Buying a new car? Top auto picks for 2017
Sandra Hermiston and Ross McLaughlin , CTV Vancouver
Published Friday, March 24, 2017 6:00AM PDT
In the market for a new ride? Consumer Reports is out with its annual list of top vehicle picks. These are the top-performing models that are reliable, safe and get high satisfaction ratings.
Top Small SUV
Small SUVs are the now most popular cars on the road. The Subaru Forester tops the list in this category. Consumer Reports says it “sets the standard for small SUVs” with excellent fuel economy, super-easy visibility, and top-notch safety ratings.
If a midsize sedan is more your style, the Kia Optima beat out the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. It’s stylish, responsive and a good value.
"All of our top picks have high scores in road test performance, reliability, owner satisfaction, safety. These are the ones that beat out the competition," said Tom Mutchler of Consumer Reports.
The roomy Chevrolet Cruze has a smooth and quiet ride with very impressive fuel economy -- 17 kilometres per litre on the highway. And its overall score beat the popular Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.
The redesigned Honda Ridgeline handles and rides far better than any other pickup. It also gets impressive gas mileage and has a versatile tailgate and under-bed storage.
Consumer Reports looks at data across an entire model line to come up with a brand report card. This year, the top three are all German automakers: Audi, Porsche and BMW. At the bottom of that brand report card were Mitsubishi, Jeep and Fiat.
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