Top 3 Consumer Reports Picks For The Budget Conscious

Every year Consumer Reports releases its lists of top automobiles broken down into categories based on price, fuel efficiency, and other criteria. Here are the three top cars based on Consumer Report’s price and fuel efficiency ratings combined.

Hyundai Elantra

While there are a few vehicles with lower sticker prices, the newly redesigned Hyundai Elantra offers more miles per gallon. With the average price of a gallon of gas rising faster that a hot air balloon, a maximum of 39 mpg is a greater factor than base sticker to many. Still, you can buy a well equipped Elantra for under $20,000.

Toyota RAV4

It may seem strange to include an SUV in the same conversation as  budget consciousness, but the RAV4 delivers on the MSRP and at the pump. The base four cylinder offers a maximum 28 mpg for $22,000. If you want to step up to a more durable six cylinder, you only lose one mile per gallon and $2,000. This is a peppy vehicle with a little extra family room.

Toyota Sienna

There is no way to avoid hauling the entire family from time to time, so why not do it in style and comfort while saving money? The Sienna provides up to 24 mpg from the base four cylinder at a competitive $25,000.

The top picks in other categories are: the Ford Mustang, Honda Fit, Nissan Altima, Toyota Prius, Kia Sorento, Infiniti G37, and the Chevrolet Avalanche. This is a great list of vehicles depending on your preference for class. In addition to fuel savings and low sticker price, each of these vehicles is fairly inexpensive to insure when compared to others in its class.   Look for these at buy here pay here car dealers in your area.