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The U.S. News 2015 Best Cars for the Money awards help take the guesswork out of car shopping by highlighting the cars, trucks and SUVs with the best combination of positive reviews and long-term ownership costs in 21 different automotive classes.

To find the award winners, we combined the average price paid from TrueCar, Inc. and five-year total cost of ownership data from Vincentric, LLC with the U.S. News Best Cars rankings data. The U.S. News rankings are based on the opinion of the automotive press about a car's performance, interior features and interior comfort, along with reliability and safety ratings.

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The Winners: SUVs and Minivans

2015 Nissan Murano

Best 2-Row SUV: Nissan Murano

Jeep Grand Cherokee
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

Best 3-Row SUV: Hyundai Santa Fe

Toyota Highlander
2015 Honda CR-V

Best Compact SUV: Honda CR-V

Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue
2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Best Hybrid SUV: Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Lexus RX Hybrid
2015 Mazda CX-9

Best Large SUV: Mazda CX-9

2015 Lexus RX 350

Best Luxury 2-Row SUV: Lexus RX 350

2015 Acura MDX

Best Luxury 3-Row SUV: Acura MDX

Infiniti QX60, Lexus GX
2015 Acura RDX

Best Luxury Compact SUV: Acura RDX

2015 Mazda Mazda5

Best Minivan: Mazda Mazda5

The Winners: Cars

2015 Volkswagen Golf

Best Compact Car: Volkswagen Golf

Kia Soul, Mazda Mazda3
2015 Honda Fit

Best Hatchback: Honda Fit

2015 Hyundai Sonata

Best Midsize Car: Hyundai Sonata

2015 Volkswagen GTI

Best Sports Car: Volkswagen GTI

Ford Mustang, Scion FR-S
2015 Honda Fit

Best Subcompact Car: Honda Fit

Kia Rio, Ford Fiesta
2015 Acura TLX

Best Upscale Midsize Car: Acura TLX

2015 Audi A3

Best Upscale Small Car: Audi A3

BMW 2-Series, Audi A4

The Winners: Trucks

New car sales are currently booming, and strong demand has pushed the average new car transaction price to the highest it’s ever been. Buying a cheap car might save you money at the dealership, but if it has an uncomfortable interior, outdated tech features and poor performance, you’ll be disappointed each mile you drive. You might also face higher repair and other ownership costs, and end up paying more overall.

The Best Cars for the Money awards cover 21 different automotive categories, so it's easy to find a great car that's also a great value and works for your lifestyle. If you're in the market for a new car, truck or SUV, the 2015 Best Cars for the Money award winners make excellent choices. 

See photos of the 2015 Best Cars for the Money and also check out the U.S. News Best Car Rankings for a complete list of the best cars on the market. If you want a great deal on a new car, check out our Best Price Program.

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