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U.S. News Announces the 2018 Best Cars for the Money


Honda wins the most awards; Trophies will be presented at 2018 Chicago Auto Show

WASHINGTON - February 6, 2018: U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today announced the 2018 Best Cars for the Money. Covering 14 automotive categories, the awards highlight vehicles that provide consumers with the best combination of quality and value. Honda earned four of the awards this year, the most of any automaker.

"Honda has a well-earned reputation for quality," says Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor of U.S. News Best Cars. "The winners show that the brand goes above and beyond when it comes to offering smart tech features, comfortable day-to-day performance and great utility. Each of Honda's winners also has a good reliability rating, so buyers can enjoy their new car worry-free, with fewer repairs to help keep ownership costs low."

Toyota and its luxury brand, Lexus, each won two awards, as did Honda's luxury brand, Acura, and Korean automaker Kia. This is the second consecutive win for both of Kia's models, the Soul and the Sorento. The Audi A3 is the sole winner from a European brand, and the lone award winner from domestic automakers is the Ford Edge. The Lexus RX 350 is winning a Best Car for the Money award for the ninth time.

The Best Cars for the Money awards will be presented to the winning automakers at the Chicago Auto Show on February 8, 2018.




Compact Cars

2018 Kia Soul

Compact SUVs

2018 Honda CR-V

Midsize Cars

2018 Toyota Camry

Luxury Small Cars

2018 Audi A3

Luxury 3-Row SUVs

2018 Acura MDX

For the full set of winners and finalists, visit

The Best Cars for the Money methodology combines quality and value data into a composite score. Within each of the 14 categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the Best Car for the Money in that category. Quality is measured by the overall score a vehicle achieved in the U.S. News car rankings at the time the awards are calculated. The rankings, updated regularly, compare cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of industry experts' opinions. Value is measured by a combination of a vehicle's five-year total cost of ownership provided by Vincentric, LLC and the average price paid for the vehicle at the time the awards are tabulated, as calculated by TrueCar.