Toyota Sienna (V6)
This versatile minivan fits the bill nicely for families looking for a comfortable, roomy interior, plenty of features, and the ability to carry up to eight people. Among its high points are lively performance, decent fuel economy, and a comfortable ride, although the handling is rather lackluster. The Sienna is the only minivan available with all-wheel drive. But that version has had below-average reliability, according to our latest survey, so we recommend only the front-wheel-drive version.
Price: $34,225 to $37,225
With its inviting blend of luxury and driving fun, the G37 stands out from the crowd. Its agile handling, blistering acceleration, and comfortable, well-crafted interior make it one of our highest-scoring sedans and have earned the G a spot on this list for the sixth straight year. This sports sedan feels at home whether tackling a twisty back road or cruising on the highway. A snug cabin and small trunk are the only notable weaknesses. The less expensive G25 model isn't as quick, but it shares much of the G37's inviting package and provides 3 more mpg. Both are available with rear- or all-wheel drive.
Price: $26,750 to $28,217
In this dawning age of automotive electrification, the Prius still sets the standard for its blend of fuel efficiency, practicality, and affordability. The 44 overall mpg we measured in the hatchback is still the highest of any five-passenger, non-plug-in vehicle we've tested, and the 41 mpg of the new Prius V wagon easily tops its class. Moreover, its roomy interior, comfortable ride, and hatchback versatility make it easy to live with. Crash-test results are excellent. New electric cars have gotten the energy equivalent of higher mpg figures, but they're less practical and affordable.
Redesigned for 2012, the all-wheel-drive Impreza is a well-rounded sedan with nimble handling and a compliant, absorbent ride that rivals some luxury sedans. Fuel economy of 27 mpg overall is impressive for an AWD car. The roomy interior includes a relatively spacious rear seat, simple controls, and refreshingly good visibility. The only real shortcoming is so-so noise isolation. Based on the previous Impreza, we expect above-average reliability. Last year's pick, the Hyundai Elantra, remains an excellent alternative that costs several thousand dollars less and provides slightly better gas mileage but no AWD.
The Avalanche provides the best combination of utility and versatility of any pickup we've tested. Its unified bed and cab help give it a steady, comfortable ride, and the cabin is quiet. The innovative partition in the rear of the cab can be folded down, so longer cargo can extend into the back of the cab. A three-piece bed cover provides a weather-tight and lockable cargo area. We recommend getting the optional backup camera to compensate for the large rear blind zone.
Price: $38,578 to $47,255
The Highlander returns to our list after last year's pick, the V6 Kia Sorento, dropped to below average in predicted reliability. This refined, comfortable, and quiet SUV has consistently ranked near the top of its class in our road-test scores and has had above-average reliability. Its interior is nicely finished and versatile, with a roomy second-row seat but a tight third row. The V6 version delivers a decent 18 mpg overall, and the hybrid model tops all SUVs at 27.
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When i saw the Topic of the Review, i knew where the results of CR so-called Review would end. To avoid been labeled "Toyota PR Magazine" they just included few American models and of course no European cars made it to their "Top Ten". To say that Camry is the best of the Sedan is just plain silly. No Motor Brand has had Problems more than Toyota yet the are better than FORD, BMW and even Cadillac's.
You need to have your head offside down to believe CR silly claims of independent, What makes Camry better? Better Fuel Millage? Isn't safety any more worth considering?
In aesthetics, the Bland Camry never comes near the Hyundai Sonata nor the new BMW 5 Series or even the cadillac, yet these people have the gut to tell lies every year. May be when we know the source of their Funding we will know more about their so called independent report. FORD and other American as well as European Models are far better than Toyota that CR Worships.
I will never trade my VW TOUREG for a RAV or HIGHLANDER. Neither will those silly Writers tell me to drop my BMW 3 Series for Camry.
Gas mileage is not all there is to pick when buying Vehicles. Safety comes first and this Toyota has failed woefully.
One day when the story of Detroit is told, the shameful acts of Consumer Report Magazine and their contribution to their decline in what American Produce would be told.
Each one should buy what he knows is Ok! CR annual Report is nothing but yearly attempt to help Toyota sell their ugly machines that has industry's worst safety Record.
Is the avalanche even considered a pickup truck? Not where I come from.
Come on CR get a clue!
I have never purchased anything Consumer Reports has deemed good to buy. Matter of fact I usually end up with the products they say to stay away from and have never been disapointed.
Kick backs? I would say so.
Very few people trust Consumer Reports today when it comes to vehicle ratings, lacking credibilly and bias reporting!