At this trim level, the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE offers basic transportation at a bargain, but the available TDI is a much better deal.
The 2014 Ford Escape SE is a fantastic example of "less is more," making acceptable power with a tiny engine and offering exceptional tech in even its base configuration.
The Nike+ FuelBand SE is a minor upgrade to last year's FuelBand, adding Bluetooth 4.0 and a few new motivational wrinkles to its software, but the band's design is more successful than its package of features.
With more power and more tech, the 2012 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0T offers a lot of bang for your buck.
The 2012 Hyundai Accent SE continues Hyundai's streak of great cars with great tech, but the omission of a navigation option keeps this entry-level model from getting top marks.
Among the stiff economy car competition, the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer SE sets itself apart only by its impressive all-wheel-drive system, a feature with limited appeal.
The Toshiba Excite 10 SE looks like, and is, a generic budget-range 10-inch Android tablet...nothing more, nothing less.
For the final installment of my tribute to the most bad assed American automobiles, we take racing to the streets and the drag strip with the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am!
In a sea of compact cars that have a lot of glitz and gimmick for the price, the Jetta remains the one apart with a different flavor and restraint.
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is a great value, packing in a strong assortment of standard and optional cabin tech, good looks, and performance, all while maintaining a relatively low price.