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13 Best in Class Car Values, 2014

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Kiplinger's Best Value Award winners for Best in Class are tops in our 13 categories. There's something here for every buyer and every budget.

The rankings are based on value factors (such as fuel economy and resale values), performance and safety, as well as driving impressions from our own road tests. Vehicles must have a track record of at least one year or, for vehicles that received a face-lift, have powertrains substantially the same as the previous generation.

Among the 13 honorees are one electric vehicle and three diesel models, reflecting the wider selection of powertrains now available from all carmakers.

Several of our winners have been named Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick + by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The criteria this year for a Top Safety Pick includes a good or acceptable rating in all crash tests the Institute conducts. If the vehicle is equipped with a front crash prevention system as well, it receives a Top Safety Pick +.

Because of the increase in crossover models, this year we split the large and midsize crossovers into separate categories. SOURCES: Kelley Blue Book (new vehicle data & ownership costs); Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (Top Safety Pick).

13 Best in Class Car Values, 2014

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