IntelliChoice Picks Hybrids as "Best Deal" for 2006
CAMPBELL, Calif. -- March 6, 2006 -- PRIMEDIA's IntelliChoice.com, the leading source for automotive ownership cost and value analysis, today announced its "Best Deals of the Month" selections for March. It marks the first "Best Deals" listing for model year 2006 vehicles.
IntelliChoice.com's "Best Deals of the Month" identify new cars, trucks and SUVs with the best ownership cost value in 29 respective classes. Selections are based on current vehicle pricing, market conditions and the lowest national manufacturer consumer rebate. In addition, IntelliChoice.com uses the latest information from numerous automotive resources to evaluate what it costs to buy, own, and operate each new model-year trim line.
The following "Best Deals" for March 2006 are listed alphabetically by class:
|Base Sport||Honda||Civic Si (Manual)|
|Compact Pickup 2WD||Toyota||Tacoma Regular Cab PreRunner (Manual)|
|Compact Pickup 4WD||Toyota||Tacoma Regular Cab (Manual)|
|Compact over $16,000||Honda||Civic Hybrid (Auto)|
|Compact under $16,000||Honda||Civic DX (Auto)|
|Compact Utility over $21,000||Ford||Escape Hybrid 2WD|
|Compact Utility under $21,000||Toyota||RAV4 2WD|
|Intermediate Utility under $29,000||Honda||Pilot LX 2WD|
|Midsize over $21,000||Honda||Accord EX w/Leather (Manual)|
|Midsize under $21,000||Toyota||Prius|
|Midsize/Large Wagon||Subaru||Outback 2.5i|
|Mini-Van over $24,000||Honda||Odyssey EX|
|Mini-Van under $24,000||Honda||Odyssey LX|
|Small Wagon||Scion||xB (Auto)|
|Utility over $36,000||GMC||Yukon XL 1500 SLE 4WD|
|Utility under $36,000||Chevrolet||Tahoe 2WD|
The Importance of Research
IntelliChoice.com updates vehicle data several times a month in order to capture the many expiring rebates and ongoing programs offered by manufacturers--giving consumers the most up-to-date analysis.
IntelliChoice.com's "Best Deals" designation enables consumers to identify how rebates affect a vehicle's value throughout ownership and not just at the time of purchase. Ownership costs can vary significantly among different trim lines of the same model. Additionally, IntelliChoice.com continuously updates fuel costs based on the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Vehicles designated an "IntelliChoice.com Best Deal of the Month" are typically cars and trucks that have good to great ownership cost values before any manufacturer rebate. However, a rebate can often turn a good ownership cost value into a great value, and a great value into an "IntelliChoice.com Best Deal of the Month."
Please visit www.IntelliChoice.com for more information or to check the rebate section of any vehicle report for the most up-to-date incentives.
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