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Make & Model
Acura ILX
Premium
Acura MOXTech
Acura RLX Tech
Acura TLX 2.4L
Acura TLX
SH-AWD
Fuel economy.
Fuel economy, fit and finish,
easy third-row access, rear
seat, standard electronic
safety features, headlights.
Acceleration, access, frontseat
comfort.
Spacious and plush interior,
seat comfort, braking.
Powertrain, fuel economy,
braking.
Acceleration, fuel economy,
braking.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Have not evaluated yet.
Audi A3
Premium
Audi A6 3.0
Premium Plus
Quattro
AudiAllroad
Audi Q3
Premium Plus
Handling, feels solid,
braking, standard frontal
collision avoidance.
Ride, handling, quietness,
transmission, fit and
finish, front seat comfort,
fuel economy, high-tech
features, standard forward
collision avoidance.
Powertrain, handling, ride,
quietness, fuel economy,
front-seat comfort, fit and
finish, high-tech features.
Handling, acceleration,
transmission, braking, seat
comfort, quietness, fit and
finish, fuel economy, high
tech features.
Have not evaluated
redesign.
Ride, handling, quietness,
fit and finish, reliability.
Stiff ride, loud cabin, access,
controls, overpriced for what
you get.
Controls, transmission and
shifter, agility, suspension
noise, rear visibility.
Ride, at-the-limit handling, rear
visibility.
Ride, agility, complicated
controls, suspension noise.
Reliability, annoying audio
controls, lacks panache.
Reliability, transmission
and shifter, annoying audio
controls, lacks panache.
Rear seat, some controls,
pricey, tepid power off tfie
line, headlights, reliability.
Controls take getting used to,
unintuitive shifter, tight rear
seat.
Controls take getting used to,
turning circle.
Controls take getting used to,
small trunk.
Tight quarters, narrow driving
position.
CONSUMER REPORTS BUYING GUIDE 2017
Make & Model
Audi Q5
Premium Plus
(2.0T)
Audi 07
Premium Plus
Audi TT Coupe
2.0T(AT)
BMW328d xDrive
BMWTSOi
xDrive A
BMWiSGiga
BMWM235I*
BMW XI xDrive28i
BMWX3xDrive28i
(2.0T)
BMWX5xOrlve35i
Highs
Handling, transmission,
braking, fit and finish.
Powertrain, quietness,
handling, braking, high-tech
features, luxury interior,
towing capacity, standard
forward-collision avoidance.
Agility, braking, front-seat
comfort, fit and finish, fuel
economy, versatility, hatch
back, high-tech features.
Handling, ride, fuel
economy, transmission,
front-seat comfort, fit and
finish, visibility.
Handling, ride, acceleration,
transmission, front-seat
comfort, fit and finish,
fuel economy, visibility.
Powertrain, acceleration,
ride, quietness, fit and
finish, front-seat comfort.
Ride, quietness, powertrain,
seat comfort, room, fit and
finish, lots of high-tech
features, fuel economy.
Energy efficiency,
acceleration, agility,
reduced range anxiety with
optional gasoline engine.
Acceleration, handling,
braking, front-seat comfort,
quietness, reliability.
Fuel economy, braking,
transmission.
Agility, powertrain, braking,
fuel economy, fit and finish.
Drivetrain, fuel economy,
quietness, seat comfort,
fit and finish, visibility.
Lows
Controls take getting used to.
Controls take getting used to,
rear visibility, shifter.
Controls take getting used to,
ride, access, tiny rear seat.
Tight rear seat, some controls,
diesel-engine noise, pricey
options.
Engine clatter, some controls,
tight rear seat, pricey options.
Disappointing handling,
controls.
Narrow trunk, steep learning
curve for controls.
Long trips require frequent fillups,
seats only four, rear-seat
access, cargo space, stingy
instrumentation.
Rear seat room, some controls.
Road noise, narrow front
seats, stiff ride, no blind-spot
monitoring.
Controls, low rear seat.
Reliability, some controls.
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CONSUMER REPORTS BUYING GUIDE 2017
Make & Model Htglis 1 Lows 1
BMWZ4s0rlve28i Acceleration, fuel economy,
braking.
steering feel, ride, noise, tight
quarters^ access.
Buick Enclave CXL Ride, handling, interior
room and flexibility, quiet
ness, fit and finish, easy
access to usable third seat.
Fuel economy, rear visibility.
Bufck Encore
Leather
Ride, quietness, braking,
maneuverability, fuel
economy, reliability.
Acceleration, driving position,
narrow cabin, rear visibility,
value.
BuIck Envision Have not evaluated
redesign.
BuIck LaCrosse Have not evaluated
redesign.
Buick Regal
Premium 1
Acceleration, ride, handling,
braking, controls.
Rear seat, rear visibility.
BuIck Verano
Leather (2.4)
Quietness, transmission,
braking.
Front-seat comfort, tight rearseat,
narrow driving position.
Cadillac ATS
Luxury (turbo)
Handling, fun to drive,
acceleration, braking, fit
and finish, front-seat
comfort.
Reliability, CUE, tight
interior, small trunk, turbo
lacks refinement, access.
Cadillac CT6 Have not evaluated
redesign.
Cadillac CIS
Luxury
(V6. AWD)
Agility, fun to drive, front
seats, plush interior,
braking.
Complicated CUE controls,
rear seat, trunk.
Cadillac
Escalade
Premium
Quietness, fit and finish,
front-seat comfort, towing
capacity, headlights.
Reliability, stiff ride, handling,
braking, unintuitive CUE
infotainment system, tiny
third-row seat
Cadillac XT5 Have not evaluated
redesign.
Cadillac XTS
Premium
Roomy interior and
trunk, seat comfort, fit
and finish, quietness,
braking, transmission.
Frustrating CUE control
interface, ride not plush
enough, visibility, small trunk
opening.
Chevrolet Belt Have not evaluated yet.
Chevrolet Camaro
2SS(V8)
Acceleration, handling,
braking, styling.
