Honda Fit, hybrid modelAsian automakers have traditionally fared well in tests conducted by Consumer Reports magazine, and this year is no exception. Overall, eight Japanese and Korean models were named "best values" in their segments, the publication said Monday.

Honda Motor's (HMC) Fit subcompact scored as the best overall value of the 200 vehicles analyzed by the product-testing organization for its 2011 annual auto issue. The venerable Jeep Wrangler, made by Chrysler Group, though known for its off-road capability was named the overall worst value and the worst value among midsize sports-utility vehicles.

The triumphant Fit also took the best-value honor among small cars, besting competing models such as General Motors' (GM) Chevrolet Aveo, which Consumer Reports named the worst value among small cars, though the vehicles are similarly priced at around $16,000.

Low Price Isn't Everything

The Aveo's higher ownership costs, low test score and below-average reliability makes its affordable sticker price no bargain, Consumer Reports said. The difference in owner costs could be $3,000 during the five years that Americans typically keep their cars.

"A low price doesn't necessarily make a car a good value," said automotive editor Rik Paul, in a statement releasing the findings. Consumer Reports used data, including information it compiles from subscribers surveys, to calculate scores based on performance, reliability and ownership costs, including depreciation, by far the largest owner-cost factor.

Several family cars and small SUVs also stood out as good values, including the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Hyundai Sonata and several models from recall-saddled Toyota Motor (TM), notably the Camry, Prius and RAV4.

The magazine's annual auto issue hits newsstands on March 8 and can also be found at

Here's a look at the best -- and worst -- value in each of the eight vehicle segments analyzed by Consumer Reports:

Best Value
  • Small Car: Honda Fit
  • Family Car: Toyota Prius IV
  • Upscale Sedan: Acura TSX (4-cylinder)
  • Luxury Sedan: Hyundai Genesis 4.6
  • Sporty Car: Mini Cooper (base)
  • Wagons/Minivans: Mazda5 Grand Touring
  • Small SUVs: Toyota RAV4 (base, 4-cylinder)
  • Midsized SUVs: Hyundai Santa Fe GLS (4-cylinder)
Worst Value
  • Small Car: Chevrolet Aveo5 1LT
  • Family Car: Chevrolet Impala LT (3.5 liter V6)
  • Upscale Sedan: Buick Lucerne (V8)
  • Luxury Sedan: BMW 750Li
  • Sporty Car: Porsche 911 Carrera S
  • Wagons/Minivans: Kia Sedona EX
  • Small SUVs: Jeep Liberty Sport
  • Midsize SUVs: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

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What? You mean that the much-vaunted Chevrolet Volt is not the best value available? How can that be, when it is "The Car of the Year." Oh, you say that GM has sold only a few hundred so far? That must be the answer--Consumer Reports probably could not find one to evaluate.

March 01 2011 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sorry guys, but Consumer Reports is right on. Their sampling will likely never catch a 2 in a milliion occurrence, but their testing will give you insight from an independent viewpoint on what to look for and how things work. Been a Consumer Reports subscriber for twenty years. It guides me what to look for, from there I make my own jusdgement what to buy. You don't like what you read from it? That's tough in my opinion, kick your money down a rat hole, I'll take some professional advice every time. After all, who can afford to kick their money down a rat hole today?

March 01 2011 at 1:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Anyone who relies on Consumer Report for their auto purchases will get exactly what they deserve - marginal quality boosted by biased self-serving writers that are bought and paid-for (under the table) by Asian manufacturers. It matters not whether it is an auto or any other product, anything U.S. made is garbage and Asian manufacturers have never made a bad product (I know, all of those Toyota products were framed to mandate all of their recalls, and Chinese products are really good - really! Just give them a chance).

The truth is that there are good cars that are American-made, some from Europe, and some from the Pacific rim, and if CR was really honest (Don't count your chickens here), and unbiased (even less chickens to hatch here), this would be shown in their ratings. As is, CR is a biased garbage rag that I moved beyond many years ago.

Although I have had Asian-made cars in the past, I will mow buy only cars made by American companies (Chrysler, G.M. and Ford) and have never had better cars.

March 01 2011 at 1:14 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

All I know is I bought a 2011 Chevroletdown Camaro and it was a piece of shi*. In the five months I owned the car; it was in the shop 3 times and had lots of other annoying little problems. I gave chevy/GM a chance and made a big mistake. Their customer service sucks and so does their products. Never again!!! I went back to Toyota who has been the most reliable of all the vehicles I have owned. At least my Toy was built in America by Americans unlike the Camaro which is built in Canada. Say what you want about CR but my experience is that Honda and Toyota and now Hyundai is the standard for reliability and value. To each their own.

February 28 2011 at 11:17 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Consumer report is a puppet by Toyota.
Honda fit is nothing but recycled garbage tin-can from Asia.
They recycled these American garbage, ship them to Japan and comes back Honda & Toyota products with Ying-Yang price tags on them. RIDICULOUS!!! Honda fit gotta be one of the UGLIEST piece of ****-go-cart on the planet. Even the name of the car is fvcking garbage!!! Honda Fit, Acura TSX, Hyundai Genesis, Mini Cooper, Toyota RAV4,
Hyundai Santa Fe GLS are all bunch of UGLY GARBAGES!!!

February 28 2011 at 11:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to dang6510's comment

Take your potty mouth somewhere else. You are ignorant.

February 28 2011 at 11:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Moron, Moron, Moron. Damn, what a Moron. Who pissed in your gene pool?

February 28 2011 at 11:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

the Prius??? what a joke!!!

Even Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear (NOT a fan of US cars) would admit that the Impala is a better family sedan (saloon) than the "proi-ous" (as he pronounces it)

February 28 2011 at 11:06 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Slava's comment

and the Impala is not even in the top ten of what I'd consider a good family sedan these days...

and come on...picking a Mini over a Porsche...they are DAFT

February 28 2011 at 11:07 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

The Prius is an awesome vehicle. It gets you from A to B in comfort and gets 50 + mpg. Don't knock it till you try it.

February 28 2011 at 11:22 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

CR is useless now days for cars (and many other things). I do know cars very well and this is just plain BS they have come up with. A shame, CR use to be worth researching, but no longer.

February 28 2011 at 11:03 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

Ya, I'm not surprised CR would print garbage like this. You can predict what they'll say every time when it comes to anything from US companies - doesn't matter if its a car or washing machine.

February 28 2011 at 10:53 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

I bought a 2007 uesd with 8,000 miles and have had 0% problems with my first 52,000 miles ( 60,000 Total ). The Std 5 speed averages over 30 miles / gallon and all I have spent on the car is 4 new tires.

February 28 2011 at 9:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Pick any year any month of this rags exsistance..pick any product tv radios washer and dryers blenders makes no difference this rag still heaps praise on anything asian made..from baby bottles to cars all praise for asian made all contempt for anything american made..Partially responsable for this nations collaspe..don't beleive me..research my left wing friends research.

February 28 2011 at 9:16 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply