Remember that Consumer Reports takes NO adverting dollars and they tend to be very conservative. So here you go (full report)
RE:We think that real value is not necessarily how much you spend but what you get for your money. Vehicles that are reliable, perform well, and don’t cost much to own represent the best values. Overall, small cars and sedans provide the best bang for the buck.
Our list (shown in rank order) below highlights models that offer the best or worst combination of performance, utility, and reliability for the money, considering all owner costs over a five-year period. All have an automatic transmission, except where noted, and typical options. Best values are all recommended.
In the Mid-Sized Cars The top Cars are Mazda 6, Subaru Legacy, Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata
And Worst Cars Chrysler 200, Nissan Alima