Visibility, tight interior, low
dash vents.
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Make & Model
Chevrolet
Colorado LT (V6)
Chevrolet
Corvette
Stingray 3LT
Chevrolet Cruze
LT
Chevrolet Equinox I
1LT(4-cyl.)
Chevrolet Equinox {
LTZ(V6)
Chevrolet Impala
2LTZ (3.6)
Chevrolet
Malibu1LT(1.5T)
Chevrolet
Silverado 1500 LT
(5.3L V8)
Chevrolet Sonic
LT(1.8L)
Chevrolet Sonic
LTZ (hatchback,
1.4T, MT)
Chevrolet Spark
1LT
Chevrolet SS
Chevrolet
Suburban LTZ
Highs
Maneuverability, towing
and payload capacities, fuel
economy standard rear
camera, damped tail gate.
Acceleration, handling,
braking, engine sound,
controls, fit and finish,
performance for the price.
Ride, quietness, among
roomiest in class, reliability.
Rear seat, ride, handling,
fuel economy.
Acceleration, ride, roomy
rear seat, access.
Ride, handling, braking,
quietness, spacious cabin
and trunk, advanced
electronic safety features.
Ride, quietness, controls,
fuel economy.
Fuel economy, quietness,
relatively good agility and
access, payload and towing
capacity, low-effort tailgate.
Braking, trunk, quick and
quiet for class.
Braking, quick and quiet for
class.
Easy to park, braking, fuel
economy.
Acceleration, handling,
braking. Interior room,
controls, feature content.
Utility, quietness, fit
and finish, easy to use
infotainment system, cargo
and towing capacity.
Lows
Reliability, ride, uncomfortable
seats and driving position,
gets pricey.
Ride, noise, access, visibility,
shifter.
Front seat support, rear
visibility.
Acceleration, transmission,
visibility, turning circle.
Visibility, sluggish feel.
Rear visibility.
Raspy 1.5-liter turbo, front seat
comfort, so-so visibility.
Reliability, ride, long wet
stopping distances, seat
comfort.
Fuel economy, darty steering,
narrow driving position, seat
comfort.
So-so fuei economy, manual
gear ratios and shifter, narrow
driving position, seat comfort,
rear visibility.
Acceleration, ride, noise, seat
comfort, driving position.
Fuel-thirsty, no exterior trunk
release, summer tires are
unusable in snow.
Reliability, step-in height,
long length to park, feels
underpowered, price.
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Make & Model Highs 1 Lows 1
Chevrolet Tahoe
LT
Quietness, fit and finish,
easy to use infotainment
system, cargo and towing
capacity.
Reliability, handling, stiff ridei
feels underpowered, step-in
height price.
Chevrolet
Traverse LT
Ride, handling, quietness,
interior room and flexibility,
usable third-row seat,
blind-spot mirrors.
Rear visibility, fuel economy,
wet braking.
Chevrolet TraxLT Fuel economy, easy to park,
decent room within a small
footprint, crash-test results.
Acceleration, ride, engine
noise> rear visibility, front
seats, touch-screen radio.
Chevrolet Volt LT Can be electric without
range anxiety, ride,
quietness, controls.
Visibility, tight rear-seat,
front-seat comfort, driving
position, access, reliability.
Chrysler2000
(V6)
Powerful V6, controls. Reliability, agility, access,
rear-seat head room, visibility.
Chrysler 200
Limited (4-cyl.)
Fuel economy, controls. Reliability, transmission, ride,
touchy brakes, agility, access,
rear-seat head room, visibility.
Chrysler 3000
(V8)
Acceleration, transmission,
ride, quietness, seat
comfort, fit and finish.
None.
Chrysler 300
Limited (V6)
Acceleration, transmission,
ride, quietness, seat
comfort, fit and finish.
Headlights.
Chrysler
Paclfica
Touring L
Interior space and flexibility,
ride, quietness, Uconnect
8.4 infotainment system,
access, fuel economy, lots
of optional features.
Expensive to get advanced
safety gear, coarse-sounding
engine, Chrysler reliability.
Dodge
Challenger R/T
Plus(V8)
Braking, exhaust note,
infotainment system,
habitable rear seat, brawn.
Reliability, ride, noise, visibility,
wide-hipped around town.
Dodge Charger
R^PIu3(V8)
V8 sound and power,
transmission, easy-to-use
Infotainment system.
Reliability, visibility, access.
Dodge Charger
SXT (V6)
Transmission, quietness,
ride, interior room, feature
content.
Reliability, visibility, access.
Dodge Dart SXT
(2.4L)
Handling, braking, easy to
use Uconnect screen.
Engine clatter at idle, seat
comfort, fit and finish.
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^ Make & Model j Highs Lows
Dodge
Duiango
Limited (V6)
Ride, quietness, transmis
sion, interior space, access,
front-seat comfort, usable
third-row seat, towing
capacity.
Rear visibility, maneuverability,
reliability.
Dodge Grand
Caravan R/T
Ride, quietness, foldaway
second-row seats, cargo
flexibility.
Poor IIHS small overlap crashtest
results, fuel economy,
cornering limits, unrefined
transmission, radio controls.
DodgeJourney
Limited {V6)
Ride, quietness, cabin
storage.
Poor IIHS small overlap
crash-test results, reliability,
handling, unresponsive
transmission, fuel economy,
rear visibility, tiny third-row.
Flat 500 Abarth Invigorating exhaust
note, agility, braking, fuel
economy.
Reliability, noise, ride, steering
feel, driving position, controls,
tiny rear seat and cargo area,
rear visibility, turning circle.
Fiat 500 Sport
(MT)
Handling, shifter, fuel
economy, front access.
Reliability, poor IIHS small
overlap crash-test results,
acceleration, ride, noise, seats,
driving position, controls.
Fiat 5000 Pop
(MT)
Fuel economy, agility,
shifter, front access, clever
top design.
Reliability, acceleration, ride,
driving position, front-seat
comfort, rear visibility, trunk.
