• Mar 7, 2013
According to Consumer Reports, "Top Picks are as close as it gets to "no-brainers" in the auto market. They're impressive all-around vehicles, chosen from more than 280 we've recently tested, that have excelled in our testing, are reliable, and have performed well in independent crash tests."
Granted, CR's qualifications for picking the best new cars may be a bit different than our own (or yours, fellow automotive enthusiasts). Still, it's interesting to see which vehicles manage to straddle the line by being fun to drive, reliable and safe in the minds and charts of CR's testers. Seven new winners show up on CR's list of Top Picks for 2013, meaning there may be a surprise or two in the mix.

Here are some highlights:
  • Honda took three awards in 2013, including the midsize category with its Accord. Honda was completely absent from CR's Top Picks list in 2012.
  • The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins were recognized as the best sportscars.
  • The Audi A6 snagged the Luxury Car category while the BMW 328i took the Sports Sedan trophy.
We'll direct you over to Consumer Reports to see the full list, but fans of American cars should take note that there isn't a single domestic model to be found in the Top Picks chart. That said, a completely separate list was created, as it has in past years, highlighting CR's findings of the best from the States. Again, a few highlights:
  • Ford was the most awarded manufacturer, taking four separate categories.
  • Chevrolet was close behind with three wins.
  • Chrysler took the luxury car win with the 300 and won the minivan category by default since it's the only domestic brand with an offering.
Check out CR's list of American Top Picks here.


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      taylorman710
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anyone buying a Honda or Acura can expect transmission problems. Just Google "Honda Transmission". I will never own a Honda again.
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      Consumer Reports is a Joke when it comes to cars. They say there indifferent about all cars, but there not.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason
        I have to agree with jason they are not far off the camry equal honda fuel efficiency, but beat acoord in reliability , but the accord handle better tha the camry, the altima is more fuel efficient, but the acord beat it in handling and but the latest Jd power dependability the altima was leading.So there is not much difference. honda is new and the altima is new so it hard to measure there reliability.That is why the old one should be use.
      churchmotor
      • 1 Year Ago
      Detroit butthurt fanboies, Consumer Reports has a "Special Olympics" version for "American" cars only.
      misterbertram
      • 1 Year Ago
      consumer reports is racist.
        rsxvue
        • 1 Year Ago
        @misterbertram
        Yeah because Americans are a race.
          Zoom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rsxvue
          Zach: the Americans you know must all be the same. They aren't where I live, thankfully.
      riserburn99andre
      • 1 Year Ago
      The only thing CR is good for is to rate lawn mowers and toasters. Other than that I don\'t mind using it for toilet paper. I\'m sure the tagline \"I love what you do for me Toyota\" is still imprinted on ma buttcheeks.
      Renaurd
      • 1 Year Ago
      Consumer Reports is a crock-o-crap, I use to subscribe until I caught on to their Asian fetish. They are clueless when it comes to automobiles, I had rather take auto advice from Richard Simmons..
        Diego3336
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Renaurd
        Same here. I opted to not renew my subscription on Zinio even after they gave me an offer to renew it for a year for just 12 bucks. Screw them and their biased reviews.
        taylorman710
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Renaurd
        I wouldn't say it's an Asian fetish...More like aToyota/ Honda fetish.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Zoom
        • 1 Year Ago
        Sounds like the GOP. You lose and blame the messenger.
        itsmegp46
        • 1 Year Ago
        Obviously, you don't have a clue how CR works, tests and surveys cars. You've never read a single issue because you'd know none of what you wrote is true. As a matter of fact they operate a huge testing facility and test dozens of cars annually. Geez, some people shouldn't be allowed to have the internet.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        imtoomuch1
        • 1 Year Ago
        Agreed. I can't believe they would award that washing machine as the top sports car?
      LemmysOnTheRoad
      • 1 Year Ago
      My family is getting bigger and my wife has been wanting to replace her 2004 Saturn Vue Redline w/ over 200k on it with a new SUV. We've slowly and methodically been driving all of the newer smaller and medium sized SUVs. Most recently we drove the new CRV; how CR decided that thing is the top pick defies all logic. I'm no Honda hater either, the Saturn has a 250 HP Acura motor with tons of power and has been rock solid in reliability. The CRV on the other hand had a crappy interior (I'm comparing that to a '04 Saturn plastic nightmare), NO power at all, very VERY floppy handling, butt loads of under-steer, and is one the worst looking small SUVs out there. I'm sure it will run fine and get decent gas mileage, but a top pick...no way. We have driven all most all of the smaller SUVs out there and I'm astonished this is the top pick. Quite literally ANY other model is more compelling to drive, look at, or sit inside of. I just don't get those crazy guys. If it truly is surveys they are using to figure this stuff out, who the hell is saying this thing is so awesome...
        Famsert
        • 1 Year Ago
        @LemmysOnTheRoad
        My parents bought the CR-V and I don't share your opinion on anything that you've mentioned. You're just a Honda hater. Sorry to break it to you.
          LemmysOnTheRoad
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Famsert
          As someone who at this point has been testing all of the smaller and midsize SUVs I'm very curious how your parents came to the conclusion. Did they drive anything else? Are they long time Honda customers or do they like to try different things? What are their top priorities in a car? We drove 5 SUVs the day we tested the CRV and none were as slow accelerating or as poorly handling. To be fair some were more expensive and some were less expensive. But as far as I know the category has a very broad price range so I don't think CR considers that. As far as being a Honda hater that's far from the truth. I've owned a few civics in my time and I bought the Saturn for my wife because of the powerful and reliable Honda power train. I really don't think the CRV is a total piece of crap I just don't think it holds up well to the very stiff competition.
          Hello, Brian
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Famsert
          He is kind of entitled to his own opinion. Jus because your parents bought a new CR-V does not make it the best vehicle on the road. as a matter of fact, parents purchasing something is often one of the worst "endorsements" that anyone can give. Have you compared the CR-V to other currently-available vehicles? Apparently, he has, and has formed an educated opinion. What is the basis for yours other than a parental purchase?
      Hello, Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would venture to guess that the \"reliability\" issues revolve around frustration or difficulty with the use of technology interfaces more than vehicles actually needing repair. That is what has killed Ford over the past few years with CR. The Japanese have been much slower to put advanced controls in their vehicles, so they look better even when the actual vehicle is not any more reliable.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hello, Brian
        honda and toyota have not, but but nissan have, like brake override for sticking gas pedal.
          Hello, Brian
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          I was thinking more of electronic interfaces, as opposed to automated functions such as brake override, ESC, ABS, or traction control.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      All grandma cars
      Taint
      • 1 Year Ago
      American cars are not built to the same standard as japanese and germans cars. But they are better than british and french cars though. You win some, you loose some.
        imtoomuch1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Taint
        You're right. American cars are more fun to drive than Japanese cars and much more reliable than German cars.
          Famsert
          • 1 Year Ago
          @imtoomuch1
          Funny because the most fun to drive mainstream cars are Japanese (BRZ/FRS)
          Greg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @imtoomuch1
          ... and the entire Mazda line-up.
          Smilez1105
          • 1 Year Ago
          @imtoomuch1
          Wow Famsert, you were able to list one whole car!
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