"When people think alternative fuel, they think 'Prius,' but there is more to the story," said James Bell, publisher of IntelliChoice.com. "Out of the 29 total 'Best Deal' winners, four are hybrids and three are diesels. In fact, our pick as the top luxury model is Mercedes' E320 CDI, one of the only diesel sedans available in the U.S."
IntelliChoice.com's "Best Deals of the Month" identify new cars, trucks and SUVs with the best ownership cost value in 29 respective classes. Selections are based on current vehicle pricing, market conditions and the lowest national manufacturer consumer rebate. In addition, IntelliChoice.com uses the latest information from numerous automotive resources to evaluate what it costs to buy, own, and operate each new model-year trim line over a five year basis.
The following "Best Deals" for June 2006 are ranked by vehicle type and size:
Class Brand Model ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Subcompact Honda Insight (Manual) Base Sport Honda Civic Si (Manual) Compact over $16,000 Honda Civic Hybrid (Auto) Compact under $16,000 Toyota Corolla CE (Manual) Midsize over $21,000 Honda Accord EX w/Leather (Manual) Midsize under $21,000 Toyota Prius Large Toyota Avalon Touring Near Luxury BMW 325i Sport Chevrolet Corvette Luxury Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI (Diesel) Small Wagon Scion xB (Auto) Midsize/Large Wagon Subaru Outback 2.5i Mini-Van over $24,000 Honda Odyssey EX w/Leather Mini-Van under $24,000 Honda Odyssey LX Full-Size Van Chevrolet Express 1500 Passenger Van Compact Utility over $21,000 Ford Escape Hybrid 2WD Compact Utility under $21,000 Toyota RAV4 2WD Intermediate Utility over $29,000 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2WD Intermediate Utility under $29,000 Honda Pilot LX 2WD Utility over $36,000 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SL 4WD Utility under $36,000 GMC Yukon SL 4WD Compact Pickup 2WD Nissan Frontier King Cab XE 2WD (Manual) Compact Pickup 4WD Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 4WD (Manual) Full-Size Pickup 2WD 1/2 Ton Toyota Tundra Regular Cab 2WD (Auto) Full-Size Pickup 2WD 3/4 Ton Dodge Ram 2500 Quad Cab ST 2WD Short Bed Full-Size Pickup 2WD One Ton Dodge Ram 3500 Quad Cab ST 2WD (Diesel) Full-Size Pickup 4WD 1/2 Ton Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended Cab LS 4WD Short Bed Full-Size Pickup 4WD 3/4 Ton Dodge Ram 2500 Quad Cab ST 4WD Short Bed Full-Size Pickup 4WD One Ton Dodge Ram 3500 Quad Cab ST 4WD (Diesel)
The Importance of Research
IntelliChoice.com updates vehicle data several times a month in order to capture the many expiring rebates and ongoing programs offered by manufacturers--giving consumers the most up-to-date analysis.
IntelliChoice.com's "Best Deals" designation enables consumers to identify how rebates affect a vehicle's value throughout ownership and not just at the time of purchase. Ownership costs can vary significantly among different trim lines of the same model. Additionally, IntelliChoice.com continuously updates fuel costs based on the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Vehicles designated an "IntelliChoice.com Best Deal of the Month" are typically cars and trucks that have good to great ownership cost values before any manufacturer rebate. However, a rebate can often turn a good ownership cost value into a great value, and a great value into an "IntelliChoice.com Best Deal of the Month."
Please visit www.IntelliChoice.com for more information or to check the rebate section of any vehicle report for the most up-to-date incentives.
Part of PRIMEDIA's Enthusiast Media, IntelliChoice is the market leader in automotive ownership cost and value analysis. Founded in 1986, IntelliChoice is committed to empowering consumers to make better purchase decisions by providing independent and essential automotive information and tools. Through the IntelliChoice web site (www.intellichoice.com), consumers get the help they need to research, compare, configure and price vehicles. The site also connects buyers to the buying alternatives of their choice, including vehicle manufacturers and online buying services.
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