Consumer confidence may be rising, but it still makes sense to watch every penny – especially with big purchases, like a new car. Although auto sales perked up in 2011, value is still the name of the game. U.S. News Best Cars spent months analyzing thousands of professional reviews, as well as reliability and safety data, to create the 2012 Best Cars for the Money Awards. Here are the 12 most highly praised low-cost, low-maintenance models for 2012:
Nissan's June sales for its electric car Leaf slightly dipped in June, but Nissan is still up 5.5 percent since June 2013. Tesla Motors didn't report monthly sales for the Tesla Motors Model S electric car, but it is estimated that Tesla Motors sold about 1,200 cars.
Ford is the latest in a string of auto companies that have scaled back mileage claims, after customers complained that the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid did not live up to its fuel economy label.
The redesigned 2014 Ford Fusion is one of the most technologically advanced, fuel-efficient mid-size sedan on the market right now, Halvorson says.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, rated at 47 mpg, will go on sale in October. The new Honda Accord Hybrid boasts among the best EPA fuel efficiency ratings in its class, as well as informational graphics showing how its fuel economy changes from moment to moment.
US Historic Route 66 is one of the most famous highways on earth, but the interstate system effectively killed it. But some think electric car road trips could re-kindle interest in Route 66.
Major disparities in the listed MPG and the actual performance of two Ford hybrids have put the EPA's mileage tests under scrutiny. With most vehicles, the EPA is essentially on target, but changes might be on the horizon.
Which plug-in electric car is best for tall people? Green Car Reports offers the best and the worst of plug-in electric cars for very tall drivers.