Magazine lists its best automotive buys.
Value and reliability are the core issues driving car buyers in search of a new vehicle this year,
and according to Consumer Reports, Americans will have plenty of choices thanks to a once-again competitive field.
The upcoming annual auto issue shows the Honda Fit topping the list for small cars with the best overall value.
When it comes to a best value family car or SUV, Toyota gets high marks twice for the Prius and RAV4.
Ford tested well with reliability and road tests for the Fusion, Flex and Mustang.
The Kia Sorrento is the top pick for overall SUV, the first time the automaker made the list.
The type of car Americans buy and how much they can spend may be dependent on the current rise in oil and gas prices.
In just the past week gas prices shot up four percent.
AAA shows the national average for a gallon of regular is now $3.37, a record high for this time of year.
When it comes to more car for your buck, Consumer Reports say car buyers have another option: buying a used car.
The auto issue found nearly a dozen 2008 models were just as reliable as similar 2010 models.