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U.S. News Autos Names 'Best Car for the Money' 2010 Award Winners

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2009; U.S. News Autos today released its second annual Best Car for the Money awards

The U.S. News Best Car for the Money awards recognize 23 vehicles that earn the highest marks for overall value and appeal within their respective categories. To select the award winners, U.S. News has combined its newly released 2010 car rankings with total cost of ownership data provided by

"While car shoppers are starting to come back to the showrooms, they are looking for a good value more than ever before," said Jamie Page Deaton, Lead Automotive Editor for U.S. News. "But 'good value' does not simply mean 'cheap'. The Best Car for the Money awards recognize vehicles that can be the most rewarding to own - namely those that win the most praise and offer the most compelling overall value."

The U.S. News car rankings provide an unbiased comparison of each vehicle to its competitors, helping shoppers identify the best cars in each category. Rankings are based primarily on the balanced, diverse opinions of hundreds of professional auto critics, which are analyzed and scored to create a consensus opinion about each car.

With a 22-year history of providing consumers with reliable information about vehicle costs, measures both the target price that consumers can expect to pay for a vehicle as well as its 5-year total cost of ownership. Combining this data with U.S. News car rankings allows different models to be compared on a very useful metric - overall appeal for the money.

"There is no question that car shoppers are now paying more attention to total ownership costs such as resale value, fuel economy, and other factors," said Charlie Vogelheim, Executive Editor of "Taking into account these real world costs as well as U.S. News's unbiased car rankings, the Best Car for the Money awards identify vehicles that should make any car shopper's short list."

The 23 winners of the 2010 Best Car for the Money awards are listed below: About the U.S. News Media Group

Subcompact Cars                 Nissan Versa
Compact Cars                    Hyundai Elantra
Hatchbacks                      Honda Fit
Midsize Cars                    Toyota Camry
Family Sedans                   Ford Taurus
Upscale Compact Cars            Volkswagen GTI
Upscale Sedans                  Hyundai Genesis
Luxury Sedans                   Acura RL
Hybrid Cars                     Toyota Prius
Affordable Sports Cars          Mazda MX-5 Miata
Luxury Sports Cars              Chevrolet Corvette
Compact Crossover/SUVs          Honda CR-V
Midsize Crossover/SUVs          Toyota Venza
Full Size SUVs                  Toyota Sequoia
Luxury Compact Crossover/SUVs   Infiniti EX
Luxury Midsize Crossover/SUVs   Lexus RX 350
Luxury Full Size SUVs           Toyota Land Cruiser
Hybrid SUVs                     Lexus RX Hybrid
Off-Road SUVs                   Toyota FJ Cruiser
Minivans                        Honda Odyssey
Wagons                          Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
Compact Pickup Trucks           Toyota Tacoma
Full Size Pickup Trucks         Ford F-150

For complete information about this year's Best Car for the Money winners and the awards methodology, visit For more information about the Total Cost of Ownership and other related data, visit

The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform digital publisher of news and analysis, which includes the monthly U.S. News & World Report magazine, the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine,, and Focusing on Health, Money, Education, Politics & Policy and Automotive, the U.S. News Media Group has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News Media Group's signature franchises include its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its "America's Best" series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, automobiles, hospitals, health plans, and more.

About and Source Interlink Companies, Inc., part of Source Interlink Media, LLC, is the market leader in automotive ownership cost and car values analysis. Founded in 1986, is committed to empowering consumers to make better purchase decisions by providing independent and essential automotive information and tools. Through the web site (, consumers get the help they need to research, compare, configure and price new cars. The site also connects buyers to the buying alternatives of their choice, including vehicle manufacturers and an online car buying guide. Source Interlink Media LLC is a subsidiary of Source Interlink Companies, Inc., a recognized provider of targeted media and marketing services, a leading U.S. distributor of home entertainment products and services and one of the largest publishers of magazines and online content for enthusiast audiences.