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2012 Best Cars for the Money

Best Cars for the Money 2012

Looking for a great car that’s also a great value? We can help.

The 2012 U.S. News Best Cars for the Money Awards help you navigate a confusing automotive market by identifying cars that hit quality and value from all sides. The awards combine the U.S. News Best Cars rankings with the average price paid and five-year total cost of ownership data from TrueCar.com. The award-winning vehicles have the best combination of praise from car reviewers, lower upfront costs and lower long-term ownership costs than their competition. The winners aren’t just good cars or good values. They’re both.

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The Winners

The awards cover 23 automotive categories, and the 12 winning brands (split evenly between domestic brands and imports) illustrate that no single car company has a lock on value. Fourteen of the 22 winners are cars that have been introduced or significantly redesigned in the last three years, demonstrating that newer models offer good long-term value, and with the freshest technology and styling, they’re more fun to own.

Ford took home the most awards, with five of its models selected as winners in six categories. Ford wins include the Ford Taurus, Ford Fusion, Ford Fiesta, Ford Edge and Ford Fusion Hybrid. Chevrolet and Mazda took home three awards each.

This year’s awards also saw some new brands emerge as winners. The 2012 Subaru Outback, Audi Q5 and Jeep Wrangler are all first-time winners.

You do not have to choose between a great car and a great value. The 2012 U.S. News Best Cars for the Money Awards highlight cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans that are both easy to live with and easy to afford. 

See photos of the 2012 Best Cars for the Money and also check out the U.S. News Best Car Rankings for a complete list of the best cars on the market. If you want a great deal on a new car, check out this month's Best Car Deals.