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Announcing the Best Cars for the Money Awards in 2012

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We all want to get a deal. The trick with getting a deal on a new car, truck or SUV is ensuring that you’re still getting the best value you can for the money you’re spending. Sometimes a good deal doesn’t necessarily translate into the best use of your hard-earned cash.

This week, U.S. News Best Cars, released results of its study and analysis of the value data associated with 2012 cars. The goal of this study is to help you determine the best way to spend your money in the new car market. U.S. News Best Cars is part of U.S. News & World Report and is a well-respected and trusted car advice website and provider.

This list of 23 vehicles was determined with a review of the quality rankings these vehicles received on the U.S. News cars website and with a comparison of the vehicle value. The quality rankings are determined based on safety, reliability and expert opinions. The value rankings are measured using a number of factors including the five-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle.

The vehicles that made the 2012 Best Cars for the Money list are:

Affordable Compact SUV - 2 row: 2012 Chevrolet Equinox

Affordable Compact SUV - 3 row: 2012 Toyota RAV4

Affordable Large Car: 2012 Ford Taurus

Affordable Large SUV: 2012 Chevrolet Suburban

Affordable Midsize Car: 2012 Ford Fusion

Affordable Midsize SUV - 2 row: 2012 Ford Edge

Affordable Midsize SUV - 3 row: 2012 Mazda CX-9

Affordable Small Car - Compact: 2012 Chevrolet Cruze

Affordable Small Car - Subcompact: 2012 Ford Fiesta

Affordable Sport Car: 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Compact Pickup Truck: 2012 Toyota Tacoma

Full Size Pickup Truck: 2012 Ram 1500

Hatchback: 2012 Ford Fiesta

Hybrid Car: 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Hybrid SUV: 2012 Lexus RX Hybrid

Luxury Compact SUV: 2012 Audi Q5

Luxury Large SUV: 2012 Cadillac Escalade

Luxury Midsize SUV: 2012 Lexus RX 350

Minivan: 2012 Mazda Mazda5

Off-Road SUV: 2012 Jeep Wrangler

Upscale Midsize Car 2012 Buick Regal

Upscale Small Car: 2012 Volkswagen GTI

Wagon: 2012 Subaru Outback

What is noticeable in this list of vehicles is the diversity in manufacturers - highlighting that there is not one car company that is leading the market. This variety talks to the strength of the automotive industry and its future. This being said, Ford did win five awards and on the flip side there are three new brands on the list for the first time: Subaru, Audi and Jeep.

This list of best cars for the money is an excellent resource for you while doing your research and determining what you want and need from your new car. Be sure to read our research section to learn about these vehicles. To get direct pricing quotes, use our direct pricing quotes feature.