The Best Cars (and Trucks) for the Buck
Consumers always seem to be overly focused on getting a great price for their purchases. But if you get a great deal on a pair of designer shoes, and you don’t wear them because they hurt your feet, were they really a good deal?
The same thing applies to shopping for a new car. “You can cut an amazing deal, but it’s not an amazing deal if you hate the car,” says Mike Quincy, an automotive specialist at Consumer Reports. “If it’s noisy, or you don’t fit in it comfortably, or it uses too much gas, it’s not a great deal.” As much as I love the looks of the Chevy Camaro, for instance, I would never buy it because the doors are too heavy and wide and they tend to smack into adjacent vehicles.
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Think about how long you’re going to keep the car. If you plan on trading it in in a few years, you’ll want to make sure it will hold its value. On the other hand, if you’re planning to drive your car into the ground, depreciation doesn’t matter after a while.
Hyundai Santa Fe
Reliability history is derived from Consumer Reports’ survey of 8 million subscribers, who evaluate their car’s performance over 12 months. It does not include the separate performance ratings assigned to vehicles by Consumer Reports’ own test drivers. Sometimes a car with proven reliability, like the