While the classic buff books (Car and Driver, Road & Track, Automobile, etc.) are full of McLarens, Porsches, and Ferraris in any given issue, when many Americans research their next cars, they go to a source that’s been trusted for over 80 years: Consumer Reports. And while your average automotive outlet is talking about things like “passion” and “feel,” CR is interested in facts, everyday drivability, and that’s about it.
Which is why their word is held in such high esteem. They buy all their test vehicles, and they don’t accept anything from automakers — not even advertising in their magazine. They judge cars based on a strict rubric, and report accordingly. No error is overlooked, and there aren’t any bonus points awarded for things like design flourishes or engine notes. If you looked up “unvarnished” in the dictionary, there might be a photo of a CR issue next to it.
That’s why their recommendations are such a big deal. And with the industry expanding after years of explosive growth, the market is clogged with all kinds of vehicles, and it may seem hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. Until today, that is; because we’ve put CR’s highest-rated new models together in one place. If you’re in the market for anything from a hybrid to a sports car to a luxury SUV (or anything else in between), read on and see what models CR has deemed the cream of the crop. You may be surprised.