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Intellichoice.Com’s Best Car Values For September Shows Rebates Abound, Post Cash-For-Clunkers

Intellichoice.Com's Best Car Values For September Shows Rebates Abound, Post Cash-For-Clunkers











Campbell, CA (PRWEB) September 17, 2009

IntelliChoice.com, the leading source for automotive ownership cost and car values analysis, today announced its "Best Deals of the Month" for new car values for September 2009. The list offers consumers and industry observers insight into which cars, trucks and SUVs offer the best value over a five-year period. This month, brands such as Volvo, Hyundai, Chrysler and Dodge all share the list with long-time winners such as Toyota and Honda.

What's New and Notable

Small car classes remain highly competitive, with Best Deals stalwarts such as the Honda Fit, Toyota Prius, MINI Cooper and Toyota Corolla all vying to remain on top. Very few of the small car classes feature new car rebates of any kind, supporting the trend of consumers remaining on the hunt for greater fuel-efficiency and better car values.

Rebates of the Month

The Pontiac Solstice's $ 2,500 rebate is enough to put it over the top against the Volkswagen GTI, which won the same class in August and has a very strong following among auto enthusiasts. Also, Volvo car values continue to be competitive with new car rebates of $ 6,500 on the C70, $ 7,500 on the S60 and $ 6,250 on the S80.

Trending Up

Volkswagen, which holds sway in three very competitive classes: the Jetta TDI Wagon holds the top spot among Compacts over $ 17,000 and among Small/Midsize Wagons. The Touareg, which has not often made IntelliChoice.com's Best Deals list, is tops among Midsize Crossovers.

"The Jetta TDI has the potential to be one of those game-changing cars, much like the Toyota Prius," said Eric Anderson, senior analyst for IntelliChoice.com. "The diesel-powered Jetta TDI has five-year ownership costs that are hard to beat."

The Domestics

There are some bright spots for GM and Chrysler, whose winners have largely come in the large truck classes. This month, with the help of rebates, the Pontiac Solstice Coupe beats out the Volkswagen GTI, and the Jeep Compass takes over the Compact Utility/Crossover class from the Saturn VUE Hybrid.

The Winners

IntelliChoice.com's "Best Deals of the Month" rank which new cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs deliver the best cost of ownership in 31 vehicle classes. The best car values for September 2009 are:

Subcompact Cars - MINI Cooper Hatchback

Compact Cars over $ 17,000 - Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan

Compact Cars under $ 17,000 - Honda Fit

Midsize Cars over $ 21,000 - Toyota Prius

Midsize Cars under $ 21,000 - Toyota Prius

Convertible - MINI Cooper Convertible

Luxury Convertible - Volvo C70

Near Luxury Cars - Volvo S60

Luxury Cars - Volvo S80

Large Cars - Hyundai Sonata 4cyl

Base Sports Cars - Pontiac Solstice Coupe

Sports Cars - Pontiac Solstice GXP

Small/Midsize Wagon - Volkswagen Jetta TDI Wagon

Sport Sedan/Wagon over $ 38,000 - Lexus GS Hybrid

Sport Sedan Wagon under $ 38,000 - Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart

Compact Utility/Crossover - Jeep Patriot

Midsize Crossover - Touareg 2 VR6

Luxury Crossover - Lexus RX

Intermediate Utility - Hummer H3

Utility - Toyota Land Cruiser

Luxury Utility - GMC Envoy Denali

Minivan - Chrysler Town & Country

Full-Size Van - Chevrolet Express 1500

Compact Pickup Truck 2WD - Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 2WD

Compact Pickup 4WD - Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 4WD

Full-Size Pickup 2WD Half Ton - Chevrolet Avalanche 2WD

Full-Size Pickup 2WD 3/4 Ton - Ram 2500 Quad Cab 2WD

Full-Size Pickup 2WD One Ton - Ram 3500 2WD

Full-Size Pickup 4WD Half Ton - Chevrolet Avalanche 4WD

Full-Size Pickup 4WD 3/4 Ton - Ram 2500 Quad Cab 4WD

Full-Size Pickup 4WD One Ton - Ram 3500 4WD

The Methodology

IntelliChoice.com's "Best Deals of the Month" analyzes monthly car values based on the seven primary factors that determine a vehicle's long-term ownership costs: fuel economy, maintenance, repair, retained or resale value, licensing, state fees and taxes. Using these seven factors, IntelliChoice.com determines what it costs to own and operate new cars over a five-year basis. The firm examines each and every new car model-year trim line, as ownership costs can vary significantly among different trim lines of the same model.

IntelliChoice.com updates new car values data several times a month from numerous automotive resources, such as fuel costs from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and captures the latest new car rebates and ongoing incentive programs offered by manufacturers. Visit http://www.intellichoice.com for complete car value rankings, including the best used cars on the market.

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