WASHINGTON — On the market for a new car but don’t know where to start?
Consumer Reports has announced its Top Picks for 2018. The vehicles on the list had an outstanding overall score, considering their ranks in four categories: road-test performance, predicted reliability, owner satisfaction and safety.
Seven new vehicles have climbed the ranks of Consumer Reports’ annual list.
A new category for Compact Green Car shows the growing popularity of eco-friendly, electric cars.
Toyota surpasses other manufacturers with four models on the list; the only other manufacturer with more than one vehicle on this year’s list is Chevrolet.
Below is the complete Consumer Reports list. Prices are listed as tested.
Large Car: Chevrolet Impala
Consumer Reports said driving this vehicle is like driving a luxury car. It has a quiet cabin with attractive, high-quality materials and the handling “is commendable.”
Two 2013 Chevrolet Impalas are unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, in New York’s Javits Center, Wednesday, April 4, 2012. General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet brand is trying to resuscitate sales of big sedans with a sleek, new version of the Impala. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Compact Car: Toyota Corolla
It’s a fuel-efficient, reliable sedan with plenty of room in its interior. Consumer Reports said the vehicle’s handling is secure, with 32 mpg overall.
The 2011 Toyota Corolla is shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. It would be easy to think Toyota’s biggest problem is its damaged reputation caused by sudden acceleration recalls, millions in government fines and massive lawsuits and settlements. But what’s hurting the company most is an aging lineup of boring cars. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Compact Green Car: Chevrolet Bolt
The all-electric Bolt debuts as the top pick for this brand-new category. Its 60-kWh battery pack holds a generous charge and the vehicle delivers a strong driving performance, according to Consumer Reports.
The Chevrolet Bolt, winner of the North American Car of the Year award, is on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Compact SUV: Subaru Forester
This reliable vehicle has great fuel economy and lots of room for passengers. It has a 2.5-liter engine that gives it its decent performance.
Subaru Forester is shown during it’s world debut at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Midsized Car: Toyota Camry
The recent redesign to the family sedan added more flair and better handling. Fuel economy improved to 32 mpg; the hybrid LE version yielded 47 mpg overall.
The 2012 Toyota Camry is unveiled during a news conference in Dearborn, Mich., Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. While it promises new technology and other upgrades, America’s best-selling car faces a fight to stay on top with its first redesign of the Camry in five years (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Midsized SUV: Toyota Highlander
This SUV is a great alternative to a minivan. It accommodates eight passengers in its three rows. It has all-weather traction, lots of interior space. Consumer Report touts its performance, fuel economy and reliability.
The 2014 Toyota Highlander is presented at the New York International Auto Show, in New York’s Javits Center, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Minivan: Toyota Sienna
Consumer Reports calls this vehicle the “all-around package” with a comfortable ride. It includes respectable fuel economy a roomy interior and seating for eight.
The 2011 Toyota Sienna debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Full-sized Pickup Truck: Ford F-150
This “workhorse” of a vehicle boasts a weight-reduced design and a turbocharged six-cyclinder engine. It has 19 mpg and accelerates quickly.
A customer looks over a Ford F-150 in the showroom of Formula Ford on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 in Montpelier, Vt. Ford earned its biggest profit in more than a decade in 2010 as robust car and truck sales and years of cost cuts paid off for the company. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
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Luxury Compact Car: Audi A4
Consumer reports says this vehicle is sporty, luxurious and satisfying to drive. It has secure handling and responsive steering; its four-cyclinder engine still manages to be fuel-efficient.
In this image released on Thursday, March 3, 2016, an Audi A4 in crystal effect paint finish Ara Blue is seen on the road. The Audi Group plans to launch more than 20 new or revised models and to continue its growth in 2016. Despite major challenges, the Ingolstadt-based company performed successfully last year and set a record for unit sales with 1,803,246 automobiles. News release and media available to download at www.apassignments.com/newsaktuell. (Audi AG via AP Images)
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Luxury Compact SUV: BMW X3
Consumer Reports says this car is fun to drive and comfortable with slick technology and utility. It has sporty handling that does well on curvy roads.
The new BMW X3 is on display during the press day of the Paris Auto Show, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010. The show will open to the public Saturday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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