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CONTENTS
NEW CAR RATINGS & REVIEWS 2014
3 | ASK THE EXPERTS
We send your questions on tires, transmission uid, and
running on empty to our experts. Heres what they say.
4 | AT THE TRACK
Weve got some new cars in our test eet, including
the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Porsche 911, Toyota
Highlander, and BMW X5.
8 | NEW FOR 2014
Looking forward to the Subaru Legacy, Ford F-150,
Mercedes-Benz C-Class, or Lincoln MKC? We cover
these auto-show hits, and more.

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30 | MODELS BY CATEGORY
32 | VEHICLE RATINGS
46 | GUIDE TO PROFILES
48 | 260 VEHICLE PROFILES
178 | TIRE ADVICE & RATINGS
184 | ROAD-TEST HIGHLIGHTS
190 | CRASH-TEST RESULTS
196 | VEHICLE DIMENSIONS
RATINGS &
REFERENCE GUIDE
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The standout
Chevrolet
Impala is one
of four large
sedans weve
recently tested.
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FEATURES
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Safe, reliable new
and used vehicles
for the teen driver
in your family.
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11 | FUEL SIPPERS FOR SUMMER
We highlight the best vehicles in
12 categories, plus tips on saving money
at the gas pump.
14 | SAVE BIG $$ ON CAR RENTALS
Dont get ripped off this summer. We
highlight the traps to avoid, tips for
the best price, and the cars not to rent.
16 | LARGE SEDAN FACEOFF
CRs experts give you the lowdown on
four models you must consider before
buying a large sedan.
22 | RISKS TEEN DRIVERS FACE
Young drivers are the riskiest on
the road. What can be done to make
them safer? Plus, the best new and
used cars for new drivers.
25 | FIND THE RIGHT CHILD SEAT
Newborns, infants, and toddlers all
have different safety needs. We detail
how to choose a seat and include
Ratings on the best ones available.
Dont get ripped off at
the rental-car counter.
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wide range of cars, SUVs, wagons,
crossovers, trucks ... you get it.
Many popular or highly hyped
models dont live up to expecta-
tions and the best models may not
even be on your radar. And with
people keeping their cars longer,
its more important than ever to
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CONSUMER REPORTS ratings and
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NEW CAR
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ASK THE EXPERTS
I have a 2004 Lexus RX 330 that has
been in Arizona since new. It has an
unused original spare tire. It looks fine,
but is it still safe to use?
Andrew Fracaro
A
Some carmakers suggest not
installing any tire six years or older.
But in lieu of any recommendation in
your owners manual, many tire-makers
recommend removing any tire that is ten
years or older. In addition, the extreme
Arizona heat promotes tire aging, so in
your case its time to remove that unused
spare from service.
In looking at your Car Battery ratings
I dont see any tests for Group 25
batteries. Can you recommend an
alternate group size I can use instead
of Group 25?
Paul Ricotta
A
It is never a good idea to use
a different group size that is not
recommended by the vehicle manufac-
turer, as it might not be fully compatible
with all of your vehicles requirements.
We test the most popular group sizes
in order to cover the widest spectrum of
cars on the market.
I am interested in the collision avoid-
ance systems on new cars, but have
not found any testing results of these
different systems. Do you have any
findings in your evaluations?
David Havens
A
We have had experience with
a number of the crash-avoidance
systems, in both our daily driving and
on-track demonstrations. The ones that
have worked well include blind-spot
warning and rear cross-traffic systems,
and forward collision warning, both
with and without autonomous braking.
Volvos City Safe and Subarus EyeSight
systems, which are designed to avoid low-
speed collisions, have worked extremely
well. Lane departure systems work
well overall. But because driving winding
narrow secondary roads often pushes
drivers to cross the lane marking more
than once, the system will give the driver
repeated warnings, which becomes
tiresome and can lead to drivers ignoring
the warnings.
Last year the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety (IIHS) formally started
testing the systems for inclusion in their
Top Safety Pick criteria. Go to iihs.org
to see their results.
You say most aftermarket batteries
are made by three companies: Johnson
Controls, Exide, and East Penn. Can
you tell which brands are made by which
of these three companies?
Jack Mednis
A
Unfortunately, there is no
brand/name identification stamp
that identifies the primary producer of
the battery.
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I have a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta that I am
pleased with. However, when driving at 60 mph
or so and lowering the rear window, I get an
ear-splitting, pulsating sound. The dealer
said it is normal, but I dont remember this
happening in past cars. Is it normal?
Dennis McAvoy
A
This is normal, and varies from car to car based on its aerodynamics.
It can be alleviated in almost every case by partially opening the front
window on the same side. If you have sunroof or moonroof you can also try
raising it to the vent position.
Volkswagen Jetta
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Celebrating 60 years of produc-
tion, the 2014 Corvette is the
seventh generation of Americas
sports car, and for our money its
the best Vette yet. While previous
generations had become almost
a bit too broad-shouldered and
brutish for the modern world, the
car is like a modern suit: trimmer,
sharper, and altogether slicker.
Now officially called the
Corvette Stingray, it starts at
$51,000. Our LT3 test car cost
$73,260 with options added.
But that arguably buys the most
performance per dollar to be
found anywhere. The Porsche 911
on the other page starts at about
$100,000 before any options.
Driving impressions: Forward
thrust is an eye-popping thrill.
The direct-injected 6.2-liter V8
pumps out 460 hp and launches
the Stingray as if catapulted
from an aircraft carrier.
Previous Corvettes traded
agility for power, but this car has
quick reflexes, flat cornering, and
none of the nose-heavy sensation
of previous models.
Dial the five-position selector
to Track mode, and the steering
tightens, the tuned exhaust
bellow becomes throatier, and the
stability control loosens its apron
strings. That allows some tail
rotation while still keeping the
car on its path. If you have the
skills and a race track you can
even fully disengage the stability
control, but you better have
your wits about you: the Vette
certainly can sting if you arent
paying attention.
But select Touring mode
and you have a fairly civilized
cruiser with a more palatable
ride and steering light enough
for effortless parking. We prefer
Sport mode for everyday
driving, the best for days when
youre not in a racing milieu.
Inside the cabin: Interior
quality has vastly improved, and
no longer looks like Chevy bought
its switchgear from J. C. Whitney.
Though not up to Audi standards,
materials and upholstery are
neatly executed and well finished,
particularly the stitched leather
and lovely suede on the seats,
door pillars, and headliner.
The seats are comfortable
and supportive, but getting in and
out takes some ducking to avoid
hitting your head. The MyLink
touch screen system coordinates
the audio, phone, and navigation
functions. A colorful heads-up-
display shows such vitals as
speed, revs, and current gear.
Price: $73,260
Trim: Z51 Coupe
Engine: 460-hp, 6.2-liter V8
Trans: Seven-speed manual
Drive wheels: Rear
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CHEVROLET
CORVETTE
ere youll find early impressions on a few of the coolest
or most significant of the many 2014 models were
testing right now. Each year we buy 80 or so vehicles of
all kinds, from tiny hatchbacks to big ultra-luxury SUVs.
Weve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of good
weather so we can put our Corvette Stingray and Porsche 911 through
their paces on our track as well as out on the twisty roads of New
England. But while those were parked, we plowed through plenty of
snow in the redesigned BMW X5 and Toyota Highlander SUVs.
One thing weve been seeing with every vehicle, whether its
a 400+ hp sports car or a luxury SUV, is that fuel economy is part of
every redesign. Lighter, more advanced materials help shed weight,
and technology such as direct-injection and turbo engines help put out
more power without using more fuel. Were also seeing a proliferation
of safety gear like backup cameras and sensor-based collision-avoidance
systems showing up across the spectrum of vehicles.
H
Chevy goes to nishing school
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A young whippersnapper to the
Corvette, the legendary Porsche
911 has never looked better.
Although the unmistakable
styling remains intact, the 911
has evolved under the skin for
decades and this latest iteration
improves the breed. Were
testing a Carrera S coupe with a
manual transmission, which rang
in at a heart-stopping $110,630.
Driving impressions: The
new 911 retains its superlative
agility, immediate responses,
decisive brake feel, and bespoke
driver-focused cabin. Three
electronically-controlled driving
modes let you tailor your style,
from a Sunday drive to race
track blast.
While not a torque power-
house, the flat-6 boxer engine
likes to rev, and every prod of the
accelerator results in immediate,
measured thrust. The seven-
speed manual has well-chosen
gear ratios.
Handling is extremely agile,
with instant turn-in response and
a body that stays flat and even
keeled. However, while linear
and quick, the new electrically
assisted steering lacks the high-
fidelity feedback thats been
a Porsche hallmark for decades.
Another trait that shouldnt
be whitewashed is the stiff ride,
with its short, abrupt body
motions. While not out of line for
such a high-performance car, it
makes most pavement imperfec-
tions quite apparent.
Inside the cabin: Nor will some
people crave the dexterity
needed to navigate in and out.
Once situated in the snug cabin,
those same folks might be
appeased by the terrific suede-
covered headliner, the supple,
genuine leather upholstery, and
the brushed-aluminum switch-
gear, all of which are nicer than
the ones in the Corvette.
The front seats provide
luxurious support, and both they
and the steering wheel are
heated, lending at least a shred
of credibility as cold-weather
PORSCHE 911
At age 50, still the one to beat
transport. While the controls
seem daunting at first, theyre
really not that hard to master.
The touch screen is an easy
reach, but there are no steering
wheel audio controls and no
rear-view camerainexcusable
in a car costing six figures. Unlike
the Corvette, the Porsche has a
rear seat, albeit a very small one.
Those kid-friendly seats, a decent
view out, and a fair sized front
trunk make the 911 one of the
most livable high-performance
sports cars.
Price: $110,630
Trim: Carrera S
Engine: 400-hp 3.8-liter at six
Trans: Seven-speed manual
Drive wheels: Rear
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Price: $38,941
Trim: XLE
Engine: 270-hp 3.5L V6
Trans: Six-speed automatic
Drive wheels: All
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TOYOTA
HIGHLANDER
Another crowd-pleasing family hauler
Over its first two generations,
the Highlander proved to be one
of the best-thought-out SUVs
available. Its easy-going driving
qualities, comfort, convenience,
and reliability won it repeated
appearances on our Top Picks list.
