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Honda Fit and Toyota Prius top Consumer Reports' new-car best value list

Posted Sunday, March 21, 2010

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Annual auto issue names best and worst new-car best values in eight categories

Yonkers, NY — The Honda Fit and the Toyota Prius topped the list of new-car best values according to Consumer Reports’ 2010 Annual Auto Issue beating out more than 280 cars in eight categories.

The Honda Fit and the Toyota Prius each earned a value score of 2.08 and provided the best overall value despite being very different cars. Scores are expressed in relation to the value of the average vehicle (designated 1.00). A score of 2.00 represents twice the value of the average model.

While the Prius IV ($26,750) is more expensive than the Honda Fit ($16,020) and has a higher cost per mile (47 cents vs. 42), the Prius performed notably better in Consumer Reports’ battery of road tests, earning a score of 80 versus the Fit’s 68. Both cars have excellent reliability.

“A low price doesn’t always equal a good value,” said Rik Paul, automotive editor at Consumer Reports. “Our best value list can help consumers choose a car that will give them the best bang for the buck.”

To determine which cars are the best values, Consumer Reports looked at a combination of performance, utility, and reliability for the money, considering total owner costs over the first five-years. The better a car performs in Consumer Reports’ road tests and reliability Ratings and the less it costs to own, the greater its value.

Consumer Reports identified the best and worst values among the hundreds of vehicles it has tested in eight vehicle categories:

BEST VALUE WORST VALUE

Small Cars
Honda Fit - Chevrolet Aveo5 1LT

Family Cars
Toyota Prius IV - Dodge Avenger R/T (3.5, V6)

Wagons/Minivans

Hyundai Elantra Touring Dodge Grand Caravan SXT (3.8)

Small SUVs

Subaru Forester 2.5x Dodge Nitro SLT (3.7)

Midsized SUVs

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

Upscale Sedans

Acura TSX (4-cyl.) Dodge Charger R/T (V8)

Luxury Sedans

Infiniti M35 (RWD) Mercedes-Benz S550

Sporty Cars

Mini Cooper Chrysler-Sebring Convertible Limited

The full report on best and worst new-car values as well as testing notes, top picks, best and worst performers and Ratings of the car makers are included in the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Issue on newsstands beginning March 2 and online at www.ConsumerReports.org.

Consumer Reports has no commercial relationship with any advertiser or sponsor appearing on this newspaper's web site.

 
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