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.
Subcompact car: Toyota Yaris ($17,570 as tested).
“The Yaris sedan delivers an impressive degree of quality and a joyful driving experience at an affordable price. The 2019 model gets improvements that include a new XLE trim level that adds upscale touches including automatic climate control. The ride is good for the class, and the handling is responsive, as demonstrated in emergency handling tests and other evaluations at CR’s 327-acre Auto Test Center in Connecticut. All told, the Yaris is an energetic and nimble little car.”
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WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report.
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