The 2014 redesign focused on
updating the Highlanders rather
bland styling and improving its
handling, which was never more
than mundane. The new model
brings a larger third-row seat,
increasing seating capacity to
eight to better compete with the
Honda Pilot and GMs large SUVs.
Our XLE, the mid-trim version
most customers will buy, came
well equipped, with standard
18-inch alloy wheels, heated seats,
and power lift-gate, and the short
option list added second-row
leather captains chairs, bringing
the final price to $38,941.
Driving impressions: As
advertised, the new Highlander
does indeed handle with newfound
agility, cornering with less roll
and more eager turn-in response.
Fortunately, ride comfort wasnt
sacrificed too much in the process.
With our test cars 18-inch wheel
package the ride feels steady
and compliant. Its also pretty
quiet inside with only a hint
of wind noise.
Most versions will come with
AWD and the smooth and lively
270-hp, 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed
automatic. Buyers of the FWD
version can choose the V6 or a
185-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder. So
far were seeing about 21 mpg
in mixed driving with our AWD V6.
A hybrid version is available but
only in Limited and Platinum trim
lines, which knock on the $50,000
door. Thats an awful lot for a non-
luxury brand SUV. Unfortunately,
some safety gear like forward
collision warning is only available
on the Limited.
Inside the cabin: The interior
has been upgraded, with attrac -
tive stitching details that run
across the dash and chocolate-
brown accents that break up the
dashboards sea of black. Controls
are simple, with big buttons,
but some of the touch-sensitive
buttons surrounding the radio
take getting used to. The Entune
system provides connectivity
for managing smart-phone
content. Thankfully, a backup
camera is standard.
You can choose either an
eight-passenger configuration or
seating for seven with the comfy
second-row captains chairs,
giving it space that resembles
a minivans.
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The third-generation BMW X5 is
without a doubt one of the most
refined and luxurious mid-sized
SUVs youll find. This wasnt
always the case. The first two
generations were as sporty as
BMW sedans but had a stiff,
choppy ride. The new one has
a much nicer ride and a den of
luxury supplanting the sports-
car talents of earlier models.
Our X5 practically overflows with
cutting-edge technology and
active safety features.
Driving impressions: BMWs
300-hp 3.0-liter turbo straight
six, coupled to a smooth-shifting
eight-speed automatic, delivers
readily-available power in every
occasion. So far weve been
seeing about 22 mpg overall.
However, this new X5 feels less
sure footed than past X5s and
just doesnt gobble up twists and
turns with the enthusiasm were
used to. But now the ride is super
absorbent, steady, and controlled,
and the cabin stays serenely
quiet at all times.
On the safety-system side,
the $1,900 Driver Assistance
Plus package contains a suite of
features, including surround-view
cameras, lane-departure warning,
and a forward collision warning
system with autonomous braking
if you ignore the warnings. Theres
also a pedestrian-detection and
protection system that applies
the brakes if pedestrian wanders
into the cars path.
Inside the cabin: Interior
furnishings are top-drawer and
beautifully executed, creating
a distinctly plush ambience.
A 10.2-inch screen dominates
the center dash. With vivid
graphics it not only displays the
navigation maps, with real time
traffic alerts, but also manages
audio, phone, trip information and
vehicle systems such as oil level
and tire pressure. An excellent
head-up display is clear and useful.
Its also easy to pair up and use
a smart-phone.
BMWs new iDrive unified
controller system has been
improved but remains a little
frustrating to master. Its main
virtue is eliminating the need
to reach far-away controls.
Fortunately, steering-wheel
thumbwheels provide a shortcut
for some functions so you
dont have to fiddle with the
iDrive knob.
The ten-way multi-adjustable
leather front seats are supremely
comfortable and supportive.
A heated steering wheel and seat
heat front and rear have been
a boon in freezing weather. The
rear bench folds in 40/20/40
sections. Our X5 came with the
optional third row seat, but
its tiny, suitable only for children.
Except in a pinch its better to
leave it folded out of the way.
Price: $70,050
Trim: xDrive 35i
Engine: 300-hp 3.0-liter 6-cyl
Trans: Eight-speed automatic
Drive wheels: All
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BMW X5
Trading sporty handling for serenity and comfort
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COMING SOON
2014
promises to be another busy year at our test track.
Our shopping list is full, with a wide variety of
redesigned and new models set to go on sale in all categories, from
family sedans and SUVs to sporty cars and pickup trucks.
Trends were seeing include continued improvements in fuel
economy, safety, and connectivity features across the board. Luxury
in smaller packages is a growing trend, as Lincoln joins the game
with a new small SUV and Mercedes-Benz reloads with a new C-Class
sedan, both loaded up with features and fancy interiors.
Ford is taking a big step by introducing redesigns of two notable
models. Its top-selling F-150 pickup truck loses weight and gains
power, while the Mustang sports car gets a new, modern suspension.
Lexus tops off the round up with a sporty coupe that is designed
to infuse some excitement into the normally staid brand.
Heres a quick look at a few of the models well be buying and testing
starting this summer.
SUBARU LEGACY
|
SUMMER 2014
Looking sleeker and more stylish, if derivative
of other midsize sedans, the new Legacy is
going mainstream in other ways too. And that
may not be a bad thing.
Subaru is promising a roomier, quieter
and more refined Legacy, along with a much-
needed connectivity and infotainment update.
The same 2.5-liter four-cylinder found in
the current Legacy is used in the new car, now
tweaked for greater efficiency and refinement.
Available in all trim levels, it also gets a 2-hp
power boost to 175 hp. Top-level Limited
versions will still offer the 256-hp, 3.5-liter
boxer 6, but it will also be mated to a contin-
uously variable transmission (CVT). Claimed
overall fuel economy is 30 mpg for the four-
cylinder and 23 mpg with the six, not bad
for an all-wheel-drive car.
Exterior dimensions stay roughly the
same, but Subaru is claiming increases in
shoulder, hip, and legroom. Base models
get a new infotainment system with a 6.2-inch
touch screen and multifunction display. It
features the Subaru Starlink telematics
system, Internet radio, a rear-view camera,
and Bluetooth. Uplevel models add a larger
seven-inch screen, SMS text messaging,
and upgraded audio. Models equipped with
navigation get voice command capability.
New safety features include a standard
rearview camera on all versions, and an
available new rear radar system with blind
spot, cross traffic, and lane change warnings.
CRs take: While the outgoing car is a solid
midsize sedan, we found its electronics and
connectivity to be well behind the curve, and
the CVT made far too much engine revving
and noise. Were hoping the redesign addresses
those shortcomings.
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FORD F-150
|
FALL 2014
Long one of the best-selling vehicles in the
U.S., the F-150 gets a desperately needed
redesign. Combining utility, innovative
features, and some of the latest safety
technology, the new F-150 looks to up the
ante against rivals from Chevrolet and Ram.
The big news is a major weight loss plan
accomplished through extensive use of alum -
inum and high-strength steel. The result is
a 700-lb lighter truck, and a claimed boost in
both hauling capability and fuel economy.
Buyers will have the choice of up to four
engines, including a new 2.7-liter turbo
V6 said to have as much power as some
competing V8s. Other options include turbo
and non-turbo 3.5-liter V6s, and a 5.0-liter
V8. Horsepower ratings and fuel economy
estimates have not been released.
The new F-150 will offer several new
features, including a 360-degree view
camera, LED headlights, a remote tailgate
release, and clever integrated loading ramps.
Inside youll find the latest truck-friendly
apps to aid with needs like fuel economy and
towing. Safety features include lane departure
warning and blind spot detection.
CRs take: To keep up with Chevy and Ram
Ford went for a moon shot redesign. The
use of aluminum is an aggressive move, but
it could prove to be expensive to repair.
LINCOLN MKC
|
SUMMER 2014
This gussied up version of the Ford Escape
gets Lincoln into the growing market for
luxury compact SUVs.
The most notable upgrades over its Ford
counterpart are an adaptive suspension,
designed to provide different ride and
handling, and an optional 275-hp, 2.3-liter
version of Fords four-cylinder turbocharged
engine. The base engine is the same 240-hp,
2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo shared with
the Escape. Both are available with either
front- or all-wheel drive, and are paired
with a six-speed automatic that uses a dash-
mounted push-button shifter like in the MKZ.
Prices will start at $34,995, but can
easily pass the $40,000 mark with options,
including a panoramic sunroof, upgraded
stereo, and a number of custom touches.
A host of available electronic safety aids
include pre-collision braking, lane keeping
assist, and a system that drives the car in
or out of tight parking spaces.
CRs take: Were happy to report that the
MKC will use the latest version of MyLincoln
Touch, which cans some of the annoying and
unreliable touch controls in favor of real knobs
for radio and climate functions.
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FORD MUSTANG
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FALL 2014
Designed to evoke the look and spirit of its predecessors, the latest
Mustang looks sleeker and more sophisticated while still paying
homage to its roots. Slightly wider and lower than the outgoing model,
the overall length, wheelbase, and proportions are all about the same.
The reborn pony car retains its front engine, rear drive layout,
and finally gets an independent rear suspension. For the first time in
more than two decades a four-cylinder is offered: A new 2.3-liter,
turbo charged four-cylinder good for about 305-hp. Traditionalists
will be relieved to hear that 3.7-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 engines will
still be offered, producing about 300- and 420-hp respectively. All
will be available with a six-speed manual or automatic, and in keeping
with tradition, coupe and convertible body styles will be offered.
Inside, the cabin is more spacious and decidedly less low-rent, with
better materials and more soft touch surfaces. The technology quotient
is cranked up with push-button start, the latest version of Sync, and
active cruise control and blind-spot detection with cross-traffic alert.
CRs take: We have really enjoyed the current Stang, and like the
look of the 2015 one. The promised improvements should address
shortcomings that needed to be fixed with the aging model.
