Consumer Reports and its team of automotive experts examine every major vehicle for sale in the United States and then they select a handful of the very best every year.
Consumer Reports’ Top Picks for 2016 have passed some of the most stringent tests for vehicles. They have proven capable during track testing, they have proven themselves to be reliable, and they are generally very safe according to government or industry crash tests.
Along with Consumer Reports approval, these vehicles are among the highest rated in terms of customer satisfaction ratings.
This year’s Top Picks cover a wide variety of models ranging from small roadsters to full-size pickup trucks.
In 2016 the top Consumer Reports vehicles includes 7 from Japanese brands, two from American brands and one from a Korean manufacturer.
Best Midsize car: Toyota Camry
Price as tested:$24,089 to $32,603
The Toyota Camry regularly arrives at the top of the mid-sized family sedan list.
Consumer Reports calls the 2016 a constantly reliable vehicle.
“The solid Camry delivers year after year of outstanding reliability, which when combined with impressive crash-tests results, make it a near-perfect sedan.”
Best Subcompact Car: Honda Fit
Price as tested:$19,025
The Honda Fit was criticized for excessive highway noise and a bumpy ride. While that sounds like bad news for Honda, Consumer Reports loves this vehicles fuel economy, nimble handling and impressive interior space for its size.
Best Compact Car: Subaru Impreza
Price as tested:$21,345- $22,345
The Subaru Impreza is becoming a regular on Consumer Reports list of best vehicles.
Consumer Reports loved this vehicles ride, handling, interior space, intuitive controls, safety tech, great crash test results, its all-wheel-drive system.
Throw in some impressive cargo-hauling abilities and you have an all-around winner.
Best Luxury SUV: Lexus RX
Price as tested: $51,630 – $57,565
The Lexus RX has been a constant on Consumer Reports list for the last two decades.
In 2016 the publication said this vehicle one because of its, “quiet and comfortable cabin, effortless power delivery, a smooth ride, and a tastefully done interior fit and finish.”
Best Sports Car Sub-$40K: Mazda MX-5 Miata
Price as tested:$29,905
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the best selling roadster of all time. At under $30,000 this little sporty vehicle has been well-received by Consumer Reports.
“The MX-5 Miata combines lithe, precise handling with a crisp manual stick and a zoomy engine—that gets an enviable 34 mpg—to create the perfect car for the enthusiast driver and weekend racer,” the publication wrote.
Best Small SUV: Subaru Forester
Price as tested: $27,145
The Subaru Forester is a mall crossover SUV that drives like a bigger vehicle thanks to its all-wheel-drive system, roomy interior, comfortable ride, and great driving dynamics. It’s back on the list this year and at under $30,000 it’s a great pick.
Best Midsize SUV: Kia Sorrento
Price as tested: $37,915
The Kia Sorrento is quickly becoming a big favorite in the midsize SUV market.
So why is this vehicle such a rising star? “The Sorento is a great SUV hiding in plain sight. It offers class-above elegance at mainstream prices,” Consumer Reports wrote.
The publication loves that a small-sized vehicle packs so many mid-sized features in an affordable package.
Best Minivan: Toyota Sienna
Price as tested:$35,810- $38,201
The Toyota Sienna has been among the top rated minivans since debuting in 1998.
Consumer Reports loves Toyota’s multifunctional interior, “magic carpet” ride, energetic powertrain and room for eight.
“The Sienna is super-reliable transport with all of the modern features an active, connected family would want,” Consumer Reports explains.
Best Pickup Truck: Ford F-150
Price as tested:$45,750 – $46,755
It’s hard to compete in a market dominated by the Ford F-150. This year Consumer Reports praised America’s number one selling pickup truck for for its lighter-weight aluminum construction and the resulting uptick in fuel economy and improved off-the-line performance.
The publication also praised a roomy and quiet cabin and the new Ford Sync3 infotainment system.
This truck also one for being the most predictable among all trucks.
Best Large Car: Chevrolet Impala
Price as tested:$39,110
The Chevrolet Impala is another vehicle that also appeared on last years Top Picks.
The Impala is dynamic and comfortable, combining a cushy ride with responsive handling, beating some elite luxury sedans at their own game,” Consumer Reports wrote.