I love my car, don’t get me wrong, but I really don’t know what’s under the bonnet, and terms like BHP sound to me like a medical condition. However being the thrifty soul that I am, if there is a fuel efficient car that will save me money in these days of high gas prices or there is a car that is good value for money then certainly that interests me a great deal. In fact according to a recent article in Forbes, fuel efficiency has become the single most important factor for people buying a car, even more so than quality, reliability and safety.
The Honda Fit was perceived as the best value for money in the small car segment, at $14,750 with an excellent predicted reliability rating and standard features such as Side curtain airbags; front side airbags with passenger side occupant-position detection system; adjustable steering column; split-folding rear seats and fold-flat seats; antilock brakes; power windows and door locks.
The Scion xB is estimated to be the best small multi functional at the price of $16,700, with standard features such as Front-seat-mounted side airbags; front and rear side curtain airbags; electronic stability control with traction control; tilt steering with audio-mounted controls; height adjustable driver’s seat; auxiliary input and iPod jack. (I really like the ipod jack feature)
The Subaru Impreza is seen as one of the best mid size cars with the suggested sticker price of $17,995 and standard features such as Active front-seat head restraint to reduce whiplash; five-mph impact-absorbing bumpers; front-seat side-impact airbags; side curtain airbags; power door locks, window and mirrors; height-adjustable rear seat headrests; air filtration system.
The Buick Lucerne is among the best large size cars. It costs $27,275 and has standard features like Multiple airbag system; electronic stability control; touch-screen navigation system; 3.9-liter V6 engine; hands-free phone interface; heated power outside rearview mirrors; six-passenger seating available.
The Honda Element is adjudged one of the best utility vehicles at $ 19,780, a roomy substantial car that is good value for money with the standard features of Vehicle stability assist (electronic stability control; side curtain airbags with rollover sensor; front side airbags with passenger-side occupant-position detection system; power door and tailgate locks; height-adjustable driver’s seat; cruise control; rear-seat heater ducts.