Top 10 Automobiles For 2017 According To Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports released its list of the best cars for 2017
Updated June 16, 2017
While a majority of classic auto resources from Car and Driver and Automobile to Road & Track feature the usual Ferraris, McLarens, and Porches in just about any issue, many Americans researching for the best everyday type of car turn to a resource they have trusted for more than 80 years, namely Consumer Reports. This source is trusted for a good reason. While the rest talk endlessly on the drive’s feel and passion, CR focuses on mundane facts that have to do with everyday drivability, which is what really matters in a car.
There are many reasons why CR’s opinion is highly regarded. They actually purchase all their test cars and never accept anything from the manufacturer, including magazine advertisements. They evaluate cars and pass judgment based on a strict set of standards. Errors are never ignored and are reported accordingly. CR does not award bonus points for factors such as design flourishes or even engine notes. You’d probably expect to see a picture of a CR issue next to the definition of “unvarnished” in the English dictionary.
Consumer Report recommendations really do matter in the auto world given that the industry is still expanding fast after years of growth. The market is today clogged with every type of ride making it quite difficult to separate the good from the not-so-good. That was until we put together this list of top 10 Consumer Reports’ highest rated cars for 2017. The list covers the top models as per CR recommendations, from hybrids all the way to luxury SUVs. Be warned, you may just be surprised by some models included here but read on and see what CR considers to be the best cars of 2017.
10. Toyota iA
It’s both a Mazda and a Scion too. Yes, that’s the Toyota iA. Since its launch in 2015, the Toyota iA was sold in its first year as a Scion in the US and as a Mazda 2 in the rest of the world. However, with the end of the Scion brand, the economical compact car joined the Toyota stable and has over time gained praise for giving owners true value for money. It has a perfect solid built with standard emergency braking, 1.5-liter inline four engine coupled with an automatic or 6-speed manual transmission, and an optional complete infotainment system. Starting at below $16,000, this drive is not only a rare find but a safe and reliable entry-level car as well. You can see why CR rates it highest in the subcompact car category.
9. Chevrolet Cruze
The Cruze is well known for being the best-selling Chevy model globally, and for a good reason. The new Cruze was a great hit in 2016 in both hatchback and sedan trims. It was the preferred car for a majority of Chevy buyers. CR had nothing but praise for the car’s excellent looks, a roomy comfortable interior, and its economical 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine. They were so impressed by this compact car that they recommended it as a better alternative to many of the less inspiring midsize cars on the automobile market.
8. Toyota Prius
Similar to the Cruze, the Toyota Prius was another all-new model in 2016. For once in Toyota’s 20-year history, the auto giant chose to go big and bold with the Prius. The car actually gives you 52 miles to the gallon, which gives it the award of the most fuel-efficient car on the non-plug car market. If you throw in its comfortable drive, an elegant interior, and even more safety features, the Prius is definitely worth the CR recommendation.
7. The Mazda MX-5 Miata
If you are looking for an affordable sports car available for less than $30,000, then the Miata is a good choice. It is not only good looking but quite reliable and will give you more fun than you would expect from a world-class sports car within its price range. It’s a well balanced rear-wheel drive Mazda convertible that will not cost much to insure and won’t bankrupt you with huge repair bills.
6. KIA Optima
The KIA Optima has gained much popularity on the midsize sedans market lately. This is probably because of its stylish look, a quiet comfortable interior, and useful standard features that come as expensive options in other cars. Its sporty feel, exceptional fit-and-finish, and a 10-year/100,000 mile warranty make it one of the best choices in the auto industry. The Optima truly gives you value for money.
5. Chevrolet Impala
Full-size sedans may not be getting as much attention as they used to but the Chevrolet Impala is a force to reckon with in this segment. It’s quite spacious with enough room to comfortably seat 5 adults and even more space for their stuff in the trunk. The Impala is, without a doubt, today’s version of the classic highway cruiser. It not only gives the most luxurious drive but delivers excellent power, a cushy interior and great fuel economy as well.
4. The Subaru Forester
The Forester may be a small SUV but it truly gives value for money. Its roomy boxy interior, fuel-efficient boxer engine, a host of safety features, and a standard all-wheel drive have contributed to Subaru’s fame of being one of the fastest-growing auto brands in the US today. The Subaru Forester is a great choice for a growing family.
3. Toyota Highlander
The 2017 Highlander is upgraded with more power, an improved transmission, and additional safety features. The upgrade actually maintained what worked, did away with what didn’t, and added more to the car. On the crowded midsize SUV market, the Highlander may not be the latest or the sexiest model but performs better than its competition.
2. Audi Q7
Despite the talk about Tesla Model S topping CR’s review test, the Q7 was a major contestant too. It scored 96 out of 100 in the most recent test. It’s a neat good looking car from the outside with tech-forward and luxurious additions on the inside. The 7-seat full-size SUV does just about anything you would want in a similar car including sporty performance typical of the Audi brand.
1. Honda Ridgeline
You may not be looking at a Ford F-15 here but this Honda pickup provides just about everything you’d expect to have in a pickup without any shortcomings. It’s roomy enough for 5 with a lot of storage space. It features a deep storage locker and a drop-down tailgate that can swing out. The versatile Ridgeline may not be a true off-roader but it’s just about right for everything else.
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