Flat SOOL Easy" Roomy interior, handy size,
access.
Reliability, poor IIHS small
overlap crash-test results, stiff
ride, touchy brake pedal, front
seats, driving position.
FlatSOOX Easy Maneuverability, upscale
features.
Ride, transmission, noise, idle
vibration, touchy brake pedal,
visibility, front-seat comfort.
FordC-Max Energi Fuel economy, ride,
handling, quietness, access,
maximizes electric mode.
Grabby brakes, battery robs
cargo area, expensive to get
rear camera.
Ford C-Max
Hybrid SE
Fuel economy, ride,
handling, quietness, access,
utility.
Some controls, grabby brakes,
small cargo area, expensive to
get rear camera.
Ford EdgeSEL
{2.0 EcoBoost)
Ride, quietness, handling,
rear seat and cargo, access,
luxury amenities in high-end
versions.
Visibility, acceleration.
CONSUMER REPORTS BUYING GUIDE 2017
Make & Model Highs Lows 1
Ford Escape SE
(1.6T)"
Agility, ride, quietness, solid
feei, access.
Narrow driving position, some
controls.
Ford Escape
Titanium (2.0T)
Agility, ride, quietness, solid
feel, access.
Narrow driving position, some
controls.
Ford
Expedition
EL Limited
Huge interior, plenty of
power, comfortable thirdrow
seat, towing capacity,
reliability.
Fuel economy, noise, clumsy
handling, cheap cabin finish,
lacks advanced safety gear,
feels outdated.
Ford Explorer XLT
(V6)
interior room and flexibility,
usable third-row, cabin
storage.
Agility, driving position,
some controls, unrefined
transmission, reliability.
Ford F-1S0XLT
(2.7 V6 EcoBoost)
Quiet cabin, acceleration,
fuel economy, towing and
payload capacities, lots of
clever features.
Jittery ride, lackluster
handling, braking, reliability.
Ford F-150
XLT (3.5 V6
EcoBoost)
Quiet cabin, acceleration,
fuel economy, towing and
payload capacities, lots of
clever features.
Jittery ride, lackluster
handling, braking.
Ford Fiesta SE Handling, ride, noise, fuel
economy, turning circle.
Reliability, acceleration, rear
seat, some controls, braking.
Ford Fiesta SE
(3-cyl.. Ml)
Handling, braking, ride,
noise, fuel economy,
turning circle.
Reliability, some controls,
rear seat, rear visibility,
narrow power band, relatively
expensive.
Ford Fiesta SE
(hatchback. MT)
Handling, ride, noise, fuel
economy, turning circle.
Reliability, acceleration,
rear seat, some controls,
rear visibility.
Ford Fiesta ST Handling agility, effortless
power delivery, sound,
braking, fuel economy,
fun-to-drive.
Reliability, ride, snug optional
Recaro seats.
Ford Flex SEL Ride, quietness, interior
room and flexibility.
Lackluster handling, turning
circle, rear visibility.
Ford Focus Electric Fun to drive, handling, ride,
instant power delivery,
quietness.
Reliability, touchy throttle and
brake pedal, battery takes up
trunk space, rear seat, limited
range.
FordFocusSE
(1.0T)
Agility, ride, quietness. Reliability, Snug interior, slow
acceleration without any fueleconomy
benefit.
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Ford Focus SE
(2.0L)
Agility, ride, quietness. Reliability, Snug interior,
transmission causes low-speed
vibration.
Ford Focus ST Handiing, fun to drive,
acceleration, braking, rela
tively civilized as a
daily driver.
Reliability) driving position,
snug Recaro seats, some
torque steeo turning circle.
Ford Fusion SE
(1.51)
Agility, ride, quietness, fun
to drive, braking.
Fuel economy, visibility,
slightiy snug cabin, smali trunk
opening.
Ford Fusion SE
Hybrid
Fuel economy, agility, ride,
quietness, fun to drive,
powertrain.
Visibility, touchy brakes,
sli^htlV snug cabin, smali trunk
O^hlhgi
Ford Fusion
Titanium (2.0T)
Agility, ride, quietness, fun
to drive, braking.
Fuel economy, visibility,
slightly snug cabin, small trunk
opening.
Ford Mustang GT
Premium (V8)
Handling, acceleration,
braking, interior details,
exhaust note.
Reliability, rear seat, ride.
Ford Mustang
Premium (4-cyl., AT)
Handling, braking, fuel
economy, interior details.
Reliability, rear seat, noise,
raspy engine sound.
Ford Taurus
Limited (3.5. V6)
Quietness, trunk space. Visibility, driving position.
Ford Transit
Connect XLT (2.5L)
Interior space, access, front
visibility, handiing, ride.
Acceleration, difficult to fold
seats, wind noise, some
controls, fit and finish, sparse
on features.
Genesis 080 3.8
(AWD)
Ride, braking, quietness,
slick powertrain, plush
interior, long warranty,
standard frontal collision
avoidance.
Overzealous lane-keeping
assist
Genesis G90 Have not evaluated yet.
GMC Acedia Have not evaluated
redesign.
GMC Canyon SLE
(V6)
Maneuverability, towing
and payload capacities, fuel
economy, standard rear
camera, damped tailgate.
Reliability, ride, uncomfortable
seats and driving position,
gets pricey.
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Highs Lows 1
GMC Sierra
1500 SLT
(5.3L V8)
Fuel economy, quietness,
relatively good agility and
access, payioad and towing
capacity, low-effort tailgate.
Reliability, ride, long wet
stopping distances, seat
comfort.
GMC Terrain SLE1
(4-cyl,)
Rear seat, ride, handling,
fuel economy.
Acceleration, transmission,
visibility, turning circle.
GMCTerrainSLT2
(V6)
Acceleration, ride, roomy
rear seat, access.
Visibility, sluggish feel.
GMC Yukon SLT Quietness, fit and finish,
easy to use infotainment
system, cargo and towing
capacity.
