Buying a car can be difficult, especially for somebody who doesn’t know a lot about cars or is inexperienced. Every year, Consumer Reports and its team of evaluators test and scrutinize virtually every car sold in the US. Out of these many cars, a select few stand above the rest and join the group of vehicles known as “Consumer Reports’ Top Picks”. To become a Top Pick, cars need to excel at the publication’s track tests, offer above-average reliability and perform effectively in either government or industry crash-tests. Here is a list of the Top Picks of 2015:
Subaru Impreza – Best Compact Car: The Impreza caught the eye of Consumer Reports for its great interior, quiet ride, strong handling and ultimate value for money ($21,345 as tested).
Subaru Legacy – Best Midsize Sedan: Like its Impreza sibling, the Legacy was able to best some of the most popular cars in the business, thanks to its quiet and comfortable driving experience, as well as the best ride quality in the segment.
Chevrolet Impala V6 – Best Large Car: According to Consumer Reports, this car is proof that GM can still build a great family car. The car was also praised for its comfortable ride, responsive handling and great value for money ($39,110).
Audi A6 – Best Luxury Sedan: The Audi A6 earned its place on the Top Picks for having one of the finest interiors in the business. The publication was also a big fan of its “nimble” handling, exceptional powertrain and world-class fit and finish.
Toyota Prius – Best Green Car: For 12 years in a row now, the Toyota Prius has been a Top Pick. It’s been praised for a winning combination of affordability, smart packaging, great fuel economy and blue-chip reliability.
Buick Regal – Best Sports Sedan: The German Opel Insignia-based Regal, according to Consumer Reports, strikes a “perfect balance” between comfort and sportiness. its suspension offers great control, while its engines offer strong performances.
Honda Odyssey – Best Minivan: This car both rides and handles better than some family sedans, and it’s pleasant to drive.
Subaru Forester – Best Small SUV: With this car, Subaru is able to combine practicality, safety, fuel economy, value and interior accommodations.
Toyota Highlander – Best Midsize SUV: This car offers all of the utility and user-friendliness of a minivan in a more “macho” package. Consumer Reports also praised the vehicle for its smart interior packaging and capable handling.
Tesla Model S – Best Overall: For the second year in a row, Consumer Reports has dubbed this is the best car in the world. It remains the highest-rated vehicle in the history of the publication, with an overall road-test score of 99/100.