Toyota has best value: Consumer Reports

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Toyota's Camry Hybrid was rated the best value overall value by Consumer Reports. The group rated it a 2.01 on its scale, meaning it gives owners twice as much value as the average vehicle.

By Gregory Wallace

NEW YORK (CNNMoney – Dec. 18, 2014) — If you’re looking for a car with the best value, you might want to check out Toyota.

Three Toyota cars made this year’s best values list put together by Consumer Reports. It had more cars on the list than any other automaker.

Toyota’s Camry Hybrid was rated the best value overall. Consumer Reports rated it a 2.01 on its scale, meaning it gives owners twice as much value as the average vehicle.

“The Camry Hybrid (Priced at about $29,000) is affordable for the impressive fuel economy, roominess, comfort and all-around functionality it delivers,” Consumer Reports wrote. Automotive Editor Mark Rechtin specifically cited the “stone-cold reliability at an affordable price.”

The other Toyota winners were Prius Four in the compact category and Highlander XLE (V6) among mid-sized SUVs.

At the bottom of the list were Jeep and Mercedes.

Here is the best and worst in each category from Consumer Reports:


Best: Hyundai Accent Sport (hatchback, MT)

Worst: Fiat 500C Pop (MT)


Best: Toyota Prius Four

Worst: Fiat 500L Easy

Luxury Compact Cars:

Best: Buick Regal Premium I

Worst: Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Luxury Midsized/Large Cars:

Best: Lexus ES 300h

Worst: Mercedes-Benz S550 (AWD)

Large Cars:

Best: Chevrolet Impala 2LTZ (3.6)

Worst: Ford Taurus Limited (3.5, V6)

Sports Cars/Convertibles:

Best: Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

Worst: Infiniti Q60 convertible (base)

Midsized Cars:

Best: Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

Worst: Nissan Altima 3.5 SL (V6)

Wagons (AWD):

Best: Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium

Worst: Honda Crosstour EX-L (V6)

Small SUVs:

Best: Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium

Worst: Jeep Cherokee Latitude (4-cyl.)

Midsized SUVs:

Best: Toyota Highlander XLE (V6)

Worst: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

Large SUVs:

Best: Chevrolet Traverse LT

Worst: GMC Yukon SLT

Luxury Compact SUVs:

Best: BMW X3 xDrive28i (2.0T)

Worst: Cadillac SRX Luxury

Luxury Midsized/Large SUVs:

Best: Lexus RX 450h

Worst: Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec

Pickup Trucks:

Best: Nissan Frontier SV (V6)

Worst: Toyota Tacoma (V6)


Best: Mazda5 Grand Touring

Worst: Chrysler Town & Country Touring-L