Reliability, handling, stiff ride,
feels underpowered, step-in
height, price.
GMC Yukon XL SLT Utility, quietness, fit
and finish, easy to use
infotainment system, cargo
and towing capacity.
Reliability, handling, stiff ride,
step-in height, long length
to park, feels underpowered,
price.
Honda Accord
EX-L(V6)
Fuel economy, powertrain,
handling, roomy interior,
visibility, driving position.
Complicated optional radio,
ride a bit choppy.
Honda Accord LX
(4-cyl,)
Fuel economy, powertrain,
handling, roomy interior,
visibility, driving position,
controls.
Complicated optional radio,
ride a bit choppy.
Honda Civic EX-T Fuel economy, ride,
handling, interior storage.
Awkward access, front-seat
comfort, complicated infotain
ment for EX and higher trims,
reliability.
Honda Civic LX Fuel economy, ride,
handling, interior storage.
Awkward access, front seat
comfort, reliability.
Honda CR-VEX Rear seat, roomy and
functional, fuel economy,
active safety features on
higher trims.
Ride, noise, unintuitive
infotainment system.
Honda Fit EX Fuel economy, interior
room, versatility, handling,
access, standard rear
camera.
Ride, noise, confusing uplevel
audio system.
Honda HR-VLX Fuel economy, roomy
interior, storage, secure
handling.
Ride, noise, acceleration,
front-seat comfort, rear door
handles.
CONSUMER REPORTS BUVtNG GUIDE 2017
Make & Model
Honda
Odyssey EX-L
Honda Pilot EX-L
Honda
Ridgellne RTL
Hyundai Accent
SE
Hyundai Accent
Sport
(hatchback, MT)
Hyundai
ElantraSE
Hyundai ionlq
Hyundai Santa Fe
SE (V6)
Hyundai
Santa Fe
Sport (4-cyl.)
Hyundai
Sonata Hybrid SE
Hyundai
Sonata SE (2.4L)
Hyundai Tucson
SE(2.0L)
Hyundai Tucson
Sport (1.6T)
Highs'
Ride, powertrain, fuel econ
omy, spacious and flexible
interior, comfortable seats.
Roomy interior, visibility,
access, smooth powertrain,
fuel economy, crash-test
results, available safety gear.
Ride, quietness, clever
in-bed storage, and dualmode
tailgate.
Fuel economy, transmis
sion, secure handling,
controls, long warranty.
Fuel economy, secure
handling, controls, long
warranty.
Relatively roomy, easy
controls, fuel economy.
Have not evaluated yet
Powertrain, fuel economy,
roomy and versatile cabin,
access, controls, long warranty.
Roomy interior, fuel
economy, transmission,
controls, feature content,
long warranty.
Fuel economy, spacious
interior, ride, rear seat,
controls, long warranty.
Spacious rear seat, ride,
transmission, controls, fuel
economy, long warranty.
Room, ride, agility, braking,
upscale features, long
warranty.
Room, quietness, ride,
agility, braking, fuel
economy, upscale features,
long warranty.
Lows
Confusing uplevel radio, fit
and finish.
Clumsy handling, touch
screen radio, blind-spot
monitor only on Elite trim,
annoying nine-speed
automatic with push button
shifter on high-end versions.
Complex optional radio, low
towing capacity, shallow bed,
rear access.
Poor IIHS small overlap
crash-test results, ride, noise.
Poor IIHS small overlap
crash-test results, ride, noise,
rear visibility.
Engine noise, ride, front-seat
comfort.
Tight third-row with difficult
access.
Rear three-quarters visibility.
Low tire grip hurts cornering
and braking, too easy to turn
off daytime running lights.
Low tire grip hurts cornering
and braking, too easy to turn
off daytime running lights.
Acceleration, engine noise,
rear visibility, expensive with
options.
Vibration at low speeds,
rear visibility, expensive with
options.
Make & Model Highs Lows 1
Hyundai
Vetoster
(base, MT)
Handling, fuel economy,
extra door, turning circle,
long warranty.
Ride, noise, lacks low-end
torque, rear visibility, rear seat.
Infinltl Q50
Premium (AWD)*'
Acceleration, braking,
visibility
Reliability, ride, road noise,
fuel economy, some controls,
restrictive options packages,
small trunk.
Inflniti 070 (V6) Acceleration, transmission,
agility, braking, fit and
finish.
Busy dashboard, overbearing
electronic safety aids.
Infinltl 070 Hybrid Fuel economy, acceleration,
fit and finish.
Abrupt transition between
electric and gas modes,
touchy brake pedal, trunk.
Inflniti 0X60
(3.5L)
Plush interior, roomy cabin,
quietness, fit and finish,
access, front-seat comfort,
controls, surround-view
camera.
Reliability, agility, rear visibility.
Infinltl 0X70" Acceleration, transmission,
handling, fit and finish, front
seat.
Ride, rear visibility, cargo area.
Inflniti QX80 Powertrain, quietness, rear
seat, fit and finish, cargo
capacity, towing, off-road,
headlights.
Handling, access.
JaguarXF Have not evaluated
redesign.
JaguarXJL
Portfoiio**
Acceleration, transmission,
handling, ride, quietness,
seat comfort, fit and finish.
Trunk, some controls, access,
rear visibility.
Jaguar F-Pace Have not evaluated yet.
Jeep
Cherokee
Latitude (4-cyl.)
Access, rear seat, high-end
options.
Reliability, transmission,
choppy ride, agility, visibility,
front-seat comfort, confusing
price structure.
Jeep Cherokee
Limited (V6)
Quietness, access, rear
seat, high-end options.
Reliability, transmission,
choppy ride, agility, visibility,
confusing pricing structure.
Jeep Compass
Latitude"
Simple controls. Engine noise, acceleration,
braking, driving position,
front-seat comfort, rear
visibility, cornering limits.
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Jeep OraDd
Cherokee
Limited (diesei)
Quietness, ride, fuel
economy, off-road and
towing capabilities, seat
comfort, fit and finish,
easy-to-use Uconnect
infotainment system.
