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2012 best car values released

By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Posted: 9 am ET

Smart car shoppers know that car costs are not just about the monthly payment or even the total sale price, but the entire cost to own the car, including gas, car insurance, maintenance and repairs. After analyzing the ownership costs for every 2012 model, Intellichoice released its Best Overall Value of the Year, or BOVY, awards, which highlight cars that have low total ownership costs, as well as lower costs than expected over time.

Winners were selected in 24 car categories, including two new categories: full-size crossover/wagon and luxury performance car. To arrive at its results, Intellichoice analyzed over 1,800 models in seven areas, depreciation, maintenance, repairs, fuel, fees, financing and insurance, to assess actual ownership costs over the first five years of ownership.

Toyota was the brand that received the most awards. It was awarded nine BOVYs for FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Matrix, Prius, Pruis v, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra and Yaris.

Intellichoice's 2012 BOVY award winners
Class Brand Model
Compact crossover/wagon Toyota Matrix
Compact passenger car Honda Insight
Compact pickup Toyota Tacoma
Convertible MINI Cooper convertible
Crossover/wagon Toyota Prius v
Full-size crossover/wagon Toyota Highlander
Full-size pickup LD Toyota Tundra
Full-size SUV Chevrolet Tahoe
Luxury crossover/wagon Infinity FX35
Luxury passenger car Infinity M37
Luxury performance car Audi R8
Minivan Toyota Sienna
Passenger car Toyota Prius
Performance car Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible
Premium compact crossover/wagon Audi A3
Premium compact passenger car Lexus CT 200h
Premium convertible Audi A5 convertible
Premium crossover/wagon Lexus RX
Premium passenger car Buick LaCrosse 4cyl
Premium performance car Chevrolet Corvette
Premium sporty/coupe Audi A5 Coupe
Premium SUV Lexus GX 460
Sporty/coupe Toyota Yaris 2-Door hatchback
SUV Toyota FJ Cruiser

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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