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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.

Last week they released their Annual Auto Issue, which is a great resource for anybody considering buying a new auto soon.  Along with picking up the full magazine, you can find all of their auto ratings on their website at: ConsumerReports.org 

Consumer Reports' Top Picks are based on their evaluation of more than 270 vehicles; and measured on road tests, reliability, and safety requirements. 

The 2011 Consumer Reports Top Picks include:

Budget Car: 2011 Honda Fit

Small Car: 2011 Hundia Elantra

Family Sedan: 2011 Nissan Altima

Small SUV: 2011 Toyota RAV4

Green Car: 2011 Toyota Prius

Family SUV: 2011 Kia Sorento

Sporty Car: 2011 Ford Mustang

Family Hauler: 2011 Toyota Sienna

Sports Sedan: 2011 Infiniti G37

Pickup Truck: 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

"This year's diverse list of Top Picks reflects the fact that the industry is changing," said Rik Paul, Consumer Reports' automotive editor.  "No one particular manufacturer dominates, as a number of automakers are noe producing high-quality, reliable cars that score well in our tests."