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Toyota Prius scores Consumer Reports' best value rank

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Toyota Prius has nabbed a great ranking with Consumer Reports. According to a Dec. 20 I4U report, the Toyota Prius offers the best value as far as durability, reliability and performance. From its optimum mileage to fuel economy, the Prius offers top notch service.

Detroit News reports that this is the second straight year that the Toyota Prius has topped the Consumer Reports list for best overall value. Not faring so well is the Nissan Armada, which was ranked as the worst.

“The Prius’ 44 mpg overall is the best fuel economy of any non-plug-in car that Consumer Reports has tested,” said Consumer Reports Automotive Editor Rik Paul. “Though it’s not particularly cheap to buy, the Prius’ depreciation is so low that it costs less to own over the first five years than its initial MSRP. We call that a bargain.”

Applying factors such as performance, reliability, and owner-cost data to calculate a value score for more than 200 different vehicles, Consumer Reports provides the public with relevant purchasing data.

Other top ranking cars included Toyota Lexus, Mazda and Subaru. Paul offered a cautionary note to consumers. “Just because a car is cheap to buy doesn’t mean it’s a good value. The Nissan Versa Sedan, for example, is one of the least expensive cars that Consumer Reports has tested. For about $1,500 more, we’d go with a Honda Fit, which is fun to drive, cheaper to own, more reliable, and provides almost twice the value.”

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