2013 Best Cars for the Money

Jamie Page Deaton
21 February 2013


A new car is a big investment, and for most people, it's also where they spend a big chunk of their time. The Best Cars for the Money Awards show that a smart buying choice doesn't doom you to years of owning a car you don't like. The award winners are cars that will not only be good to your budget, but will also be good to you.

The 2013 Honda Fit
Best Subcompact Car, Hatchback

The 2013 Honda Fit wins Best Subcompact Car for the Money because reviewers love its sprightly performance and practical interior. Its low price and good fuel economy also make it relatively inexpensive to own.

With a versatile "magic seat," the 2013 Honda Fit can fit as much cargo as some small SUVs. Its low ownership costs mean that the Fit also leaves plenty of space in your budget, helping it take home the Best Hatchback for the Money award. The Fit is the only car to win two Best Car for the Money Awards this year.

The 2013 Ford Focus
Best Compact Car

The 2013 Ford Focus has available high-tech features that reviewers love. It also gets up to 36 miles per gallon on the highway, helping it win Best Compact Car for the Money.

The 2013 Buick Verano
Best Upscale Small Car

The 2013 Buick Verano is the Best Upscale Small Car for the Money thanks to its low base price and comfortable, quiet cabin.

The 2013 Ford Fusion
Best Midsize Car

The Ford Fusion has long been a favorite of automotive reviewers, and the 2013 model wins Best Midsize Car for the Money for its positive reviews and low five-year total ownership costs.

The 2013 Buick Regal
Best Upscale Midsize

The 2013 Best Upscale Midsize Car for the Money is the Buick Regal. Reviewers love that the Regal can perform well on a daily commute or a Sunday drive. The Regal also has one of the lower base prices in its class.

The 2013 Ford Taurus
Best Large Car

The Ford Taurus is the 2013 Best Large Car for the Money. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Taurus has won, and one of six 2013 Best Car for the Money Awards that Ford won overall.

The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Best Hybrid Car

Reviewers love that the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid drive like a gas-only car, while getting the fuel economy of a hybrid. That fuel economy helps save owners money, which is one of the reasons the Fusion Hybrid is the 2013 Best Hybrid Car for the Money.

The 2013 Scion FR-S
Best Sports Car

The Scion FR-S has sporty performance and low ownership costs – two things that helped it win the 2013 Best Sports Car for the Money award.

The 2013 Subaru Outback
Best Wagon

When it comes to practicality and safety, it's hard to beat a Subaru. When it comes to being the Best Wagon for the Money, no model beats the Subaru Outback, which has outstanding safety ratings, standard all-wheel drive and a large, comfortable interior.

The 2013 Ford Escape
Best Compact SUV

The 2013 Ford Escape is an all-new model, but that didn't stop it from winning Best Compact SUV for the Money. Reviewers like its comfortable seating for five and smart features like an automatic tailgate that opens when you wave your foot under the bumper. It also has strong safety ratings.

The 2013 BMW X1
Best Luxury Compact SUV

The BMW X1 is a compact SUV with exceptional performance and an upscale interior. A low base price for its class and low ownership costs helped it win 2013 Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money.

The 2013 Ford Edge
Best 2-Row Midsize SUV

For the second year in a row, the Ford Edge is the Best 2-Row Midsize SUV for the Money. Reviewers like its sleek styling and futuristic cabin. Shoppers should love how inexpensive it is to own.

The 2013 Lexus RX 350
Best Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV

For the fifth year in a row, the Lexus RX 350 is the Best Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV for the Money. Its combination of luxury and ownership costs is very tough to beat.

The 2013 Acura MDX
Best Luxury 3-Row Midsize SUV

The 2013 Acura MDX is the Best Luxury 3-Row Midsize SUV for the Money. With a futuristic design and loads of high-tech features, it’s a great choice for families on the cutting edge.

The 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid
Best Hybrid SUV

The 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid is big on luxury and small on fuel consumption. It's the 2013 Best Hybrid SUV for the Money.

The 2013 Mazda Mazda5
Best Minivan

The 2013 Mazda5 is small for a minivan, but it can still seat up to six, and its small size makes it easier to drive and cheaper to own than a larger van. It's the 2013 Best Minivan for the Money.

The 2013 Toyota Tacoma
Best Compact Truck

Compact pickup trucks are a vanishing breed, but reviewers love how practical and comfortable the 2013 Toyota Tacoma is. It's the Best Compact Truck for the Money.

The 2013 Toyota Tundra
Best Full-Size Truck

The 2013 Toyota Tundra doesn't have the highest towing or hauling capacity in the class, but it does have the best combination of low ownership costs and critical acclaim, making it the Best Full-Size Truck for the Money.

The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
Best 3-Row Midsize SUV

Hyundai added a third-row seat to the Santa Fe for 2013, bringing its seating capacity to seven. Reviewers like its easygoing performance and long list of standard features. It’s the 2013 Best 3-Row Midsize SUV for the Money.

The 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe
Best Large SUV

The 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe is the Best Large SUV for the Money. It’s available with two- or four-wheel drive and can seat up to nine.

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