For the second year in a row, Consumer Reports recognized the Toyota Prius as the best value per dollar.
The annual list is meant to rank vehicles by what they offer for the price as a sort of bang for the buck index. There are 10 categories divided by vehicle classification and Toyota’s hybrid not only came out on top as the best compact / sub-compact, but as the overall winner. Consumer Reports estimates the Prius (without specifying a model within the line) should cost about 47 cents per mile driven. Until last year, the Honda Fit spent four years atop the list.
Two Toyota vehicles and one Lexus product took top honors in their respective categories; the Avalon among “large cars” and the Lexus ES300h for “luxury cars.”
Nissan’s Armada sunk to the bottom to be named the overall worst value. With an average 13 mpg and estimated $1.20 per mile, the SUV is both outdated and expensive to own. The heavy-duty SUV uses a 5.6-liter V8 and is based on the Titan pickup truck. Nissan will bring out a new version of the Titan as a 2015 model including a version using a 5.0-liter Cummins diesel V8. Consumer Reports scored it dead last overall and also in its own “luxury / large SUV” category, although that classification doesn’t make any sense. The BMW X1 xDrive 28i won there.
In the sports car category, Mazda’s MX-5 took top honors while the Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible scored lowest. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara also wound up at the bottom of Consumer Reports’ list in the mid-size SUV category while the Nissan Murano SL scored the highest.
GALLERY: 2013 Toyota Prius
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