LEXUS RC
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Looking like a grown up version of the Scion FR-S, the RC coupe
aims to inject some emotion into the Lexus lineup, and promises
a helping of performance with a dash of sophistication.
Based on the IS sedan, the RC will come in two versions. The
RC 350 uses the sedans 306-hp. 3.5-liter V6 engine and will
offer rear- or all-wheel drive. The more muscular, rear-wheel
drive RC F gets a 450-hp, 5.0-liter V8. It will also feature three
driver-selected performance modes, along with the requisite
scoops, ducts, spoilers, and other bodywork to identify it as the
real deal. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic
transmission. A hybrid model is planned for other markets, but
Lexus said there are no plans to bring it to the United States.
The luxuriously appointed cabin will have room for four
passengers, and features a seven-inch navigation screen and
a new console-mounted touch-screen interface that Lexus says
will enable drivers to better keep their eyes on the road while
using navigation and audio systems.
CRs take: Lexus nailed the recipe for reliable luxury cars
years ago. However, it seems to forget some ingredients when it
builds fun-to-drive cars. The RC has the right look; well find out
this fall if it has the sporty reflexes to back it up.
The redesigned C-Class grows longer and
wider with its latest redesign, but with a
twist: Mercedes says the C has dropped
a few hundred pounds, improving both
performance and fuel economy.
The increase in length includes a
three-inch bump in wheelbase, which is
promised to bring a gain in rear seat room.
Two model lines will be offered at launch.
C300 models get a 241-hp, 2.0-liter turbo
four-cylinder, while the C400 will be
powered by a 329-hp, 3.0-liter V6. Both will
be available with rear- or all-wheel drive,
and a seven-speed automatic is standard.
Mercedes has delivered a more luxurious
interior, and new electronic features
including a heads-up display and console-
mounted touchpad control panel.
The C-Class also gets optional safety
systems including semi-autonomous
highway steering and autonomous braking.
CRs take: It was important for the
C-Class to grow in size and luxury in order
to distance itself from the unimpressive
entry-level CLA.
MERCEDES-BENZ C-CLASS
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pending more or less on
gas can make or break your
summer vacation plans. So if
youre considering replacing
your old unreliable, outdated,
or cramped ride before your upcoming
summer adventure, its worth considering
one that gets great gas mileage.
Automakers have made big strides in
fuel economy in the past few years. Several
SUVs post mileage numbers that were
once only achievable by a small car. There
are plenty of choices among hybrids, luxury
cars, and sedans that get fuel economy
unheard of until recently. So no matter
what kind of car youre looking for, it
should be easy to find one that helps make
travel affordable.
Many of the top-performers in fuel
economy are also among our top choices of
their type, and many are also among the
cheapest to own in the long run, making
them excellent values.
What gets the best mileage?
Electrics and hybrids are the most efficient,
with many electrics getting the equivalent
of more than 100 mpg. But their limited
range makes electric cars commuters, not
cars meant for summer travel.
Plug-in hybrids, such as the Chevrolet
Volt, Ford Fusion Energi, and C-Max
Energi make longer trips possible on their
backup gas engines, but allow you to drive
on cheap electricity the rest of the time.
Their mileage depends on their battery size
and how often you can charge up.
If you really want to save gas on a long
trip, consider the Toyota Prius, which gets
the best overall mileage of any non-plug-in
car weve tested at 44 mpg and gets an
impressive 55 mpg on the highway.
Another great choice that offers more
space for summer travel is the Volkswagen
Passat TDI, which gets an impressive 51 mpg
on the highway. With that kind of mileage,
its tank will outlast your bladder at almost
700 miles. Hybrid versions of large and
luxury sedans, such as the Lexus ES300h,
Lincoln MKZ, and Toyota Avalon will
FUEL SIPPERS
FOR SUMMER TRAVEL & BEYOND
Dont let pump prices spoil summer fun
Chevrolet Volt Volkswagen Passat TDI
FUEL ECONOMY
Electrics & diesels lead the way
pump up the feature content and still
return 34 to 36 mpg overall. The Audi A7
TDi and Mercedes-Benz E250 Bluetec
diesel deliver 28 to 30 mpg overall, although
they both cost a lot more.
Road trip worthy
Most drivers probably want an SUV for
a summer trip. These days the best small
SUVs get 25 or 26 mpg, including the
Subaru Forester and XV Crosstrek,
the Mini Cooper Countryman, and the
Mazda CX-5. The best midsized SUVs
get mileage in the low 20s with four-
cylinder engines. Car-based three-row
models, such as the Acura MDX and
Pain free at the pump
Its the new normal: drivers are
more likely to spend $50 to fill
their tank than $30, and were a
lot closer to paying $4.00 a gallon
than $2.00 a gallon.
But whether youre in the
market for a new car or still hang-
ing on to old reliable, you may
be inadvertently hurting yourself
and spending more than you
should on fuel. From carrying too
much gear to putting premium
fuel in a car that doesnt need it,
here are six ways you may be
throwing away money on gas.
SLOW DOWN!
This will make the biggest differ-
ence. You need patience, but
driving at 55 mph instead of 65
or 75 will save you good money.
In a 2013 Toyota RAV4, fuel econ-
omy dropped from 38 mpg to
33 mpg when we increased speed
from 55 mph to 65. Speeding up
to 75 mph cost the car another
6 mpg. Why? Aerodynamic drag
increases exponentially the faster
you drive; it just takes more fuel
to push the car through the air.
PASS ON PREMIUM FUEL
Unless your owners manual
says premium fuel is Required,
skip it. Most cars will run fine
on regular gasoline, even those
that list premium fuel as rec-
ommended. In normal driving
performance differences are
imperceptible ... but regular is
at least 20 cents less per gallon.
Check the manual or inside the
filler flap to see if premium is Re-
quired. Otherwise, just buy regular.
SHOP AROUND
Android and iPhone apps like
GasBuddy, Waze and Cheap Gas
can help you compare fuel prices
in your area. Some navigation
units can give you real-time gas
prices. Also, look for stations
affiliated with big-box stores
or supermarkets, where you
are likely to see lower prices.
And dont be afraid to buy from
no-name gas stations. They
sell the same basic fuel as
name-brand stations, just with
fewer additives.
KEEP UP THE PRESSURE
When we let 10 psi out of the
tires of a midsized sedan, it lost
1.3 mpg on the highway. In addi-
tion, under inflated tires com-
promise handling and braking,
and wear out faster. And they run
much hotter, which can lead to
tire failure. For safetys sake,
check tire pressure at least once a
month with a simple digital gauge.
And youll be saving money too.
LOW RESISTANCE
Weve found that some low rolling
resistance tires can improve fuel
economy by 1 or 2 mpg. But worn
tires generally get better mileage
than new ones with more tread.
So while youll definitely see
savings when you switch to low-
rolling resistance tires, it wont
be evident until you wear them
down a little.
DONT BE A DRAG
At highway speeds, more than
50 percent of engine power
goes to overcoming aerodynamic
drag. So dont carry things on
top of your car when you dont
have to. We found that when we
installed bikes on a rooftop carrier
of a 2013 Honda Accord four-
cylinder, fuel economy dropped
by a whopping 30 percent, from
42 mpg to 29, at 65 mph. Adding
a wind deflector quieted things
down but didnt help the mileage:
It dropped 2 more mpg to 27.
Even the empty rack created
enough drag to suck gas mileage
down to 37 mpg.
Hyundai Santa Fe V6 can get 20 mpg.
Comparing the more thriftier models
with thirstier three-row SUVs, such as the
16-mpg Mazda CX-9 or Chevrolet Traverse,
can yield a nice savings at the pump
about $600 a year. That could pay for a
nice hotel-room upgrade or a lot of dinners
out during vacation.
Driving at
55 mph instead
of 65 can
save you
good money
Toyota RAV4
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THESE LISTS SHOW the vehicles within each category that
achieved the best or worst fuel mileage in our real-world tests.
We have selected mpg cutoffs that are relative to each category.
For example, a vehicle that gets 23 mpg would not be a stand-
out among midsize cars but it is excellent for midsize SUVs.
Models with a are recommended vehicles.
