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"When people think alternative fuel, they think 'Prius,' but there is more to the story," said James Bell, publisher of "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."'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, 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

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 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.'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, continuously updates fuel costs based on the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Vehicles designated an " 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 " Best Deal of the Month."

Please visit 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 (, 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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