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Prius tops 'Consumer Reports' best-value list

Consumer Reports named the Toyota Prius Touring, right, as best overall value among 300 cars in its 2009 Annual Auto Issue, which will be available in stores this week. The Prius Touring provides the best overall value because of its low owner-cost estimate of $26,250 over five years — and a high road-test score of 80 points out of 100. The Prius doesn't have the least expensive sticker price in its class, but its excellent fuel economy of 42 mpg overall and solid resale value help give it a low owner-cost. "A low price doesn't necessarily make a car a good value," said Rik Paul, automotive editor at Consumer Reports. "At a time when people need to make every dollar count, our best value list will help consumers understand the difference."

Highlights from best-value categories

Overall

Toyota Prius Touring

Mini Cooper

Volkswagen Rabbit

Honda Civic EX

Honda Fit

Family cars

Toyota Prius Touring

Toyota Camry Hybrid

Toyota Prius (base)

Hyundai Sonata (4-cyl.)

Honda Accord (4-cyl.)

Hatchbacks/wagons

Volkswagen Rabbit

Mazda3 hatchback

Scion xB

Subaru Impreza Outback Sport

Toyota Matrix

Small cars

Honda Civic EX

Honda Fit (base)

Hyundai Elantra SE

Toyota Corolla LE

Honda Civic Hybrid

Small SUVs

Toyota RAV4 (4-cyl.)

Toyota RAV4 (V-6)

Honda CR-V

Mitsubishi Outlander (4-cyl.)

Nissan Rogue

Midsized SUVs

Hyundai Santa Fe

Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Nissan Murano

Honda Pilot

Top manufacturer

Also in the Annual Auto Issue, Consumer Reports gave Honda the class leader status for building the best all-around vehicles for American drivers, according to the Automaker Report Cards . Chrysler is at the bottom of the ranking.

Prius tops 'Consumer Reports' best-value list 03/03/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 3, 2009 11:12pm]
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