For the first time since the awards began in 2009, Toyota swept the truck categories of the Best Cars for the Money awards given out each year by U.S. News & World Report magazine. In fact, this is the first time the Tundra has won the full-size category, but it’s the fourth time in five years that the Tacoma took the top honor.
According to U.S. News & World Report, the Best Cars for the Money awards are based on a methodology that combines quality and value in more than 21 categories, with the highest composite scores winning each vehicle segment. Quality is measured through U.S. News’ car rankings, which compare vehicles on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of industry experts' opinion. Value is measured by a combination of a vehicle’s five-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle.
“Sweeping the pickup truck segment as ‘Best Cars for the Money’ from U.S. News & World Report is a great honor and reflects Toyota’s commitment to quality, durability and reliability, all key ingredients for great value,” said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager.
Past winners of the Best Fullsize Truck for the Money include the Ram 1500 in 2012, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in 2011, the Ford F-150 in 2010 and the Silverado 1500 again in 2009. The Best Compact Truck for the Money in 2011 was the Suzuki Equator, with the remaining years awarded to the Tacoma.