Consumer Reports lists its Top 10 cars, trucks for this year

Consumer Reports

Two car designs from Detroit’s big 3, both Chevrolets, have made their way onto Customer Reports‘ list of most recommended brand-new vehicles for this year.

The Chevrolet Cruze ends up being the Top Pick for a new compact vehicle, knocking off the Subaru Impreza that occupied spot for past years. It joins the Chevrolet Impala, which stays the non-profit organization’s most recommended choice for a big car.

Consumer Reports, because of its well-known independence, is among the most highly regarded sources of advice when it pertains to new cars. The organization purchases all the vehicles it utilizes for testing, instead of borrowing them from automakers, as one way of ensuring that its outcomes resemble those that would be discovered by the average driver.

However vehicles from the Detroit 3, consisting of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, have had a harder time than the import brands making the lists despite constant improvements in design and quality. This year the list shows some variety.

It’s not hogged by Japanese brands. The list includes an automobile from South Korea’s Kia and Germany’s Audi.

Cruze not only was tops in the compact classification, but it vanquished such Japanese-brand essentials as Honda Civic, an upgraded model that has been a hit among purchasers, and Toyota Corolla.

“The Cruze is impressive. With such a smooth ride and peaceful interior, it feels like a much bigger car, and reliability has been solid right out of the gate,” stated Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ director of vehicle testing.

The testers also provided high marks to Honda’s redesigned Ridgeline pickup, which they stated drives more like a car than a truck and had good gas mileage of 20 miles per gallon in general.

The list wasn’t just based on dependability, the ratings for which Consumer Reports is best understood. It likewise factored in road-test performance, owner satisfaction, and safety.

Here are the winners and the rates of the design evaluated:

* SUBCOMPACT CAR: Toyota Yaris iA, $17,570.

* COMPACT HYBRID: Toyota Prius, $27,323.

* LUXURY SUV: Audi Q7, $68,695.

* SPORTS CAR: Mazda MX-5 Miata,$29,905.

* SMALL SUV: Subaru Forester, $27,145.

* MIDSIZED SUV: Toyota Highlander, $41,169.

* COMPACT PICKUP TRUCK: Honda Ridgeline, $36,480.

* COMPACT CAR: Chevrolet Cruze, $23,145.

* MIDSIZED SEDAN: Kia Optima, $25,860.

* LARGE SEDAN: Chevrolet Impala, $39,110.

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