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Consumer Report’s best value cars and trucks

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Where should you put your dollars?

People have different definitions for the word value. For some, it’s purely a balance sheet with a price on one side and a list of what it buys on the other. However, some think intangibles like not taking as many trips to the service department, or going faster through a corner are more important than a standard equipment list. Since Consumer Reports is generally regarded as one of the best guides out there for product recommendations, they have a reasonably balanced view of what’s considered good value, and every year the editors put together a list of the best and worst values going over 10 categories. The criteria used are how the vehicles did in CR’s own road tests, along with a predicted reliability score and five-year owner cost estimates. The latter includes depreciation, along with maintenance and repair costs, and of course, fuel. While a cost-per-mile figure may be hard to convert in your head, we'd suggest using this figure as a relative value when comparing cars. Some provisos to our reporting: any money discussed here is in U.S. dollars, and while CR does provide the specific trim levels, we’ve left them out because there are so many discrepancies between our two countries’ specifications. Finally, CR leaves out all-new products and anything that can use an electric plug because there isn’t enough data to predict resale or reliability yet. Click through to see Consumer Reports’ best values for 2013.
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