U.S. News selects 20 ‘Best Cars for the Money’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 

On Tuesday, U.S. News & World Report announced the winners of its 2017 Best Cars for the Money awards, which recognize vehicles that provide consumers with the best combination of quality and value within 20 automotive categories.

Methodology for determining winners includes merging quality and value data into a composite score.

Within the 20 categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the Best Car for the Money in that category.

Additionally, the rankings are updated regularly and compare cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of industry experts’ opinions.

The Toyota and Honda families won the most awards. Toyota and Lexus combined to five awards, while Honda and its luxury brand, Acura, earned four.

“Most consumers know to look to Toyota for value and reliability,” said 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.”

Trophies are scheduled to be presented to the winning automakers during press preview days at the Chicago Auto Show, on Thursday.

Highlights from the 2017 Best Cars For The Money awards include:

CATEGORY                 WINNER

Compact Cars             2017 Kia Soul

Sports Cars                 2017 Fiat 124 Spider

Midsize Cars               2017 Hyundai Sonata

Subcompact SUVs      2017 Honda HR-V

Full Size Trucks           2017 Ford F-150

For the full set of winners and finalists, visit www.usnews.com/cars-money.

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