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Subarus, Toyotas top Consumer Reports' best cars of 2019

Posted February 21, 2019 11:19 a.m. EST
Updated February 21, 2019 6:02 p.m. EST

Being named a top pick vehicle by Consumer Reports does not come easy.

Each year, the organization’s car experts run more than 50 vehicles through all kinds of paces, from performance to fuel economy, ease of child seat installation and more.

“We're looking at our exclusive reliability data, we're looking at our tests on our test track, we're looking at safety information,” said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports car expert. “We're looking at all of the information that's important when you buy a car.”

The kind of vehicle you buy is also important. Now more than ever, buyers want SUVs more than cars. So, it's no surprise that many of CR's top picks are SUVs.

The top subcompact SUV goes to the Hyundai Kona. Testers were impressed that every trim comes standard with life-saving safety features including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist.

Two Subaru SUVs also made the list this year, Fisher said.

The popular Forester takes the top compact SUV spot, with a roomy interior and excellent fuel economy.

Need more room? The larger three-row Ascent rolled right into Consumer Reports' top spot for midsized SUV.

“It really offers a lot of room and a lot of function,” Fisher said. “And this is a new entry for them, but in reality, it's actually based on some of their other models. It actually has the same underpinnings as the Subaru Forester, so we expect the reliability will be good as well."

If you’re ready to splurge and treat yourself, the BMW X5 is Consumer Reports’ top luxury SUV.

Consumer Reports even declared the redesigned 2019 model one of the best SUVs it has ever tested.

For sedans, four Toyotas make the list, including hybrid versions of the Camry and Avalon, the Prius and the Yaris.

The top full-size pickup is the Ford F-150.