Reliability.
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Jeep Grand
Cherokee
Limited (V6)
Quietness, ride, off-road
and towing capability, seat
comfort, fit and finish, easy
to use Uconnect system.
Reliability.
Jeep Patriot
Latitude**
Compliant ride. Poor IIH3 small overlap crashtest
results, engine noise,
acceleration, complicated
optional radio controls, driving
position, front-seat comfort.
Jeep Renegade
Latitude
Styling, upscale features. Transmission, ride, visibility,
front-seat comfort, grabby
brakes, idle vibration,
reliability, gets pricey.
Jeep Wrangler
Unlimited Sahara
Powertraln, off-road
capability.
Ride, handling, braking. Wind
noise, access, driving position,
seat comfort, visibility, fit and
finish.
Kia Cadenza Have not evaluated
redesign.
Kla Forte LX** Ride, braking, controls,
relatively roomy rear seat.
Agility, low rear seat
KlaNIro Have not evaluated yet.
Kia Optima EX
(2.4L)
Roomy interior, seat
comfort controls, brakingi
fuel economy, lots of
equipment for price.
Expensive {o get active safety
equipment, too easy to turn
off DRL, low dash vents.
Kia Rio EX Transmission, controls,
equipment levels.
Ride, noise.
Kla Rio EX
(hatchback)
Transmission, controls,
equipment levels.
Ride, rear visibility, noise, fuel
economy for class.
Kla Sedona EX Powertrain, second-row
comfort, fit and finish.
Clumsy handling, stiff ride,
lacks expected minivan
flexibility.
KlaSportageLX Handling, powertrain, room,,
easy controls.
So-so fuel economy, rear
visibility.
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KiaSorento EX
(V6)
Ride, quietness, smooth V6,
fuel economy, three-row
seating, easy-to maneuver
yet roomy, reliability.
Rear visibility, tight third-row
seat, small infotainment
system screen on EX trim.
KiaSoul Plus Handy size, inexpensive
upscale features, access,
controls, braking.
Stiff ride, limited cargo room
with rear seat up.
Land Rover
Discovery Sport
HSE
Access, rear seat, some
off-road ability.
Transmission, uneven power
delivery, ride, handling,
controls, rear visibility, price.
Land Rover Range
Rover (base. 3.0L)
Ride, quietness,
acceleration, interior
room, fit and finish, visibility,
seat comfort, off-road and
towing capabilities.
Agility, controls,
Land Rover Range
Rover Sport HSE
(3.0L)
Handling, acceleration,
fit and finish, front visibility,
towing and off-road
capability.
Stiff ride, poor snow traction,
controls, fussy shifter.
LexusCT200h
Premium
Fuel economy, secure
handling, reliability.
Ride, noise, acceleration, snug
interior, rear visibility, cargo
space.
LexusESSOOh Fuel economy, hybrid drivetrain,
quietness, front-seat
comfort, reliability, standard
frontal collision avoidance,
Lackluster handling, controls,
touchy brake pedal.
LexusES350 Acceleration, fuel economy,
drivetrain, quietness, frontseat
comfort, reliability,
standard frontal collision
avoidance.
Lackluster handling, controls.
LexusGSSSO" Quietness, ride, powertrain,
front-seat comfort, fit and
finish, visibility, reliability,
standard frontal collision
avoidance.
Fussy controls.
LexusGX460 Powertrain, quietness, ride,
fit and finish, front-seat
comfort, off-road ability,
towing, reliability.
Agility, tight third-row seat,
side-hinged tailgate.
Lexus IS300
(AWD)
Powertrain refinement,
reliability, standard frontal
collision avoidance.
Cramped Interior and driving
position, ride, road noise,
lackluster handling, fuel
economy, controls, access.
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Acceleration, ride, Agility, fussy controls.
powertrain, fuel economy,
quietness, interior room,
fit and finish, seat comfort
reliability.
Lexus LS460L
Tight quarters, visibility, fussy
touchpad controller, in-cabin
storage.
Fuel economy, handling,
maneuverability, reliability
Lexus NX 200t
Tight quarters, visibility, fussy
touchpad controller, in-cabin
storage.
Fuel economy, handling,
maneuverability, reliability
Lexus NX 300h
Agility, wet stopping
distances, frustrating mouse
like controller, rear visibility.
Quietness, ride, fuel
economy, fit and finish,
standard frontal collision
avoidance.
Lexus RX 350
Agility, wet stopping
distances, frustrating mouse
like controller, rear visibility.
Quietness, ride, fuel
economy, fit and finish,
standard frontal collision
avoidance.
Lexus RX 450h
Lincoln Have not evaluated yet.
Continental
Reliability, unsettled ride,
agility, short cruising range,
driving position, rear visibility.
Quietness, braking, nicely
trimmed Interior.
Lincoln MKC
Reserve
Lincoln MKT Have not evaluated.
Fuel economy, shifter, small
fonts in instrument cluster,
reliability.
Ride, handling, quietness,
acceleration, fit and finish
Lincoln MKX
(2.7 EcoBoost)
Visibility, snug interior, hidden
exterior trunk release.
Lincoln MKZ2.0 Handling, ride, quietness.
EcoBoost**
Visibility, snug interior, hidden
exterior trunk release.
Handling, ride, quietness,
fuel economy.
Lincoln MKZ
Hybrid
Wind noise, interior fit and
finish, agility.
Ride, effortless power,
spacious interior and third
row, towing capacity.
Lincoln
Navigator Base
Ride, initial turbo lag, wind
noise, rear seat, access,
touchy brake pedal, fussy
shifter.
Exhaust sound, steering
feedback, braking,
acceleration, transmission
fit and finish.
Maserati
GhibtiSQA
Maserati Levante Have not evaluated yet.
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Mazda CX-3
Touring
Handling, fuel economy,
upscale features.
Noise, tight rear seat and
cargo room, cumbersome
infotainment system, visibility.
