Auto data crunchers Vincentric has released the results of its 2019 Best Value in America Awards.
Brands and models are measured on cost of ownership using eight different metrics. These are depreciation, fees & taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost and repairs.
The winners had lower than expected ownership costs given their market segment and price.
Each vehicle was evaluated in all 50 US states plus D.C. using a range of annual mileage intervals and insurance profiles.
Japanese and European companies dominated the overall brand awards. Honda, Audi, Toyota and Land Rover were joined by RAM – the only US brand to make the cut.
It was a similar story in the segment awards. Examples being the Mitsubishi Mirage, Volkswagen Passat and Mercedes CLA. BMW won the luxury plug-in/hybrid category for its, now aging slightly, i3.
Only in the Truck category do US brands dominate with Ford and RAM taking most of the awards.