To become a Top Pick, a car must excel at the publication’s track tests, offer average or better reliability,perform effectively in government or industry crash tests, and return high owner satisfaction scores in Consumer Reports’ surveys. This year’s Top Picks cover a wide variety of models ranging from small roadsters to full-size pickup trucks. In total, 10 cars were chosen with 7 from Japanese brands, two from American brands and one from Korea.
Best Midsize car: Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry has long been one of most popular and trust family sedans. The solid Camry delivers year after year of outstanding reliability.
Best Subcompact Car: Honda Fit
Although it's been criticized for its excessive road noise and harsh ride, but great fuel economy, nimble handling and great interior space to be truly impressive.
Best Compact Car: Subaru Impreza
Subaru is praised for its ride, handling, interior space, intuitive controls, safety tech, great crash test results, its all-wheel-drive system, and the cargo-hauling ability of its hatchback variant.
Best Luxury SUV: Lexus RX
The Lexus for its “quiet and comfortable cabin, effortless power delivery, a smooth ride, and a tastefully done interior fit and finish.”
Best Sports Car: Mazda MX-5 Miata
The MX-5 Miata combines lithe,precise handling with a crisp manual stick and a zoomy engine—that gets an enviable 34 mpg—to create the perfect car for the enthusiast driver and weekend racer.
Best Small SUV: Subaru Forester
The small crossover SUV is praised for its stellar all-wheel-drive system, roomy interior, comfortable ride, and great driving dynamics.
Best Midsize SUV: Kia Sorrento
Although it’s often over shadowed by its more established competitors,The Sorento is a great SUV hiding in plain sight. It offers class-above elegance at mainstream prices.
Best Minivan: Toyota Sienna
A very impressive Toyota multifunctional interior, “magic carpet” ride, energetic powertrain and room for eight. “The Sienna is super-reliable transport with all of the modern features an active, connected family would want.
Best Pickup Truck: Ford F-150
The Ford F-150 for its lighter-weight aluminum construction and the resulting uptick in fuel economy and improved off-the-line performance. The Ford’s roomy and quiet cabin as well as the new Ford Sync3 infotainment system, the F-150 has the best predicted reliability of any domestic truck.
Best Large Car: Chevrolet Impala
The Impala is dynamic and comfortable, combining a cushy ride with responsive handling, beating some elite luxury sedans at their own game.