LOS ANGELES (KABC) --In the market for a new car? Consumer Reports is out with its annual top picks, featuring models that prove to be the most reliable, safe and satisfying.
Small SUVs are now the most popular cars on the road.
Topping the list in that category, the Subaru Forester, which Consumer Reports says "sets the standard for small SUVs" with excellent fuel economy, super easy visibility and top-notch safety ratings.
If a midsize sedan is more your style, the Kia Optima beats out the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. It's stylish, responsive and a good value at around $25,000.
"All of our top picks have high scores in road test performance, reliability, owner satisfaction, safety. They're the ones that beat out the competition," said Tom Mutchler with Consumer Reports.
Need a smaller car at a great value? The roomy Chevrolet Cruze has a smooth and quiet ride with very impressive fuel economy at 47 miles per gallon on the highway. Also, its overall score in Consumer Reports testing beats the popular Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.
Looking for a new compact pickup? In Consumer Reports testing, the redesigned Honda Ridgeline handles and rides far better than any other pickup. It also gets impressive gas mileage and has a versatile tailgate and under-bed storage.
"Consumer Reports looks at data across an entire model line to come up with a brand report card. This year, the top three, they're all German automakers - Audi, Porsche and BMW," Mutchler said.
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