winners illustrates that no single car company has a “lock” on value. Overall, domestic brands edged out imports 13 to 10 with award-winning vehicles.
  • Ford took home the most awards. Five of its models were selected as winners: Ford Taurus, Ford Fusion, Ford Fiesta, Ford Edge and Ford Fusion Hybrid.
  • For 2012, three brands emerged as winners for the first time: Subaru for its Outback, Audi for its Q5, and Jeep for its Wrangler.
  • 14 of the winners were introduced or significantly redesigned in the past three years, showing that newer models can offer good value while also providing the latest features that consumers want.


Since 2007, U.S. News Best Cars, part of U.S. News & World Report, has published rankings of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. on its website. Best Cars is one of the most influential and trusted sources of car advice, with more than 20 million people visiting in 2011. Each year, U.S. News publishes the Best Cars awards, including Best Cars for the Money and Best Cars for Families.

U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and analysis, which includes the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, www.usnews.com, and www.rankingsandreviews.com. Focusing on Health, Money, Education, Travel, Cars, and Public Service/Opinion, U.S. News & World Report has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News & World Report’s signature franchise includes its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its “Best” series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, cars, mutual funds, health plans and more.

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