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.

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