Fuel Efficiency and Smooth Handling Determine Consumer Reports’ 2013 Winners


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.