2016 Autos Spotlight

10 TOP PICKS

We set a high bar for the cars we rated a Top Pick. Each leader in its category drives well and has a standout overall score composed of a road-test score; predicted reliability rating and owner satisfaction rating based on surveying hundreds of thousands of owners; and safety marks that factor crash-test performance and advanced safety gear. These are truly the top cars.

10 TOP PICKS

We set a high bar for the cars we rated a Top Pick. Each leader in its category drives well and has a standout overall score composed of a road-test score; predicted reliability rating and owner satisfaction rating based on surveying hundreds of thousands of owners; and safety marks that factor crash-test performance and advanced safety gear. These are truly the top cars.

CAR BRAND REPORT CARDS

To determine which brands consistently deliver cars that serve consumers well, we tabulate the overall score, road-test score, and predicted reliability results for each tested model of a brand. We then average those scores at the brand level. This average overall score is used to rank the brands. Topping our Ratings are the luxury brand Audi and mainstream marque Subaru. Only vehicles that are on the market and that we tested factor into the equation.

Overall Score: A Better Way to Find Your Next Car

Consumer Reports' new scoring system encapsulates road-test performance, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety into one overall score, making it simpler to identify the models that are best in class.

Exclusive Road Tests

Before buying a new car, check our comprehensive road tests, which are based on more than 50 tests performed at our 327-acre Auto Test Center.

Best of the Best Used Cars

New cars lose about 46% of their value during the first 3 years. Buy used and, you’ll be able to get a more substantial, better-equipped car. Here are good, reliable choice at multiple price points.

Cars Worth Waiting For

Even though it's still early in 2016, the 2017 models are almost ready to roll out of factory doors. So if you're not in a hurry to buy a new vehicle, consider waiting to test drive one of the newest of the new.

Best New Cars Under $25,000

Keep to your budget without sacrificing performance, safety, fuel economy, or reliability with this targeted list of the best cars, all of which have earned Consumer Reports' recommendation.

Best Car & Truck Tires

Buying tires for your car, SUV, or truck is a serious decision. Our intensive testing does the hard work for you. Here we present the top-performing tires of each type from our most recent tests.

Talking Cars

Our experts bring our testing to life. The informal, fun format results in lively, insightful discussions across a wide range of automotive topics.


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Forward-Collision Warning

Blind-Spot Warning

Cross-Traffic Alert

Backup Camera

CAR SAFETY AT ANY PRICE

Consumer Reports sees forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking as the most promising safety breakthroughs in the automobile industry since the advent of electronic stability control almost two decades ago. We are urging automakers to make those features standard on all cars, from luxury to economy models, as quickly as possible.

We feel so strongly that this level of safety should be available to everyone, no matter their income level, that starting this year vehicles that offer those safety features as part of the car’s base sticker price will receive bonus points in the overall score.

Over time, that effective technology could become as ubiquitous as stability control and as prevalent in the minds of consumers as seat-belt use.

Learn more about why your next car should have this safety feature in our exclusive report.

CAR SAFETY AT ANY PRICE

Consumer Reports sees forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking as the most promising safety breakthroughs in the automobile industry since the advent of electronic stability control almost two decades ago. We are urging automakers to make those features standard on all cars, from luxury to economy models, as quickly as possible.

We feel so strongly that this level of safety should be available to everyone, no matter their income level, that starting this year vehicles that offer those safety features as part of the car’s base sticker price will receive bonus points in the overall score.

Over time, that effective technology could become as ubiquitous as stability control and as prevalent in the minds of consumers as seat-belt use.

Learn more about why your next car should have this safety feature in our exclusive report.

Forward-Collision Warning

NOBODY TESTS LIKE WE DO

Giving consumers the most thorough product information requires expertise and experience. Our staff of 30 engineers, editors, statisticians, and support staff put vehicles, tires, and child safety seats through rigorous testing year-round. We buy all of the cars we rate—rather than borrow them from manufacturers—so we can be sure we get the same vehicles that you would buy.

Formal testing is done at the track and on surrounding public roads. The evaluation regimen consists of more than 50 individual tests. Some are objective, instrumented track tests using state-of-the-art electronic gear that yield empirical findings. Some are subjective evaluations—jury tests done by the experienced engineering staff.

Our team also churns through reams of survey data to bring you the detailed reliability, safety, and owner satisfaction insights you need to buy your next vehicle.