Consumer Reports: Impala, Bolt, F-150 best-in-class
Washington – The Ford F-150 and two Chevrolets — the Impala and Bolt — are tops in their vehicle classes in Consumer Reports’ annual Top Picks list, an influential designation for new-car shoppers. Genesis, the new luxury brand from Korean automaker Hyundai, was the No. 1 brand overall, and only one U.S. brand — Tesla at No. 8 — ranked in the Top 10.
Every model from Genesis and No. 2-ranked Audi tested by Consumer Reports earned a “recommended” designation, meaning they performed well in testing, had average or better predicted reliability, and performed adequately in government or insurance-industry crash-tests.
Patrick Olsen, lead autos editor at Consumer Reports, said the Chevy Impala, named top large sedan for the fourth year in row, “offers a luxurious ride, but at an affordable price.
“Its got a spacious cabin that’s also quiet,” he said. “Its handling is commendable, especially for its size.”
The Chevy Bolt was named top compact green car and the Ford F-150 took the crown for full-size pickup.
“The Bolt is proof that an electric car can really be a functional daily driver,” Olsen said. “It has strong driving performance. It got great ratings. We got 250 miles out of it when we tested its range.”
Of the F-150, he said, “Pickups are hot and the F-150 is leading the way in that category. ... It’s impressive and innovative. It’s really a workhorse with quick acceleration and standout fuel economy. Nineteen miles-per-gallon, which is pretty good for a pickup truck these days.”
Other vehicles ranked tops in their categories were the Toyota Corolla, Subaru Forester, Toyota Camry, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Sienna, Audi A4 and BMW X3.
In total, 34 makes were included in the brand report card. Chrysler was the top Detroit brand at No. 11, taking a step up in the ratings due largely to good road-test scores and average reliability of the Pacifica minivan.
But Fiat Chrysler’s other brands didn’t fare as well: Ram and Dodge came in at No. 26 and 27, Alfa Romeo was No. 31, and Jeep and Fiat finished last at No. 33 and 34. Consumer Reports does not recommend any of the Jeep or Fiat models it has tested, nor does it recommend any Dodge or Alfa Romeo models.
Seven other brands do not have any recommended models: GMC, Cadillac, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Jaguar, Mini and Volvo.
Large car: Chevrolet Impala
Compact car: Toyota Corolla
Compact green car:
Compact SUV: Subaru Forester
Midsize car: Toyota Camry
Midsize SUV: Toyota
Minivan: Toyota Sienna
Full-size pickup: Ford F-150
Luxury compact car:
Luxury compact SUV: BMW X3
Source: Consumer Reports
31. Alfa Romeo
32. Land Rover