U.S. News Picks 2018 Best Cars For The Money

U.S. News & World Report is handing out its 2018 Best Cars for the Money awards. The awards cover vehicles in 14 categories and vehicles are judged on a combination of quality and value.

Honda earned four of the awards this year, the most of any automaker.

“Honda has a well-earned reputation for quality,” says Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “The winners show that the brand goes above and beyond when it comes to offering smart tech features, comfortable day-to-day performance and great utility. Each of Honda’s winners also has a good reliability rating, so buyers can enjoy their new car worry-free, with fewer repairs to help keep ownership costs low.”

Toyota and its luxury brand, Lexus, each drove off with two awards, as did Honda’s luxury brand, Acura, and Korean automaker Kia. This is the second consecutive win for both of Kia’s models, the Soul and the Sorento. The Audi A3 is the only model from a European brand to make the cut and the Ford Edge the only winner from a domestic automaker.

The Lexus RX 350 is winning a Best Car for the Money award for the ninth time.

2018 Best Cars for the Money Highlights:

  • Compact Car – 2018 Kia Soul
  • Compact SUV – 2018 Honda CR-V
  • Midsized Car – 2018 Toyota Camry
  • Luxury Small Car – 2018 Audi 3
  • Luxury 3-row SUV – 2018 Acura MDX
  • Minivan – 2018 Honda Odyssey
  • Luxury 2-Row SUV - 2018 Lexus RX350

For the full set of winners and finalists click here.

How Winners Are Chosen

The Best Cars for the Money methodology combines quality and value data into a composite score. Within each of the 14 categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the Best Car for the Money in that category. Quality is measured by the overall score a vehicle achieved in the U.S. News car rankings at the time the awards are calculated. The rankings, updated regularly, compare cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of industry experts’ opinions. Value is measured by a combination of a vehicle’s five-year total cost of ownership provided by Vincentric, LLC and the average price paid for the vehicle at the time the awards are tabulated, as calculated by TrueCar.

Photo Credit: Honda
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