Toyota Prius Named Best New-Car Value

By | December 18, 2013
Consumer Reports has released the results for its annual Best and Worst New-Car Value analysis, a survey that shows you what cars will give you the most for your money. Once again, the Toyota Prius has come out on top, while the Nissan Armada full-size SUV was at the bottom of the barrel. While the Toyota Prius may have claimed the top spot in the compact/subcompact segment and the survey overall, each segment had strong leaders. The Lexus ES 300h managed to grab the top seat for the luxury car segment, while the Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited was the top in the full-size sedan segment. Other leaders included the Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring and the Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium. All scores were calculated based on a five-year cost of ownership added to the Consumer Reports' road test scores from the Annual Auto Survey. If a vehicle was reliable, had low fuel costs, performed well in the road tests, and the cost of ownership was low, it came out on top. "Though it's not particularly cheap to buy, the Prius' depreciation is so low that it costs less to own over the first five years than its initial MSRP. We call that a bargain," said consumer Reports Automotive Editor Rik Paul when talking about the survey winner. He went on to say that "Just because a car is cheap to buy doesn’t mean it's a good value. The Nissan Versa Sedan, for example, is one of the least expensive cars that Consumer Reports has tested. For about $1,500 more, we'd go with a Honda Fit, which is fun to drive, cheaper to own, more reliable, and provides almost twice the value."
Below is the list of the best and worst-valued cars of the year by segment.
  • Compact/Subcompact Sedan: Best, Toyota Prius Four; Worst, Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L
  • Midsize Sedan: Best, Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium; Worst, Nissan Altima 3.5 SL
  • Full-size Sedan: Best, Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited; Worst, Ford Taurus Limited
  • Luxury Sedan: Best, Lexus ES 300h; Worst, BMW 750Li
  • Wagon/Minivan: Best, Mazda5 Grand Touring; Worst, Chrysler Town & Country Touring-L
  • Pickup: Best, Honda Ridgeline RTS; Worst, Ford F-250 Lariat (6.7L V8)
  • Compact SUV: Best, Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium; Worst, Ford Escape SE (1.6T)
  • Midsize SUV: Best, Nissan Murano SL; Worst, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
  • Luxury/Full-size SUV: Best, BMW X1 xDrive28i; Worst, Nissan Armada Platinum
  • Sports Car/Convertible: Best, Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring; Worst, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 2SS (V8)
Source: Consumer Reports