U.S. News Announces the 2013 Best Cars for the Money

12 brands win awards across 21 categories; Ford and Toyota brands have the most winners

Feb 21, 2013, 08:30 ET from U.S. News & World Report

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. News & World Report today announced the 2013 Best Cars for the Money award winners, featured at http://usnews.com/cars-money. The awards cover 21 automotive categories, from compact cars to three-row SUVs. Within each class, the U.S. News methodology identified a single vehicle that provides the best combination of quality and value.

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The awards, and the U.S. News Best Cars website, are published by U.S. News & World Report, which has a long history of helping Americans make the best choices when it comes to higher education, healthcare, and other important consumer decisions. More than 27 million people researched vehicles on the website in 2012.

"The award winners show that when it comes to cars, you can have your cake and eat it too," said Jamie Page Deaton, Managing Editor of U.S. News Best Cars. "There's a misconception that a car that offers a good value is boring. Our awards show that a car can have good performance, the latest features, plenty of comfort and still be a smart financial choice for the long haul."




Subcompact Car

2013 Honda Fit

Compact Car

2013 Ford Focus


2013 Honda Fit

Sports Car

2013 Scion FR-S

Upscale Small Car

2013 Buick Verano

Midsize Car

2013 Ford Fusion

Upscale Midsize Car

2013 Buick Regal

Hybrid Car

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Large Car

2013 Ford Taurus


2013 Subaru Outback

Compact SUV

2013 Ford Escape

2-Row Midsize SUV

2013 Ford Edge

3-Row Midsize SUV

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

Hybrid SUV

2013 Lexus RX Hybrid

Luxury Compact SUV

2013 BMW X1

Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV

2013 Lexus RX 350

Luxury 3-Row Midsize SUV

2013 Acura MDX

Large SUV

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe


2013 Mazda Mazda5

Compact Pickup Truck

2013 Toyota Tacoma

Full Size Pickup Truck

2013 Toyota Tundra


The Best Cars for the Money methodology combines quality and value data into a composite score. Within each of the 21 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 published. The rankings, updated monthly at http://www.usnews.com/cars, 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 and the average price paid for the vehicle at the time the awards are published, as calculated by TrueCar.com.


  • Ford took home the most awards with six of its models selected as winners: Ford Escape, Ford Taurus, Ford Fusion, Ford Focus, Ford Edge and Ford Fusion Hybrid. This is the second year in a row that Ford has won six of the awards.  
  • The award winners are mixed between foreign and domestic automakers. Import brands took home twelve awards. Five of those twelve awards went to Toyota and its Scion and Lexus brands. American car brands won nine awards, with six of the awards going to Ford and three going to General Motors.  
  • Despite being a reviewer favorite for years, 2013 marks the first time BMW has won a Best Car for the Money award.  The BMW X1's win for Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money shows that by opting for smaller models, buyers can still get a luxury car experience without sacrificing value.


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 Cars for the Money and Best Cars for Families.

U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and analysis, which includes the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, www.usnews.com, and www.rankingsandreviews.com. Focusing on Health, Money, Education, Travel, Cars, and Public Service/Opinion, U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. U.S. News & World Report's signature franchise includes its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its "Best" series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, cars, mutual funds, health plans and more.

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