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Consumer Reports Top Autos for 2017

2017 Toyota Yaris iA - Consumer Reports Top Subcompact

Reliable, safe, and satisfying – that’s what it takes to be chosen as one of Consumer Reports’ top picks for any given year. The autos need to have performed well in both track tests and extensive owner surveys. They are ranked based on scores from the road test, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety.

Here are the top picks for each category:

Used Car Models to Stay Away From

2015 Chevrolet Silverado

Most people start shopping for a new vehicle by making a list of the models they like primarily based on looks or possibly recommendations from friends and family. There are also a lot of “Best of” and “Top 10” lists to help you decide which autos to shop for. Another helpful piece of information is Consumer Reports’ list of Used Cars to Avoid Buying.

Consumer Reports Top Picks for 2015

2015 Tesla Model S: Consumer Reports Best Overall

If you are shopping for a new car this month you should check out the latest rankings from Consumer Reports. Every year the magazine’s editors sort through hundreds of vehicle tests to bring you the top vehicles in ten categories and an overall winner.

Consumer Reports Top Picks 2014

2014 Tesla Model S

Consumer Reports’ annual Auto Issue was released this week with reviews, rankings, and of course the magazine’s Top Picks for 2014 Best Cars. Given that Tesla receive a near perfect rating back in May of last year, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Tesla Model S was ranked as the “Best Overall”, superseding all of the other categories and taking the top spot.

Consumer Reports 10 Most Reliable Autos for 2013

2013 Lexus ES300h Hybrid

Consumer Reports has released their annual auto reliability ratings and this year two European automakers and one U.S. brand squeezed their way into the top ten, seemingly breaking the stranglehold Japanese carmakers have had on this list. The annual survey, conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, looks at the experiences of drivers of over one million vehicles. Consumer Reports then compiles reliability histories on vehicles with the data and predicts the dependability of new models.

The top spot on the list went to Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota, which also had the third most reliable vehicle overall, the ES300h Hybrid.

Tesla Posts First Ever Profit

Tesla Model S

After nearly a decade in business Tesla published Q1 results for 2013 showing their first profitable quarter ever.  Tesla posted profits of $11.2 million on record sales of $562 million, a whopping 83% increase over the previous quarter.  While most of this gain was the result of increasing vehicle sales Tesla also benefited from the elimination of a DOE “Warrant Liability” resulting in a one-time non-cash gain of $10.7 million and the sale of Zero Emission Vehicle credits to other car manufacturers to the tune of $68 million.  This stems from California Air Resources Board regulations requiring manufacturers to sell a certain percentage of zero emissions vehicles in Californi

Consumer Reports Auto Issue hits the shelves for 2013

From one of the most trusted and independent sources of consumer products reviews comes the annual Consumer Reports Car Issue for 2013 arriving on the shelves now with the April edition.  This edition of the popular magazine features their "Best & Worst", and "Top Picks", which singles out the most impressive all around vehicles for each category from tests of hundreds of vehicles.

Consumer Reports Auto Reliability Survey Shows Japanese Rising, Ford Falling

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Consumer Reports has released their annual reliability rankings (subscription required to view full rankings), with Japanese automakers, led by the Toyota brands, taking the top seven spots on the list. Ford meanwhile, sank towards the bottom of the list, finishing next-to-last, with their premium brand, Lincoln, only one slot higher.

Toyota, which had suffered some highly-publicized setbacks in recent years, including issues with unintended acceleration, is surely buoyed by these results, with Scion, Toyota and Lexus landing the top three spots in the ratings. Another feather in the Toyota cap: the top vehicle overall was the Toyota Prius C.

How Much Will That New Car Really Cost?

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As auto buyers, we often get caught up solely on the purchase price of a new car. We’re so concerned with the initial outlay of cash or the monthly payment, that we don’t think about the long-term picture. An extensive study by Consumer Reports shows that there is much more to think about when auto buying than the number on the bill of sale.

Best Cars For Teens & Grads

Grad Car

The school year is rapidly drawing to a close, and graduation day is just around the corner. Just as mortarboards will be soon be cluttering the afternoon sky, the internet is cluttered with articles about the best cars for teens and grads. A quick search turns up more than you can shake a tassel at.

All of these articles identify safety and reliability as key factors in selecting a car for your kid, but some include other considerations such as insurance costs. Considerate of your bank account, half of these lists look at used cars, but for you big spenders, there are a few lists that feature reasonably priced new cars. Let’s take a quick look at some of these articles, understand their criteria, and see if we can identify some consensus.

 

Consumer Reports Announces 2011 Top 10 Picks In Primary Categories

When it comes to measuring long term reliability and value, Consumers Union (the publisher of Consumer Reports Magazine) is one of the most respected sources in the industry. So for consumers, it's always helpful to see their ratings on new autos, as you should definitely consider their Top Picks as solid recommendations.