Ford, Toyota Top US News ‘Best Car for the Money’ Awards

Ford counted more vehicles than any other maker this year in U.S. News’ 2013 Best Cars for the Money Awards.

A total 21 vehicles got the nod across three categories: Best Cars, Best SUVs and Minivans and Best Trucks. Ford had six in the list, and Toyota came in a close second with five vehicles if you count its Scion and Lexus under the same umbrella.

The awards combine the average price paid and the five-year cost of ownership information taken from with reliability data from J.D. Power and Associates, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with opinions from the automotive press.

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Both the Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h won awards in the “Best SUV and Minivan” category, while the Scion FR-S was the only sports car to be recognized.

Unlike Toyota, every award Ford gathered fell under one brand. Despite a series of serious recalls early in its life cycle, the 2013 Escape (pictured above) managed to make the list. So did both the Fusion and Fusion Hybrid along with the Focus, Taurus and Edge crossover.

Ford’s F-150 failed to make the list, where both the Toyota Tacoma and Tundra won awards.

GALLERY: 2013 Ford Escape


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