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Old 05-06-2005, 10:20 AM   #1
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New Car Best Deals for May 2005

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IntelliChoice Announces New Car Best Deals for May 2005

CAMPBELL, Calif.--May 6, 2005--PRIMEDIA's IntelliChoice, the leading source for automotive ownership cost and value analysis, today announced its "Best Deals of the Month" selections for May, identifying the vehicles with the best ownership cost value in 29 respective classes. IntelliChoice's "Best Deals of the Month" identify the best car and truck values offered by carmakers based on current vehicle pricing, market conditions and the lowest national manufacturer consumer rebate. IntelliChoice updates their data several times a month in order to capture the many expiring rebates and ongoing programs, giving the consumer the most up-to-date data analysis.

By using the latest information from numerous automotive resources, IntelliChoice evaluates what it costs to buy, own, and operate each new model-year trim line taking into consideration the vehicle's current purchase price, including any manufacturer consumer rebates. The following are highlights of IntelliChoice's Best Deals for May listed alphabetically by class:

Class Brand Model Body

Base Sport Toyota MR2 Spyder Base
Sport

Compact Pickup 2WD Toyota Tacoma Regular
Cab

Compact Pickup 4WD Toyota Tacoma Regular
Cab

Compact over $16,000 Honda Civic Sedan
Hybrid

Compact under $16,000 Honda Civic LX Sedan
Special
Edition

Compact Utility over $21,000 Honda CR-V EX Sport
4WD Utility

Compact Utility under $21,000 Toyota RAV4 2WD Sport
Utility

Full-Size Pickup 2WD 1/2 Ton Toyota Tundra DLX Regular
V6 Cab

Full-Size Pickup 2WD 3/4 Ton Chevrolet Silverado Extended
2500 HD Cab,
Short
Bed

Full-Size Pickup 2WD One Ton Chevrolet Silverado Extended
3500 DRW Cab

Full-Size Pickup 4WD 1/2 Ton Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab
1500 LS

Full-Size Pickup 4WD 3/4 Ton Dodge Ram 2500 Quad Cab,
ST Short
Bed

Full-Size Pickup 4WD One Ton Dodge Ram 3500 Quad Cab,
ST Short
Bed

Full-Size Van GMC Savana Passenger
1500 Van

Intermediate Utility over $28,000 Lexus RX 330 AWD Sport
Utility

Intermediate Utility under $28,000 Toyota Highlander Sport
2WD Utility

Large Toyota Avalon XL Sedan

Luxury Mercedes- CLK320 Cabriolet
Benz

Midsize over $21,000 Volkswagen Passat GL Sedan
TDI

Midsize under $21,000 Toyota Prius Sedan

Midsize/Large Wagon Volkswagen Passat GL Wagon
TDI

Mini-Van over $24,000 Honda Odyssey EX Passenger
Van

Mini-Van under $24,000 Honda Odyssey LX Passenger
Van

Near Luxury Lexus ES 330 Sedan

Small Wagon Volkswagen Jetta GL Wagon
TDI

Sport Acura NSX Coupe

Subcompact Honda Civic HX Coupe

Utility over $36,000 Lexus LX 470 Sport
Utility

Utility under $36,000 Toyota Sequoia Sport
SR5 2WD Utility


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Old 05-06-2005, 11:05 AM   #2
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"Midsize under $21,000 Toyota Prius Sedan"
Are they on Crack???
Once I read this I discounted everything else in the article.
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they are a bunch of japanese guys writing that I swear. The only american vehicles are chivy and dodge trucks...I wouldn't buy either. What a bunch of crap. As on another thread... hybrid vehicles are no deal.
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Seriously if they're recommending only Dodge and Chevy trucks they can't know anything. Ford must really be tricking some customers into buying all those F-series to make it the best selling truck. Idiot writers. Auto journalists have seriously gone downhill.
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Ford is the best selling truck due to marketing. Is it still best selling if you add GMC and Chevy together (same tuck)?
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You guys are reading this list all wrong. The list is based on best value for the $$. Sure, Ford builds the best pickups - but, they charge more for them too.
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Since when is the MR2 Spyder considered a good value? It's way overpriced and underperforming - it was popular for about a year, until people realized it didn't come close to living up to the standards set by the first two generations of MR2, and yet Toyota was charging a premium price for it.

I just checked Toyota's site, they're charging over $25,000 dollars for an MR2... THAT'S a good deal?? They're selling what is essentially a car that hasn't changed since it was introduced here something like five years ago, for $25,000? If you get the sequential-shift transmission it becomes a just-short of $27,000 car. Screw that. I can think of a lot of cars that will outperform it in acceleration and handling, and looks, for that money or less.

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You guys are reading this list all wrong. The list is based on best value for the $$. Sure, Ford builds the best pickups - but, they charge more for them too.
sometimes quality comes with a price.
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SVT4ME - The MR2 is now a discontinued model for Toyota. Toyota's website may not list all the incentives available on these cars now - they are trying to clear them off the lots and you can probably get one for under $20k right now.
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Unless they knock about $10,000 off the price it's still an overpriced car. It has less horsepower than the Focus and an engine that is well-known for being gutless in the torque department. Wouldn't a Mazda Miata be a much better deal?

And they picked the Acura NSX?? Come on! I'm not saying it's a bad car, but it doesn't seem like the best value for the money!
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