WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today announced the 2017 Best Cars for the Money at www.usnews.com/cars-money. Covering 20 automotive categories, the awards highlight vehicles that provide consumers with the best combination of quality and value.
Together, Toyota and Lexus took home five awards, while Honda and its luxury brand, Acura, earned four. "Most consumers know to look to Toyota for value and reliability," says Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor of the U.S. News Best Car rankings. "However, these wins show that Toyota and Lexus go beyond the basics and impress reviewers with the performance, comfort and connectivity of their products, while also providing compelling pricing and ownership costs versus the competition."
Kia earned its first awards in five years. The Kia Sorento was named Best 3-Row SUV for the Money, while the Kia Soul won Best Compact Car for the Money. "Kia models tend to have lower starting prices and more standard features than the competition," says Page Deaton. "What may surprise car shoppers, however, is that they also provide high levels of comfort and refinement."
The Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Impala, Nissan Murano and Acura MDX continue to be solid choices for consumers, winning their respective categories for three or more years in a row. The Chrysler Pacifica, the Best Minivan for the Money, and Fiat 124 Spider, the Best Sports Car for the Money, are first-time award winners. This is also the first year that any Chrysler or Fiat model has won a Best Car for the Money award.
The Best Cars for the Money awards will be presented to the winning automakers during press preview days at the Chicago Auto Show, on February 9, 2017.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2017 BEST CARS FOR THE MONEY AWARDS
For the full set of winners and finalists, visit www.usnews.com/cars-money.
The Best Cars for the Money methodology combines quality and value data into a composite score. Within each of the 20 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.
ABOUT U.S. NEWS BEST CARS
Since 2007, U.S. News Best Cars, the automotive channel of U.S. News & World Report, has published rankings of the majority of new vehicles sold in America. Each year, U.S. News publishes the Best Cars awards, including Best Vehicle Brands, Best Cars for the Money and Best Cars f\or Families. U.S. News Best Cars helps over 125,000 shoppers a day with their car-buying decisions. Close to 80 percent of these active shoppers reported that the U.S. News site influenced their purchasing decision.
ABOUT U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Real Estate, Cars and News & Opinion, www.usnews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 30 million people visit www.usnews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
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