Selecting the top 5 cars for 2015 is a challenge, because people want performance, comfort, good gas mileage, and all of the latest features, for a reasonable price.
Considering all the factors, here are our picks for the top 5 cars for your money in 2015.
1.) Best Subcompact Car – Ford Fiesta
The 2014 Ford Fiesta has nimble performance and a strong list of options available. The car gets excellent gas mileage, getting 27 mpg city and 38 mpg highway with the standard four-cylinder engine. The car comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission, and an automatic transmission is optional. Reviewers rate it highly, and it is reasonable both for the initial purchase price and the longer-term cost of ownership, which puts it in the top 5 cars for your money.
2.) Best Sports Car – Scion FR-S
The 2014 Scion FR-S is affordable for a sports car, without sacrificing the fun you want. It rates highly on both safety and reliability, and reviewers praise its quick and precise handling. The car has a four-cylinder engine which isn't overly powerful, but enough to easily accelerate this lightweight car. There is a standard 6-speed manual transmission, or an optional 6-speed automatic. The responsive brakes, accurate steering, and nimble performance, make this a fun car for driving down a winding road. Add reasonable purchase price and ownership costs, and it makes the top 5 cars for your money in 2014.
3.) Best Midsize Car – Toyota Camry
Drivers like the 2014 Camry for its spacious interior, fuel economy, safety, and reliability. They also appreciate the fact that these cars maintain good value at resale, meaning a lower cost of ownership. The car has an automatic 6-speed transmission, and a gentle ride. You can get it with the standard 4-cylinder engine or an optional V6 if you want more power. Gas mileage comes in at 25 mpg city, 35 mpg highway. It is not a sporty car, but it is comfortable, reliable, and reasonable.
4.) Best Hybrid Car – Ford Fusion Hybrid
Next in the top 5 cars for your money is the Ford Fusion Hybrid. This is a midsize hybrid, which delivers exceptional fuel economy. At 47 mpg (both city and highway), this car gets some of the best gas mileage in its class. The car has a 4-cylinder gas engine together with an electric motor. It is remarkably quiet, and switches between the two power sources seamlessly. The car isn't the most powerful automobile on the highway, but it has power to spare for city driving. With a reasonable purchase price, it wins for the best hybrid car.
5.) Best Compact SUV – Honda CR-V
Reviewers say this car is a standout in its class, with solid performance, a roomy interior, comfortable ride, and numerous standard technology features. Its safety rating, reliability, purchase price, and cost of ownership also combine to place it in the top 5 cars for 2014. The CR-V has a 4-cylinder engine and automatic 5-speed transmission. It is not the most powerful in its class, but it handles smoothly and delivers a comfortable ride and decent gas mileage. All-wheel drive is an option, as well for the Honda CR-V.