In Pictures: 2018's Best New Cars for Quality and Value for Money

The 2018 Best Car for the Money awards cover 14 different automotive classes, and each winner has the best combination of quality and value in their respective segments..
2018 Kia Soul: Best Small Car for the Money. It is one of the least expensive vehicles in its class, and offers some of the lowest ownership costs. Kia

Buying a new car can be a daunting process. When every car manufacturer’s line-up looks almost identical, how do you know which model will give you the most for your money?

U.S. News & World Report has just published their 2018 Best Car for the Money awards, an attempt to find the car that offers the best combination of quality and value across 14 different automotive classes. The rankings are based on the quality, features, performance and comfort of each vehicle, as well as price and long-term costs such as fuel and insurance. 

So, if you're trying to decide what car to buy—be it a subcompact SUV, a luxury car or a minivan—this gallery may help.

 

2018 Hyundai Elantra: Best Small Car for the Money runner-up.Hyundai
2018 Honda Civic: A second runner-up in the Best Small Car for the Money category.Honda
2018 Toyota Avalon: Best Large Car for the Money. Very good fuel economy for its class and an excellent reliability rating.Toyota
The hybrid version of the 2018 Toyota Avalon was ranked just below the standard model.Toyota
2018 Chevrolet Impala: Third Best Large Car for the Money.Chevrolet
2018 Lexus ES: Best Luxury Midsize Car for the Money. One of the lowest starting prices in its class, with excellent ownership costs.Lexus
The hybrid version of the ES, which costs about $3,000 more, came second in the Luxury Midsize Car category.Lexus
2018 Acura TLX: Third Best Luxury Midsize Car for the Money.Acura
2018 Audi A3: Best Luxury Small Car for the Money. Impressive performance and prestige, and low ownership costs. Audi
2018 Audi A4: Second Best Luxury Small Car for the Money.Audi
2018 Lexus ES: Third Best Luxury Small Car for the Money.Lexus
2018 Toyota Camry: Best Midsize Car for the Money. Midsize cars have lost a lot of market share to SUVs, but the Camry is an attractive option, surprisingly quick and packed with features and tech.Toyota