Honda, Subaru capture coveted spots on Consumer Reports' best bets list
Posted February 25
Honda and Subaru captured four of the 10 spots on Consumer Reports' 2014 list of top cars, which was released Tuesday.
Testers at Consumer Reports spent the last several months driving more than 260 cars, trucks and SUVs hundreds of thousands of miles to whittle down its "best bets" list.
Vehicle safety ratings and consumer recommendations were also considered.
Annual Auto Picks
|Compact Car||Hyundai Elantra SE||Hyundai Elantra||Subaru Impreza||Subaru Impreza||Subaru Impreza|
|Midsized Sedan||Nissan Altima||Nissan Altima||Toyota Camry Hybrid||Honda Accord||Honda Accord|
|Sports Sedan||Infiniti G37||Infiniti G37||Infiniti G37||BMW 328i||BMW 328i|
|Small SUV||Subaru Forester||Toyota RAV4||Toyota RAV4||Honda CR-V||Subaru Forester|
|Mid-Sized SUV||Chevrolet Traverse||Kia Sorento||Toyota Highlander||Toyota Highlander||Hyundai Santa Fe|
|Minivan||Mazda5||Toyota Sienna||Toyota Sienna||Honda Odyssey||Honda Odyssey|
|Green Car||Toyota Prius||Toyota Prius||Toyota Prius||Toyota Prius||Toyota Prius|
|Luxury Car||NA||NA||NA||Audi A6||Audi A6|
|Pickup Truck||Chevrolet Silverado||Chevrolet Avalanche||Chevrolet Avalanche||NA||Ram 1500|
|Best Overall||Lexus LS 460L||NA||NA||NA||Tesla Model S|
The four-cylinder Honda Accord was the top pick for mid-sized sedans. Priced at about $23,000, testers said it's really nice to drive. The Accord gets about 30 miles per gallon overall.
The Dodge Ram 1500, which was the top pickup truck, drives like a luxury vehicle after being redesigned, Consumer Reports said.
The Subaru Forester received top marks in the small SUV category. It has the best fuel economy in its class, easy controls and a large back seat.
"It brought even more room and comfort to an already competitive vehicle," Consumer Reports' Jake Fisher said.
The best car overall was the electric Tesla Model S. Consumer Reports said it handles very well and is loaded with the latest electronic innovations. It gets the equivalent of 84 miles per gallon.
The rest of the "best bets" list:
- Mid-sized SUV: Hyundai Santa Fe
- Compact: Subaru Impreza
- Luxury: Audi A6
- Green: Toyota Prius
- Minivan: Honda Odyssey