Intellichoice.Com's Best Car Values For September Shows Rebates Abound, Post Cash-For-Clunkers

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IntelliChoice.com's Best Deals of the month rate new cars, trucks and SUVs based on rebates and five-year cost-of-ownership

The diesel-powered Jetta TDI has five-year ownership costs that are hard to beat.

IntelliChoice.com, the leading source for automotive ownership cost and car values analysis, today announced its "Best Deals of the Month" for new car values for September 2009. The list offers consumers and industry observers insight into which cars, trucks and SUVs offer the best value over a five-year period. This month, brands such as Volvo, Hyundai, Chrysler and Dodge all share the list with long-time winners such as Toyota and Honda.

What's New and Notable
Small car classes remain highly competitive, with Best Deals stalwarts such as the Honda Fit, Toyota Prius, MINI Cooper and Toyota Corolla all vying to remain on top. Very few of the small car classes feature new car rebates of any kind, supporting the trend of consumers remaining on the hunt for greater fuel-efficiency and better car values.

Rebates of the Month
The Pontiac Solstice's $2,500 rebate is enough to put it over the top against the Volkswagen GTI, which won the same class in August and has a very strong following among auto enthusiasts. Also, Volvo car values continue to be competitive with new car rebates of $6,500 on the C70, $7,500 on the S60 and $6,250 on the S80.

Trending Up
Volkswagen, which holds sway in three very competitive classes: the Jetta TDI Wagon holds the top spot among Compacts over $17,000 and among Small/Midsize Wagons. The Touareg, which has not often made IntelliChoice.com's Best Deals list, is tops among Midsize Crossovers.

"The Jetta TDI has the potential to be one of those game-changing cars, much like the Toyota Prius," said Eric Anderson, senior analyst for IntelliChoice.com. "The diesel-powered Jetta TDI has five-year ownership costs that are hard to beat."

The Domestics
There are some bright spots for GM and Chrysler, whose winners have largely come in the large truck classes. This month, with the help of rebates, the Pontiac Solstice Coupe beats out the Volkswagen GTI, and the Jeep Compass takes over the Compact Utility/Crossover class from the Saturn VUE Hybrid.

The Winners
IntelliChoice.com's "Best Deals of the Month" rank which new cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs deliver the best cost of ownership in 31 vehicle classes. The best car values for September 2009 are:

Subcompact Cars - MINI Cooper Hatchback
Compact Cars over $17,000 - Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan
Compact Cars under $17,000 - Honda Fit
Midsize Cars over $21,000 - Toyota Prius
Midsize Cars under $21,000 - Toyota Prius
Convertible - MINI Cooper Convertible
Luxury Convertible - Volvo C70
Near Luxury Cars - Volvo S60
Luxury Cars - Volvo S80
Large Cars - Hyundai Sonata 4cyl
Base Sports Cars - Pontiac Solstice Coupe
Sports Cars - Pontiac Solstice GXP
Small/Midsize Wagon - Volkswagen Jetta TDI Wagon
Sport Sedan/Wagon over $38,000 - Lexus GS Hybrid
Sport Sedan Wagon under $38,000 - Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
Compact Utility/Crossover - Jeep Patriot
Midsize Crossover - Touareg 2 VR6
Luxury Crossover - Lexus RX
Intermediate Utility - Hummer H3
Utility - Toyota Land Cruiser
Luxury Utility - GMC Envoy Denali
Minivan - Chrysler Town & Country
Full-Size Van - Chevrolet Express 1500
Compact Pickup Truck 2WD - Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 2WD
Compact Pickup 4WD - Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 4WD
Full-Size Pickup 2WD Half Ton - Chevrolet Avalanche 2WD
Full-Size Pickup 2WD 3/4 Ton - Ram 2500 Quad Cab 2WD
Full-Size Pickup 2WD One Ton - Ram 3500 2WD
Full-Size Pickup 4WD Half Ton - Chevrolet Avalanche 4WD
Full-Size Pickup 4WD 3/4 Ton - Ram 2500 Quad Cab 4WD
Full-Size Pickup 4WD One Ton - Ram 3500 4WD

The Methodology
IntelliChoice.com's "Best Deals of the Month" analyzes monthly car values based on the seven primary factors that determine a vehicle's long-term ownership costs: fuel economy, maintenance, repair, retained or resale value, licensing, state fees and taxes. Using these seven factors, IntelliChoice.com determines what it costs to own and operate new cars over a five-year basis. The firm examines each and every new car model-year trim line, as ownership costs can vary significantly among different trim lines of the same model.

IntelliChoice.com updates new car values data several times a month from numerous automotive resources, such as fuel costs from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and captures the latest new car rebates and ongoing incentive programs offered by manufacturers. Visit http://www.intellichoice.com for complete car value rankings, including the best used cars on the market.

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