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Consumer Reports: Top car picks for 2021

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Posted at 8:46 AM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-10 23:07:54-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CONSUMER REPORTS/WTVF) — Thinking about getting a new car? Consumer Reports has some recommendations.

Every year, Consumer Reports does rigorous testing on new vehicles and it surveys car owners all to come up with its annual list of the most exceptional cars on the road. More than 250 models fight for car shoppers’ hearts, minds, and driveways.

Which ones are the very best? Consumer Reports annual top picks list sorts through data from more than 50 tests at the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center, as well other factors like predicted reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety equipment.

"We put thousands of miles on each test car and actually evaluate them for how people actually use them in their day to day lives. To make CR’s list the vehicle must come standard with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection," said Mike Quincy, Consumer Reports Auto Editor

Toyota had a very good year - Its Corolla, Prius and Camry all made the list. As did the Forester and Outback from Subaru. Along with the Mazda CX-30, Lexus RX, Honda Ridgeline and the Kia Telluride.

The only American brand on the list this year was the Tesla, with its Model 3.

Also new in 2021, a little green leaf was added to the list for vehicles that CR designates a Green Choice.

"CR’s Green Choice designation will highlight the top 20% of vehicles on the market with the cleanest emissions. Advances in vehicle technology are increasingly providing cleaner, greener choices and this includes four of our Top Picks," Quincy said.

This leaf lets you make a “greener choice” when you consider when buying your next car.

In addition to announcing the best cars of the year, Consumer Reports also released its latest annual report card on auto manufacturers and which overall brands make the highest quality and best-performing vehicles. The top overall brands this year were Mazda, Subaru, and Porsche.