Consumer Reports Releases Their “Best Cars of 2016″ Report Card
If Consumer Reports’ latest list were a flag, it would certainly consist of four rings and six stars. Luxury brand Audi and mainstream automaker Subaru topped the overall rankings.
A lot of work led to these ratings. The magazine’s staff and 230,000 of its subscribers worked together to test vehicles from 30 brands. They based their decisions on the following categories:
These cars had to have an average or better rating based on problems reported in the 2015 survey. They also had to perform at or near the top in road-test scores. They had to perform excellently in the government and insurance industry’s crash and rollover tests. Audi and Subaru still came out on top: Consumer Reports concluded by recommending 100% of both brands’ test models.
Part of Subaru’s rise to the number two spot had to do with two models performing at the top of their categories. The Forester topped small SUVs, while the Impreza was the top compact car. Mazda came in sixth; the Mazda MX-5 Miata came in first for best sports cars under $40,000. Buick—the only American manufacturer in the top ten—came in seventh. Kia just made it in ninth place. The best midsized SUV spot went to the Kia Sorento.
You can see the full list in Consumer Reports’ website, or you can check out most these models in our showrooms.