WASHINGTON — Put the pedal to the … medal. Metaphorically, anyway.
Consumer Reports named its top 2019 picks for cars, SUVs and trucks Thursday in D.C.
Among the six new winning car brands are Hyundai, Subaru, BMW and Toyota.
In fact, four Toyotas were Consumer Reports’ “Top Picks”: the Avalon, Camry, Prius (for a record 16th time) and Yaris.
Consumer Reports also released a vehicle brand report card. See it below.
The Camry is making a repeat appearance from 2018, as is the Ford F-150, the Audi A4 and the newly redesigned Subaru Forester.
Jake Fisher, the senior director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, said there are a couple of surprises as far as automotive brands go.
“Lincoln, actually, is in the Top 10, in terms of brands, for the first time ever,” he told WTOP. “And they’re getting better in terms of reliability.”
Fisher singled out the Lincoln Continental in particular.
“Plus Lincoln is getting serious about safety. They’re putting standard safety equipment on a lot of their new vehicles. That’s really helping them in the brand ranking,” he said.
But there are disappointments too.
The Tesla Model 3 is no longer being recommended due to issues with its reliability.
“… Actually all the Tesla models right now are below average when it comes to reliability,” Fisher told WTOP.
So what does it take to be a Consumer Reports Top Pick?
Vehicles are rated on four key criteria: road-test performance, predicted reliability, owner satisfaction and safety.
“Safety should always be standard, not a luxury reserved only for those who can afford it,” Consumer Reports President and CEO Marta Tellado said in a release.
“Automatic emergency braking has proven to reduce crashes and save lives. We believe it should be standard in all new cars, just as backup cameras are today.”
See Consumer Reports’ Top Picks below.
Large car: Toyota Avalon Hybrid ($38,643 as tested).
“The redesigned Avalon is a smart, value-driven alternative to luxury sedans such as the Acura TLX and Lexus ES. The spacious, richly furnished cabin has an upscale feel with soft materials and tasteful details. The front seats are wide and supportive, and the rear has generous legroom and available heated seats. The Avalon Hybrid returned 42 mpg overall in CR’s tests and 52 mpg on the highway — astounding numbers for such a large car.”
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Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization.
WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report.
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