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CR’s Ratings include road test results and safety information. Reliability and owner satisfaction Ratings are based on surveys of millions of subscribers.
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  • Overall Score
    The Highs, Lows, and Overall Rating refer to the model and trim line that we tested. A model earns the "CR Recommended" label by Consumer Reports when it has performed well in our tests, our subscriber -survey data indicate that it should be at least average in reliability, and has performed at least adequately in any government and/or insurance-industry crash tests or government rollover test, if tested. There are several reasons why a model would have no designation: It wasn't tested recently; it didn't test well; it did poorly in a crash test or tip-up in the rollover test; it has a below-average reliability record; it'S too new to have reliability data; or we have insufficeint reliability data.
  • Predicted Reliability
    Predicted reliability is our forecast of how well a model is likely to hold up derived from our latest Annual Car Reliability Survey. We averaged a model's Used Car Verdict for the newest three years, provided the model did not change significantly during that time. Refer to Reliability History for more detailed explanation.
  • Owner Satisfaction
    Indicates percentage of owners surveyed who would definitely purchase the same vehicle again.
  • Accident Avoidance
    A composite score of CR's test results for braking performance, emergency handling, acceleration, driving position, visibility, and seat comfort. Braking and emergency handling carry the most weight.
  • Overall (Mpg)
    Overall MPG (overall mileage) is CR's measurement based on a realistic mix of highway, country-road, and city driving.



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At the bottom of the luxury-vehicle range come models such as the Audi A3 and A4, BMW 2 and 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS, and Mercedes-Benz CLA. These are smaller cars that bridge the gap between mainstream cars and true luxury vehicles. Moving up to their larger counterparts”such as the Audi A6 and A8, BMW 5 and 7 Series, Cadillac CTS and XTS, Infiniti Q70, Lexus ES and LS, and Mercedes-Benz E- and S-Class”brings greater levels of interior room, ride comfort, quietness, performance, and refinement. In other words, true luxury.

Luxury vehicles tend to feature the latest in available technology and a plush interior. Typically they represent the leading-edge of comfort, performance, safety, and other technologies. Generally, luxury cars have an innate quality that goes beyond leather upholstery and wood trim. Materials are of a higher grade than those in mainstream vehicles, with plush carpets, rich fabric, and quiet cabins. Basic power amenities, automatic climate control systems, and uplevel audio systems, including Bluetooth connectivity are expected. Many luxury models also offer all-wheel drive, even in sedan, coupe, and convertible body styles.

Prices can run the gamut. For example, the Acura ILX, Audi A3, and Mercedes-Benz CLA are priced in the low $30,000s. From there, luxury cars can reach all the way up to to $200,000 and more. The most expensive car Consumer Reports has tested is the Mercedes-Benz S550, which cost $114,000.

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