Consumer Reports 10 Top Picks: Best Cars of 2017

Consumer Reports 10 Top Picks: Best Cars of 2017


[CLICK] With nearly 300 models out
there, picking a new car can be a daunting task. Let Consumer Reports
narrow down the list. Start here. Our top 10 picks cover
everything from SUVs to hybrids. All of these cars do
well in our road test, have average or better
reliability and owner satisfaction, and do
well in crash testing. Small SUVs are replacing
sedans for many families. And it’s hard to get more
practical than the Subaru Forester. Top class fuel economy,
fantastic visibility, easy access, and a very capable
standard all-wheel drive system make it stand out
in our ratings. Do you need more room
and a third row of seats? The Toyota Highlander wins
top pick mid-sized SUV. Credit goes to its strong
reliability and a long list of standard safety
features, including forward collision warning and
automatic emergency braking. Our midsize sedan
choice this year doesn’t come from perennial top
pick favorites Toyota or Honda. Instead, it’s the Kia Optima. Stylish, substantial,
and packed with goodies like an optional
heated steering wheel, it’s like getting steak
for the price of hamburger. Style is backed
up with substance with a rock solid reliability
and a long warranty. Want a more compact sedan? Again, the winner
isn’t from Japan. The Chevrolet Cruze
tops its class. Roomy, smooth-riding,
and fuel-efficient, the redesigned Cruze has
also been very reliable. Chevy also takes the
podium with the Impala, winning best large car. Spacious and quiet inside,
it handles and rides better than some
fancy-pants luxury cars. Frequent discounts improve
the already competitive price. The Toyota Prius is
our top pick green car. At 52 miles per
gallon overall, it gets the best fuel economy of
any car that you don’t plug in. But it’s not only efficient. It’s also roomy, reliable,
and comes standard with forward collision warning
and automatic emergency braking. If you’re on a budget, the
subcompact Toyota Yaris iA fits the bill. It feels frisky
and refined, with a full-featured
infotainment system and standard automatic emergency
braking, all for under $18,000. When it comes to
compact pickup trucks, you can’t top the
Honda Ridgeline. During the daily grind,
it drives like a car, with a quiet cabin and
solid ride of a luxury SUV. And when the weekend comes, it
hauls a load of mulch or tows a 5,000-pound trailer. Clever features like the in-bed
trunk and dual action tailgate abound. For driving excitement,
the Mazda MX-5 Miata truly comes alive as
our top pick sports car, with sharp steering,
great fuel economy, and a reasonable price, the
Miata is responsible fun, with great reliability to boot. Finally, do you really
want to treat yourself? Well, you can’t do much
better than the Audi Q7. Our top pick for luxury SUV. Packed inside with traditional
luxury and advanced technology, the Q7 is also a joy to drive. Yes, it’s expensive. But the price brings
a rich payoff. For more on 2017’s top picks,
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