Thinking about buying a new car this holiday season? According to Consumer Reports, the Toyota Prius will give you the best value for your buck. In fact, this is the second year in a row that the eco-friendly hybrid has been ranked as the magazine's "Best New Car Value."
The Prius runs about $29,230. Consumer Reports liked the performance and reliability of the car. However, the incredible operating cost of only 47 cents a mile probably tipped the scales in terms of overall value. They wrote, "The Prius is extremely economical, averaging 44 mpg overall, and 55 mpg on the highways in our tests. With light throttle input it can quietly drive on electric power up to 25 mph. The ride is firm yet steady, and handling is sound and secure, but not particularly agile."
Consumer Reports publishes reviews by comparing products. A consumer can find reviews on everything from baby monitors to coffee makers to airline travel to sunscreen. To create its top ranked best value in cars report, the company tested over 200 different automobiles.
Other well-valued cars on the list included the 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited for best value in Large Cars. Also, the 2014 Lexus ES 300h topped for best value in Luxury Cars. On the other end of the spectrum was the Nissan Armada, which ranked as the worst value, the SUV only gets about 13 miles per gallon.
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