The best cars shine in our road tests, as well as with reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety, earning an impressive Overall Score. The journey to that score begins with a car being purchased for testing.

Road-test scores are based on more than 50 individual Consumer Reports tests and evaluations, and they are presented on a 100-point scale.

Our list highlights the top-scoring vehicles in our road tests, and it also highlights those at the bottom of the pack.

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Tesla Model S P85D

Top cars: Tesla Model S P85D

Road-Test Score: 100

This sleek, fully electric four-door luxury car seats five, or seven with the optional rear-facing jump seats. With its standard 75-kWh battery, we found that the Tesla could cover 235 miles on a single charge. The car can be charged in about 6 hours on a dedicated Tesla connector. Performance is exceptional, with quiet and thrilling acceleration, pinpoint handling, and a firm yet comfortable ride—particularly with the standard 19-inch tires and air suspension. The hatchback design aids versatility, and the front trunk is a bonus. A huge iPad-like center touch screen interfaces with most functions but proves to be distracting. Other drawbacks include restricted visibility and range limitations, especially in cold weather. All-wheel drive is now standard, and active safety features are available.

Read the complete Tesla Model S road test.


BMW 750i xDrive

BMW 750i xDrive

Road-Test Score: 99

Among ultraluxury sedans, the BMW 7 Series has always played second fiddle to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But the current 7 aced our tests, with an impressively steady ride, a silkysmooth powertrain, good handling, and a sumptuous cabin. The base 740i is powered by a 3.0-liter, turbo six-cylinder engine. Our 750i, with the polished and punchy 445-hp, 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 and all-wheel drive, rang in at $110,645. Although the controls have a steep learning curve, they prove logical once mastered. The luxurious interior is super-quiet, with impeccable attention to detail and supremely comfortable seats. Interior quality is superb, with the wood, leather, suede, and aluminum trim delivering a modern ambience without looking glitzy. 

Read the complete BMW 7 Series road test.


BMW M235i

BMW M235i

Road-Test Score: 98

This small coupe is exhilarating to drive, with razor-sharp handling and a sporty feel that is missing in other recent BMWs. The 230i is the base version and comes with a 248-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine; the uplevel M240i has a terrific 320-hp, 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder that responds instantly to every prod of the throttle. A 365-hp M2 version with even sportier handling is available. The six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions are slick and super-responsive. The excellent front seats are very supportive, but the rears are very cramped. Interior appointments are first-rate, and the iDrive control system is logical once mastered. All-wheel drive and a convertible are available.

Read the complete BMW 2 Series road test.


Audi Q7 Premium Plus

Audi Q7 Premium Plus

Road-Test Score: 96

Audi's luxury three-row SUV is an impressive vehicle, and is among the best we've ever tested. It employs a supercharged, 3.0-liter V6 engine that is mated to a very smooth eightspeed automatic transmission. This results in effortless acceleration and fuel economy of 20 mpg overall in our tests. The Q7 is very quiet, instilling a sense of tranquility. The ride has an underlying firmness unless you splurge on the Prestige trim and the optional air suspension, which makes it as plush as a luxury car. Handling is responsive and confidence-inspiring. The beautifully finished interior exudes luxury, with excellent seats and a vivid, high-tech digital instrument cluster. The controls prove logical with familiarity. Standard advanced safety systems include forwardcollision warning and low-speed automatic emergency braking.

Read the complete Audi Q7 road test.


Mercedes-Benz S550 (AWD)

Mercedes-Benz S550 (AWD)

Road-Test Score: 96

The S-Class is brimming with features and qualities that make it stand out among luxury cars. A powerful 4.7-liter turbo V8 provides effortless acceleration and delivered 18 mpg overall in our tests. The S-Class brings a whole host of advanced technology, including the ability to follow the road and stop by itself in an emergency. The ride is very plush and steady—the best we've ever tested—and the cabin is ultrahushed. Along with the seats and steering wheel, the door and center armrests are heated as well. Even though the S-Class is large and posh, handling agility is commendable. Many controls are overly complicated, however. A coupe version is available, as is a plug-in hybrid. This year brought new engines that Mercedes-Benz claims are more fuel-efficient.

Read the complete Mercedes-Benz S-Class road test.


