10 Top Picks of 2020: Best Cars of the Year

These exceptional new cars shine in CR’s tests and surveys, and each comes standard with key advanced safety features

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We see plenty of great cars at Consumer Reports’ test track. Our Top Picks represent the best of the best. We selected these standouts from hundreds of current models rated by CR and backed by survey data from hundreds of thousands of our members. These cars have some of the highest Overall Scores in their categories, factoring in road tests, predicted reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety.

When selecting Top Picks, we only consider CR-recommended models that come standard with forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection. This is the first year we’ve required standard pedestrian detection to be eligible. This feature works with AEB to sense when people are in a car’s pathway and automatically brake, if needed. We believe all of these features have the potential to save lives and shouldn’t cost extra as part of an options package.

See the vehicles that made Consumer Reports’ annual Top Picks list in 2022, 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there were 6,283 pedestrian deaths from traffic crashes in 2018, the most since 1990.

“Studies and our own testing have shown pedestrian detection systems can help curb this tragic trend,” says Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at Consumer Reports. “We added this requirement to help make this feature commonplace.”

CR gives extra points to the Overall Score for models that have FCW, AEB, pedestrian detection, and blind spot warning (BSW) as standard equipment on all the trims.

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