The happy meeting place of quality and value is slightly different for each new-car shopper, but there are 14 vehicles with a particularly good chance of getting you there.
That’s according to U.S. News and World Report which has awarded the cars, SUVs and one minivan that encompass best value in their classes. These are the models that strike the balance between performance, features and high quality with budget-friendly prices most successfully.
Quality was measured by the company’s data-driven best-car rankings while value was assessed by combining new-car transaction prices with the running costs of ownership. Take a look through as you consider your next purchase.
2019 best cars for the money
SUVs and Minivan
Best 2-row SUV: Nissan Murano
Best 3-row SUV: Kia Sorento
Best compact SUV: Honda CR-V
Best luxury 2-row SUV: Lexus RX 350
Best luxury 3-row SUV: Infiniti QX60
Best luxury compact SUV: Acura RDX
Best minivan: Honda Odyssey
Best subcompact SUV: Hyundai Kona
Best compact car: Kia Soul
Best large car: Toyota Avalon Hybrid
Best luxury midsize car: Lexus ES
Best luxury small car: Kia Stinger
Best midsize car: Toyota Camry
Best subcompact car: Honda Fit
Top-performing brands and models
Two automakers, Honda and Kia, stand out with three wins apiece and their winning vehicles are on a roll having all picked up awards in consecutive years. For Honda, the CR-V won “Best compact SUV for the money” for the third time in a row; the Odyssey was named best-value minivan for the second time in succession, and the Fit got the nod in the subcompact car category for the sixth straight year.
Kia’s Soul and Sorento, meanwhile, each claimed their respective best compact car and best three-row SUV titles for the third time running.
Overall, the awards were dominated by Japanese and Korean nameplates.