Consumer Reports has driven the best, safest, and coolest new cars on the market, with the latest gadgets and features, so you don't have to. It's also tested them and crunched owner surveys and other data. And the results are in. Toyota dominated the annual top 10, claiming four spots for itself and one for its luxury brand, Lexus, on this year's list. Because it's complicated, however, that still didn't put Toyota at the top of the best-brands list. Porsche, Genesis, and Subaru finished 1-2-3, while Fiat brought up the rear in spot no. 33 on that list. The nonprofit started with the list of vehicles it had already recommended. This time, only vehicles with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection were eligible. In another first, USA Today reports, the 10 winners were divided into four price ranges instead of dividing them by luxury and non-luxury models or sedans vs. SUVs. Here are the winners, with a bit of Consumer Reports' thinking:
Under $25,000: Toyota Corolla. It's a lot for the money, including safety, mileage, ride and steering.
- Subaru Forester: Owners are happy with it, including its design, ride and fuel economy.
- Toyota Prius: The hybrid, a 17-time winner, holds onto its title.
- Subaru Legacy: A cushy, smooth-riding sedan.
- Toyota Avalon: A large sedan that compares well with luxury brands.
- Kia Telluride: A new, midsize SUV that does many things well, testing historically high.
- Honda Ridgeline: A pickup that drives and rides like a sedan.
- Lexus RX: A midsize luxury crossover that's still among the top vehicles in performance and value.
- Toyota Supra: A two-seater sports car that's back on the list and just fun to drive.
- Tesla Model 3: An electric-high tech sedan with performance and power, nearly silent except for wind noise.
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