Cadillac CT6 Luxury (3.6L, AWD)

Cadillac CT6 Luxury (3.6L, AWD)

Road-Test Score: 95

Cadillac's flagship large sedan possesses some athletic chops and is lively to drive. While the ride is firm, the CT6 is steady and controlled, and the interior is very quiet. The base engine is a turbo-four, but most buyers will opt for the midlevel nonturbo V6; the top trim carries a 404-hp, twin-turbocharged V6. All-wheel drive is standard on versions with V6 engines. The interior is plush and roomy, but in-cabin storage is practically nonexistent. Front-seat comfort is superb, but the rear seat is a bit short on thigh support. Despite updates, the Cue infotainment system remains unintuitive and highly distracting to use. A plug-in hybrid version with an estimated 30 miles of EV range is also available. The CT6 offers GM's Super Cruise driver-assistance system, which operates on freeways and monitors the driver to make sure he or she is paying attention.

Read the complete Cadillac CT6 road test.


Chevrolet Traverse Premier (V6)

Chevrolet Traverse

Road-Test Score: 95

Chevrolet's redesigned Traverse has a quiet interior, a very comfortable ride, and responsive handling, making it a viable alternative to full-sized SUVs such as the Suburban. It's also a competent challenger to established three-row SUVs. The 3.6-liter V6 engine supplies ample power and quick acceleration, and gets 20 mpg overall. Front and second-row captain's seats are comfortable, and the third row is roomy. An eight-passenger configuration is available. The infotainment system is intuitive. The manual sunroof shades are out of place in the $50,000 Premier trim. Only the top trims have forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Standard safety functions include a safety-focused teen driver feature and rear-seat reminder designed to prevent a small child from being left unattended in the Traverse.

Read the complete Chevrolet Traverse road test.


Porsche 911 Carrera S

Porsche 911 Carrera S

Road-Test Score: 95

The 911's iconic shape hides a thoroughly modern sports car, delivering performance and relative refinement. All the engines have been updated, with the base model getting a 370-hp six-cylinder engine and the Carrera S a 420-hp engine, both matched with a seven-speed manual. There are numerous higher-performance versions offered. The 911 is quick, with sublime handling that makes you feel directly connected to the machine. The exhaust note is terrific, and driving the automated manual is almost as thrilling as the stick shift. The 911 isn't particularly taxing on long trips, thanks to its relatively supple ride and subdued noise levels, but the low-slung cabin makes getting in and out a challenge. The interior is beautifully crafted, but the numerous buttons and switches can be daunting at first. 

Read the complete Porsche 911 road test.


Porsche 718 Boxster

Porsche 718 Boxster

Road-Test Score: 95

Porsche's roadster offers turbocharged 2.0- and 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines, replacing the previous Sixes. Most 718s come with a seven-speed automated manual, which impersonates a manually shifted gearbox quite well. A manual transmission is also available. Chopping off two cylinders brought more readily available power and a throaty thrum, but at the expense of Porsche's high-revving zing. Handling is superlative, with impressive grip and balance, which make the car super-responsive and fun to drive. The ride is very firm but not too punishing. The cabin has a premium ambience, but the button overload takes getting used to. Opening or closing the well-insulated power top takes 10 seconds, even on the move up to 43 mph. The front trunk is a bonus.

Read the complete Porsche 718 Boxster road test.


BMW 530i xDrive

BMW 5 Series

Road-Test Score: 94

The 5 Series is a remarkably satisfying car, but one that is no longer the sporty choice of this class. Instead, it's very plush, super-quiet, finely crafted inside, and frugal with fuel. The all-wheel-drive 530i we tested rides comfortably and handles responsively. Its turbo four-cylinder engine had ample power and, paired with a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission, delivered an impressive 26 mpg overall. The 540i uses a punchy 335-hp, 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder that effortlessly delivers power. AWD is available, and standard on the V8-powered M550i. The 530e plug-in hybrid costs about the same as the 530i. It can go about 14 miles on electric power alone and takes 2 hours to charge on a 240-volt charger. Optional active safety systems include forward-collision warning and lane-keeping assist.

Read the complete BMW 5 Series road test.


Bottom Scorers

Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited
Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited

Make & Model

Road-Test Score

Jeep Wrangler JK Limited

20

Mitsubishi Mirage ES

29