IntelliChoice Picks Hybrids as "Best Deal" for 2006

Honda Civic Hybrid and Toyota Prius make 2006 "Best Deal" list.

Published: 25-Mar-2006

CAMPBELL, Calif. -- March 6, 2006 -- PRIMEDIA's, 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.'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, 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:

Class Brand Model
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
Large Toyota Avalon Touring
Luxury Lexus LS 430
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
Near Luxury BMW 325i
Small Wagon Scion xB (Auto)
Sport Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Subcompact Honda Insight (Manual)
Utility over $36,000 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE 4WD
Utility under $36,000 Chevrolet Tahoe 2WD

The Importance of Research 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.'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, continuously updates fuel costs based on the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Vehicles designated an " 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 " Best Deal of the Month."

Please visit for more information or to check the rebate section of any vehicle report for the most up-to-date incentives.

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