Vehicle cost analysis specialist IntelliChoice today announced the winners of its 2012 Best Overall Value of the Year award. The company compiles and analyzes data in the areas of depreciation, maintenance, repairs, fuel, fees, financing, and insurance to determine the winners, which are determined to have the lowest total cost of ownership.
Fuel economy figured prominently among this year’s crop of winners, with 5 of the 24 category winners being hybrid models. Other category winners are offered in hybrid trims, but the award was given to the overall model line, such as the Lexus RX and Toyota Highlander.
Toyota dominated this year’s list with nine category winners for the Toyota brand, and 12 winners, when company’s Lexus luxury brand is included. One notable newcomer to the list is the 2012 Toyota Prius v in the crossover/wagon category, which replaced another Toyota, the RAV4 four-cylinder, from the 2011 list. The complete list of winners is below.
|Compact Passenger Car||Honda||Insight|
|Full-Size Pickup LD||Toyota||Tundra|
|Luxury Passenger Car||Infiniti||M37|
|Luxury Performance Car||Audi||R8|
|Performance Car||Chevrolet||Camaro SS Convertible|
|Premium Compact Crossover/Wagon||Audi||A3|
|Premium Compact Passenger Car||Lexus||CT 200h|
|Premium Convertible||Audi||A5 Convertible|
|Premium Passenger Car||Buick||LaCrosse 4cyl|
|Premium Performance Car||Chevrolet||Corvette|
|Premium Sporty/Coupe||Audi||A5 Coupe|
|Premium SUV||Lexus||GX 460|
|Sporty/Coupe||Toyota||Yaris 2-Door Hatchback|