U.S. News & World Report just released their annual list of Best Cars for the Money and Hyundai, Mazda, and Nissan cleaned up. Hyundai and Mazda each had two vehicles on the list and Nissan had one. Their list highlights vehicles across 21 different automotive classes with the best combination of positive reviews and long-term ownership costs. Specifically, they take the average price paid from TrueCar.com and five-year cost-to-own data from Vincentric combined with the U.S. News Best Cars rankings data. So let’s get right into it!
There was only one winner in the car class that we sell as a part of the Preston Automotive Group and it was the 2015 Hyundai Sonata. The Sonata won for the Midsize Car category. This is a true standout car with its new outward design and upgrades to the engine and various mechanical parts that many people don’t really see. We have over 70 Sonata’s in stock right now at our Preston Hyundai Dealer of Maryland.
The remaining four vehicles we sell that made the list came from the SUV and Minivan category. The first one we’ll talk about the 2015 Nissan Murano, which won for the 2-Row SUV class. The new Murano looks amazing with its curvy exterior, mean-looking lights, mesmerizing front grille, and huge touchscreen system inside. We have a handful of these at our Maryland Nissan Dealer on the Eastern Shore, Preston Nissan.
The winner for the best 3-Row SUV was the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe. This SUV is top notch and its 80 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity is a great value for the money. It’s certainly not tops in its class in terms of cargo capacity, but it certainly is tops for the value it brings; thus, the reason why it is on this list!
The two Mazda’s to make the list were the CX-9 and Mazda5 in the Large SUV and Minivan classes, respectively. The 2015 Mazda CX-9 just recently won another award for Most Popular Large Crossover SUV, so you know this vehicle is legitimate. It is stylish on the outside and functional with a large feel on the inside. The 2015 Mazda5 admittedly doesn’t win many awards, but it is extremely functional and you get a fantastic amount of bang for your buck with this minivan. You may not think of this vehicle as a minivan because it is smaller, lower to the ground, and more stylish than the stereotypical “Soccer Mom” minivans that usually come to mind, but it is in fact classified as a minivan. With three rows of seats and decent cargo space, this minivan is tops in terms of value in its class. Preston Mazda, a two-time consecutive Gold Cup Mazda Dealer (the highest honor a dealership can achieve), has a small inventory of these vehicles now, but are receiving more every week.
There were several other vehicles from the Preston Automotive Group which were finalists too. The finalists – or honorable mentions if you will – in the overall Car category were as follows: Ford Fiesta, Fusion Hybrid, Mustang, C-Max Hybrid, Mazda Mazda3, and Hyundai Genesis. The three Preston finalists for the SUV and Minivan categories were the Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, and Lincoln MKC. At last, the lone finalist in the Trucks category was of course the Ford F-150.
*Now, remember this list is naming Best Cars for the Money – in other words, Best Value. So, when you see the F-150 and Mustang and other popular cars only making it onto the “honorable mentions,” remember that, while being great cars, they just may not be as great of a value as the cars that were ultimately picked by U.S. News.