U.S. News Cars Names ‘Best Car for the Money’ 2011 Award Winners

January 25, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/U.S. News Cars released today its third annual Best Car for the Money awards, available online at http://usnews.com/cars-money.

These awards recognize 18 vehicles that earn the highest marks for overall value and appeal within their respective categories. To select the award winners, U.S. News has combined its newly released 2011 car rankings with total cost of ownership data provided by TrueCar.com.

The winners of the 2011 Best Car for the Money awards are listed below:

    Subcompact Cars:        Ford Fiesta
    Compact Cars:           Honda Civic
    Hatchbacks:             Honda Fit
    Midsize Cars:           Chevrolet Malibu
    Family Sedans:          Ford Taurus
    Upscale Compact Cars:   Volkswagen GTI
    Upscale Sedans:         Buick Regal
    Hybrid Cars:            Toyota Prius
    Sports Cars:            Mazda MX-5 Miata
    Compact Crossover/       Mitsubishi
     SUVs:                   Outlander Sport
    Midsize Crossover/
     SUVs:                  Chevrolet Traverse
    Full Size SUVs:         Chevrolet Tahoe
    Luxury Compact
     Crossover/SUVs:        Infiniti EX35
    Luxury Midsize
     Crossover/SUVs:        Lexus RX 350
    Minivans:               Kia Sedona
                             Hyundai Elantra
    Wagons:                  Touring
    Compact Pickup Trucks:  Suzuki Equator
    Full Size Pickup         Chevrolet
     Trucks:                 Silverado 1500

“The most intriguing thing about the award winners is how diverse they are,” said Jamie Page Deaton, Managing Editor for U.S. News Cars. “No single automaker has a lock on long-term value. In fact, there are a number of surprising winners that should be on the short list of any new car buyer.”

The U.S. News car rankings provide an unbiased comparison of each vehicle to its competitors, helping shoppers identify the best cars in each category. Rankings are based primarily on the balanced, diverse opinions of hundreds of professional auto critics, which are blended together to create a consensus about each car.

TrueCar data is among the most timely and comprehensive in the industry, providing average transaction prices over the past 30 days and five-year total cost of ownership including depreciation, maintenance and insurance.

“Consumers should be aware that the purchase price is only one factor to consider when buying a vehicle,” said Jesse Toprak, Vice President of Industry Trends and Insights at TrueCar.com. “Knowing the five-year ownership cost can really help understand the long-term value of a vehicle.”

Combining this data with U.S. News car rankings allows each model to be compared by its overall appeal for the money.

For complete information about this year’s Best Car for the Money winners and the awards methodology, visit http://usnews.com/cars-money . For more information about the total cost of ownership and other related data, visit truecar.com.

About the U.S. News Media Group

U.S. News is a multi-platform publisher of www.usnews.com, www.rankingsandreviews.com and the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine. Focusing on Health, Finance, Education, Politics/Opinion, Travel and Automotive, the U.S. News Media Group has earned a reputation as the leading provider of information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News Media Group’s signature franchises include its “Americas Best” series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, automobiles, mutual funds, travel destinations, hospitals and more.

About TrueCar.com

TrueCar is the authority in new car prices, showing car buyers and car dealers how much people actually paid for a particular car in a specific local area. With TrueCar pricing, both new car buyers and new car dealers can know at any time what is considered a good or great price on a new car. Consumers no longer need to walk into a dealership partially informed and fully suspicious – using TrueCar they walk in knowing the price of a fair deal. Dealers benefit by TrueCar’s real-time, unbiased information about marketplace pricing, helping them price cars for increased sales, and ultimately gaining market share over other dealers.

SOURCE U.S. News Cars

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