Consumer Reports has released a list of its best vehicles of 2017 in the United States.
If you do not know about Consumer Reports. It is a nonprofit organization that provides unbiased product ratings and reviews.
Since 1936, Consumer Reports has been publishing reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services based on results from its in-house testing laboratory and survey research center. The organization buys vehicles from automakers for testing.
This year Top Pick includes 10 vehicles from different segments of the auto maket. All vehicles have scored high in “our stringent track tests and extensive owner surveys. They have won our admiration, and we recommend them with confidence,” Consumer Reports wrote.
Here are the Top Picks of this year:
Toyota Yaris iA
Price as tested: $17,570
The Yaris iA is the winner in the Subcompact Car category. It “feels refined for this entry-level class, with a smooth and willing four-cylinder engine, slick six-speed automatic transmission, and relatively compliant ride,” according to Consumer Reports. The car has a full-featured infotainment system and standard low-speed automatic emergency braking.
Price as tested: $23,145
The recommended compact car is the Chevrolet Cruze. According to Consumer Reports, the Cruze has returned a good 30 mpg during testing. It achieved 47 mpg on the highway if you “look deeper into the data.”
Price as tested: $27,323
The Toyota Prius is the top pick for a new compact hybrid. Its fuel economy in Consumer Reports tests was a 52 mpg overall, the “highest we’ve ever recorded in a car that doesn’t plug in,” according to the organization.
“The car that pioneered the hybrid movement and has defined fuel-efficiency for four model generations still stands tall as an innovative green machine,” Consumer Reports wrote.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Price as tested: $29,905
Mazda MX-5 Miata is the recommended sports car. It is lightweight two-seater car with four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive. “The real magic is in how the machine responds to the driver. The modest power is harnessed to great effect with a slick-shifting manual transmission with closely spaced gear ratios,” according to Consumer Reports.
Midsized Sedan: Kia Optima
Price as tested: $25,860
The Kia Optima holds the top position in the midsized sedan segment. Consumer Reports wrote that the car in the best family sedan with “responsive handling, a steady ride and pleasant powertrain, short stopping distances, easy-to-use controls, and a roomy backseat.”
Large Sedan: Chevrolet Impala
Price as tested: $39,110
Consumer Reports picked the Chevrolet Impala as the leading large sedan.
It has roomy, supportive seats that put you in the perfect position to access the intuitive controls. The Impala’s handling is responsive and secure, according to Consumer Reports.
Small SUV: Subaru Forester
Price as tested: $27,145
The Subaru Forester is the top pick for small SUVs. It has large windows and a boxy shape that maximizes “room for passengers and gear in sharp contrast to style trends exhibited by competitors that compromise practicality,” Consumer Reports wrote. It offers a decent performance with the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The Forester’s fuel economy is 26 mpg overall.
Midsized SUV: Toyota Highlander
Price as tested: $41,169
The Toyota Highlander is the best-midsized SUV, according to Consumer Reports.
“In this competitive segment, midsized SUVs have to do it all well, and none do it better than the Toyota Highlander. Throw in a good performance, fuel economy, and long-term reliability, and Highlander’s appeal is clear,” the organization said its report.
Luxury SUV: Audi Q7
Price as tested: $68,695
Consumer Reports said that the seven-passenger Q7 is the highest-rated SUV they have recently tested. The pricey Audi Q7 “feels more like a luxury sedan than an SUV.” Despite the large size, the Q7 has “genuine agility, with road-hugging chops, a settled ride, and excellent brakes for rapid stops,” according to Consumer Reports.
Compact Pickup: Honda Ridgeline
Price as tested: $36,480
The Honda Ridgeline is the top pick for a compact pickup. The Ridgeline “handles far better than any compact or full-sized pickup, and it shames all non-diesel trucks for fuel economy,” according to Consumer Reports. It is “up for big-time towing or off-road adventures, but this smartly designed truck more than makes up for that with other benefits,” the organization said.