Not all cars are created equal, and we have the data to prove it. Of course, numbers can tell a variety of tales and we understand every consumer has different priorities. To that end, we have compiled a series of best and worst car lists to highlight performance in a wide variety of categories. The lists linked below can be an excellent tool for filtering down your purchase considerations or for stocking up on vehicular trivia.

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

Learn more about how Consumer Reports tests cars.


Best Overall

Subaru Ascent
Subaru Ascent

10 Top Picks of 2019: Best Cars of the Year
The best new cars of 2019 are outstanding all-around performers—shown to be reliable, safe, and satisfying. That means they have scored high in our stringent track tests and extensive owner surveys. They have won our admiration, and we recommend them with confidence.

Best Cars in Our Tests
Each vehicle is put through a battery of tests at our track to determine its performance, and some models stand out while others do not. Our best and worst cars list highlights the overall top scorers in our ratings and those at the bottom of the list.

Best American Cars, SUVs, and Trucks
These are the highest-scoring models from domestic brands in Consumer Reports' ratings, in each of more than a dozen categories.

Best New Cars Under $30,000
To assist bargain hunters, we have assembled the best new cars and SUVs under $30,000, based on their Overall Score, factoring road test performance, owner satisfaction, predicted reliability, and safety.

Best & Worst Third-Row Seats
Not all third rows are easy to access, nor fit for adult passengers, as our testing has shown. To help in choosing the right three-row model for your needs, we highlight below those models that shined in our tests.


Fuel Economy

Best fuel economy Honda Insight
Best Fuel Economy: Honda Insight

The Most Fuel-Efficient Cars
Fuel economy is an important factor to consider when buying a new car, even when gas prices are down—they won't stay that way forever.

The Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs
SUVs are very versatile vehicles for transporting passengers and cargo, and now you don't have to sacrifice fuel economy to get the space you want. Many SUVs now have fuel economy on par with large sedans.  

Best & Worst Fuel Economy
With high gas prices and a tight economy, drivers need to find relief at the pump. If you’re buying a new car, a fuel-efficient model can save you hundreds of dollars per year over a gas guzzler.


Performance

Tesla Model S
Quickest: Tesla Model S

Best & Worst Acceleration
How fast a vehicle will accelerate is not something that should be of concern only to driving enthusiasts. Being able to merge safely with fast-moving traffic is important regardless of how or what you drive.

Best Safety Performance
A vehicle with good braking and emergency handling can help you avoid an accident. Typically smaller, sportier vehicles perform well in these tests, and larger trucks tend to be slower to maneuver.


Owner Satisfaction & Reliability

Toyota Avalon
Satisfying: Toyota Avalon

Car Reliability
Consumer Reports can no longer recommend six car models because of problems identified in CR’s annual reliability survey. The survey includes data on 470,000 vehicles as reported by their owners.

Who Makes the Most Reliable Cars?
CR ranks the brands and reveals survey results by region.

10 Most Reliable Cars
Purchasing a car is a long-term investment, with the expectation that the car will provide dependable transportation for the long haul. But as our surveys show, not all cars can fulfill that promise.

10 Least Reliable Cars
Our comprehensive annual auto reliability survey shows that some buyers will be taking their brand-new car back to the dealer’s service department sooner and more often than other car buyers will.

Least Reliable New Cars by Size and Class
Bottom-ranked models in 10 popular car, SUV, and truck categories. 

Car Owner Satisfaction: The Most-Loved Models
Our exclusive survey-based ratings point to the cars, SUVs, and trucks that satisfy owners the most.

10 Most Satisfying Cars
The models that bring their owners joy.

10 Least Satisfying Cars 
These models stand out for their disappointment.

Car Brands Ranked by Owner Satisfaction
Car owners tell us about the brands they love—and the ones they don’t.


Car Maintenance

Michelin Cross Climate +
Michelin Cross Climate +

Best Car Tires
CR testing shows the ones that shine for all seasons.

Best SUV and Truck Tires
CR testing reveals the tires that stand out for performance, safety, and treadwear.

Best Winter/Snow Tires
CR testing identifies standout tires with the best cold-weather grip.

Which Brands Make the Best Tires?
Consumer Reports ranks the top tire makers based on test performance.

Best Car Batteries of 2019
We tested 150 of them this year to separate the positives from negatives.