Consumer Reports car names its 2015 Top Picks

Best car models of the year in 10 categories

Published: February 24, 2015 12:45 PM

Tesla Model S
Top Pick: Best overall
Photo: Tesla

The Consumer Reports’ 2015 Top Picks list highlights our choices for the standout models in 10 popular car categories. These vehicles are the best of the best, and we consider all of them to be smart buys.

Our 2015 Picks include models from six automakers and seven brands. Subaru has the strongest showing this year, with three models making the cut. This accomplishment is impressive, given the small product portfolio.

Three American-brand cars made the list, with models from Buick, Chevrolet, and Tesla.

This year, we did not include the pickup truck category because the 2015 Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Colorado are too new to have reliability and testing data, and the Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra and Ram 1500 are not reliable enough. With such a thin field, we decided to pass until next year’s Ratings are in.

Here are the 2015 Top Picks, listed by category with prices as tested...

Best overall: Tesla Model S ($89,650)
Compact car: Subaru Impreza ($21,345)
Midsized sedan: Subaru Legacy ($24,837)
Large car: Chevrolet Impala ($39,110)
Green car: Toyota Prius ($29,230)
Luxury car: Audi A6 ($56,295)
Sports sedan: Buick Regal ($34,485)
Small SUV: Subaru Forester ($26,814)
Midsized SUV: Toyota Highlander ($38,941)
Minivan: Honda Odyssey ($38,055)

All Top Picks must meet Consumer Reports' stringent criteria in three areas: road test, reliability, and safety. They must rank at or near the top of their category on overall road test scores, they must have earned an average or better predicted-reliability Rating based on problems Consumer Reports subscribers reported on 1.1 million vehicles in our latest survey, and they must perform well if included in crash or rollover tests by the government or the insurance industry.

See the complete report on Consumer Reports' Top Picks for 2015.

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