Consumer Reports names best, worst new car values
Toyota Prius named best long-term buy
SAN ANTONIO – When it comes to buying a car, there's the price you pay up front and the long-term value.
"Just because a car is cheap to buy, doesn't make it a good value," said Rik Paul of Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports crunched the numbers on more than 200 new cars and named some good and poor values.
They named the Toyota Prius the best value because it gets 44 miles to the gallon and has outstanding reliability.
They found the Nissan Armada to be the worst value because it costs more than $55,000, gets 13 miles to the gallon and didn't score well on the test track.
At about $15,000, the Nissan Versa is an economical car. But Consumer Reports called it a poor choice.
"The Honda Fit costs a little more, but it's a better value," Paul said. "It's more fun to drive, it's more reliable and it's cheaper to own."
The Subaru Forester costs $2,000 more than the Hyundai Tucson, but Consumer Reports said the Forester is the better value.
"Our value score is based on a car's five-year ownership cost when you take everything into account, including insurance, fuel, depreciation and so on," Paul said. "Then, we factor in how a car performs and how likely it is to have problems."
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