Purchasing a car is one of the most significant financial investments you can make. You need to think about what kind of car works well for your lifestyle, the location in which you live, and your family if you have one.
And of course, you want to make sure the quality of your car is worth the price. Earlier this year, U.S. News came out with the list of the 2016 Best Cars for the Money. No matter what type of car you’re looking for, there is bound to be a car that can help you get the most bang for your buck. Below are the best cars for the money in 2016 in a few different varieties, from cars to SUVs, to minivans, to trucks.
Best Compact Car: Honda Civic
According to critics, the redesigned 2016 Honda Civic is one of the top compact cars on the market. With generous passenger and cargo space, responsive handling, and an upscale cabin, the Honda Civic is sure to satisfy anyone who buys it. The Civic is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as well as an optional turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder, which gives a boost in power. The Honda Civic is known to handle corners well and ride smoothly. The quiet interior is complete with spacious rear seats, top notch materials, and trunk capacity well over average for its class. The standard features of the Honda Civic include a rearview camera, Bluetooth, automatic climate control, a USB port, and Pandora Internet radio compatibility.
Best Luxury Compact SUV: Lexus NX
The Lexus NX 200t has a very strong turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. This top notch transmission delivers smooth shifts, and the Lexus NX is rather agile with responsive steering. The interior of the car is equally luxurious. The front seats are supportive and the rear seats supply ample room for passengers. The standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, Bluetooth, push-button start, Siri Eyes Free, a USB port, a rearview camera, and a 7-inch display screen. The Lexus NX is a luxury SUV you won’t regret purchasing.
Best Minivan: Honda Odyssey
The Honda Odyssey is the perfect vehicle for a family with children. The Odyssey has been praised by testers for its smooth ride and agile handling. The interior of the Honda Odyssey is equipped with a number of soft-touch material. The second-row seats are versatile and can be configured in several ways. And if your kids make a mess in the car, no need to worry because there’s even a built-in vacuum. With comfortable front seats, roomy second-row seats, and above average cargo space for its class, the Honda Odyssey is a worthwhile purchase.The standard features include Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a USB port, and an 8-inch infotainment display.
Best Compact Truck: Chevrolet Colorado
From its quiet ride to its comfortable cabin to its potent engine options, the Chevrolet Colorado is the compact truck to beat. It comes with a four-cylinder engine, but many prefer the turbodiesel or the optional V6 engine. The turbodiesel has been praised for its impressive torque and towing capacity. The turbodiesel gets exemplary fuel economy for the class. The automatic transmission of the Colorado shifts smoothly, the steering is very responsive. Inside the truck, there are high-end materials and comfortable seating. Standing features include a 4.2-inch display screen, a six-speaker audio system, and a rearview camera.
Shopping for a car can be difficult, and there is a lot of research involved. But this list will save you some time and effort. These cars are sure to give you the best quality for the value paid.