7 On Your Side
Results of Consumer Reports car reliability survey
The results of an annual car reliability survey are in. Consumer Reports teamed up exclusively with 7 On Your Side to show you the best ride for your buck.
Car sales are moving at a brisk pace. Last month, was the best November in more than six years. But before you consider a new car, it's important to know how much it costs to operate and if it's likely to wind up in the repair shop.
Go to buy a new car, and you think about the price you're about to pay. But what about how well that car will serve you in the long run?
"Just because a car is cheap to buy doesn't make it a good value," said Rik Paul of Consumer Reports.
Take the Nissan Versa. At around $15,000, it's one of the least expensive cars Consumer Reports has tested, but it's a poor choice.
"The Honda Fit costs a little more, but it's a better value. It's more fun to drive. It's more reliable and it's cheaper to own," Paul said.
And the Subaru Forester costs $2,000 more than the Hyundai Tucson, but Consumer Reports says the Forester is a better value.
"Our value score is based on a car's five-year ownership cost when you take everything into account, including insurance, fuel, depreciation and so on. And then, we factor in how a car performs and how likely it is to have problems."
Among the 200-plus cars Consumer Reports analyzed, the worst value is the Nissan Armada. It costs more than $55,000, gets only 13 miles per gallon, isn't very reliable, and it didn't score well at the test track. Even the door handles are hard to reach.
The best value car is the Toyota Prius, with its 44 miles per gallon, comfortable ride, and outstanding reliability.
Large luxury vehicles get some of the lowest ratings for value in Consumer Reports' study. They guzzle gas and have high depreciations, so they lose their value quickly.
Consumer Reports is published by Consumers Union. Both Consumer Reports and Consumers Union are not-for-profit organizations that accept no advertising. Neither has any commercial relationship with any advertiser or sponsor on this site.
(All Consumer Reports Material Copyright 2010. Consumers Union of U.S. Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)
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