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The Best Car Values for 2012

2012 Ford Focus

Ford Focus - One of the top values of 2012

Given the uncertainty of the economy, car buyers are especially conscious of getting the most value for their investment. Many new cars not only offer impressive fuel efficiency, but they also come with a long list of standard features that provide an overall improved driving experience. Kiplinger recently released their list of the best car values for 2012 based on a variety of factors, such as resale value, fuel efficiency, amenities, and how well the the vehicle is equipped for its price point. With all of the new models and redesigns this year, buyers have plenty of opportunities to get more than they pay for.


If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, here is a list of some of the 2012 models that we recommend taking a closer look at.

  • The 2012 Ford Focus has been completely redesigned this year. It’s easy to see why this one made the list of best car values for 2012. It offers an all-new exterior design, refined ride, quieter cabin, and an array of high-tech upscale features and options. It also provides plenty of interior space and is capable of achieving 36 mpg on the highway. Listed at under $20,000, the 2012 Focus is a must-see.
  • The 2012 Subaru Impreza comes with a sticker price of $22,845 and is definitely worth every penny. It is one of the only vehicles in its class to offer standard all-wheel drive. Highlights of this year’s Impreza include an all-new interior and exterior design, improved fuel economy, and a more spacious and luxurious cabin.
  • The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid, listed at around $26,000, holds its value well. Its three-year resale value is estimated at 57% and after five years only drops down to 43%.
  • The Porsche Panamera Hybrid is one of the fastest and fun-to-drive fuel-efficient vehicles available. It comes standard with a 380-hp 3.0L V6 supercharged engine and a maximum driving range of a whopping 672 miles. This vehicle will allow you to spend more time driving and less time at the pumps.

Also making Kiplinger’s list of 2012 best car values are the 2012 Honda CR-V, Volkswagen Passat TDI, Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and the Toyota Prius. Be sure to shop around for the best value before signing on the dotted line. There are so many great 2012 models available, it’s important to find the one that will best suit your driving needs.

May 29, 2012 by Jamie Rettig