Buying a car is always an important and tedious decision. When you do your research to find out which cars have the features you really want, it’s just as important to find out which cars are really good values in their segment, too.
If you’re looking for a midsize sedan, and a large percentage of the population is, there are a huge amount of great options. Out of the numerous options available, the Hyundai Sonata seems to frequently rise to the top. At a starting MSRP of $21,450, the Sonata checks in less than competitors including the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion. And with multiple versions, including a Hybrid, you’re sure to find the right model for you.
Kelley Blue Book summed up the Sonata as the family sedan that began the styling revolution.
“The 2014 Hyundai Sonata remains one of the most attractive, efficient and affordable four-door cars in the midsize market, and no one has yet to match its impressive 10-year/100,000-mile warranty, let alone its price-per-feature ratio," according to Kelley Blue Book.
If you’re looking for a smaller car, the Honda Fit is hard to beat. The 2013 Fit, with its starting MSRP of $15,425, has been a perennial favorite of both consumers and journalists alike. The Fit has been named a Car & Driver “10Best” every year since its inception in 2007. A “Best Resale Value” award from KBB.com, “Residual Value Award” from ALG and a “Best Car For the Money” award from US News have also been given to the Fit.
“There's something here for a wide swath of people. Whether it is accommodating passengers or carrying odd objects, the Fit conforms to you,” says Edmunds. “Nearly all the things that made the old Fit appealing have been made better - it's nimble, sips less fuel and has a more occupant-friendly cabin. And with its more settled freeway demeanor and less annoying steering, the Fit feels more grown-up than ever.”
If a small SUV is what you seek, you’ll do just fine with the 2015 Mazda CX-5 with a starting MSRP of just $21,545. With three trim levels to choose from (Sport, Touring and Grand Touring) the CX-5 is both versatile and fuel efficient, a rarity in the segment. There are two engines available, as well as a manual transmission that enthusiasts are sure to enjoy. Best of all, the CX-5 gets excellent fuel economy in all trim levels.
"Now entering its third year of production, the 2015 Mazda CX-5 continues to climb the sales charts, quickly becoming one of the most well-reviewed and desirable compact crossover SUVs around,” according to Auto Trader. “While the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 still dominate as sales-volume leaders, neither has the sporty handling or clean, uncluttered instrument panel of the CX-5, nor can they match its impressive highway fuel economy of 35 miles per gallon. The CX-5 is also one of the few crossovers that still offers the option of a manual transmission."
Do your homework and see which model is best for your lifestyle today, but remember, your financial institution is the best place to go for excellent rates for your next vehicle.