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Honda Tops Annual Best Cars for the Money List

Japanese maker captures six categories.

by on Feb.09, 2016

The Honda Fit comes with plenty of safety features and versatility making it a 2016 Best Car for the Money category winner.

Buying a new car or truck is a big investment … an investment of the worst kind since typically you lose thousands of dollars once you drive it off the lot. So it’s important that if you’re going to drop big cash like that, getting your money’s worth is vital.

If that’s a factory in your buying process, then, according to a recent survey by U.S. News & World Report, you need to start with a Honda. The magazine released its 2016 U.S. News Best Cars for the Money awards covering 23 automotive categories. Each award highlights a single vehicle in each class that provides consumers with the best combination of quality and value.

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The Honda brand captured six awards – the most awards won by a single brand in the last five years – include Best Compact Car, Subcompact Car and Minivan for the Money. (more…)

The 21 Best Cars for the Money

Great cars aren’t always a great deal.

by on Feb.12, 2014

The 2014 Ford Fiesta was one of U.S. News' Best Cars for the Money this year.

With and more cars, trucks and crossovers flooding the market each year it seems like buyers have an almost endless list of choices. And today’s cars are increasingly well-equipped, with even base models adding air conditioning, satellite radio, keyless entry and electronic stability control – features that would’ve been available only on more upscale products a few years back.

But while there are plenty of great cars they aren’t always a great deal. So, the editors at U.S. News set out to find the new models that are not only feature-laden but also are both critically well-reviewed and offer a great value for the money. They’ve come up with a list of 21 that qualify as the Best Cars for the Money among 2014 models.

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“Finding a great car that’s also a great deal is a challenge,” said Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “Our awards are designed to help consumers identify great value cars that have also received critical acclaim and high safety and reliability scores. A good value car doesn’t have to be boring – cars with the latest features, great performance and comfortable interiors can also be smart financial choices.” (more…)

Ford, Hyundai Seen as “Value” Leaders by New Study

Japanese leaders chided for missing market trends.

by on Jan.25, 2011

The Hyundai Sonata delivers the highest score ever in the annual Total Value Index.

When asked who delivers the most value for the money, some of the traditional Japanese favorites are losing ground, according to a new study by California-based Strategic Vision, which notably found that Ford Motor Co. has surged ahead of American Honda for the first time.

Volkswagen still tops the charts in the firm’s annual Total Value Index, but in another surprising shift, the new 2011 Hyundai Sonata sedan delivered the highest score ever recorded the 14 years of the TVI study.

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Ford’s ascent echoes the findings of a number of other recent reports which have praised the Detroit maker’s quality, reliability and features.

“Ford Motor Corporation’s ranking ahead of American Honda Motor is quite an accomplishment, especially considering that just eight years ago they ranked last among all corporations,” emphasized Strategic Vision’s Vice President Christopher Chaney.  “Ford Fusion ranked first among the popular midsize cars, and Ford also had class leaders with Lincoln MKT, Flex, F150 and F250/350.”