2012's Best Value Car? Hint: It's Green and Japanese
Prius dethrones Honda Fit in Consumer Reports rankings
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 27, 2012 12:41 PM CST
This Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 file photo shows the 2013 Toyota Prius c during its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(Newser) – The Prius isn't exactly the cheapest car on the market, but it's the best value for your money, Consumer Reports has concluded. "Like penny stocks, a low purchase price doesn't make a car a good value," the magazine cautions. Toyota's increasingly popular hybrid bumped off the Honda Fit to claim the top spot in the magazine's rankings this year, making it the first time in four years the Fit hasn't won, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

Every year Consumer Reports ranks 200 cars based on five-year owner cost, reliability, and road test scores. The Prius won, automotive editor Rik Paul wrote, because "it's extremely reliable, roomy, rides well, gets good fuel economy, and is inexpensive to operate." Toyota hybrids in general had excellent value, as did Lexus hybrids. Chrysler, on the other hand, emerges looking pretty bad, taking worst value in both the Family Sedan and Minivan/Wagon categories.

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Dec 28, 2012 10:42 AM CST
just as Maria said I am blown away that a mom able to get paid $4600 in 1 month on the computer. did you read this site http://fly26.com
Dec 27, 2012 6:52 PM CST
Not such a great deal when it comes time to replace the battery, which could cost more than the car is worth.
Dec 27, 2012 3:23 PM CST
In 1977 I bought a new Toyota Corona, later they changed the name to Camry. I have been a "Toyota man" every since. I drive a 1999 Camry. I have shopped new cars several times and every time I decided I liked my 99 just fine and would rather keep it. Its is still fun to drive and very reliable.