Yonkers, NY (PRWEB) February 26, 2014
Last year, not a single car from Honda produced it onto Consumer Reports yearly Top Picks list. This year, 3 models within the automakerthe Accord, CR-V plus Odysseyhave earned positions inside the list, that has new winners inside 7 of its 10 categories. Two sister cars, the Scion FR-S plus Subaru BRZ, linked inside the Sports Cars category.
Consumer Reports 2014 Top Picks report, Car Brand Report Cards plus additional key results within the Annual Car Issue were introduced at a hit meeting now before the Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA) inside Washington, D.C. For more details plus videos of the Top Picks, go to http://www.ConsumerReports.org.
The 2014 redesign of the Honda Accord delivered the sedan to the best of its class generating its position because Consumer Reports ideal Midsized Sedan. After a shaky first-year begin, improved security helped the Honda Odyssey clinch the best place inside the Minivan category. The super-practical plus reliable Honda CR-V floated to the best inside the Small SUV category, because CR has not yet tested the redesigned Toyota RAV4 last years choose plus Subaru Forester, removing them from contention.
The fun-to-drive Scion FR-S plus Subaru BRZ, co-developed by Subaru plus Toyota, were both considered Top Picks inside the Sports Cars category due to their super-sharp handling, ample acceleration plus impressive fuel mileage for a fair expense.
This years list has received an overhaul led by Hondas return. After years marked by certain so-so treatments, its comeback is led by the Accords redesign as well as the well-rounded performance plus security of the CR-V plus Odyssey, mentioned Rik Paul, Consumer Reports automotive editor.
For the tenth straight year, the Toyota Prius reigns because CRs Top Pick for Green Cara position it has held a total of twelve occasions. The just alternative car ever to be called a Top Pick inside the Green Car category was the Honda Civic Hybridwhich took the honor inside 2003. The Prius continues to provide the number one gas economy, at 44 mpg total, of any five-passenger, non-plug-in car.
This years Top Pick list additionally sees the return of 2 European automakers, Audi plus BMW. The BMW 328i was called Top Pick inside the Sports Sedan category whilst the Audi A6 was called Top Pick inside the Luxury Car category. Neither carmaker has had a Top Pick inside the previous 10 years. The A6 was praised for the comfortable ride, agility plus good inside standard as well as the 328i for the mixture of handling plus impressive fuel mileage.
Consumer Reports Top Picks are the greatest overall models inside their categories, selected from over 280 cars the business has tested. Top Pick models should meet CRs stringent criteria inside 3 areas: road test, dependability, plus protection. They should rank at or close to the top of their category about total road test scores; they need earned a typical or greater predicted-reliability Rating, based about issues Consumer Reports customers reported about 1.2 million cars inside the newest survey; as well as should work adequately when tested inside crash or rollover tests by the government or the insurance industry.
Consumer Reports 2014 Top Picks list is rounded out by the Hyundai Elantra, Subaru Impreza, plus Toyota Highlander. After a one-year hiatus, the Hyundai Elantra, that provides a lot for the cash, returns to CRs Top Pick list inside the Budget Car category. For the 2nd straight year, the Subaru Impreza has been called Top Pick Compact Car, with both the sedan plus hatchback adaptation noted for their compliant ride plus impressive gas economy for all-wheel-drive vehicles. The Toyota Highlanders comfort, functionality plus consistent above-average dependability helped stake its claim because Top Pick Midsized SUV. The category for Top Pick Pickup Truck takes a break this year considering CR has not yet tested 2 significant contenders: the extensively up-to-date Ram 1500 as well as the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra.
Consumer Reports 2014 Top Picks By Category:
MIDSIZED SEDAN: Honda Accord ($ 23,270 to $ 30,860). Honda nailed it with this redesign its roomy, good to drive, effectively prepared plus pretty gas effective. With its four-cylinder engine, the Accord squeezes out 20 mpg total plus 40 found on the highway, that is because advantageous because the tiny Honda Fit. Higher-trim models have advanced protection attributes rarely found inside this category; all models come with a standard back-up camera.
SPORTS CARS: Scion FR-S ($ 25,025) plus Subaru BRZ ($ 27,117). Co-developed by Subaru plus Toyota, that markets the Scion brand, both are exhilarating to drive, with super-sharp handling, good braking, plus ample acceleration. While they are devoted rear-wheel-drive sports vehicles with jittery rides, noisy cabins plus little back seats, their impressive fuel mileage plus fair sticker costs are welcome nods towards practicality.
BUDGET CAR: Hyundai Elantra ($ 18,445). One of CRs top-rated compact sedans, the well-rounded Elantra provides a lot for the cash. Its roomier plus more processed than a typical subcompact yet gets competitive gas economy. The Elantra moreover offers nimble handling, a very comfortable ride, a smooth, sensitive powertrain, along with a well-finished interior at an affordable cost.
GREEN CAR: Toyota Prius ($ 26,750). Todays pure electrical vehicles are getting the equivalent of 100 or even more mpg. But no active plug-in vehicle may match the Prius hatchback for the blend of gas efficiency, practicality, plus affordability. Its 44 total mpg remains the number one CR has calculated in almost any five-passenger, non-plug-in-vehicle. The Prius roomy interior, comfortable ride, hatchback convenience plus low running bills create it effortless to reside with.
COMPACT CAR: Subaru Impreza (Sedan, $ 21,345; hatchback $ 22,345). The 2014 redesign breathed modern lifetime into the all-wheel-drive Impreza. Both sedan plus hatchback versions are superior sensible vehicles, with nimble handling along with a compliant, absorbent ride which rivals certain deluxe sedans. Fuel economy is impressive for an AWD auto. And the roomy interior, spacious back seat, easy controls, plus refreshingly superior exposure create it simple to reside with.
LUXURY CAR: Audi A6 ($ 56,295). Redesigned for 2014, the A6 is agile, fast, along with a joy to drive, surrounding motorists plus travelers with a sumptuous, impeccably completed cabin thats brimming with all the newest high-tech attributes. The A6s potent, supercharged V6 engine, super-smooth eight-speed automatic transmission, plus comfortable ride add to the business-class feel. It returns decent fuel mileage, even with all-wheel drive.
MIDSIZED SUV: Toyota Highlander ($ 38,578 to $ 47,255). For those whom wish the practicality of a SUV with all the refinement of the advantageous sedan, it offers a quiet, well-finished cabin, and a cushy ride, secure handling, along with a smooth powertrain. The Highlander has additionally consistently maintained above-average dependability.
MINIVAN: Honda Odyssey ($ 36,830). With improved security assisting it earn the best place amidst family haulers, it delivers a comfortable ride along with a roomy, quiet, plus flexible cabin. The V6 engine works perfectly plus delivers a competitive 19 mpg. And a backup camera a perfect protection feature is today standard about all models.
SMALL SUV: Honda CR-V ($ 26,455). Virtues include a smooth, sensitive powertrain, superior gas economy, a compliant ride, great braking, a roomy back seat, surprisingly practical interior, standard backup camera, plus great security. Its moreover among the more competitively priced options inside the class.
SPORTS SEDAN: BMW 328i ($ 43,195). With its latest redesign, the 328i has become roomier, more luxurious plus more gas effective when keeping almost all of its stylish, fun-to-drive characters. Ride comfort plus fit plus finish are impressive. And its 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers fast acceleration, when posting the number one fuel mileage inside its class.
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