Cars.com Identifies Best Value Cars

By: Evander Klum

As gasoline prices continue to soar high, the public also continue to find ways to adapt. More and more car buyers are now prioritizing fuel efficiency when looking for a car.

The gas mileage is usually in the top list. Buyers add the sticker price of a car plus its estimated lifetime fuel cost. Through this way, consumers are having a lead as to their total expenses and savings while the car is under their possession.

Patrick Olsen, the managing editor of Cars.com, said that when gasoline prices begin to get high, hybrid cars takes the center stage. According to him, these cars cost less and are very typical for an environment that is aiming for clean air. However, he added that these cars are not affordable to some. He added that there are better choices if one really wants to save money.

Cars.com identified the top 10 vehicles in different car segments that yield the best value on vehicle price and average lifetime fuel costs.

By combining the base sticker price with a fuel cost estimate that is based on the car's estimated gas mileage, the list of these vehicles was compiled.

As to the fuel cost estimates, it was assumed that the car will be driven 15,000 miles per year. Forty five (45) percent of those miles are on the highway and the 55 percent are on city streets. Per gallon, the cost of regular unleaded gasoline in the estimate is $3.13. Another assumption is that car is owned for eight years, and per gallon, the cost of premium fuel is estimated at $3.44.

Dodge, maker of quality , was included in 3 different segments.

In the compact cars segment, Toyota Yaris ranked 1st with Sticker and Lifetime Fuel cost of $21,451. This car is followed by Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Chevrolet Aveo5, Chevrolet Aveo, Nissan Versa, Honda Fit, Toyota Corolla, Saturn Ion, and Kia Spectra.

In the midsize segment, the ranking was as follows: Hyundai Elantra, 1st; Dodge Caliber, 2nd; Toyota Matrix, 3rd; Suzuki Aerio, 4th; Pontiac Vibe, 5th; Toyota Prius, 6th; Kia Optima, 7th; Nissan Altima, 8th; Chevrolet Malibu, 9th; and Hyundai Sonata, 10th.

In full-size cars segment, Chevrolet Impala topped the list. This was followed by Dodge Charger, Ford Five Hundred, Dodge Magnum, Mercury Montego, Toyota Avalon, Buick Lucerne, Kia Amanti, Chrysler 300, and Ford Crown Victoria.

Volvo S40 topped among the luxury with $40,966 as the cost of sticker and life time fuel. Hyundai Azera followed shortly. These two cars were followed by Chrysler Pacifica, Volvo V50, Lexus IS 250, Lincoln MKZ, Volvo V70, Cadillac CTS, Volvo S60, and Mercedes-Benz C230.

The mentioned Volvo, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz luxury cars are recommended to use premium fuel. In the calculations, premium fuel cost is pegged at $3.44 per gallon.

At $33,385, Mazda5 topped the Minivans segment. This was followed by Dodge Caravan, Chevrolet Uplander, Kia Sedona, Chrysler Town and Country, Saturn Relay, Toyota Sienna, Hyundai Entourage, Ford Free Star, and Honda Odyssey.

In increasing order of sticker and lifetime fuel cost, the top SUVs were as follows: Jeep Patriot, Jeep Compass, Kia Storage, Hyundai Tucson, Saturn Vue, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Honda Element, and Saturn Vue Hybrid.

Meanwhile, the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, Mazda B2300, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier, Isuzu i-290, Chevrolet Silverado Classic, and the Mazda B300 were the top pick up trucks.

Cars.com has complete information on these vehicles.

About Car.com

Established in June 1998, Cars.com is the most expansive avenue for those car enthusiasts. It has partnered with over 200 leading metro newspapers, television stations and their websites. From 13,000 dealers, advertisers and private parties, this web site has over 2 million auto mobiles. It was recently chosen by Forbes.com as a "Best of the Web site" for car shopping.

Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures, LLC. The venture is owned by leading media companies that includes Belo (NYSE: BLC), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), the McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), Tribune Company (NYSE: TRB) and the Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).

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