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U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Cars for the Money

2014 Ford Fiesta Best Subcompact Car for the Money2014 Ford Fiesta Best Subcompact Car for the Money

If you are in the market for a new auto recommendations from experts can be very helpful in determining which vehicles to test drive and consider.  U.S. News & World Report recently released their annual “Best Cars for the Money” report that focuses on comparing the average purchase price and overall cost of ownership with automotive press reviews regarding performance, interior, reliability, and safety. Vehicles were ranked and winners were selected for 10 categories in cars, 9 categories of SUV or minivans, and 2 truck categories.

Here are the highlights:

Best Subcompact Car for the Money– Ford Fiesta Starting at just $14,100 and offering 40 mpg highway it’s easy to see why the Ford Fiesta tops the list of subcompact cars for value. In 2014 the Fiesta’s exterior was updated and interior features include tech and entertainment options not offered by competitors in this class.

Best Midsize Car – Toyota Camry This midsize passenger car starts at just $22,235 and includes a host of standard features. The Camry is known for reliability and comfort along with impressive fuel economy bringing the overall cost of ownership down.

Best Large Car – Chevrolet Impala The Impala offers 3 different engines, including one with an estimated 35 mpg highway. Competing in the near-luxury segment, Impala delivers comfort and many options in a sporty, large passenger car priced well below many rivals.

Best Sports Car – Scion FRS As one of only a few cars that still offer a manual transmission the FRS was designed to be fun to drive and comes in just below $25K.

Best Wagon – Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen The Jetta Sportwagen has 32.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and will comfortably carry up to 5 passengers. The rear seats split 60/40 for greater versatility allowing for up to 66.9 cubic feet of cargo.

Best Compact SUV – Honda CR-V For less than $23K the Honda C-V is a practical compact SUV with great connectivity and safety features as well as impressive fuel economy.

Best 2 Row Midsize SUV – Ford Edge Aggressive styling, 285 hp, and passenger comfort are just a few of the features that pushed the Edge to the top of the midsize SUV list.

Best Luxury 3 Row Midsize SUV – Acura MDX Redesigned for 2014 the MDX now has  a light truck chassis to reduce weight by 275 pounds and improve both handling and efficiency. All trim levels are well equipped with safety and entertainment features.

Best Large SUV – Chevrolet Tahoe One of the largest SUVs available, the Tahoe includes seating for up to 8 and towing for up to 8,500 pounds. Safety features abound and the Tahoe has been praised for its quiet interior.

Best Minivan – Mazda Mazda5 Seating for 6 and an estimated 28 mpg highway along with a base price right at $20K make this a great option for families looking for passenger capacity and a vehicle they can parallel park in the city. The Mazda5 also offers more sporty handling than most minivans.

Best Full Size Truck – Ram 1500 – The Ram 1500 is offered in multiple configurations with 3 different available cabs and 3 different bed sizes as well along with multiple engine choices including the 5.7L Hemi V8.

If you want to see the winners from all 21 categories check out the full report on U.S. News & World Report here. If you’re ready to start shopping for your own winning vehicle let AutoBuying101.com help you find the best deal on a new auto and match you up with a dealer so you can get what you want faster.