Consumer Reports has released its best and worst values for 2011 vehicles, and some of the results may surprise you.
Vehicles were ranked according to reliability, five-year owner costs and road test scores. CR then determined the cars with the best value according to price.
From the article:
A low sticker price doesn’t mean a car will be a good value in the long run. It could turn out to be a big disappointment and a waste of money because of depreciation, reliability, and other factors.
Among small SUVs, for example, you might be tempted to buy the Jeep Liberty Sport ($26,060) rather than the V6 Toyota RAV4 Limited ($30,328), thinking you’ll save more than $4,000. But the RAV4 is one of our top-rated SUVs, has had excellent reliability, and gets some of the best gas mileage in its class. By contrast, the Liberty rates at the bottom of its category, has had below-average reliability, and gulps a lot more fuel. Moreover, despite its lower sticker price, our analysis shows the Jeep could cost you thousands of dollars more to own over the first five years. Overall, the RAV4 is a much better value.
You’ll need to be a CR subscriber to get the whole list, but here are some of the best value highlights:
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Which cars do you think have the best value? Which have the worst?
– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter