Consumer Reports' 2010 Top Picks...And How TCC Rates Them

February 23, 2010
Consumer Reports, the widely respected magazine from the non-profit Consumers Union, has published their annual list of Top Picks, and although Toyota might be maligned in the press due to the current accelerator-related recall hearings, the automaker still has two vehicles (including one Lexus) on the list.

Six of the ten models—the 2010 Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda5, Nissan Altima, Subaru Forester, and Volkswagen GTI—are new to the list, while the Hyundai Elantra SE, Infiniti G37, Lexus LS 460L, and Toyota Prius maintain their top positions.

The Top Picks are based on all of Consumer Reports’ categories of evaluation, including road tests, safety, and reliability.

Consumer Reports evaluated about 280 vehicles for this year at its Auto Test Center, which includes a test track and on-staff safety experts. Its Annual Auto Survey and reliability results, for which it’s arguably best known, are based on subscriber surveys now covering more than 1.4 million vehicles.

For 2010, all vehicles must have electronic stability control, which has been shown to reduce fatalities and injuries; the organization also notes that all of its recommended vehicles have side-curtain airbags.

2010 Toyota Prius

2010 Toyota Prius

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The Toyota Prius tops CR’s top green-car position for the seventh straight year, while the Lexus LS 600hL is again the top model overall. Also of note is that the 2010 Nissan Altima has edged out he 2010 Toyota Camry. Because of the recall and production/sales suspension (and the respective accelerator-related recalls), CR has temporarily suspended the Toyota RAV4 and Highlander from recommendation.

Page through the following to see CR’s Top Picks for 2010, along with how those same models rate here at

[Consumer Reports]

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