2014 Best Cars for the Money – U.S. News

2014 Best Cars for the Money - US News

We all want to make sure we are getting the best deal and our dollar is stretched as far as possible, especially in this economy. Whether it’s something as small as new sneakers or as large as buying a house, the goal is to walk away from the deal with zero regrets or buyer’s remorse, knowing that you got the best deal for that item. So, what’s the best car for the money?

#1 Cochran automotive brands dominated the list of 2014 winners by having at least one vehicle represented in each of the 22 categories, with 10 overall winners and 26 finalists from all categories. 

Each year, US News picks their choices for the best cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans for the money in the auto market for that particular year. #1 Cochran automotive brands dominated the list of 2014 winners by having at least one vehicle represented in each of the 22 categories, with 10 overall winners and 26 finalists from all categories. Hear what the folks at U.S. News had to say about this year’s winners.


Source: U.S. News

2014 Ford Fiesta

Best Subcompact Car, Best Hatchback
Reviewers really like the 2014 Ford Fiesta’s upscale interior, high-end available technology features and nimble handling. They even go out of their way to mention that the Fiesta has comfortable seats for a subcompact car. The Fiesta is the 2014 Best Subcompact Car for the Money and the Best Hatchback for the Money.

2014 Mazda3

2014 MAZDA3
Best Compact Car
Available as a hatchback or sedan, the all-new 2014 Mazda3 earns excellent reviews for its sporty performance and long list of available interior technology. It’s our Best Compact Car for the Money.

2014 Volkswagen GTI

Best Upscale Small Car
The automotive press loves the 2014 Volkswagen GTI for its high-quality interior, spacious front and rear seats, good cargo space and excellent all-around performance. It’s our Best Upscale Small Car for the Money.

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Best Hybrid Car
The 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid is our Best Hybrid Car for the Money. Reviewers like how the Fusion Hybrid maintains the same plush interior as the gas-only model, and they say it has very good performance for a hybrid. The Fusion Hybrid’s great fuel efficiency saves money at the pump.

2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen

Best Station Wagon
Station wagons are supposed to be practical buys, but reviewers say the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen ups the ante with its high-end interior and sporty performance. It’s no surprise it’s our 2014 Best Wagon for the Money.

2014 Ford Edge

Best 2-Row Midsize SUV
Reviewers say the 2014 Ford Edge has a stylish exterior design and an interior that’s easy on the eyes. Reviewers also like the Edge’s fuel economy when it’s equipped with the optional EcoBoost engine. The 2014 Ford Edge is our Best 2-Row Midsize SUV for the Money.

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe

Best 3-Row Midsize SUV
Buyers who need three rows of seating should strongly consider the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe. It’s our 2014 Best 3-Row Midsize SUV for the Money in part because reviewers like its comfortable ride and long warranty, which also helps keep ownership costs down.

2014 Mazda5

2014 MAZDA5
Best Minivan
The 2014 Mazda5 puts the “mini” in minivan. Though it’s smaller than other minivans, reviewers say it has something other vans don’t: good performance. As the fun-to-drive minivan, the Mazda5 has nimble handling and a thrifty, but zippy, engine. You can even get it with a manual transmission. The Mazda5 is the 2014 Best Minivan for the Money.

2014 RAM 1500

2014 RAM 1500
Best Full-Size Pickup Truck
The 2014 Ram 1500 is the Best Full-Size Pickup Truck for the Money. Reviewers say the Ram 1500 has the smoothest, most comfortable ride in the class and doesn’t skimp on capability.


Mazda2 – Best Subcompact Cars
Ford Focus and Kia Forte – Best Compact Cars
Buick Verano and FIAT 500L – Best Upscale Small Cars
Kia Soul and Mazda3 – Best Hatchbacks
Hyundai Sonata and Nissan Altima – Best Midsize Cars
Buick Regal – Best Upscale Midsize Cars
Kia Cadenza – Best Large Cars
Mazda MX-5 and Subaru BRZ – Best Sports Cars
Subaru Outback – Best Wagons
Jeep Cherokee and Mazda CX-5 – Best Compact SUVs
Infiniti QX50 – Best Luxury Compact SUVs
Nissan Murano – Best 2-Row Midsize SUVs
Dodge Durango and Mazda CX-9 – Best 3-Row Midsize SUVs
Infiniti QX70 – Best Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUVs
Infiniti QX60 – Best 3-Row Midsize SUVs
Ford Expedition – Best Large SUVs
Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid – Best Hybrid SUVs
Nissan Frontier – Best Compact Pickup Trucks
GMC Sierra 1500 – Best Full Size Pickup Trucks

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