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