When you’re about to spend thousands of dollars on a new car, it’s tempting to save money by going for one with the lowest price. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re getting the best deal. In a worst-case scenario, a cheap car could rack up high costs during your years of ownership. It could have high fuel costs, be expensive to repair or end up being pricey to insure.

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What’s more, you want a major purchase like a new car to be enjoyable to own. It should have the power that you need for your highway commute and the space that you need for passengers and cargo alike. It should also have the assurance of the latest safety features and the technology to keep you connected and informed.

You don’t need to buy the cheapest car to save money, nor do you have to splurge on a luxury car to get the features, performance and comfort you want. The Best Cars for the Money awards find the balance between cars that focus on value and cars that provide excellent ownership experiences. The awards cover 11 different automotive classes, and the winners have the best combination of quality and value in their respective classes. They’re not just good cars, they’re also good deals over the long haul.

How We Measured Quality

To measure a vehicle’s quality, we use its overall score from the U.S. News Best Car rankings. A model’s overall score in our vehicle rankings isn’t based on the opinions or tests of U.S. News editors. Instead, we collect and analyze every published, credible review of a given model to get the consensus opinion of the automotive press on things like how well a car drives, how comfortable its interior is and how well its connectivity and tech features work. We combine that analysis with fuel economy, cargo space and safety and reliability data to get a numerical overall score, which we use to measure quality in the Best Cars for the Money awards.

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How We Measured Value

The actual cost of a car is much more than its price tag, or the final price you negotiate with the dealer. Every car has significant ongoing costs, like repairs, fuel and insurance. To measure the kind of value a car offers, we start with five-year total ownership costs from Vincentric. We then combine that information with real-time transaction prices reported by our partner TrueCar. Those two measures together provide a car’s value score for the Best Cars for the Money.