This year's 5-Year Cost to Own Award winners for Best Brand and Best Luxury Brand both have a reputation for offering more features for less money than the competition, and both demonstrate excellent long-term value.
Parlaying a well-earned reputation as a "value" brand, its signature industry-leading warranty and a growing reputation for solid vehicle quality, Hyundai captured the prestigious title as Best Brand in the Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own awards program. With strong models in the key sedan segments and a growing list of well-regarded crossovers, Hyundai offers vehicles that many Americans can immediately get cozy with. And if there were lingering questions from some buyers about Korean quality, those questions should be completely dispelled by Hyundai's stellar performance in key quality comparison measures of late. For those who take a green view on autodom, Hyundai offers a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and a fuel cell vehicle, but it is Hyundai's mainstream vehicles that were most instrumental in gaining the CTO crown. From the small Accent to the mighty Equus, Hyundai has you covered with high-quality, low-maintenance cars that are economical to own.
Best Luxury Brand: Acura
Luxury brands don't typically like to talk about value, but Acura owners love to. Acura vehicles offer more features for the money than most of their luxury-brand competitors, they're often more fuel-efficient and they enjoy excellent resale values. It all adds up to total ownership costs that can be many thousands less than those of Acura's European competitors, especially. And that money buys a similarly superior dealership experience, which is becoming a bigger and more appealing part of luxury-car ownership. Acura can keep talking about performance, technology and safety, and let this 5-Year Cost to Own Award do all the talking when it comes to value.