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Intellichoice’s Best Overall Values of 2011

As you may have noticed, we have an ongoing theme that relates to helping you find great autos and being able to buy them without breaking the bank.  We will often steer you to great websites that can help you make those decisions or provide you with tips and information to do it yourself.

We recently ran across this nifty list of the Intellichoice BOVY Awards for 2011…that’s Best Overall Value for the Year, in case the initials confused you.  They judged 21 different categories from Compact Passenger Car to Full Size Pickup, and everything in between, giving consumers a lengthy list to explore for their next purchase.

The IntelliChoice Best Overall Value of the Year awards identify the vehicles with the lowest total cost to own and operate over the first five years of ownership, in each class.  This calculation takes into account such items as depreciation, maintenance, insurance, fuel, etc.

For your shopping needs, here is the list:

Compact Passenger Car:  2011 Honda Fit

Premium Compact Passenger Car:  2011 Lexus IS 250

Passenger Car: 2011 Toyota Prius

Premium Passenger Car:  2011 Toyota Avalon

Luxury Passenger Car: 2011 Infiniti M37

Convertible: 2011 MINI Cooper Convertible

Premium Convertible: 2011 Lexus IS 250C

Sporty/Coupe: 2011 MINI Cooper Hatchback

Premium Sporty/Coupe: 2011 Volvo C30

Performance Car: 2011 Chevrolet Corvette

Compact Crossover/Wagon:  2011 Toyota RAV4 4cyl

Premium Compact Crossover/Wagon: 2011 Audi A3

Crossover/Wagon:  2011 Subaru Outback

Premium Crossover/Wagon: 2011 Lexus RX 350

Luxury Crossover/Wagon: 2011 Volvo XC90 3.2

Minivan: 2011 Toyota Sienna

SUV: 2011 Toyota 4Runner

Full-Size SUV: 2011 GMC Yukon

Premium Full-Size SUV: 2011 Lexus GX 460

Compact Pickup: 2011 Toyota Tacoma

Full-Size Pickup: 2011 Toyota Tundra

As you can see, Toyota/Lexus have eleven of the 21 categories, while no other manufacturer has more than two on the list (Volvo, GM and Mini).  Despite their recall issues over the past 12 months, Toyota continues to be a great buy.