Consumer Reports regularly ranks cars on factors like reliability and bang for the buck. The company recently crunched all the data collected on 2012 models, and now it's announced a list of ten Top Picks for the year.
In compiling its rankings, Consumer Reports looked at three factors: reliability, safety, and a road test. To keep things fair, each data set came from a different source. Reliability was based on surveys of over 1,000,000 vehicles, provided by the magazine's subscribers. Safety data came from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and government sources. And of course, Consumer Reports conducted extensive studies of its own to determine road test scores.
After the dust had settled, the magazine found that Toyota had taken a whopping five out of ten Top Picks. In fact, Asian models heavily dominated the list, with vehicles from Hyundai, Infiniti, Subaru, and Toyota securing eight big wins. Of the remaining two spots, Ford and Chevrolet each scored one.
Here's a list of Consumer Reports' Top Picks, which are awarded by category. Click on any of the links below to see our own reviews of these models:
- Affordable family sedan: Hyundai Sonata
- Green car: Toyota Prius
- Family hauler: Toyota Sienna
- Family sedan: Toyota Camry Hybrid
- Family SUV: Toyota Highlander
- Pickup truck: Chevrolet Avalanche
- Small car: Subaru Impreza
- Small SUV: Toyota RAV4
- Sports sedan: Infiniti G
- Sporty car: Ford Mustang
Although the magazine didn't mention it in conjunction with the Top Picks list, it also put four vehicles on its "worst cars" list, including one from Toyota (though the most egregious offenders came from Jeep). Note, however, that these rankings are based solely on in-house test data from Consumer Reports:
This data is in keeping with yet another list from Consumer Reports, which ranks automakers -- not marques -- on road test scores from their complete lineup of vehicles. (So, for example, GM was ranked on road tests from Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC rides.)
This year, Subaru drove to the top of the automakers list, followed by Mazda, Toyota, Honda, and Ford. Bringing up the rear? Chrysler. More on this study after complete results have been published.
For additional details about Consumer Reports' Top Picks list for 2012, check out the video below, or visit our sister site, Family Car Guide.