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Best cars for the money

U.S. News and World Report recently announced the winners of its Best Cars for the Money Awards.

Ford received the most rewards, for the Taurus, Fusion, Fiesta, Edge and Fusion Hybrid. The Subaru Outback, Audi Q5 and Jeep Wrangler were first-time winners in their categories.

Check out the complete list of winners here.

The magazine updates its car rankings monthly.

The most and least expensive cars to insure

Insurance has put together a list of the most and lease expensive cars to insure. The figures estimate national average annual insurance premiums for a 40-year-old male with a good driving record.

The least expensive 2010 models to insure:

1. Mazda Tribute I, two-wheel drive four-door utility, four cylinders: $1,070.25.

2. Honda Odyssey LX, five door, two-wheel drive, single overhead camshaft van, 6 cylinders: $1,095.26.

3. Mazda Tribute I, four-wheel drive, four-door utility, four cylinders:$1,103.29.

4. Chrysler Town & Country LX, two-wheel drive, four-door 3.3 liter wagon, six cylinders: $1,119.83.

5. Jeep Wranger X, four-wheel drive, two-door 3.8 liter utility, six cylinders: $1,124.38.

The most expensive 2010 models to insure (no big surprises here):

1. Porsche 911 Carrera GT2, two-door coupe, six cylinders: $2,943.78.

2. Mercedes S65 AMG, four-door sedan, 12 cylinders: $2,863.03.

3. Dodge Viper SRT-10, two-door coupe, 10 cylinders: $2,851.89.

4. Porsche Panamera Turbo, All-wheel drive four-door sedan, eight cylinders: $2,837.39.

5. Dodge Viper SRT-10, two-door convertible, 10 cylinders: $2,815.90.

And here are some average car insurance premiums for the top 10 selling vehicles:

1. Ford F-Series pickup: $1,492.71.

2. Toyota Camry: $1,274.61.

3. Chevrolet Silverado pickup: $1,383.10.

4. Toyota Corolla: $1,302.68.

5. Honda Accord: $1,301.20.

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann