Best cars to buy if you’re looking for value – Vincentric

Don’t be fooled by the headline.

The best cars to buy if you’re looking for value of course includes SUVs and pickup trucks.

In this case, the best values are defined by Vincentric, which analyzes vehicle ownership costs including depreciation, fees and taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance and repairs.

The result is Vincentric’s 2020 Best Value in America Awards, a list of five brands and 34 vehicles that offer owners superior value based on testing of more than 3,000 vehicle configurations.

Toyota Tacoma
Credit: Toyota via NewspressUSA
The Toyota Tacoma is a “staggering” value, according to Vincentric.

“There’s a broad range of factors that affect a vehicle’s cost of ownership,” explained David Wurster, Vincentric president. “The awards consider all costs incurred by owning and operating a vehicle to give consumers a big-picture look at which vehicles will provide the best value over time.”

Overall, Toyota Motor Corporation outperformed their competition by winning a dozen awards, more than double any other manufacturer, according to the Vincentric analysis, followed by American Honda with five total awards and Subaru with four awards. Other multiple-award winners were Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Volvo, while nine brands won a single award each.

Toyota took home seven model-level awards – including the Tacoma pickup, which has won a “staggering” 16 consecutive years in its category – while Lexus, Toyota’s luxury nameplate, earned three, and both received brand awards.

Following are the brand and model-level winners of Vincentric value awards:

Best brands

Subaru – passenger car brand

Lexus – luxury car brand

Toyota – SUV, crossover and van brand

Acura – luxury SUV and crossover brand

Ford – truck brand

SUVs and crossovers

Toyota C-HR – subcompact

Jeep Wrangler – compact

Toyota 4Runner – midsize

Toyota Land Cruiser – large

Toyota Highlander Hybrid – hybrid

Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid – electric/hybrid

Honda Odyssey – minivan

Luxury SUVs and crossovers

Acura RDX – compact

Lincoln Nautilus – midsize

Mercedes-Benz G Class – large

Lexus NX 300h – hybrid

Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid – electric/hybrid

Passenger cars

Hyundai Accent – subcompact

Honda Fit – subcompact hatchback

Subaru Impreza – compact

Subaru Impreza – compact hatchback

Subaru Legacy – midsize car

Toyota Avalon – large sedan

Mazda MX-5 Miata – sports car

Toyota Prius – hybrid

Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid – electric/hybrid

Luxury cars

Mercedes-Benz A Class – luxury compact

Infiniti Q60 – luxury coupe

Lexus ES 350 – luxury midsize sedan

Audi A7 – luxury large sedan

Volvo V90 – luxury wagon

Porsche 718 Boxster – luxury sports car

Audi A5 – luxury convertible

Lexus LC 500h – luxury hybrid

Tesla Model X – luxury electric/hybrid


Toyota Tacoma – small/midsize pickup

Ford F-150 – full-size half-ton pickup

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 – full-size three-quarter-ton pickup

Ford F-350 – full-size one-ton pickup

More details on the award winners, including reasons they were selected, are available at the Vincentric website.

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