Best value vehicles and top 10 cars for teens list

US insurance and investment products provider USAA unveiled its second annual Best Value vehicles list that names the top 2012 automobiles in 16 categories for consumers looking to get the most bang for their buck. The 2012 Best Value list includes:

Large Luxury SUV: Audi Q7
Midsize Luxury SUV: Lexus RX 450h (hybrid)
Large Sedan: Dodge Charger
Large Luxury Sedan: Hyundai Genesis
Small Sedan: Hyundai Elantra
Midsize Luxury Sedan: Volvo S60
Large SUV: Chevrolet Traverse
Midsize SUV: Dodge Journey
Small SUV: Kia Sportage

Midsize Sedan: Toyota Camry Hybrid
Large Pickup: Toyota Tundra 2WD
Small Pickup: Nissan Frontier
Sports: Ford Mustang
Coupe: Honda CR-Z (hybrid)
Wagon: Nissan Juke
Minivan: Dodge Caravan

Best Value automobiles offer the best financial value of all vehicles USAA evaluates as part of a broader rating system called USAA Preferred, which uses quantitative data to evaluate vehicles’ cost, safety and reliability, among other key factors.

Top 10 cars for Teens

According to a recent survey commissioned by USAA, the attributes parents say are or will be most important when choosing a vehicle for their teen include reliability (81 percent), a high safety rating (73 percent) and affordable auto insurance (62 percent). For parents seeking a new car for
their teen, USAA identified the USAA Preferred vehicles that possess these attributes to create the first-ever Top 10 for Teens list:

1. Scion tC                             6. Toyota Yaris
2. Nissan Cube                   7. Honda Civic
3. Honda Fit                        8. Hyundai Elantra
4. Scion xD                          9. Honda CR-Z
5. Scion xB                         10. Kia Forte