Chicago—Feb. 9, 2005— Automotive information source IntelliChoice announced this week the winners of its 19th annual "Best Overall Value of the Year" awards for 2005 model year cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.
IntelliChoice's Best Overall Value of the Year awards recognize vehicles whose cost of ownership is significantly less than that of other peer models and provides a quick reference to finding vehicles that promise the best return on investment.
This year, from the vehicles analyzed, IntelliChoice has identified 37 winning models for segment and class accolades. The overall category winners include:
Best Car Value Under $23,000 - Toyota Prius
Best Car Value Over $23,000 - Lexus LS 430
Best SUV Value Under $28,000 - Toyota Highlander 2WD
Best SUV Value Over $28,000 - Toyota Sequoia SR5 2WD
Best Truck Value Under $26,000 - Toyota Tundra Regular Cab
Best Truck Value Over $26,000 - Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab LS 2WD
Best Van Value Under $25,000 - Honda Odyssey LX
Best Van Value Over $25,000 - Honda Odyssey EX
The IntelliChoice evaluation process aggregates and analyzes data from auto manufacturers, the U.S. government, and third-party data resources to determine the true costs of ownership of new vehicles over a five-year period.