The Best Cars of 2015 for the Money awards highlight cars, trucks and SUVs that have the best combination of positive reviews and long-term value in their class. With the awards covering 10 different automotive categories, one of the winners is sure to fit your lifestyle and your wallet.
❶ Volkswagen GTI
The 2015 Volkswagen GTI may not look like a traditional sports car, but reviewers say that its performance more than makes up for that. They love its tenacious handling and smooth powertrain. Good fuel economy makes the GTI a strong performer on the track and in your budget. That’s part of why it’s the 2015 Best Sports Car for the Money.
❷ Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai has become synonymous with value for a lot of consumers, but value isn’t the only thing that landed the 2015 Hyundai Sonata this year’s Best Midsize Car for the Money Award. Automotive journalists love the Sonata’s quiet cabin that’s built with first-rate materials.
❸ Volkswagen Golf
Coming off a redesign, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf impresses reviewers with its upscale cabin, sporty performance and roomy cargo space. The diesel engine in the Golf TDI helps it get excellent gas mileage, too. It’s the 2015 Best Compact Car for the Money.
❹ Chevrolet Impala
The 2015 Best Large Car for the Money is the Chevrolet Impala. The Impala wins with car reviewers for its upscale interior and potent V6 engine. With those features and its strong long-term value, the Impala is proof positive that you can have a budget-friendly car without a lot of compromises.
❺ Toyota Camry Hybrid
The Toyota Camry Hybrid is the 2015 Best Hybrid Car for the Money, and car reviewers say that it’s proof that hybrids don’t need to sacrifice comfort for fuel economy. In addition to its strong hybrid powertrain, auto writers like the Camry Hybrid’s roomy cabin and user-friendly infotainment system.
❻ Nissan Murano
The redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano has a lot of new features that reviewers love, including an updated transmission, a serene ride and a luxurious interior. It’s the Best 2-Row SUV for the Money.
❼ Audi A3
The 2015 Best Upscale Small Car for the Money is the Audi A3. With its easy-to-use infotainment system, top-notch interior and agile handling, the A3 earns high praise from reviewers. That, along with low ownership costs for the class, make it an award winner.
❽ Acura TLX
A long list of standard tech features, athletic handling, a quiet cabin and a smooth transmission are just some of the things professional test drivers love about the 2015 Acura TLX. As the 2015 Best Upscale Midsize Car for the Money, consumers can be sure the TLX not only has the features and performance they want, but also the long-term value they need.
❾ Lexus RX 350
The Lexus RX 350 has won seven consecutive Best Cars for the Money awards. With its serene cabin and coddling ride, it’s not hard to see why. With low ownership costs and plenty of reviewer praise, the Lexus RX 350 is the 2015 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for the Money.
10 Subaru Outback
Wagons are all about practicality and the Subaru Outback, which is the 2015 Best Wagon for the Money, has practicality in spades. With standard all-wheel drive and gargantuan cargo space, reviewers say the Subaru Outback is a perfect fit for active families.