Lexus, Honda earn most spots on US News list of best value cars

FILE - This Jan. 8, 2016, file photo, shows the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica was named the best value minivan by U.S. News and World Report. FILE — This Jan. 8, 2016, file photo, shows the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) (AP/Paul Sancya)
The side styling is eye-catching, with its flared fenders. The lower door panels have interesting shapes and flare out toward the bottom. (WTOP/Mike Parris)
The Lexus NX200t was named the best value luxury compact SUV by U.S. News and World Report. A small crossover, the Lexus NX200t has bold front end styling and is a relatively new addition to Lexus’ lineup. (WTOP/Mike Parris) (WTOP/Mike Parris)
This Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, photo shows the 2017 Honda CR-V, in Detroit. America's family car is no longer the Toyota Camry or some other midsize car. It's the Honda CR-V, a compact SUV, that's getting its first overhaul since 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
The 2017 Honda CR-V was named the best value compact SUV by U.S. News and World Report. This Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, photo shows the 2017 Honda CR-V, in Detroit. America’s family car is no longer the Toyota Camry or some other midsize car. It’s the Honda CR-V, a compact SUV, that’s getting its first overhaul since 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (AP/Paul Sancya)
A model looks at Kia Motors' "The New Soul" during the unveiling ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. The price of The New Soul equipped with a 1.6-liter gasoline engine is 17.5 million won (US$ 15,681) to 21.45 million won (US$ 19,220) on the domestic market. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
The 2017 Kia Soul was named the best value compact car by U.S. News and World Report. A model looks at Kia Motors’ “The New Soul” during the unveiling ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) (AP/Ahn Young-joon)
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FILE - This Jan. 8, 2016, file photo, shows the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
The side styling is eye-catching, with its flared fenders. The lower door panels have interesting shapes and flare out toward the bottom. (WTOP/Mike Parris)
This Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, photo shows the 2017 Honda CR-V, in Detroit. America's family car is no longer the Toyota Camry or some other midsize car. It's the Honda CR-V, a compact SUV, that's getting its first overhaul since 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
A model looks at Kia Motors' "The New Soul" during the unveiling ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. The price of The New Soul equipped with a 1.6-liter gasoline engine is 17.5 million won (US$ 15,681) to 21.45 million won (US$ 19,220) on the domestic market. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

WASHINGTON — Honda and Lexus each had three models make U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Cars for the Money list, the most of all brands represented.

The annual list honors cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans that U.S. News determines give buyers both value and an outstanding ownership experience. The recognition covers 20 different automotive categories.

The report combines both U.S. News’ own tests and opinions to rank cars and combines those results with what it calls every “credible” published review of each model, along with safety and reliability data.

To determine “value,” it used TrueCar data for average new prices, along with a long-term picture of how much the model costs to own, including the cost of gas, insurance and repairs over five years.

Among this year’s winners:

  • Best Compact Car: Kia Soul
  • Best Minivan: Chrysler Pacifica
  • Best Compact Truck: Chevrolet Colorado

Lexus was honored with Best Luxury Midsize Car, Best Luxury 2-Row SUV and Best Luxury Compact SUV. Honda was also honored for Best Subcompact Car, Best Subcompact SUV and Best Compact SUV.

See all 20 winners in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report Best Cars for the Money awards here.

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