Best for fuel economy
Rec. Make & Model Overall
mpg
City mpg Highway
mpg
FUEL-EFFICIENT HATCHBACKS
Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE 111 104 116
Ford Focus Electric 107 108 107
Nissan Leaf SL 106 86 118
Chevrolet Volt 61 45 76
Toyota Prius Plug-in Advanced 47 38 55
Toyota Prius Four 44 32 55
Toyota Prius C Two 43 37 48
Lexus CT 200h Premium 40 31 47
Smart ForTwo Passion 39 30 44
Honda Insight EX 38 29 45
SUBCOMPACT CARS
Scion iQ 34 27 40
Ford Fiesta SE (sedan) 33 22 45
Toyota Yaris LE 32 23 41
Nissan Versa SV (sedan) 32 23 40
Chevrolet Spark 1LT 31 22 39
Nissan Versa Note SV 31 22 40
Hyundai Accent GLS (sedan) 31 20 45
COMPACT HATCHBACKS & WAGONS
Toyota Prius V Three 41 33 47
Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 37 35 38
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI (manual) 36 25 49
Mazda3 i Grand Touring 32 24 41
Nissan Cube 1.8 S 28 21 33
Ford Focus SEL 28 19 39
COMPACT SEDANS
Honda Civic Hybrid 40 28 50
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 37 29 45
Volkswagen Jetta TDI 34 25 45
Mazda3 i Touring (2.0L) 33 23 45
Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel 33 22 49
Toyota Corolla LE Plus 32 23 43
Ford Focus SE SFE 31 21 43
Volkswagen Jetta SE (1.8T) 30 21 39
Nissan Sentra SV 29 21 38
Honda Civic EX 29 20 40
Hyundai Elantra SE (1.8L) 29 20 39
Dodge Dart Aero (1.4T) 29 19 41
MIDSIZED CARS
Ford Fusion SE Hybrid 39 35 41
Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE 38 32 43
Volkswagen Passat TDI SE 37 26 51
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 33 24 40
Mazda6 Sport 32 22 44
Nissan Altima 2.5 S 31 21 44
Honda Accord LX (4-cyl.) 30 21 40
Toyota Camry LE (4-cyl.) 27 19 41
Hyundai Sonata GLS (2.4L) 27 18 39
LUXURY CARS
Tesla Model S (base, 85kWh) 84 65 102
Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 36 29 43
Lexus ES 300h 36 28 44
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid 34 29 38
Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec (AWD) 30 21 41
Audi A7 3.0 TDI 28 19 41
Acura ILX (2.0L) 28 19 40
BMW 328i 28 19 39
Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 28 19 39
Rec. Make & Model Overall
mpg
City mpg Highway
mpg
LUXURY CARS (continued)
Buick LaCrosse (4-cyl.) 26 18 39
Volkswagen CC Sport 26 18 35
Acura TSX (4-cyl.) 25 17 35
Audi A4 Premium Quattro 25 17 35
Lexus ES 350 25 17 35
Infiniti Q70 Hybrid 25 17 33
SPORTS/SPORTY CARS (tested with manual transmission)
Fiat 500 Pop/Sport 34/33 25/24 42/42
Honda CR-Z EX 35 26 45
Hyundai Veloster 31 24 37
Scion FR-S 30 23 37
Subaru BRZ Premium 30 23 37
Ford Fiesta ST 29 21 36
Honda Civic Si 29 20 39
Fiat 500 Abarth 28 21 34
Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 28 20 35
BMW Z4 sDrive28i 28 19 38
SMALL SUVs
Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium 26 19 34
Mini Countryman S 26 19 33
Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium 26 18 35
Mazda CX-5 (2.5L) 25 19 32
Toyota RAV4 XLE 24 18 31
Nissan Juke SV 24 18 31
Nissan Rogue SV 24 17 30
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE 23 18 28
Mitsubishi Outlander SE 23 17 30
Buick Encore Leather 23 16 32
Honda CR-V EX 23 16 32
BMW X1 xDrive28i 23 16 32
BMW X3 xDrive28i 23 16 30
MIDSIZED SUVs
Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (diesel) 24 17 23
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (4-cyl.) 23 17 30
Chevrolet Equinox 1LT (4-cyl.) 21 14 30
Ford Edge SEL (FWD, Ecoboost) 21 14 29
Honda Crosstour EX-L (V6) 21 14 32
Hyundai Santa Fe GLS (V6) 20 14 29
Kia Sorento EX (V6) 20 13 28
LUXURY SUVs
Lexus RX 450h 26 22 31
Volkswagen Touareg TDI 24 17 31
Lexus RX 350 21 15 27
Acura MDX Tech 20 13 29
Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec 20 14 28
Porsche Cayenne (base) 19 14 26
Infiniti QX60 19 13 26
MINIVANS
Honda Odyssey EX-L 21 13 31
Toyota Sienna XLE (FWD) 20 14 27
Toyota Sienna XLE (AWD) 19 13 25
Nissan Quest SL 19 13 24
PICKUP TRUCKS
Toyota Tacoma (base, V6) 17 13 21
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 16 11 23
Ford F-250 Lariat (6.7, turbodiesel) 16 11 23
= Limited range electric car = MPGe = composite of electric and gas
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Shop online
Comparison shopping is key
since prices among the well-known
brands can differ a lot. Shopping is easiest
online. You can use a travel site like Orbitz,
Kayak, or Expedia, or a dedicated site like
Carrentals.com, or simply Google cheap car
rental and the name of the city youre visiting.
We recently checked out prices for renting
a Toyota Corolla for four days, midweek, from
Chicagos OHare airport. The nine quotes
produced by Orbitz ranged from $20 to $80
per day, not including those pesky extra
fees. With those, the four-day rentals actually
ranged from $37 to $119 per day.
Another interesting site to check out is
AutoSlash.com. When you book through
AutoSlash the site hunts for coupons and
specials that apply to your choice, and then
automatically applies them, rebooking your
rental if better deals pop up.
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Skip the airport
While its terrifically convenient
to arrange to rent a car at the
airport, the rental counters that are located in
large metropolitan areas make you pay dearly
for the privilege. Onerous fees and taxes are
added in so that tourists end up paying for the
newest sports arena, helping the city recoup
money from bad investments, and subsidize
the local coffers. You may be much better off
taking a shuttle or rapid transit or even a taxi
and renting your car downtown or at a
suburban location.
As an example, Enterprise gave us a quote
to rent a Toyota Corolla for four days from
Chicagos OHare airport at $386. But it was
just $157 to rent it for the same period at an
Enterprise office in downtown Chicago. You
can often rent the car offsite, but return it to
the airport. Youll still come out ahead even
if there is a charge for this.
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Ignore the big boys
Local and regional car rental
agencies often charge less than
many of the big national chainssometimes
as much as half the rate of the major
players. Dont be afraid to check out the
terms at smaller car-rental concerns like Ace,
Advantage, Fox, Payless, and Sixt. You may
not find a lot of variety in their fleets but you
should have no problem finding basic transport.
One caution: a 2013 J.D. Power customer-
satisfaction survey put independents way
behind the top companies, especially National,
Enterprise, and Alamo.
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Join the club
Organizations like AAA and
AARP offer cheap or at least
discounted rental-car deals. AAA
members may get perks such a free use
SUMMER TRAVEL
SAVE
BIG BUCKS
ON CAR RENTALS
Traps to avoid and strategies
for getting the best price
The car rental industry may be a cutthroat business for the big
players like Hertz and Avis, but for consumers its death by
a thousand cuts. Rent a car at an airport and you may be hit
by separate fees for the airport concession, another for the
facility, and perhaps another for a local stadium or other
civic improvement, plus a juiced up local sales tax and
other surcharges. Those can push up the basic rental by
fifty percent or more.
But you can save moneyand your sanityby planning
ahead. Start by asking yourself what you really need. If the
car is just for you alone to get from point A to point B for
a couple of days, think small. But you may be surprised to
learn that there is a minimal price difference if you move
up a class or two. And if you can take a shuttle or taxi to your
hotel, you can save a lot of money by renting away from the
airport. Keep this in mind: The more $$$ you see below, the more
money you can potentially save.
MEMBER
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Where the cars areWho has what
This table shows typical sedans youll find in retail rental fleets,
according to their web sites. Note that most sites mention a model
name with the caveat or similar. That means you often cant
know for sure that youll get the exact car you wanted. Try calling
the rental location to nail them down on what they have on hand.
Weve marked the cars in Red that we suggest you avoid. There
is no reason to ruin your vacation by renting a model that has an
uncomfortable seat, lousy ride, and/or poor fuel economy.
ALAMO AVIS BUDGET ENTERPRISE HERTZ NATIONAL THRIFTY
Economy Chevrolet Spark Hyundai Accent Hyundai Accent Chevrolet Spark Chevrolet Aveo,
Kia Rio
Chevrolet Spark Kia Rio
Subcompact Fiat 500 Fiat 500
Compact Nissan Versa Ford Focus Ford Focus Nissan Versa,
Toyota Yaris
Nissan Versa Nissan Versa Ford Focus
Intermediate
or mid-sized
Toyota Corolla Chevrolet Cruze Dodge Avenger Toyota Corolla,
Ford Focus
Toyota Corolla Toyota Corolla Dodge
Avenger
Standard Chrysler 200 Nissan Altima Nissan Altima Chrysler 200 Chrysler 200 Chrysler 200 Mitsubishi
Galant
Full size Ford Fusion Chevrolet
Impala (pre-13)
Chevrolet
Impala (pre-13)
Ford Fusion,
Nissan Altima
Chevrolet
Impala (pre-13)
Ford Fusion Nissan Altima
Premium Chrysler 300 Chrysler 300 Ford Taurus Chrysler 300 Buick LaCrosse,
Nissan Maxima
Chrysler 300 Nissan Maxima
Luxury Cadillac ATS Lincoln MKS Lincoln MKS Cadillac ATS,
Lincoln MKZ
Chrysler 300,
Cadillac DTS
Cadillac ATS Buick LaCrosse
of a child seat. Costco and BJs can also offer
some great discount deals, and credit-card
companies also offer car-rental promotions.
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Timing
Weekend rates are often the
cheapest, but you can also get
cheap deals by renting at a weekly
rate. But watch out for big charges if your
plans change mid-trip and you end up
returning your car later than you planned.
If youre as little as an hour late at drop-off
you may be charged for a full extra day.
Some companies also charge you extra for
dropping your car off too early. For example,
if you drop off a car a day or two earlier than
anticipated you may find that your weekly-
rate discount is voided and youre stuck with
a far higher daily rental rate.
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When to decline
insurance
Agreeing to a rental companys
insurance offerings can add $20 or
$30 per dayor even moreto your rental
fee. But you can save money by using your own
automobile insurance. Before you leave for
your trip, check with your insurer to see if they
will cover you while renting a car. If you dont
carry collision coverage on your own car, you
probably wont have it on your rental either.
A number of credit cards, notably Ameri can
Express and many Visa and MasterCard pro-
grams, also offer rental-car insurance as
a membership perk if you book on that card.
The rental clerk may say your own insurance
doesnt cover tires or glass or days out of ser-
vice to fix the damage. In all of these cases,
check your coverage before you leave home on
your trip.
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Extras to turn down
If youre traveling with a child
who uses a child safety seat,
youre probably better off bringing
your own rather than taking a chance on
whatever the rental company has on offer. The
feetypically $10 a daycan mount up quickly.
It may not be worth your while to rent a
navigation system, especially if you have
a smart phone with GPS or own a portable
system already. And unless youre really,
really hooked on HD radio, which offers great
sound but spotty coverage, wed skip it.
$$$
Playing the gas game
Rental companies dont want to
give gasoline away, but they would
really appreciate it if you not only
paid for your own fuel, but some of the next
customers as well.
Youre often given three fuel choices: prepay
for a full tank; agree to return the car with a
full tank; or let the rental company top up the
tank when you return the car.
Pre-paying makes sense if you can contrive
to return the car almost empty. The second
choice makes sense if you start with a full
tank, use less than a tank on your travels, and
fill the car immediately before returning it.
