Best & worst values

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

Last updated: February 2014

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, small cars and sedans provide the best bang for the buck.

Our list (shown in rank order) below highlights models that offer the best or worst combination of performance, utility, and reliability for the money, considering all owner costs over a five-year period. All have an automatic transmission, except where noted, and typical options. Best values are all recommended.

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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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