U.S. News Best Cars for the Money

US NewsFord Motor Co. dominated this year’s list of best cars for the money from U.S. News & World Report.

The Dearborn automaker had six of the 21 best “cars for the money” based on the opinion of the automotive press, interior features, and comfort and reliability data from J.D. Power and Associates and safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Toyota Motor Corp. had five vehicles appear on the list.

Ford’s Focus compact, Fusion midsize sedan, Fusion Hybrid sedan, Taurus full-size sedan — which has won best large car for the money the past four years — and Escape and Edge SUVs made the list.

Toyota models on the list included: The Scion FR-S sports coupe, the Lexus RX 350 and RX Hybrid SUVs and the Toyota Tacoma and Tundra pickups.

General Motors Co. had three vehicles make the list: The Chevrolet Tahoe SUV, Buick Verano luxury small car and Buck Regal luxury midsize car.

No Chrysler Group LLC vehicles made this year’s list.

  1. Lonnie Ridgeway 6 years ago

    Why don`t one of the auto companies bring back a small truck that gets good milage. The tacoma or nissan frontier gets poor gas milage, almost as bad as the big trucks. I would buy one it they could get them to get 10 more miles a gallon or so increase. I have a 1993 nissan d24 truck that`s 20 years old and still running great. I really like it. I would buy another one if they got better gas milage. When are they going to make improvements for better gas milage on trucks

    • Bob Warren 5 years ago

      Exactly. I’ve been thinking the same thing. What is the logic here? As the price of fuel goes up all the auto manufactures lower mpg on their “small” trucks? It’s hard to believe that if someone were to come out right now with a pickup that got good gas mileage that it wouldn’t sell like crazy. Or better yet, imagine a Toyota Tacoma with a turbo diesel in it. My 2003 Tacoma has 223,000 miles on it and I don’t know what I’m going to replace it with. I’ve driven a pickup since 1980 and I can’t imagine having anything else.

      • Jerry 5 years ago

        I agree, and GM may be the one to do it. They are coming out with a new Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon later this year and they say the fuel economy is going to be great. We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like that is the best shot.

        Thanks for listening to the show.

        Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”
        President, Car Pro Radio Networks

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