(Save the receipt.) The third option only makes
sense if you light cigars with cash: rental com-
panies add service charges that can raise the
price to as much as $9 a gallon.
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any people think the only way
to get a comfortable, quiet,
and roomy sedan with the latest
connectivity is to spend $50,00
or more on a luxury nameplate.
In reality, many large sedans offer all of those
attributes, but for less than $40,000. The best
offer spacious, quiet cabins that deliver enough
room for up to ve occupants to sit in comfort,
and many have returned highway mileage of better
than 30 mpg in our test.
Other virtues include big trunks that can
swallow a lot of luggage, luxury features and
amenities, and, on some models, all-wheel drive.
The featured models represent the best in
the category. All performed well in our tests,
and any one would be a good choice depending
on your needs and preferences. Only the Toyota
and Chrysler are recommended: The Chevrolet
and Kia are too new to have reliability data.
COMPARISON
FACE-OFF
Four top choices from our tests
LARGE SEDAN
CHEVROLET IMPALA
VITAL STATS
CHEVROLET IMPALA
Road test score: 95
Price, as tested: $39,110
Trim line: 2LTZ
Drivetrain: 305-hp, 3.6-liter V6;
six-speed automatic; front-wheel
drive.
Overall fuel economy: 22 mpg
WHY BUY ONE?
Very roomy inLerior wiLh a qreaL
rear seat and huge trunk
ComlorLable cruiser, wiLh a plush
ride and a very quieL cabin
Surprisinqly aqile handlinq
lnLuiLive conLrols
LoLs ol leaLures lor Lhe money
Readily available and aLLracLively
priced advanced saleLy leaLures
WHY NOT BUY ONE?
Rear visibiliLy is limiLed
MyLink is mosLly simple, buL noL all
ol iLs lancy Lricks work well
Lhe perlormance ol Lhe V6 lor Lhis biq car.
ln a nuLshell, Lhis is a worldclass sedan
LhaL ouLscores luxurybrand sedans cosLinq
$20,000 more. 1he only poLenLial downsides
are limiLed rear visibiliLy, and unknown relia
biliLy because Lhis is a new model.
Best version to get: ll you're qoinq Lo load
up your lmpala, qo lor Lhe LopLrim L1Z model.
lL's sLill a qood value, and leLs you qeL boLh
a sunrool and naviqaLion. lL also includes Lhe
19-inch tires that delivered impressive per-
lormance on our LesL car. lL comes sLandard
wiLh HlD headliqhLs, leaLher, and Lhe Advanced
SaleLy Packaqe. 1he $,035 L1Z ComlorL
and Convenience Packaqe adds a loL ol nice
conLenL, includinq seaL memory, venLilaLed
front seats, and power adjustment for the
steering wheel.
ITS RIGHT IF: Youre looking for one large
sedan that does it all, the top-Rated Impala
offers a roomy, well finished interior, great
ride, surprisingly good handling for its size,
and decent fuel economy.
ChevroleL nailed Lhe redesiqn ol Lhe 20^
lmpala, Lranslorminq Lheir llaqship lrom a
woelully uncompeLiLive and ouLdaLed alsoran
inLo a Lhorouqhly modern and en|oyable car.
1he new lmpala noL only Lops our RaLinqs in
Lhe caLeqory, iL is one Lhe hiqhesL scorinq cars
we've LesLed.
Where Lhe old lmpala was someLhinq Lo be
avoided even as a free upgrade at the rental-
car counLer, Lhe new one has everyLhinq mosL
buyers are lookinq lor in a larqe sedan. lL rides
like a luxury car, while deliverinq surprisinqly
aqile handlinq, capable acceleraLion, and
excellenL brakinq.
lnside, Lhe spacious, quieL cabin seLs a
new sLandard lor ChevroleL liL and linish, wiLh
qenerally hiqhqualiLy maLerials and Lrim.
1he backseaL is roomy and sumpLuous, and
the trunk is huge.
ConLrols are relreshinqly inLuiLive and easy
Lo use, wiLhouL resorLinq Lo any overcompli-
caLed inLerlaces. 1he MyLink Louchscreen
radio is simple even lor a diqiLal neophyLe, wiLh
biq onscreen "buLLons" and lonLs.
1he punchy 3.6liLer V6 and smooLh six
speed auLomaLic Lransmission combo deliv-
ered a respecLable il noL classleadinq 22 mpq
overall in our LesLinq. 1he base 95hp, 2.5
liLer lourcylinder is LPA raLed aL a sliqhLly
higher 25 mpg overall, and can shave some
money oll Lhe purchase price. BuL we Lhink
mosL buyers will probably be happier wiLh
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ITS RIGHT IF: A big, comfortable sedan with
bulletproof reliability is on your list. The
Avalon is definitely worth a look when
shopping large sedans. All versions get good
fuel economy for their size, with the hybrid
boasting a best-in category 36 mpg overall.
WiLh iLs 203 redesiqn, 1oyoLa's qoal lor Lhe
Avalon was Lo broaden Lhe appeal ol Lheir very
qood buL somewhaL sLaid llaqship, wiLh beLLer
handlinq and more aqqressive sLylinq aimed aL
aLLracLinq younqer buyers.
While Lhe new Avalon remains an impres
sive choice, the results of the remake were
mixed and came aL a cosL. 1he updaLed sLylinq
reduced visibiliLy, access, and rear seaL
legroom, and the improved responsiveness
came with a stiff ride.
Buyers can sLill counL on a plush and
wellequipped inLerior, wiLh plenLy ol room,
comlorLable seaLs, and loLs ol ameniLies.
BuL qeLLinq some desirable leaLures like
naviqaLion and blindspoL moniLorinq means
stepping up to the higher Touring trim, which
quickly drives up Lhe price.
The 268-hp, 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed
automatic transmission deliver smooth and
ellorLless acceleraLion in Lhis biq car, while
averaqinq an impressive 2^ mpq overall.
Hybrid versions qeL a 200hp, lourcylinder
engine matched with an electric motor and
CV1. 1his also makes lor a silky smooLh
combo, wiLh qood acceleraLion and a noLable
36 mpq overall. BoLh powerLrains have proven
Lo be very reliable.
Best version to get: All Avalons come well
equipped, buL some commonplace opLions
are resLricLed Lo hiqher Lrim lines, so you may
be bumped inLo Lhe sLraLosphere Lo qeL |usL
one desirable leaLure.
ll a comlorLable ride is a prioriLy lor you,
sLick wiLh XLL and XLL Premium Lrim levels,
KIA CADENZA
or qo wiLh Lhe hybrid. 1hose all use smaller
17-inch wheels and have a more forgiving ride
than the 18-inch wheels on higher trim levels.
1he XLL Premium is worLh considerinq over
Lhe base XLL model because iL has a backup
camera. ll you wanL boLh naviqaLion and
Lhe blindspoLmoniLorinq sysLem, you have Lo
go for a Touring trim, one level up from the
Premium. BuL 1ourinq and LimiLed V6enqine
versions have a worse ride thanks to those
8inch Lires. While Lhey cosL more, Hybrid
models qeL Lerrilic luel economy and Lhe
more-forgiving 17-inch wheels and tires as
sLandard equipmenL.
KIA CADENZA
VITAL STATS
Road test score: 86
Price, as tested: $39,030
Trim line: Premium
Drivetrain: 293-hp, 3.3-liter
V6; six-speed automatic;
front-wheel drive.
Overall fuel economy: 22 mpg
WHY BUY ONE?
Spacious and comlorLable
interior
Super simple conLrols
SmooLh, ellicienL, and
punchy powerLrain
WHY NOT BUY ONE?
Ride isolaLion lalls shorL ol
Lhe besL cars in Lhis class
Lacks some leaLures you'd
expecL lor Lhe money
TOYOTA AVALON
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ITS RIGHT IF: Youre looking for a spacious
and comfortable sedan that does almost
everything well, with refreshingly simple
controls.
Any linqerinq doubLs you may have abouL
Kia beinq someLhinq oLher Lhan a manulac
Lurer ol cheap, crude cars should be lorever
puL Lo resL wiLh Lhe Cadenza.
Wellrounded and easy Lo live wiLh, Lhis
modern sedan scores near the top of its
caLeqory, edqinq ouL Lhe 1oyoLa Avalon LhaL
was Lhe lonqsLandinq benchmark in Lhis
seqmenL. 1hanks Lo beLLer ride and handlinq,
iL also ouLscores Lhe Hyundai Azera, wiLh
which it shares a platform and powertrain.
1o pull all LhaL oll requires a lonq lisL ol
posiLives, and Lhe Cadenza has Lhem, alonq
wiLh very lew laulLs.
lnside is a quieL, well linished, and spacious
cabin LhaL qives Lhe driver and passenqers
plenLy ol room Lo sLreLch ouL. Headroom can
be a biL LiqhL lor people over sixleeL Lall. While
the driver gets a range of seat adjustments
and lumbar, Lhe passenqer has Lo do wiLhouL
boLLomcushion LilL or ad|usLable lumbar. We
like the super-simple controls, which feature
welllabeled buLLons and simple knobs,
alonq wiLh a clear Louchscreen LhaL has biq
onscreen buLLons.
1he 293hp, 3.3liLer V6 provides plenLy
of power, and is matched with a smooth and
quick shilLinq sixspeed auLomaLic Lransmis
sion. We recorded 22 mpg overall, which is
abouL averaqe lor Lhe class.
While it has neither the sportiest handling
or mosL comlorLable ride in Lhe class, Lhe
Cadenza sLrikes a nice balance LhaL mosL
buyers will lind perlecLly accepLable.
DespiLe Kia's lonqsLandinq LradiLion ol
includinq a loL ol leaLures lor Lhe money, Lhe
Cadenza is priced abouL Lhe same as oLhers
in Lhe caLeqory. Our Cadenza came Lo
$39,030, includinq Lhe $3,000 luxury packaqe,
which includes leaLures mosL buyers will
wanL such as a panoramic sunrool, HlD head
lights, heated steering wheel, heated front
and rear seaLs, and a cooled driver's seaL.
