DETROIT (WWJ) – Are you in the market for a new vehicle but want to know which cars are going to get you the most for your money?

U.S. News announced the 2012 Best Cars for the Money Awards, which can help everyday car buyers navigate a confusing automotive market by identifying vehicles that offer the biggest bang for the buck and that best incorporate the features today’s car buyers want.

READ MORE: GM, Toyota, Target, and Others Say They Will Still Enforce Mask-Wearing In Texas

The awards cover 23 automotive categories, including cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans. Each category has a single winner.

The diversity of the award winners illustrates that no single car company has a “lock” on value. Overall, domestic brands edged out imports 13 to 10 with award-winning vehicles.

Ford took home the most awards. Five of its models were selected as winners: Ford Taurus, Ford Fusion, Ford Fiesta, Ford Edge and Ford Fusion Hybrid.

For 2012, three brands emerged as winners for the first time: Subaru for its Outback, Audi for its Q5, and Jeep for its Wrangler.

Fourteen of the winners were introduced or significantly redesigned in the past three years, showing that newer models can offer good value while also providing the latest features that consumers want.




Affordable Compact SUVs – 2 row

2012 Chevrolet Equinox

Affordable Compact SUVs – 3 row

2012 Toyota RAV4

Affordable Large Cars

2012 Ford Taurus

Affordable Large SUVs

2012 Chevrolet Suburban

Affordable Midsize Cars

2012 Ford Fusion

Affordable Midsize SUVs – 2 row

2012 Ford Edge

Affordable Midsize SUVs – 3 row

2012 Mazda CX-9

Affordable Small Cars – Compact

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

Affordable Small Cars – Subcompact

2012 Ford Fiesta

Affordable Sports Cars

READ MORE: Volvo Announces All-Electric Lineup by 2030

2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Compact Pickup Trucks

2012 Toyota Tacoma

Full Size Pickup Trucks

2012 Ram 1500


2012 Ford Fiesta

Hybrid Cars

2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Hybrid SUVs

2012 Lexus RX Hybrid

Luxury Compact SUVs

2012 Audi Q5

Luxury Large SUVs

2012 Cadillac Escalade

Luxury Midsize SUVs

2012 Lexus RX 350


2012 Mazda Mazda5

Off-Road SUVs

2012 Jeep Wrangler

Upscale Midsize Cars

2012 Buick Regal

Upscale Small Cars

2012 Volkswagen GTI


2012 Subaru Outback

The awards methodology combines quality and value data into a composite score. Within each of 23 categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the Best Car for the Money in that category.

MORE NEWS: UAW Workers For Stellantis Expected to Get $8,000 in Bonuses

Quality is measured by the overall score a vehicle receives in the U.S. News car rankings. Value is measured by a combination of a vehicle’s five-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle at the time the awards are published, as calculated by Find more information at