Mazda CX-5
Touring (2.5L)
Fuel economy, agility, rearseat,
blind-spot detection.
Ride, noise, cumbersome
infotainment system, low
dash vents.
Mazda CX-g
Touring
Ride, handling, quietness,
fuel economy, high-end
versions feel upscale
Cumbersome infotainment
system, rear visibility, limited
seat adjustments, tight driving
position.
Mazda MX-5 Mlata
Club
Agility, shifter, fuel
economy, easy manual top.
Ride, noise, tight quarters,
cumbersome infotainment
system, access.
Mazdas i Grand
Touring (hatch
back, 2.0L, MT)
Handling, fuel economy,
transmission, high-end
options.
Ride, noise, rear seat, rear
visibility, cumbersome
infotainment system, relatively
pricey.
Mazdas i
Touring (2.0L)
Handling, fuel economy,
transmission, high-end
options.
Ride, noise, rear seat.
MazdaS Sport Fuel economy, agility,
transmission.
Noise, ride, snug interior, low
dash vents, cumbersome
infotainment system. Sport
trim lacks power seat.
Mercedes-Benz
0300
(4MATIC) A
Ride, quietness, handling,
acceleration, fuel economy,
front-seat comfort, fit and
finish, standard frontal
collision avoidance.
Reliability, controls, price.
Mercedes-Benz
CLA250
Braking, fuel economy, fit
and finish, standard frontal
collision avoidance.
Ride, noise, cramped interior,
uneven power delivery, vis
ibility, access, small trunk
opening.
Mercedes-
Benz E300 A
Have not evaluated
redesign.
Mercedes-Benz
GLA250
Acceleration, braking, fuel
economy, fit and finish,
standard frontal collision
avoidance.
Ride, noise, uneven power
delivery, rear seat, visibility,
some controls.
A Aiem 1 nis venicie can be outntted with a semi-autonomous dfiving package. Consumer Reports
believes automakers should take stronger steps to ensure that vehicles with those systems are designed,
deployed, artd marketed safely. Please heed all warnings, and keep your hands on the wheel.
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Mercedes;Benz
olcsooA
Ride, agility, fuel economy,
fit and finish, front seat
comfort, reliability, standard
frontal collision avoidance.
Controls, engine noise.
Mercedes-Benz
GLE350(ML)A
Quietness, transmission,
front-seat comfort, fit and
finish, towing capacity,
standard frontal collision
avoidance.
Some controls, backup
camera only works with
radio on.
Mercedes-Benz
GL8350d**A
Fuel economy, quietness,
ride, plush interior, frontseat
comftsrt, roomy rear
and third-row seats, towing
capacity, standard frontal
collision avoidance.
Reliability, clumsy emergency
handling, some controls,
backup camera only works
with radio on.
Mercedes-Benz.
S550(4MATIC)A
Most comfortable riding
car, quietness, accelera
tion, braking, interior room,
seat comfort, fit and finish,
standard frontal collision
avoidance.
Reliability, complicated and
distracting controls, price.
Mercedes-Benz
SLC
Have not evaluated
redesign.
Mini Cooper
Clubman Base
(1.5T)
Handling, roomier than any
other Mini, thick option list
allows personalization.
Ride, noise, visibility, controls
have a leaming curve.
Mini Cooper j
Countryman S
Handling, transmission,
acceleration, fuel economy,
thick option list allows per
sonalization.
Ride, noise, controls, cargo
space, premium fuel, flimsy
interior details, pricey.
Mtiii Cower
(base, AT)
Handling^ fuel economy,
thick option list allows
personalization.
Rear seat, some controls,
expensive rear camera,
gets pricey, reliability, threecylinder
engine a bit gruff,
premium fuel.
Mini Cooper S Handling, fuel economy,
manual shifter, thick option
list allows personalization.
Rear seat, some controls,
expensive rear camera,
reliability, gets pricey.
Mitsublshll-MIEV
SE
Low energy consumption,
parking ease, turning circle.
Short range, weak heat,
acceleration, ride, agility,
driving position. Spartan
interior, complicated radio.
Mitsubishi Lancer
ES
Agility, steering, controls. Noise, fit and finish, braking,
fuel economy.
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Mitsubishi Mirage
ES
Fuel economy, turning
circle, relatively roomy rear
seat, hatchback versatility,
feature content.
Handling, noise, vibration,
acceleration, feels cheap and
insubstantial.
Mitsubishi
OutlanderSEL
(4-cyl.)
Standard third-row seat,
access, visibility.
Agility, acceleration, engine
noise, unsettled ride, no A/C
vents for rear passengers.
Nissan 370Z
Touring (coupe)
Acceleration, handling,
braking, fit and finish.
Ride, noise, visibility, access.
Nissan Altima
2.5 SV
Rear seat, controls, fuel
economy.
Unsettled ride, overly light
steering.
Nissan Altima
3,5 SL
Acceleration, rear seat,
controls.
Agility, ride.
Nissan Armada Have not evaluated
redesign.
Nissan LeafS Running costs, ride, instant
power delivery, quietness,
access, turning circle.
Poor IIHS small overlap crashtest
results, limited range,
high-pitched whine, no
telescoping wheel, agility.
Nissan Maxima
Platinum
Acceleration, fuel economy,
controls, fit and finish.
Ride, steering, engine noise,
access, snug driving position,
visibility, rear-seat room.
Nissan MuranoSL Fuel economy, plush
interior, access, easy
infotainment system, readily
available advanced safety
features.
Visibility, overly light steering,
agility, towing capacity.
Nissan
Pathfinder SL
Roominess, controls,
access.
Reliability, handling, rear
•visibility, second-row thigh
support.
Nissan Quest SL Ride, quietness, powertrain,
plush interior, fold-flat seats.
Poor IIHS small overlap crashtest
results, agility.
Nissan Rogue SV Ride, access, spacious
interior, fuel economy,
optional surround-view
camera, available third-row
seat.
Engine noise, cloth front-seat
lacks support, gets pricey.
