Best Cars for the Money Awards 2012
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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.
Subcompact and hatchback: Ford Fiesta
High-tech interior options make the 2012 Ford Fiesta feel like a luxury car, not a compact.
Compact car: Chevrolet Cruze
The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is the Best Compact Car for the Money because it has a very roomy cabin for a small, inexpensive car, an upscale feelfor the price, and its ECO trim has excellent fuel economy.
Upscale small car: Volkswagen GTI
The 2012 Volkswagen GTI combines comfortable passenger space and lots of cargo room with fun performance.
Affordable midsize car: Ford Fusion
The 2012 Ford Fusion won because it has performance that isn’t boring (which is rare for a midsize car), an upscale interior, comfortable passenger space, and available all-wheel drive.
Affordable large car: Ford Taurus
The Best Large Car for the Money, the 2012 Ford Taurus has available high-tech interior features, including SYNC, and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.