Best version to get: Pickinq ouL a Cadenza
is simple: Lhere's one Lrim linePremium
and just three different options packages.
NaviqaLion is sLandard. Consider Lhe alore
menLioned Luxury packaqe a necessiLy,
given all of its upscale features.
1he $3,000 1echnoloqy packaqe Lakes
Lhinqs a biL lurLher, wiLh blindspoL moniLorinq,
lane-departure warning, active cruise control,
and 9inch wheels. lL's a shame you need Lo
spend Lhree qrand Lo qeL blindspoL moniLorinq,
Lhe mosL desirable leaLure ol LhaL bunch.
A bonus comes wiLh buyinq boLh packaqes:
you can qeL Lhe WhiLe inLerior packaqe aL no
addiLional charqe. lL qives you whiLe leaLher
seaLs and a suede headliner, il you are nosLal
qic lor a mid'70s Cadillac.
TOYOTA AVALON
VITAL STATS
Road test score:
86 (Hybrid) 85 (Cas)
Price, as tested:
$^2,50/$^0,670
Trim line: Limited
Drivetrain: Hybrid: 200hp,
2.5liLer lourcylinder &
elecLric moLor, CV1,
lronLwheel drive. Cas:
268-hp, 3.5-liter V6; six-speed
automatic; front-wheel drive.
Overall fuel economy: 36 mpg
(hybrid)/2^ mpq (qas)
WHY BUY ONE?
BoLh reqular and Hybrid
versions top their class in
luel economy
lL's biq and roomy
SmooLh powerLrain
WHY NOT BUY ONE?
1he sLill ride is a biq
let-down
Redesiqn reduced rearseaL
room, sliqhLly compromised
view ouL, and hurL cabin
access
Flush-mounted, touch-
acLivaLed dash buLLons
are a nuisance
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CHRYSLER 300
ITS RIGHT IF: Youre looking for luxury-car
levels of ride, quietness, room, and creature
comforts, with punchy performance and
available all-wheel drive.
One ol Lhe more cusLomizable enLries in
Lhe caLeqory, Chrysler ollers Lheir llaqship in
a varieLy ol conliquraLions Lo suiL your needs.
Buyers can choose live Lrim levels, rear or
all-wheel drive, and either potent V6 or mus-
cular V8 engines.
Whichever you choose, you qeL a roomy,
quieL, and well linished inLerior, wiLh wide
comlorLable seaLs LhaL remain supporLive over
lonq Lrips. Rear passenqers have plenLy ol
room to stretch out. The upright stance helps
wiLh access. Chrysler's available UconnecL
inloLainmenL sysLem is one ol Lhe mosL
inLuiLive we've seen. SLeppinq up Lo hiqher
Lrim levels adds a near luxury car ambience
and ameniLies, buL can qeL expensive lasL.
We LesLed boLh Lhe 3.6liLer V6 and 5.7liLer
V8 versions, and lound Lhe V6 Lo be Lhe besL
allaround choice. While iL doesn'L have Lhe
blisLerinq punch ol Lhe V8, acceleraLion is
smooLh and sLronq, and luel economy ol 22
mpq overall is considerably beLLer Lhan Lhe
8 mpq overall in Lhe V8. All models qeL
Lhe excellenL eiqhLspeed auLomaLic, buL Lhe
shilLer is a biL lussy. Overall, we preler Lhe ride
of the V6 with its 18-inch wheels to the optional
20-inch wheels on our V8.
As such, Lhe 300 possesses a sLaLely and
qracious ride LhaL's even beLLer Lhan LhaL ol
some more expensive luxury sedans. Handlinq
is responsive and secure.
Best version to get: While Lhe base car
comes wiLh rearwheel drive, we'd opL lor Lhe
V6powered 300 wiLh AWD. 1he sLandard
UconnecL sysLem is inLuiLive and comprehen
sive enouqh LhaL il you have a smarLphone
you can avoid sLeppinq up Lo Lhe version wiLh
CHRYSLER 300
VITAL STATS
Road test score: 83
Price, as tested: $38,335
Trim line: Limited V6
Drivetrain: 292-hp, 3.6-liter
V6; eight-speed automatic;
rear or all-wheel drive.
Overall fuel economy: 22 mpg
WHY BUY ONE?
V6 ollers quick and smooLh
acceleraLion, Available V8
packs muscle car punch
The well finished interior is
quieL, wiLh comlorLable seaLs
lL has a nice balance ol ride
comlorL and handlinq aqiliLy
UconnecL inloLainmenL
sysLem is one ol Lhe besL
Available allwheel drive
WHY NOT BUY ONE?
1he elecLronic shilLer is lussy
and takes some getting used to
SLandard haloqen lowbeam
liqhLs perlormed poorly
Fuel economy isn'L qreaL
VisibiliLy isn'L Lhe besL
naviqaLion. 1he panoramic sunrool brinqs in
a loL ol liqhL Lo Lhe somewhaL closedin cabin,
1he Driver Convenience Croup adds a backup
camera and some comfort features, while the
SaleLy1ec packaqe brinqs Collision warninq,
park assisL, blindspoL warninq, and oLher
saleLy leaLures.
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Lach consumer has dillerenL
priorities when it comes to
buyinq a larqe sedan. Some
want the ultimate in roominess.
OLhers value luel economy. SLill
others want a high-performance
Q-ship; the vehicle that flies
under Lhe radar as iL hauls buLL
down the road.
ll one or Lwo specilic qualiLies
sLand ouL in your decision
makinq process, Lhe lisL below
can help you unearLh a qolden
nugget in the pile of rocks.
Big mileage
ln our LesLs Lhe Avalon hybrid's
smooLh 2.5liLer lourcylinder
hybrid qoL 36 mpq overall,
29 mpq in Lhe ciLy, and a sLellar
^3 mpq on Lhe hiqhway. Runner
up is Lhe Buick LaCrosse eAssisL.
lL Loo uses a small lourcylinder,
a 2.^liLer LhaL qeLs assisLance
lrom a small baLLery and elecLric
moLor. lL isn'L a lull hybrid and
cosLs less Lhan Lhe Avalon, buL
also returns less: 26 mpg
overall, 8 mpq in Lhe ciLy, and
a quiLeimpressive 39 mpq on
Lhe hiqhway.
High-power engines
1here are only a lew Lrue
perlormance varianLs available
among large sedans. The
Chrysler 300 and Dodqe
Tailored to your needs
ll you hold cerLain qualiLies more imporLanL Lhan oLhers,
here's some help Lo narrow down your selecLion.
Charqer are boLh available
wiLh a biq ^70hp, 6.^liLer V8
in Lheir SR1Lrim versions. ll
sLraiqhL line power is your Lhinq,
the all-wheel-drive Ford Taurus
SHO packs a 365hp, 3.5liLer
Lurbocharqed V6. BuL iL doesn'L
oller much in Lhe way ol drivinq
exciLemenL. 1he new ChevroleL
SS is anoLher candidaLe, buL we
haven'L linished LesLinq iL yeL.
Plays well in corners
While not a strong point for
cars in Lhis class, boLh Lhe lmpala
and Chrysler 300 acquiL Lhem
selves nicely on Lhe handlinq
circuiL aL our AuLo 1esL CenLer.
PrompL Lurnin response
and limiLed body roll also help
Lhe 1oyoLa Avalon when iL is
shod with the 18-inch wheel
and Lire packaqe. BuL LhaL ends
up hurting the ride too much.
Lounge-like
accommodations
ll iL's cabin space you are alLer,
look no lurLher Lhan Lhe lmpala,
Kia Cadenza, and Hyundai
Azera. 1he lmpala is a break
Lhrouqh vehicle lor CM in
a number ol ways, buL iL sLands
ouL in Lhe class wiLh iLs roomy
cabin. 1he Kia and Hyundai are
corporate cousins that share
Lhe same plaLlorm, and boLh
have a roomy rear bench
seaL and plenLy ol leqroom lor
two or three adults.
Room for your bags
BoLh Lhe lmpala and Lhe Ford
1aurus have supersized
trunks with enough room for
four large, wheeled suitcases
and Lwo dullle baqs. BuL
while Lhe lmpala has a wide
trunk opening that makes
loading and unloading the
baqs a snap, Lhe Ford isn'L as
qenerous. lL has a narrow
opening, making it surprising
LhaL Lhere's so much room pasL
Lhe Liny mouLh.
All-weather grip
You can get all-wheel drive on
mosL versions ol Lhe Chrysler
300 and Dodqe Charqer
lor abouL $2,000 Lo $5,000,
depending on the trim level.
Allwheel drive is available on
Lhe V6 LaCrosse and opLional
on Lhe V6equipped versions
ol Lhe 1aurus. 1he 1aurus SHO
has iL sLandard, buL wiLh iLs
summer Lires Lhe AWD is abouL
getting power to the ground
in Lhe dry, noL winLer qrip.
Ford Taurus SHO
Kia Cadenza
Dodge Charger
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A
rthur Haskins, father of
19-year-old Katie from
Hillsdale, N.J., says There
is nothing worse than the
first time you see your
teenager drive away in a car by themselves.
And parents have reason to worry. Car
crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens. And
the youngest drivers are the riskiest.
Mile for mile, the crash rate for drivers
ages 16 and 17 is almost nine times as high
as that for middle-aged drivers.
Teens struggle with inexperience behind
the wheel and developing brains that
might not accurately assess risks. Teen
brains are not fully matured, says Orly
Avitzur, M.D., a board-certified neurolo-
gist and Consumer Reports medical
adviser. They tend to be more impulsive
and have poor judgment. That could
be one reason unbuckled safety belts and
drunk and distracted driving are factors in
many teen deaths. What can be done?
Laws and rules
Teen driver traffic deaths have dropped
48 percent between 2002 and 2011. A big
reason is the graduated driver-licensing
laws implemented by many states. GDL
hasnt eliminated the problem with teens,
but it has been a really effective counter-
measure, says Anne McCartt, vice
president for research at the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Graduated licensing allows teens to gain
driving experience over time with more
controlled restrictions. Laws vary by state,
but they generally mandate a minimum
number of hours of supervised driving with
parents and place restrictions on night
driving and the number of passengers.
