Consumer Reports: best value cars - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Consumer Reports: best value cars

(WMC TV) - Consumer Reports said you can save hundreds of dollars if you take advantage of end-of-the-month and end-of-the-year deals.

Especially if you shop one of the magazine's top-rated value vehicles!

The rankings are based on three elements: Consumer Reports' road-test scores, predicted reliability from its Annual Auto Survey and an estimate of how much it'll cost to own the car for five years.

The Nissan Versa, for example, is one of the least expensive cars sold, but Consumer Reports said its poor reliability means it could cost you in the long run. Turns out paying $500 more for
the Hyundai Accent is a better value, with better reliability, and it's a much nicer car to

Consumer Reports said the Toyota Prius offers the best value, with a sticker price
that's under $30,000, and over time, the Prius costs a very economical 49 cents a mile to own.

On the other end of the spectrum is the BMW 750Li. Its sticker price is almost $100,000,
and it's a whopping $1.80 a mile to own -- he worst value on Consumer Reports' list.

Every category from compact car to SUV has good and bad performers. But if you need
space and want a good value, Consumer Reports recommended a wagon, a minivan, or
a small SUV. Some good choices include the Toyota Sienna and the Mazda 5.

If you're looking for a smaller vehicle, Consumer Reports said the Mini Cooper's base
model is another great value. It costs 49 cents a mile to own, and it has plenty of luxury
features and is a lot of fun to drive, too.

Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly