Guide to Consumer Reports’ Car Ratings

A quick-reference guide to our ratings and testing scores

Last updated: August 2018

Here's a quick-reference guide to all of Consumer Reports' Ratings, from testing and safety scores to reliability and owner-satisfaction information. These ratings lists let you see how a model compares with its competitors in various attributes, so that you can more easily choose the right vehicle for you.

Overall Score: This is a comprehensive score that incorporates road-test performance, predicted reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety. A range of numbers signifies that multiple versions of the vehicle or powertrains were tested.

Road-Test Score: This score shows how the vehicle performed in our 50 objective and subjective tests. A range of numbers means we tested multiple powertrains or versions.

Recommended Vehicles: These are vehicles with an Overall Score among the best in their class.

Model Overviews: Our guide to new-car Ratings and reviews help you interpret the information in our exclusive new-car profiles/model overviews. Consumer Reports' predicted reliability ratings indicate how the vehicles that are currently on sale are likely to hold up.

Best Used Cars: This includes all of the models that showed either above-average or below-average reliability in our latest subscriber survey. (Also see used cars to avoid.)

Reliability Histories: These are detailed reliability ratings that show the individual strengths and weaknesses of models from the past decade. Separate ratings are provided for each model in 17 trouble areas, as well as an overall reliability, the Used Car Verdict.

Owner Satisfaction: These lists indicate how current owners feel about their vehicles, based on our latest subscriber survey. The Ratings show percentage of owners who said they would definitely buy the vehicle again.


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