Studies show a clear link between such
programs and lower crash rates. Among
states with the strongest laws is New Jersey,
where teens must be at least 17 to obtain
a license. For most states the minimum age
is 16, although some states allow 14- or
15-year-olds to get a license. Pennsylvania
requires at least 65 supervised practice
hours, compared with 50 or fewer for most
other states. And South Carolina restricts
intermediate drivers from being on the
road after a relatively early 6 or 8 p.m.,
depending on the season; by contrast,
night restrictions for some states
dont begin until 1 a.m.
The IIHS website has a calculator
that estimates how many lives
could be saved if states strengthened
their graduated licensing laws. And
the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) offers
incentives such as added highway
safety funds to states that improve
their laws.
Of course, parents dont need
to rely on their state. They can create
a family contract that allows a teen
to gain increasingly more experience
and driving freedom.
Research has shown that teens
actually listen to their parents opinions,
says Erin Sauber-Schatz, Ph.D., M.P.H.,
epidemiologist at the national Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention. Talk
with your teen about driving, and make
an agreement that outlines the risk factors,
rules, and penalties if theyre broken.
Parents need to follow through and be
willing to take those keys away, says David
Strickland, former NHTSA administrator.
Driver education. Practice is the best
way to make teens more comfortable
behind the wheel, but a traditional driver-
ed program is often not enough. A report
jointly sponsored by the government,
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and
Manitoba Public Insurance shows that
not only is there no evidence that the pro-
grams reduce crashes, but they can also
encourage teens to get licenses earlier.
Consumer Reports auto experts say
that advanced driver training can help
and that drivers need to know what to do in
an emergency before they are faced with
one. That can mean the difference between
RISKS
OF TEEN
DRIVERS
How to help young
drivers STAY SAFE
TEEN DRIVING SAFETY
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MODEL PRICE RANGE
Acura TSX $30,635-$39,275
Buick Regal $26,690-$39,270
Chevrolet Sonic Sedan $14,170-$21,610
Honda Civic $18,190-$24,240
Hyundai Elantra $18,750-$22,700
Hyundai Elantra
Touring
$18,750-$22,700
Hyundai Sonata $21,450-$27,000
Kia Optima $21,500-$35,300
Mazda 3 $16,945-$26,495
Mazda CX-5 $21,395-$29-070
Scion xB $16,970-$17,920
Subaru Forester $21,995-$32,995
Subaru Impreza
(nonturbo)
$17,895-$23,195
Subaru Legacy 2.5i $20,295-$28,895
MODEL PRICE RANGE
Subaru XV Crosstrek $21,995-$29,295
Toyota Camry (4 cyl.) $22,235-$30,465
Toyota Corolla $16,800-$21,300
Toyota Prius $24,200-$34,905
Volkswagen Golf $25,200-$27,995
Volkswagen Jetta
Sportwagen
$20,995-$30,265
Volkswagen Tiguan $23,305-$38,835
Acura TSX
Buick Regal (2012)
Chevrolet Equinox (V6, 2010-2012)
Chevrolet Malibu (4-cyl., 2009-2012)
Ford Focus sedan (2009-2011)
Ford Fusion
(4-cyl. and hybrid, 2010-2012)
Honda Accord (4-cyl., 2008-2012)
Honda Civic (2012 or later)
Honda Fit (2011-2012)
Hyundai Elantra (2011 or later)
Hyundai Elantra SE (2008-2010)
Hyundai Elantra Touring
Hyundai Sante Fe
(V6, 2007-2009, non-3rd row)
Hyundai Sonata
(4-cyl., non-turbo, 2006 or later)
Hyundai Tucson (2010 to 2012)
Kia Forte (2010 2013)
Kia Optima
(non-turbo, 2010 or later)
Kia Soul (2010-2011)
Kia Sportage
(4-cyl., nonturbo, 2011 2013)
Mazda3 (2011 or later)
Mazda6 i (4-cyl., 2009 2013)
Mazda CX-5
Mitsubishi Outlander
(2007-2013, non-3rd row)
Nissan Altima (4-cyl. 2010-2012)
Nissan Rogue (2010-2013)
Nissan Sentra (2011-2013)
Scion xB (2008 or later)
Scion xD (2012 2013)
Subaru Forester
(non-turbo, 2009 or later)
Subaru Impreza
(non-turbo, 2009 or later)
Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
(2008 or later)
Subaru Legacy 2.5i (2009 or later)
Toyota Camry (4 cyl., 2010 or later)
Toyota Corolla (2010 or later)
Toyota Matrix (2010 or later)
Toyota Prius (2010 or later)
Toyota Prius V (2012-2013)
Toyota RAV4
(2004-2013, non-3rd row)
Volkswagen Jetta (2009-2010)
Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
Volkswagen Golf (2010 or later)
Volkswagen Rabbit (2009)
Volkswagen Tiguan (2011 or later)
NEW CARS
USED CARS
Best cars
for teens
Buying a car for a new driver can be
a balancing act between getting one
you can afford and finding one thats
safe and reliable. Look for a vehicle
with advanced safety features such as
electronic stability control (ESC) and
side-curtain air bags, and that perform
well in government and insurance-
industry crash tests. The lists here
include those that meet both of those
criteria, perform well overall in our
tests, and have proven reliable according
to our Annual Auto Survey.
For the types of vehicles to buy, we
recommend family sedans and small
cars as they have a good balance of
safety, visibility, and control. It may be
tempting to purchase a larger SUV
based on the belief that their larger
size and mass can better protect a new
driver in a crash. However, SUVs can
be challenging for inexperienced drivers
to control in an emergency situation
and generally are more prone to dan-
gerous rollover accidents. In addition,
their larger seating capacities can
be an invitation for new drivers to
carry extra passengers, adding to the
distraction factor.
Hyundai Elantra
Kia Soul
Buick Regal
Honda Fit
Hyundai Tucson
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Acura TSX
Mazda CX-5
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an accident and a close call.
Free and paid car-control clinics, which
teach skills in a safe, controlled environ-
ment, are sponsored by automakers such as
BMW, Ford, and Toyota, as well as private
organizations. Consumer Reports has
been partnering with the Tire Rack Street
Survival School to host a defensive driving
course and found that teens improved
their skills, gained confidence, and learned
the limits of their cars while having fun.
At first, I was angry at my dad for
making me go, Katie Haskins says about
attending one of our courses. But I think
everyone should do something like that,
to be put in a situation in which they dont
necessarily know what to do.
Technology aids. Technology, such as
Fords MyKey, can also help. That feature
allows parents to set limitations that are
electronically stored in the vehicles igni-
tion key. They can set a top speed, limit the
volume of the radio, and prevent the radio
from coming on until the drivers safety
belt is fastened. In a manner, it puts Mom
and Dad virtually in the passenger seat
even when theyre not there, says Andy
Sarkisian, manager of global safety planning
and strategy at Ford.
Other automakers have ways to track
teens through their in-car systems. GMs
Family Link costs $3.99 a month on top
of the OnStar subscription fees. It allows
parents to find their teens car on a map
on their website and receive a text or e-mail
as to their whereabouts. Parents can set a
time to receive an alert, which helps verify
they arrived at their destination safely.
Hyundai BlueLink also tracks the vehi-
cle and drivers safety in an emergency.
For $99 a year, you get teen safeguards,
such as a speed alert, geo-fence, and curfew
alert. This allows parents to set these bound-
aries on the car and to receive a message
when they are overridden.
Mercedes-Benz mbrace2 has the same
type of vehicle assistance and teen safety
features. It adds a feature called Safe Ride
that allows the driver to signal they need
help getting home, such as if they are tired
or intoxicated. Safe Ride calls a parent or
a taxi, as needed. The cost is $280 a year
and $20 more for mbrace plus, which adds
a geo-fence, speed alerts, and other features.
These in-car features are a good way for
parents to have peace of mind when sending
their teen out on the road.
Can an app make you drive safely?
Teens are cell phone addicts and the beeps,
buzzes, and noises make them tempting for
them to answereven when driving.
Some drivers have the discipline to ignore
those invitations. But if not, Android users
can take advantage of free smart-phone apps
from the major carriers that block unwanted
calls and texts. The apps can also send an
automatic reply to texts that let senders know
youre driving. AT&T also provides a Black-
Berry version. And each app has an onscreen
button to call 911.
To check out the benefits and shortcom-
ings, we downloaded AT&Ts DriveMode,
Sprints Drive First, and Verizons Safely Go,
and put them through their paces on a
Samsung Galaxy S3.
AT&T DRIVEMODE
What it does: This app can
be set to automatically
turn on when it senses the
vehicle has reached about
25 mph. Its allow list lets you choose
five contacts who can call you without being
blocked and vice versa, whether or not
a Bluetooth hands-free use connection is
active. Navigation and music are the only
apps that can be used while driving, but
you still have to touch the screen to choose
a song, adding a degree of distraction.
What we found: DriveMode worked well
in our evaluation and was easy to set up. We
did find some variation in how quickly it acti-
vated, so give it a few minutes after you
reach 25 mph for it to kick in. Similarly, after
stopping, it took about 5 minutes to deactivate.
That helps to prevent using the phone at traffic
lights, but it felt too long for practical use.
SPRINT DRIVE FIRST
What it does: Drive First
automatically turns on and
locks the phone when the car
reaches 10 mph. Five contacts
can ring through, and you can access up to
three apps. In addition, when using the phone
in hands-free mode via Bluetooth, all calls can
ring through. Sprint also has a website that
allows a person (such as a parent) to monitor
the phone to tell whether the app has been
deactivated.
What we found: Setup took a while to install
two apps and log in with a phone number and
password. We liked the online component
and the ability to monitor the use of the app.
Theres a long list of apps you can use while
driving, something not available with the AT&T
app. We selected the messaging app as one
of the three and were able to receive and send
texts that way, which defeats the purpose.
Drive First might take a few minutes to acti-
vate after reaching 10 mph, and it took about
2 minutes to deactivate after stopping.