Nissan SentraSV Braking, fuel economy,
spacious rear seat, access,
tots of features for the
money.
Ride, noise, fit and finish, frontseat
comfort.
idl Aletti This vehicle can be outfitted with a semi-autonomous driving package. Consumer Reports
believes automakers should take stronger steps to ensure that vehicles with those systems are designed,
deployed, and marketed safely. Please heed all warnings, and keep your hands on the wheel.
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Nissan TftanxD Kinder and gentler than
other HD trucks, towing
capacity, light gate, simple
controls.
Clumsy handling, stiff ride,
high step-in, short rear seat,
so-so payload capacity.
Nissan Versa Note
SV
Space, access, versatility,
fuel economy, controls,
reliability.
Driving ^ition, unsupportiye
front Seats; acceleration.
Nissan Versa SV
(sedan)
Fuel economy, rear seat,
trunk.
Handling, engine noise, frontseat
comfort, fit and finish.
Porsche TIB
Boxster
Have not evaluated
redesign.
Porsche 911
Carrera 8
Acceleration, handling,
braking, engine sound,
visibility, fit and finish,
handy small rear seat.
Ride, noise, access, controls.
Porsche
Cayenne(V6)
Handling, transmission, fit
and finish, towing capacity,
headlights.
Controls, slow start-stop
foature, low-speed ride,
pricey options.
Porsche Macan 8 Handling, powertrain, ride,
quietness, braking, frontseat
comfort, fit and finish,
towing capacity.
Rear visibility, modest cargo
area, stingy standard in-car
electronics, lots of buttons,
price.
Porsche
Panamera
Have not evaluated
redesign.
Ram 1500 Big
Horn(5.7LV8)
Powertrain, ride, quietness,
cabin space, Uconnect
system.
Reliability, access, heavy rear
tailgate.
Ram 1500 Big
Horn (V6, dlesel)
Fuel economy, ride, trans
mission, quietness, roomy
cabin, Uconnect system.
Reliability, access, heavy
tailgate, diesei gets expensive.
Smart FoilWo
Passion
Easy parking, access, turn
ing circle, fuel economy.
Ride, noise, acceleration,
requires premium fuel.
SubariiBRZ
Premium
Driving fun, handling,
braking, fuel economy.
Ride, noise, access, vestigial
rear seating.
Subaru
Crosstrek
Premium
Fuel economy, controls,
rear seat, visibility, reliability.
Noise, ride, unrefined CVT.
Subaru
Crosstrek Hybrid
Visibility, fuel economy,
reduced engine noise, rids
and handling better than
regular Crosstrek, reliability.
Modest fuel-economy gain for
a hybrid.
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Make & Model Highs Lows '
Subaru
Forester 2.51
Premium
Fuel economy, visibility,
braking, roomy interior,
access, controls.
Noise, touchy throttle.
Subaru Impreza Have not evaluated
redesign.
Subaru Legacy
2.5t Premium
Ride, handling, braking,
transmission, fuel economy,
visibility, controls, standard
AWD.
Hard to read clock and
temperature, acceleration,
touchy throttle.
Subaru
Outback 2.5
Premium
Ride, fuel economy,
visibility, controls, access,
practicality, standard AWD.
Hard-to-read clock and
temperature, acceleration,
touchy throttle.
Subaru Outback
3.6R Limited
Ride, fuel economy,
visibility, controls, access,
practicality, standard AWD.
Hard-to-read clock and
temperature.
Subaru WRX
Premium
Acceleration, cornering
grip, braking, four-door
practicality, visibility.
Hard ride, constant engine
drone, stiff clutch, clunky
shifter, turbo lag, reliability.
Tesia Model
SP85D" A
Energy efficiency, handling,
acceleration, big touch
screen, luggage capacity,
optional third-seat.
Limited range, access,
visibility, controls, reduced
ride comfort and quietness
with 21-inch tires.
TesIa Model X A Have not evaluated yet.
Toyota 4Runner
SR5 {V6)
Off-road ability, powerretractable
rear window,
reliability.
Handling, ride, driving
position, fit and finish,
access, turning circle.
Toyota 86
(Scion FR-S)
Driving fun, handling,
braking, fuel economy.
Ride, noise, access, vestigial
rear seating.
Toyota Avalon
Limited (V6)
Ride, quietness, fuel
economy, acceleration,
rear seat, standard frontal
collision avoidance.
Agility, too easy to turn off
daytime running lights.
Toyota Camry
Hybrid XLE
Fuel economy, ride,
powertrain, interior room,
reliability.
Too easy to turn off the day
time running lights.
Toyota Camry LE
(4-cyl.)
Ride, powertrain, fuel
economy, interior room,
reliability.
Too easy to turn off the day
time running lights.
Toyota Camry XLE
(V6) 1
Ride, fuel economy,
powertrain, acceleration,
interior room, reliability.
Too easy to turn off the day
time running lights.
^ Alerb This vehicle can be outfitted with a semi-autonomous driving package. Consumer Reports
believes automakers should take stronger steps to ensure that vehicles with those systems are designed,
deployed, and marketed safely. Please heed all warnings, and keep your hands on the wheel.
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Toyota C-HR Have not evaluated yet.
Toyota Corolla
(Scion) IM
Agility, fuel economy, hatch
back versatility, standard
frontal collision avoidance,
v\/ell-equlpped for price.
Acceleration, engine noise,
rear seat, rear visibility, lacks
common options.
Toyota Corolla
LE Plus
Ride, fuel economy, interior
space, large trunk, secure
emergency handling,
standard frontal collision
avoidance, reliability, value.
Lackluster handling,
inconsistent interior quality,
too easy to turn off daytime
running lights.
Toyota
Highlander Hybrid
Limited
Fuel economy, powertrain,
quietness, roomy and
versatile interior, access,
easy-to-use infotainment
system, standard frontal
collision avoidance,
reliability.
Low rear seat, too easy to tum
off daytime running lights.
