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Best "cost-of-ownership" category winners

While car dealerships have been offering discounts on big pickups and sport utility vehicles for a while, they've recently started to show rebates on smaller rides. A leading source of automotive cost analysis, IntelliChoice.com, announced its "Best Deals of the Month" for June 2008 for all cars, pickups and SUVs.

Evaluating new vehicles with the best ownership cost value in 33 respective classes, IntelliChoice based its decisions on "current car pricing, market conditions and the lowest national manufacturer consumer new car rebate," as well as "what it costs to buy, own and operate each new model-year trim line over a five-year basis."

Here is the complete list. Click on our photo gallery to see 15 of the best choices.

Subcompact car: Toyota Yaris
Compact car over $17,000: Honda Civic hybrid
Compact car under $17,000: Toyota Corolla
Mid-size car over $21,000: Toyota Prius
Mid-size car under $21,000: Toyota Prius
Convertible: MINI Cooper convertible
Luxury convertible: Audi A4 Cabriolet
Near-luxury car: Lexus ES
Luxury car: Lincoln Towncar
Large car: Hyundai Sonata
Base sport car: Volkswagen R32
Sport car: Chevrolet Corvette convertible
Sport sedan/wagon over $38,000: Lexus GS
Sport sedan/ wagon under $38,000: Pontiac Grand Prix GXP
Compact utility/crossover: Mercury Mariner hybrid
Mid-size crossover: Honda Pilot
Luxury crossover: Lexus RX 400h
Small wagon: Toyota Matrix
Mid-size/large wagon: Subaru Outback
Intermediate utility: Isuzu Ascender
Full-size utility: Chevrolet Tahoe
Luxury utility: Lexus GX
Compact pickup 2WD: Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 2WD
Compact pickup 4WD: Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 4WD
Full-size pickup 2WD half-ton: Toyota Tundra Regular Cab 2WD
Full-size pickup 2WD three-fourth ton: Dodge Ram 2500 Quad Cab 2WD
Full-size pickup 2WD one-ton: Dodge Ram 3500 Regular Cab 2WD
Full-size pickup 4WD half-ton: Toyota Tundra Regular Cab 4WD
Full-size pickup 4WD three-fourth ton: Dodge Ram 2500 Quad Cab 4WD
Full-size pickup 4WD one ton: Dodge Ram 3500 Regular Cab 4WD
Minivan: Toyota Sienna
Full-size van: Chevrolet Express 1500
Cargo van: Chevrolet Express 1500 cargo van

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