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Japanese Cars Win In American 2019 Best Cars for the Money Ranking

U.S. News & World Report has compiled the ranking of the best cars for the money. No American or European brands won awards this year.

The ranking covers 14 automotive classes. The winners are selected based on quality and value combination.

The sources for evaluation of each model are the U.S. News own rankings, analysis of published and credible reviews, the latest safety and reliability data, pricing and ownership data from TrueCar and Vincentric.

The 2019 winners are:

Class / Model / Retail Price / Overall Score (out of 10)

  • Best Compact Car / Kia Soul / $16,490 – 35,950 / 8.8;
  • Best Large Car / Toyota Avalon Hybrid / $36,650 – 42,950 / 8.4;
  • Best Luxury Midsize Car / Lexus ES / $39,750 – 44,285 / 8.2;
  • Best Luxury Small Car / Kia Stinger / $32,990 – 52,400 / 8.3;
  • Best Midsize Car / Toyota Camry / $24,095 – 34,850 / 8.6;
  • Best Subcompact Car / Honda Fit / $16,190 – 21,520 / 8.4;
  • Best 2-Row SUV / Nissan Murano / $31,370 – 45,230 / 7.5;
  • Best 3-Row SUV / Kia Sorento / $26,290 – 46,490 / 8.1;
  • Best Compact SUV / Honda CR-V / $24,450 – 34,250 / 8.6;
  • Best Luxury 2-Row SUV / Lexus RX 350 / $43,820 – 54,435 / 8.2;
  • Best Luxury 3-Row SUV / Infinity QX60 / $44,350 – 48,150 / 7.7;
  • Best Luxury Compact SUV / Acura RDX / $37,400 – 47,500 / 8.8;
  • Best Subcompact SUV / Hyundai Kona / $19,990 – 31,950 / 8.3;
  • Best Minivan / Honda Odyssey / $30,190 – 47,070 / 8.7.

Interesting facts

Honda and Kia have the most wins – three each, followed by Toyota and Lexus with two awards each.

Honda’s CR-V, Odyssey and Fit won for the 3rd, 2nd and 6th time in a row, respectively.

Kia’s Soul and Sorento got awards for the 3rd consecutive year, while the Stinger won for the first time. It is also the first win for Kia in a luxury class.

Lexus’s RX and ES received the Best Car for the Money award for the 6th and 3rd time, respectively.

Upper photo: Kia Stinger

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