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Consumer Reports: Best New Cars of 2017

zda MX-5 Miata continues the two-seat roadster's impressive tradition.

Consumer Reports picks lots of best lists. Arguably the most popular list is the publication’s annual best car list. For 2017, like in previous years, the Consumer Reports’ list of best new cars, was selected because the vehicles are outstanding all-around performers — reliable, safe and satisfying.

According to Consumer Reports, “That means they have scored high in our stringent track tests and extensive owner surveys. They have won our admiration, and we recommend them with confidence.”

zda MX-5 Miata continues the two-seat roadster's impressive tradition.
The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata continues the roadster’s tradition. Image © Bruce Aldrich/2016

Here’s the synopsis breakdown of the Consumer Reports’ criteria breakdown, followed by the list best new car list for 2017. Cars with hyperlinks have been reviewed by TheWeeklyDriver.com via their 2017 models or in a recent year.

Overall Score: A consolidation of findings from four key pillars: road-test performance, predicted reliability, owner satisfaction and safety

Road Test: The performance for each car is rated based on more than 50 evaluations conducted at our 327-acre Auto Test Center.

Reliability: We predict how trouble-free new cars will be based on actual problems reported by subscribers in our 2016 auto survey on more than half a million vehicles.

Owner Satisfaction: We rate owner satisfaction based on the percentage of surveyed owners who say that if they had to do it all over again, they would definitely buy the same car.

Safety: All cars recommended by Consumer Reports must perform satisfactorily in accident-avoidance tests at our track and provide effective occupant protection based on crash tests conducted by the government and/or insurance industry (if tested).

Compact Car: Chevrolet Cruze, $23,145
Compact Hybrid: Toyota Prius, $27,323
Sports Car: Mazda MX-5 Miata, $29,905
Midsize Sedan: Kia Optima, $25,860
Large Sedan: Chevrolet Impala, $39,110
Small SUV: Subaru Forester, $27,145
Midsized SUV: Toyota Highlander, $41,169
Luxury SUV: Audi Q7, $68,695
Compact Pickup: Honda Ridgeline, $36,480

To read the detailed reports on each vehicle on the list, visit: 2017 BEST CARS

 

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