Best in class: Owner satisfaction

These vehicles are Consumer Reports' top recommended models in their categories.

Consumer Reports has the most comprehensive, consumer-oriented autos-test program in the U.S. We anonymously buy our tested cars from dealerships and conduct more than 50 evaluations on each vehicle, focusing on performance, safety, comfort, convenience, interior quality, fuel economy, cargo capacity, and more.

Our owner-satisfaction Ratings are derived from responses to our Annual Car Owner Satisfaction Survey of Consumer Reports subscribers. We asked owners in our survey if they would buy their particular vehicle again, considering price, performance, comfort, and reliability.

Here, you can see several vehicles that are rated high in owner satisfaction and are among the top recommended vehicles in their categories in our testing. Not only did each earn a high overall score in their class, but they also met our stringent requirements to be recommended.
Toyota Prius
FAMILY SEDANS
Toyota Prius
The Prius has good economy, acceleration, and interior room. It couples a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor and automatically switches between them or runs on both as needed. The engine shuts off at idle and runs on electric power at low speeds. We got an excellent 44 mpg overall in our tests (42 with touring model). More sedans
BMW
UPSCALE SEDANS
BMW 3 Series
The 3 Series blends sportiness and luxury. It is fun to drive, with taut and agile handling and smooth, sporty and fuel efficient powertrains. The 335i uses a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, with 300 hp, the 328i a slightly less powerful version of this engine at 230-hp. All-wheel drive is optional. The ride is compliant even with the run-flat tires. But several controls are awkward to use even without the optional navigation system and complicated iDrive multifunction control system. More sedans
Lexus LS460
LUXURY SEDANS
Lexus LS 460L
The Lexus flagship sedan is a stress-free and relaxing car. The ride is very comfortable and serene in an ultra-hushed cabin, though not quite as absorbent as that of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. It is quick yet relatively sparing with fuel. The eight-speed automatic transmission is super smooth and responsive. Unlike most of its competitors, the controls are user-friendly and fit and finish is exceptional. A very good reliability record and low depreciation have made the LS a standout. More sedans
Honda Civic Hybrid
SMALL CARS
Honda Civic Hybrid
The Honda Civic is refined and economical, with fairly nimble handling and good fuel economy. The 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine is refined, works well with the smooth five-speed automatic, and returned 28 mpg with the automatic and 31 mpg with the manual. The Hybrid gets 37 mpg overall. However, the ride in the Hybrid feels stiffer than the regular Civic, which has a ride that is steady and controlled. Road noise is noticeable, but overall the new Civic is quieter than the previous model. Stability control is standard for 2009. More small cars
Mini Cooper Clubman

WAGONS & HATCHBACKS
Mini Cooper Clubman
The Mini has very agile handling, with quick, precise steering and little body lean, making it truly fun to drive. The base engine has adequate response and the turbocharged one in the Cooper S is very punchy and has a satisfying exhaust note. The rear seat is very tight. Reliability of the hatchback is well above average. The Clubman is a longer version of the Mini Cooper, with a larger backseat and more cargo space. A small rear-hinged door on the right side helps rear access. More wagons
Toyota RAV4
SMALL SUVs
Toyota RAV4
The RAV4 is among our highest rated small SUVs. Despite being larger than the previous-generation model, the RAV4 four-cylinder returns better fuel economy, 23 mpg overall. The optional 269-hp, six-cylinder engine returns an impressive 22 mpg overall. The roomy interior is quiet and comfortable, and the RAV4 has agile and secure handling. More SUVs
Nissan Murano
MIDSIZED SUVs
Nissan Murano (AWD)
The previous-generation Murano was one of the better and sportier car-based SUVs we've tested. The redesigned 2009 model has a nicer interior, standard ESC, a more comfortable ride, and is quieter. Its carryover 3.5-liter V6 is powerful and delivers both strong performance and respectable fuel economy. Handling remains responsive and secure. Roomy, comfortable rear seats and easy access are pluses. The interior is stylish and functional. But limited rear visibility and the recommendation of premium fuel are notable drawbacks. More SUVs
Toyota Sienna
MINIVANS
Toyota Sienna
The Sienna has a powerful and efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine that gives it the edge in our testing over the Honda Odyssey. Both minivans have spacious and refined interiors on par with some luxury sedans. The Sienna is quiet inside and is offered with all-wheel drive. Crash-test results are impressive. More minivans