Shopping with an eye toward managing your budget can feel like an exercise in compromise, especially when buying a car. After all, most of us don’t have unlimited funds to spend, so we often end up compromising on the kind of performance and comfort we want in favor of the kind of car we can afford. That means we spend thousands of dollars on something we’ll use almost every day but feel lukewarm about.

2016 Lexus RX
Did the Lexus RX win this year? (Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.)

The thing is, while you may not be able to get everything you want in a new car and stick to your budget, you can still find a car that’s going to give you a great ownership experience and not break the bank. Each year, we use pricing and cost of ownership data, as well as our own car rankings, the find the cars, SUVs, vans and trucks that have the best combination of positive reviews and value in their classes. We give those cars our coveted Best Car for the Money awards. While finding the winners takes a lot of number crunching, each of them is proof you can stick to a budget without sticking yourself in a less-than-stellar car.

You can check out the 2015 Best Cars for the Money Winners, but know that the 2016 awards come out tomorrow. There are some surprising wins (including one shocking upset), new categories and some old favorites, but the most important thing the 2016 Best Cars for the Money awards do is help you find the right car for your life and your budget.

In the market for a new car? Check out our Best Price Program for guaranteed savings on a new car, truck or SUV (on average, people who use the program save over $3,000 off MSRP!). Also, follow us on twitter and Facebook for the latest car buying news, deals and more on the 2016 Best Cars for the Money.