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2017 Autos Spotlight

CR's Annual Report on Car Performance, Reliability, Satisfaction & Safety

10 Top Picks

The best new cars of 2017 are outstanding all-around performers—shown to be reliable, safe, and satisfying. They have won our admiration, and we recommend them with confidence.

10 Top Picks

The best new cars of 2017 are outstanding all-around performers—shown to be reliable, safe, and satisfying. They have won our admiration, and we recommend them with confidence.

Which Car Brands Make the Best Vehicles?

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.

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America's Favorite Car: SUVs

SUVs have gone from being trucky, niche vehicles to the nation’s favorite car. Here’s why they’re outselling sedans.

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.

Proceed With Caution

Automatic shifters used to be familiar, intuitive, and generally safe. Now that carmakers are striving for stylistic differences, the results are sometimes confusing and potentially dangerous.

10 Cars Worth Waiting For

We have our eye on this promising group of new and redesigned models coming later this year. If you’re in the market now, keep these on your consideration list until we test their claims.

Best of the Best Used Car

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.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Nine percent of car, SUV, truck, and van crashes are caused by tires that aren’t up to snuff. Here’s how to determine whether the ones on your car need to be replaced—before they fail.

Driving Into the Future

The promise of self-driving cars is that they will see better than humans, never get lost, and almost never crash. Solving the technical, legal, and ethical challenges to get us there is more complicated—and fascinating—than most people realize, and the stakes for consumer safety are quite high.

Driving Into the Future

The promise of self-driving cars is that they will see better than humans, never get lost, and almost never crash. Solving the technical, legal, and ethical challenges to get us there is more complicated—and fascinating—than most people realize, and the stakes for consumer safety are quite high.

Why Our Car Testing Is Unique

Consumer Reports puts cars, tires, and child car seats through rigorous testing year-round. We buy all of the vehicles we rate to ensure that we get the same vehicles that you’d buy. Formal testing, done at our Auto Test Center and on public roads, consists of more than 50 tests. Some are objective, instrumented track tests using state-of-the-art equipment that yield empirical findings. Some are subjective evaluations—jury tests done by the experienced engineering staff.

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


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