The Toyota Prius was ranked at the top of Consumer Reports’ Best New Car Value scoring for the second year in a row. CR’s analysis ranked over 200 vehicles on performance, reliability and costs and determined that over five years the Prius will cost 47 cents per mile to own and operate. Lower depreciation and operating costs for the Prius offset paying a premium for the hybrid.
“The Prius’ 44 mpg overall is the best fuel economy of any non-plug-in car that Consumer Reports has tested,” Rik Paul, the magazine’s automotive editor, said in a statement. “Though it’s not particularly cheap to buy, the Prius’ depreciation is so low that it costs less to own over the first five years than its initial MSRP. We call that a bargain.”
At the other end of the cost of ownership spectrum is the Nissan Armada, which costs consumers $1.20 per mile.
Factors going into the rankings are Consumer Reports’ own road tests, reliability predicted from the magazines’ reader generated data, plus a score calculated from depreciation, fuel, insurance premiums, maintenance, sales tax and repairs costs over five years. Ten car categories were ranked, with the Prius coming out as the overall winner.
Best, Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium; Worst, Nissan Altima 3.5 SL
Best, Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited; Worst, Ford Taurus Limited
Best, Lexus ES 300h; Worst, BMW 750Li
Best: Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring; Worst, Chevrolet Camaro convertible 2SS (V8)
Best, Mazda5 Grand Touring; Worst, Chrysler Town & Country Touring-L
Best, Subaru Frester 2.5i Premium; Worst, Ford Escape SE (1.6T)
Best, Nissan Murano SL; Worst, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
Best, BMW X1 xDrive28i; Worst, Nissan Armada Platinum
Best, Honda Ridgeline RTS; Worst, Ford F-250 Lariat (6.7L V8)