And Toyota won every single category. Almost.
I look forward to this list each and every year just to see who is going to be make it. I watched a news segment on TV the other night that was discussing how the quality of American cars needs to really catch up with Japanese cars in order to compete, and the guy made a good point – Cars “from” both countries are made here in the U.S., so it’s not in the manufacturing where the problem lies. It starts way before that, in development and design. Just something to keep in mind. Anyway, here is the list of the 10 Best Cars according to Consumer Reports and how they are chosen:
Each must meet these stringent requirements:
- Road tests: Each Top Pick scores at or near the top of its category among more than 260 vehicles we’ve recently tested at our Auto Test Center.
- Reliability: Each has an average or better predicted-reliability Rating, based on the problems subscribers reported on almost 1.3 million vehicles in our Annual Car Reliability Survey.
- Safety: Top Picks have performed adequately in overall safety if tested by the government or the insurance industry. Starting this year, they also must provide a critical safety feature, electronic stability control (ESC), either as standard equipment or as a readily available option. To see how other models compare, consult the Vehicle Ratings charts.
Green car – Toyota Prius
The gas/electric Prius hybrid retains its lock on this category for the fifth straight year. Despite a wave of new hybrid models, the Prius’ 44 mpg overall is still the best we’ve measured in any five-passenger car. The interior is roomy and versatile, and the Prius has been very reliable.
Small sedan – Hyundai Elantra SE
Redesigned for 2007, the Elantra is a well-rounded small car. It provides good fuel economy, a comfortable ride, and an interior that’s quiet, roomy, and well equipped. It also has standard electronic stability control, a proven safety feature that’s absent on many other small cars.
Family sedan – Honda Accord
Redesigned for 2008, the Accord is a well-rounded, roomy sedan with a comfortable ride, agile handling, and smooth, refined powertrains. Electronic stability control is standard on all models, and crash-test results are impressive.
Upscale sedan – Infiniti G35
One of the highest-rated sedans we’ve tested, the G35 successfully blends sportiness and luxury to offer an inviting overall package. Available in rear- or all-wheel drive, it has an exuberant powertrain, agile handling, and a well-crafted interior.
Luxury sedan – Lexus LS 460L
With a score of 99 out of 100 in our road test, the LS is our highest-rated vehicle. It provides a no-compromise environment of comfort and roominess, coupled with an isolating quietness. It also delivers quick acceleration and relatively good fuel economy.
Fun to drive – Mazda MX-5 Miata
With its balanced handling, quick and precise steering, and crisp-shifting six-speed manual transmission, the Miata is a true sports car. It virtually tied the Porsche Boxster in our test scoring, but at about $27,000, it’s roughly half the price.
Small SUV – Toyota RAV4
The impressive RAV4 is versatile, comfortable, and roomy enough for a small third-row seat. The spirited V6 version accelerates quickly (the same as a Mazda Miata from 0 to 60 mph), yet delivers an excellent 22 mpg overall.
Midsized SUV – Hyundai Santa Fe
Redesigned for 2007, the much-improved Santa Fe edged out the Honda Pilot in our tests. It provides a quiet and roomy interior, excellent fit and finish, a refined powertrain, a relatively good ride, and an optional third-row seat. Standard ESC helps provide secure handling.
Minivan – Toyota Sienna
The Sienna is our pick for the second year in a row. Its spacious, quiet, and refined interior is on par with some luxury sedans. And its V6 engine is powerful and fuel efficient. It is also the only minivan available with all-wheel drive.
Pickup truck – Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab
The redesigned Silverado is considerably improved. It achieves a nice balance between work attributes and livability, including a generous payload rating, a comfortable ride, improved interior quality and steering feel, and easy access. ESC is standard on all crew-cab models.
If I had to pick one, I would pick the Prius…but the seats in that Infiniti are by far the most comfortable seats I have ever sat in in a car. I wonder if they would sell me just the seats…