Consumer Reports has named its Top 10 picks for car of the year by vehicle class. To make the top ranking, winners have to meet three criteria – must rank at or near top in overall score in road testing; average or better predicted reliability rating; and adequate performance in crash or rollover tests conducted by the government or insurance industry. And the 2013 model year winners are:
Midsized sedan: Honda Accord – the redesigned model is roomy, nice to drive, well equipped and very fuel efficient.
Sports cars: Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. Co-developed by Subaru and Scion-parent Toyota, these are fun to drive, have super-sharp handling, excellent braking, and ample acceleration.
Budget car: Hyundai Elantra – this well-rounded compact car delivers a lot for less than $20,000 – it’s roomier and more refined than typical subcompact and gets good fuel economy.
Green car: Toyota Prius – while several electric cars are getting the equivalent of 100 or more mpg, none of them can match the Prius for its blend of fuel efficiency, practicality, and affordability.
Compact car: Subaru Impreza – comes in sedan and hatchback versions with nimble handling and a compliant, absorbent ride that rivals some luxury sedans.
Luxury car: Audi A6 – The redesigned AG is agile, quick, and fun to drive and filled with the latest high-tech features.
Small SUV: Honda CR-V – a smooth, responsive powertrain, good fuel economy, a compliant ride, excellent braking, a roomy rear seat, and outstanding reliability gave it the strong rating.
Midsized SUV: Toyota Highlander – it’s ideal for people who want the practicality of an SUV with the refinement of a good sedan with a comfortable ride and a smooth powertrain.
Sports sedan: BMW 328i – with its recent redesign, it’s become roomier, more luxurious, and more fuel efficient.
Minivan: Honda Odyssey – it’s reliability has improved and offers a comfortable ride and a roomy, quiet, and versatile cabin.