Best & worst car values

Vehicles that provide the best bang for the buck and those that are costly

Last updated: February 2015

We think that real value is not necessarily how much you spend but what you get for your money. Vehicles that are reliable, perform well, and don't cost much to own represent the best values. Overall, midsized sedans provide the best bang for the buck.

Our list (shown in rank order) below highlights models the highest and lowest value scores overall. Value scores are calculated based on a model’s five-year cost per mile, road-test score, and predicted-reliability score.

Best Worst
Toyota Camry Hybrid Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Honda Accord (4-cyl.) Fiat 500L
Toyota Camry (4-cyl.)

Mercedes-Benz S550

Subaru Legacy 2.5i BMW 750Li
Subaru Forester 2.5i

Toyota Tacoma (V6)

Learn more about new-car value scores and see our full list in our report.

Best and worst new cars

See our best and worst section to help filter down your purchase considerations including best new cars under $25K, best cars for fuel economy, best cars for comfort, and most fun to drive.


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