Toyota
Highlander XLE
(V6)"
Powertrain, fuel economy,
roomy and versatile interior,
access, standard frontal
collision avoidance, reliabil
ity, easy-to-use infotainment
system.
Low rear-seat, too easy to turn
off daytime running lights.
Toyota Land
Cruiser**
Ride, quietness, powertrain,
acceleration, fit and
finish, front and second row
seat comfort, off-road
capability, towing capacity.
Fuel economy, agility, tight
third-row seat, pricey.
Toyota PrIusC Two Fuel economy, smooth
transmission, standard
frontal collision avoidance,
turning circle, relatively
roomy rear seat for two,
reliability.
Acceleration, ride, noise,
driving position, rear visibility,
fit and finish.
Toyota Prius Three Fuel economy, hatchback
versatility, ride, standard
fronthi collision avoidance,
reliability.
Rear visibility, acceleration,
s^t comfort, insubstantial for
price, odd shifter and gauges.
Toyota PrIus Prime Have not evaluated
redesign.
Toyota PrIusV
Three
Fuel economy, transmission,
rear seat access, cargo
room, ride, reliability.
Acceleration, agility, engine
noise, complicated radio.
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Toyota RAV4
Hybrid XLE
Toyota RAV4XLE
Toyota Sequoia
Limited (5.7)
Toyota Sienna XLE
(AWD)"
Toyota Sienna XLE
(FWD)"
Toyota Tacoma
SR5 (V6)
Toyota Tundra SR5
(5.7LV8)
Toyota Yaris
(Scion) lA
Toyota Yarie LE
Volkswagen
Beetle 1.8T (AT)
Volkswagen CC
Sport (2.0T)
Volkswagen Golf
SE(1.8T)
Volkswagen GTI
Autobahn
Fuel economy, access,
transmission, roominess,
standard frontal collision
avoidance, reliabiiity.
Fuel economy, access,
transmission, roominess,
standard frontal collision
avoidance, reliability.
Powertrain, towing and
off-road capability,
accommodations, storage,
power-retractable rear
window, reliability.
Ride, transmission, interior
space and flexibility, rear
seat, AV/D, reliability.
Ride, transmission,
interior space and flexibiiity,
rear seat, fuei economy,
reliability.
Fuel economy, resale value,
reliability, off-road ability.
Powertrain, towing, ioweffort
tailgate, reliability.
Fuel economy, agility,
standard front-collision
mitigation.
Fuel economy, roomy rear
seat, turning circie,
standard frontal collision
avoidance.
Controls.
Agility, ride, fit and finish.
Ride, handling, quietness,
braking, easy infotainment
system, versatility.
Agiiity, fuel economy, seat
comfort, quiet cabin, hatch
back versatility.
Driver's seat iumbar support,
too easy to turn off da^ime
running lights.
Driver's seat lumbar support,
too easy to turn off da^ime
running lights.
Agility, braking, unsettied ride,
high step-in, long reach to
some controls.
Agility, road noise, fit and
finish.
Agility, road noise, fit and
finish.
Ride, handling, braking, noise,
driving position, seat comfort,
reliability.
Ride, visibility, braking, long
reach to some controls, no
full-time 4WD.
Noise levels, infotainment
learning curve, tight rear seat
wet braking.
Noise, ride, driving position,
front-seat comfort, fit and fin
ish, radio controls, rear
visibility.
Reliability, wind noise, on-limit
handling, rear seat, no curtain
air bags.
Visibility, access, tight rear
seat.
Reliability, noisy rear view
camera, a bit pricey.
Limited rear-view camera
availability, reliabiiity, gets
pricey.
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Volkswagen Jetta
GLI SE (MT)
Volkswagen
Jetta Hybrid SEL
Premium
Volkswagen Jetta
SE (1.4T)
Volkswagen Jetta
Sport {1.8T)
Volkswagen
Passat SE(1.8T)
Volkswagen
Passat SEL
Premium (V6)
Volkswagen
TIguanSEL
Volvo S60T5*
VoIsoS9oA
Volvo V60
Cross
Country"
Volvo XC60 T6*
Volvo XC90 T6
Momentum A
Handling, powertrain, rear
seat, large trunk.
Fuel economy, quietness,
ride, transmission, rear seat.
Agility, acceleration, refined
engine, fuel economy, rear
seat, large trunk, visibility,
Agility, acceleration, refined
engine, fuel economy, rear
seat, large trunk, controls,
visibility.
Interior room, rear seat,
trunk, access, agility,
braking, standard frontal
collision avoidance, fuel
economy.
Ride, handling, interior
room, acceleration, rear
seat, standard frontal
collision avoidance access.
Agility, transmission,
access, fit and finish,
rear seat.
Transmission, braking,
fuel economy, standard
frontal collision avoidance,
front-seat comfort.
Have not evaluated
redesign.
Transmission, braking,
plush cabin, standard
frontal collision avoidance,
front-seat comfort, safety
features.
Transmission, fit and finish,
safety features, standard
frontal collision avoidance.
Quietness, seat comfort, fit
and finish, visibility, braking,
standard frontal collision
avoidance, high-beam
headlights.
Long clutch travel, reliability.
Touchy brake pedal, small
trunk, can roll back on hills,
premium fuel, reliability.
Ride, reliability, lackluster
interior finish.
Ride, reliability, lackluster
interior finish.
Transmission refinement at
low speeds, reliability.
Fuel economy, premium fuel,
slow touch-screen controls,
reliability.
Ride, noise, touch-screen
controls.
Ride, rear seat, rear visibility.
Ride, rear visibility, tight
rear seat and cargo area,
headlights, no standard rear
camera, value.
Ride, fuel economy, rear
visibility.
Stiff ride, unintuitive controls,
fuel economy, reliability.
A Alert: This vehicle can be outfitted with a semi-autonomous driving package. Consumer Reports
believes automakers should take stronger steps to ensure that vehicles with those systems are designed,
deployed, and marketed safely. Please heed all warnings, and keep your hands on the wheel.
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