Are you in the market for a new vehicle? If so you’re in for an exciting process. Buying a car can be overwhelming and just driving around town you can spot hundreds of different types of vehicles. While it’s nice to have a good selection to choose from, the thought of having to pick just one can be a challenge. Thankfully, Consumer Reports has helped narrow down the choices a bit. Through their extensive testing process—that includes a road test and crash test—they check hundreds of vehicles for safety and reliability. Here are their top picks in 10 categories.
Those in the market for a car will appreciate the following categories.
Best Mid-sized Sedan: The Honda Accord is redesigned for 2013 with a roomy interior, great fuel efficiency and a budget friendly price.
Best Sports Car: Two cars were chosen for this category, the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ. Both having excellent handling capability, braking and acceleration. Budget minded consumers will appreciate their fuel efficiency and reasonable price.
Best Budget Car: The Hyundai Elantra is a good buy for the money. Priced under $20,000 it still offers a comfortable ride, roomy interior and reasonable fuel efficiency.
Best Green Car: The Toyota Prius has a lot to offer consumers that want a green, fuel efficient car but can’t or don’t want to spend the extra money on an electric car. Amazing gas mileage, comfortable, practical and affordable make the Prius an overall winning package.
Best Compact Car: The Subaru Impreza has good handling, spacious back seat, and affordability as well as good fuel efficiency that is hard to find in AWD vehicles.
Best Luxury Car: The Audi A6, redesigned in 2012, has all that luxury car buyers are looking for. Smooth ride, speed and agility, and all of the latest technology. And to top it off, the interior has all of the finishing touches that you would expect in a luxury car.
Best Sports Sedan: The 2013 BMW 328i has undergone some redesign that has made it more fun to drive, more luxurious, and more fuel efficient.
Here are the categories for buyers looking for larger or more spacious vehicles.
Best Minivan: The Honda Odyssey has a lot to offer families; its reliability is improved from previous models, its interior is comfortable and spacious, and backup cameras are now standard on all models.
Best Small SUV: The Honda CR-V has many of the features that consumers love in smaller SUVs; good handling, comfortable interior and reasonable fuel efficiency. What helps it beat the competition is its more competitive price.
Best Midsize SUV: The Toyota Highlander combines what many buyers what in both an SUV and a sedan; good handling, comfort, reliability, and power. The hybrid model also has the best fuel efficiency of any midsize SUV on the market.
No matter what type of vehicle you are looking for this list will really help you to narrow down your choices and help you find the next perfect vehicle for your family and your life.