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Consumer Reports’ End of the Year Top Car

The pamphlets have been read, the tires kicked, the votes counted, and the good folks over at Consumer Reports have announced the top car of the year, the hybrid gas-electric Toyota Prius.

The naming of the Prius came as a surprise to many since the Honda Fit had earned the honor four years running for being best new-car value. However, Consumer Reports says that the cost to operate the new hybrid gas-electric Toyota Prius, at 49 cents a mile, is about half of that of a conventional car.

To rank the 200-something cars it evaluated, CR considered the five-year cost to own each car, projected reliability and road-test results.  This is what the publication found:

  • Best Value Small Hatchback: Toyota Prius Four
  • Best Value Family Sedan: Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE
  • Best Value Large -Luxury SUV: Lexus RX 350
  • Best Value Minivan-Wagon: Toyota Prius V Three
  • Best Value Small SUV: Honda CR-V EX
  • Worst Value Small Hatchbacks: Ford Focus SE
  • Worst Value Family Sedan: Chrysler 200 Limited (V6)
  • Worst Value Large -Luxury SUV: Nissan Armada Platinum
  • Worst Value Minivan-Wagon: Chrysler Town & Country Touring-L
  • Worst Value Small SUV: Mini Cooper Countryman S

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