Cars with the best overall value
The IntelliChoice "Best Overall Value of the Year" awards are an annual reminder that the actual cost of owning cars involves much more than the purchase price.
When buying a new car, it's easy to forget that comparison shopping should involve several costs, such as depreciation, insurance, financing, fuel, maintenance, repairs and state fees. Luckily, a number of consumer websites, such as Edmunds.com and IntelliChoice.com, offer five-year total-cost tools to compare the various costs of owning cars over several years.
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Because certain costs vary according to the individual, locale and so forth, such comparison tools are broad-based averages and not the exact results you should expect. However, they are effective in comparing costs when shopping for a new car.
Each year, IntelliChoice, a car ownership cost analysis firm, compiles and analyzes key auto-ownership costs to determine the best overall values within specific automotive segments. For 2015, it analyzed 2,300 vehicles to pick the best overall values in 22 segments.
Here are eight of their picks from the more popular segments. IntelliChoice gave all of them a value rating of "excellent." Prices and five-year costs are for entry-level versions. We also include mpg estimates.
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