The U.S. News Best Cars for the Money Awards picks winners by looking at the average transaction price, five-year total cost of ownership, the regard a car has from the automotive press, reliability figures from J.D. Power and Associates and safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The result, according to the magazine, is "the best combination of critical acclaim and long-term value."

Ford nabbed six of the 21 categories that received awards this year, the Focus, Fusion, Fusion Hybrid, Taurus, Escape and Edge getting trophies. Toyota and its Lexus and Scion sub-brands took another five, the Tacoma and Tundra owning the two categories given to pickup trucks. The other ten awards were split between Honda with three, Buick with two, and one each for Subaru, BMW, Hyundai, Chevrolet and Mazda.

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      Bus Driver Mass
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've got a loaded titanium Focus, love the car. A little quirky at times with the my Ford touch system though. Also, the dual dry clutch does take some getting used to, lower speeds especially. All in all it's been a great vehicle. Kudos Ford for a quality product!
      nanric352
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've become a believer in Ford. Their headed in the right direction. Mulally is a one in a million.
      MistyGreen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey autoblog, Honda only got 2 awards, for the record. Also, I think US News should add a Compact Minivan segment if they're going to consider the Mazda5 a minivan. That's kinda cheating. Great awards though, I didn't know about them!
      Vinny68
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Taurus should never win any award. Ever.
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Has Ford figured out how to keep their cars from spontaneously combusting yet?
      richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota`s one of the the best cars for the money? US News must put a high priority on sticking accelerators.
      The Other Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      They lost me at \"Tundra\".
      That Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford andf Toyota huh? So all an automaker has to do to get on this list is build the most bland and boring appliances on the market, have cheap/poor interiors, issue recall after recall, and mislead people on MPG claims. Not a very good list to be on if you ask me...
        Bus Driver Mass
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        Sorry, you must be confused. Toyota = bland. Ford? On the contrary, have you seen the interiors of the Focus, Fusion, Escape, Edge, Flex?? How do you call these boring?
          Kurt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bus Driver Mass
          Not boring, they are cheap
          Frisky_Dingo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bus Driver Mass
          Yeah, you're right. They're certainly not boring. They're a jumbled mess of buttons and busy design.
      Haelphadreous
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shouldn't the Toyota products be winners in the driving appliance with the highest perceived reliability category, Instead of best car for the money category?
        nsxrules
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Haelphadreous
        Toyota wins for having the most ignorant people hate them, that\'s for darn sure.
          FIDTRO
          • 1 Year Ago
          @nsxrules
          We're ignorant because we prefer cars that are fun to drive rather than appliances? The only 'fun' Toyota to drive is the one they had to co-develop with Subaru and it's not even a core model. Get over yourself.
          Haelphadreous
          • 1 Year Ago
          @nsxrules
          I have actually driven a Corolla and and a Camry in the last few years, and ridden in a friends Prius V. The ones I have driven were all about the same, super soft suspension, numb dead steering the perfect spiritual successors to the 1990 Buick Century. All 3 of them were plagued by mouse fur seat covers, cheap hard plastics, and the person that designed the in door arm rest on the Camry deserves to spend eternity having to use it. I won't go into recalls and such, but the only "Toyota" since the Supra I would even think about driving is more of a Subaru really.
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Haelphadreous
        Toyotas are boring, but if someone sponsored me to drive around the world from desert to ice and everything in between in one vehicle, I would choose a diesel Toyota 4x4.
        bubciak
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Haelphadreous
        You are 100 % right it's true :-)
      R S
      • 1 Year Ago
      These comments should get good about the Tundra! I will kill those Ford, Chevy and Dodge guys! They use to say the same thing about the Tacoma that just knocked out the competition in its segment. Now the Tundra is getting the higher ratings and inch by inch it will gain steam. The Tundra can tow over 10000 lbs, 401 in the torque catagory ( just saw a chevy comercial where they brag about being in the mid 300 range pulling a stump out of the ground.). I know I will get a comment about the segmented frame, but I guess since they use that in the ford 250, its not a real truck. Just so you know it uses strength where needed and flexibility where needed. This does enhance your ride also. I had the unique chance to drive all the major players in this segment with trailers on them(slamming brakes, cornering, ground clearance and so forth) at a test ride and drive comparison. I now pull my Airstream with a Tundra and will not got back to a Chevy 2500.
        richard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @R S
        So, your an Asia supporter now, huh? If you want to drive a Japanese product, you might as well start using chopsticks also. How easy is it to hook up your trailer, when your wearing a kimono?
          thequebecerinfrance
          • 1 Year Ago
          @richard
          ???? How easy is it to hook your trailer with a hamburger in one hand and your head up your a**? Stupid comment? Well it goes well with yours.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @R S
        They're not saying the Tundra is the better truck, they're just saying you get more for the money. Huge difference.
      ChrisH
      • 1 Year Ago
      I learned a new four letter expletive with my Ford, it is Sync I got stuck in the "Indexing" hell, which meant - yank the fuse for the blasted system to make it work. Ford's biggest problem is resale, my 13 Mustang is worth half its purchase price which is not exactly reassuring, its bad when the dealer tells you your car is worth more totaled than to him in trade.
        Mr.Krinkle
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ChrisH
        Half? Really? No offense or anything...but that's a load of horsesh*t
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ChrisH
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        Denver
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ChrisH
        ChrisH you really are quite an idiot and know nothing about what you are talking about. Its the MyFordTouch that is having the problems, not the Sync, the Sync has been out for a few years and does just fine.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Mr.Krinkle
        • 1 Year Ago
        Those are your interpretations of the car value for your money? Pretty sure you aren't getting the most bang for your buck with an $83k (Base) SUV with one of the lowest ranks for quality and resale values on the market.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        How does a vehicle that's not even out yet win best for the money?
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