Intellichoice March Best Deals Now Include Crossovers

By Joel Arellano | March 16, 2007
CAMPBELL, CA (March, 2007) – PRIMEDIA's (, the leading source for automotive ownership cost and value analysis, today announced its "Best Deals of the Month" for March 2007. For the first time,'s monthly list makes room for the increasingly popular category of crossover vehicles, with the Volkswagen Touareg TDI tops among midsize crossovers. Ford's Escape Hybrid (pictured) holds down the compact utility/crossover segment, while the Lexus RX 350 placed first among luxury crossovers. The list also includes a new convertible category, won by MINI Cooper, and luxury convertible category, taken by the Audi A4 Cabriolet. "With the summer driving months approaching, is giving consumers a more complete picture of the new vehicle offerings for the year," said James Bell, publisher of "In particular, we wanted to offer greater insight into crossovers, which have quickly established themselves as a critical segment with automakers and consumers alike." Bell noted that, unlike their truck-based SUV predecessors, crossovers are engineered on their own car-like platform, with independent rear suspension and better handling. Crossovers have garnered increased consumer interest for their combination of practicality, maneuverability and better fuel efficiency.’s "Best Deals of the Month" identifies new cars, trucks and SUVs with the best ownership cost value in 34 respective classes. Selections are based on current vehicle pricing, market conditions and the lowest national manufacturer consumer rebate. In addition, uses the latest information from numerous automotive resources to evaluate what it costs to buy, own, and operate each new model-year trim line over a five-year basis. The following "Best Deals" for March 2007 are ranked by vehicle type and size. Helps Consumers Do Their Homework updates vehicle data several times a month in order to capture the many expiring rebates and ongoing programs offered by manufacturers—giving consumers the most up-to-date analysis.'s "Best Deals" designation enables consumers to identify how rebates affect a vehicle's value throughout ownership and not just at the time of purchase. Ownership costs can vary significantly among different trim lines of the same model. Additionally, continuously updates fuel costs based on the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Vehicles designated an " Best Deal of the Month" are typically cars and trucks that have good to great ownership cost values before any manufacturer rebate. However, a rebate can often turn a good ownership cost value into a great value, and a great value into an " Best Deal of the Month." Please visit for more information or to check the rebate section of any vehicle report for the most up-to-date incentives. Press release via Intellichoice