Which new vehicles offer the most value? That’s an interesting question, and one that insurer USAA set out to answer.
In particular, USAA looked at the leading vehicle in every category. The evaluation ended up with a Sweet 16. Models being tagged as “Best Value” take into account cost, safety and reliability, among other key factors.
There are nearly 80 cars, trucks and minivans that are currently designated as USAA Preferred vehicles, and the Best Value list represents the vehicles that rose to the top of each category, USAA says.
“The goal of the list is to help members identify vehicles that offer better safety ratings, lower insurance costs, higher fuel economy, better overall reliability and lower (price tag) compared to other vehicles in the same category,” said Steve Thompson, an assistant vice president with USAA.
So what’s on the list? Here are the model leaders in each category:
Large Sedan: Dodge Charger
Midsize Sedan: Toyota Camry hybrid
Small Sedan: Hyundai Elantra
Large Luxury Sedan: Hyundai Genesis
Midsize Luxury Sedan: Volvo S60
Large SUV: Chevrolet Traverse
Midsize SUV: Dodge Journey
Small SUV: Kia Sportage
Large Luxury SUV: Audi Q7
Midsize Luxury SUV: Lexus RX 450h (hybrid)
Large Pickup: Toyota Tundra two-wheel drive
Small Pickup: Nissan Frontier
Sports: Ford Mustang
Coupe: Honda CR-Z (hybrid)
Wagon: Nissan Juke
Minivan: Dodge Grand Caravan