'Best Cars for the Money' highlights value

February 26, 2013 12:00 AM

Drivers are always trying to get the best deal possible. They want cars with the best vehicle maintenance, great fuel efficiency, dependable features - the list goes on and on. To help prospective owners find prime deals, U.S. News & World Report compiled a list of the Best Cars for the Money, which highlights the most valuable vehicles. 

The news source looked at the quality of cars, as well as safety, reliability, cost of ownership and more. It then selected the best new option for each of 21 categories, ranging from compact cars and large SUVs to luxury vehicles and minivans. 

"The award winners show that when it comes to cars, you can have your cake and eat it too," said Jamie Page Deaton, editor of U.S. News Best Cars. "There's a misconception that a car that offers a good value is boring. Our awards show that a car can have good performance, the latest features, plenty of comfort and still be a smart financial choice for the long haul." 

Ford and Toyota both landed multiple models on the list. The former saw 2013 models of the Focus, Fusion, Fusion Hybrid, Taurus, Escape and Edge earn accolades, while the Toyota Tacoma and Tundra garnered recognition when it came to pickup trucks. 

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