VERIZON SAFELY GO
What it does: This app has
to be manually activated
with every trip. It allows
calls from three contacts to
get through unblocked. It also lets you use
three apps while driving, letting you choose
from almost any app on the phone.
What we found: There are too many steps
to activate the app, and it takes discipline
to remember to turn it on every time you
get in the car. As with Sprints Drive First,
when we chose the message app as one of
our three permitted ones, all texts were
accessible. We also added the game app to
the allowed list, and our testers were able to
play while driving around the track, which is
another clear shortcoming. Like the Spring
app, when using the phone in hands-free
mode via Bluetooth, all calls can ring through.
Bottom line. While a step in the right
direction, all of these apps need further
development to make them more effective.
Some improvements wed like to see include
all of them automatically turning on at 10 mph
and having an automatic reply that responds
to texts and phone calls. They should also
have similar functionality whether or not the
phone is linked through Bluetooth, reason-
ably quick deactivation when the cars stops,
a website for monitoring the apps usage,
and limited usable apps while driving (just
navigation and music).
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If
you are expecting, the time
to start thinking about buying
a child seat is well before the
due date. Youll need one to bring
your newborn home from the hospital.
Most states require that children up to
4 years old ride in a car seat. But kids are
safest if they remain in one until they reach
a height of 4 feet 9 inches, when they are
big enough to use the seat belts alone.
According to the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
car crashes are the leading cause of
fatalities for children between the ages
of 3 and 14. NHTSA says child seats reduce
the risk of those fatalities by 71 percent
for infants and 54 percent for toddlers.
But you cant buy just any child seat. Even
if you are a seasoned parent, its critical
to know which seat is best for your child
and how to securely install it.
Types of seats
A wide variety of brand-name car seats
can be found online or at stores such
as Kmart, Target, Walmart, and Babies
R Us. Some models, like those from Orbit
Baby, may require a trip to a specialty store
or website.
Child seats come in four basic types. As
your kid grows, youll go through several
to maintain a safe and comfortable fit.
Weve found that spending the most
money doesnt necessarily get you the best
seat. Many midpriced models perform just
as wellor even betterthan expensive
ones. Seats can be reused, but they do have
expiration dates. And damage can mean
retiring a seat sooner. (See When to Replace
a Child Seat, on page 27.)
All seats with an internal harness can
be attached using the vehicle seat belts
or a system called LATCH (Lower Anchors
and Tethers for Children).
Rear-facing infant seats
$55-$275 (for children 4-35 lb.)
Rear-facing seats are the safest choice for
your childs first seat. They are a must
for children less than a year old and until
the child weighs 20 pounds. But we recom-
mend all children use them until their
second birthday or until they reach the
weight and height limits of the seat.
Studies based on real-world crashes and
published in the journal Injury Preven -
tion have shown that children are safer in
the rear-facing configuration than when
forward-facing.
Rear-facing infant seats can be the
most convenient type. Most have a
de tachable carrier, allowing you to easily
carry the child or snap the seat into a
com pat ible stroller. Convertible seats
can be used for an infant, but our testing
has found that infant models are the safer
choice because they provide a better fit
for a newborn. They are usually smaller
and lighter too.
Convertible seats
$45-$370 (for children 5-45 lb.
rear-facing, 20-80 lb. forward-facing)
Convertible seats can be used two ways:
rear-facing or forward-facing. We have
found that most dont provide the best fit
for newborns even though their weight
limits cover them. However, they may be
FINDING
THE RIGHT
CHILD SEAT
Whether its for your rst kid or your fourth,
get a seat that ts them and your car
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A
B
Some head restraints may
prevent forward-facing
seats from fully contact-
ing the vehicle seatback.
A

Some rear-facing
seats require space
between the seat and
front seatback.
B

Level indicators
show whether a
rear-facing seat is
properly installed.
C

Using LATCH anchors
often makes it easier
to get a secure t.
D

Belts mounted
forward of the
seatback can make
a secure t difcult
or impossible.
C
D
needed to keep taller or heavier kids rear-
facing until age two.
A handful of convertibles, called all-
in-ones, allow the harness to be removed,
converting them into a booster seat.
Though marketed as the only seat your
child will need and are a good value, our
tests show the more functionality built
in to a seat, the more compromises they
may make to safety and convenience.
Toddler booster/combination seats
$50-$280 (for children 20-90 lb. when
harnessed, 30-120 lb. as a booster)
These forward-facing seats include a
five-point harness to secure children up
to as much as 90 pounds. The harness
can be removed when they reach the
weight and height limits, transforming
it into a booster. This elevates the child
to the proper height to position your
cars seat belt correctly and safely. The
seat works as a booster until your child
is tall enough to use the cars seat belt
alone, typically when they reach 57 inches
(4 feet 9 inches) and are between the
ages of 8 and 12.
Belt-positioning booster seats
$14-$300 (for children 30-120 lb.)
Often referred to as simply booster seats,
these are the only type of child seat that
does not include a built-in harness.
Boosters are designed to raise the child
to the proper height to position the
vehicles seat belt correctly.
Most booster seats are not secured to
the vehicle, but some can be anchored by
using the cars lower anchors to prevent
them from becoming a projectile during
a crash when not in use. High-backed
boosters are a better choice than backless
versions because they include some side
bolstering, which can provide added
side impact protection, and a guide that
can better position the shoulder belt.
Installing and
fitting the seat
Keep in mind that whatever seat you buy,
theres more to it than finding a model
that scored well in our
Ratings and fits your
budget. The right seat
must fit not only your
child but also your car. If at all possible,
try a test fit before purchasing. If that cant
be arranged, make sure you can exchange
the seat or get a refund if its not a good fit.
SafeKids USA (safekids.org) runs events
around the country for parents to have their
car seat installation checked.
When choosing the right seat, remember:
> Carefully read your car owners manual
and the one that came with the seat.
> In addition to choosing a seat appro -
pri ate for your childs height, weight, and
age, make sure it allows no more than
1 inch of movement when properly secured
in your car.
> The recline angle of rear-facing seats
is critical, especially for infants because
their heads are disproportionately heavy
relative to the rest of their bodies, and
their neck muscles are not yet developed.
Most seats have some sort of built-in level
indicator or line indicating the proper
position, and some seats include adjustable
bases or feet to help you get
the right angle. A sec tion
of pool noodle or a
rolled-up towel may also
Boosters raise children
high enough to properly
position the seat belt.
help do the job if the seat allows their use.
> Some rear-facing seats require a certain
amount of clearance from the front seat-
back, or must only contact it lightly.
Correct installation may require the front
passenger to sacrifice a bit of leg room.
> You may have to remove the rear head
restraint to permit some forward-facing
seats to fit properly. The restraint may
push the seat forward, preventing it from
fitting securely against the seatback.
Take care to store the head restraints
securely so they wont become a projectile
in a crash but are still available if needed.
> Child seats can be installed using your
vehicles seat belts, but its often easier
to get a secure fit using LATCH. While
neither method is perfect, a secure safety
belt installation can be difficult or im-
possible with some seats if the belts are
mounted forward of the seatback.
Latch anchors make
installation easier
All child seats and vehicles built since
September 2002 are required to have equip-
ment designed to make installing child
seats easier. The LATCH system includes
connectors on the car seat that attach
to matching anchor points in the vehicle.
While not perfect, the LATCH system
often makes it easier to get a more secure
fit than with the vehicles seat belts.
Lower anchors Most vehicles have
lower LATCH anchors only in outboard
rear-seating positions, even though the
center is often considered the safest place
to install a car seat. The anchors can also
be hard to reach or buried between seat
cushions. There are two types of LATCH
connectors on child seats: hook style
and push-on connectors, which we have
found to be easier to install and remove
than hooks, which must be twisted to dis-
connect. That can be even more difficult
when the anchors are beneath or close to
a seat cushion.
Top tether Forward-facing child seats
include a tether strap with a hook on the
end to secure the upper part of the seat.
Anchor points can be found on the parcel
shelf behind the rear seat in sedans and
usually on the back of the seats or on the
cargo area floor in mini-vans and SUVs.
Top tethers are usually easy to install and
can significantly reduce the risk of head
and other injuries by limiting the forward
movement of the seat and child in a crash.
Top tethers should be connected for
forward-facing seats installed with either
the lower LATCH anchors or the vehicles
seat belts.
A list of child seat laws by state is avail-
able at iihs.org/laws/childrestraint.aspx.
When to replace a child seat
Child seats can be reused, but not indenitely. Its time to
retire a seat if any of the following apply:
It has passed the expiration date. All seats have a date after
which they can no longer be used. It is based on the expected life
span of various components and the structure of the seat itself
but also takes into account that newer seats will incorporate the
latest safety technology and meet the most current standards.
For most seats its six years. Check the labels on your seat or the
owners manual.
It has been in a moderate-to-severe crash. Though most seats
can be reused after a minor fender bender, NHTSA recommends
replacing your seat if it has been involved in a collision that involved
injuries, required the vehicle to be towed, deployed air bags, or
damaged the seat or nearest door.
The child has outgrown it. This one may seem obvious, but its
important to move up to the next size once your child has reached
the weight or height limits of the seat.
It is damaged. Check for cracks, loose parts, and worn straps and
fasteners. If the seat is damaged, it may not offer as much protection
in a crash.
Most seats have a label or marking with and expiration date for the seat.
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The seats listed below are the best performers in their categories
of the 103 weve tested. Our Ratings are based on overall crash
protection, ease of use, and t to vehicle using both LATCH and safety
belt installation. Booster-seat Ratings are based on crash protection,
their potential to provide a proper belt t for booster-aged children,
and ease of use.
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indicates the seat is designated a Best Buy by
CONSUMER REPORTS. For complete Ratings, go to ConsumerReports.org.
Best child seats by type
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KeyFit 30
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Britax Advocate 70 CS 370 69
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Britax Marathon 70 280 67
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Ratings & Reference
30
Vehicle
ratings
Models listed
by category and
comparisons in
test score, reliability,
owner satisfaction,
owner cost, and
fuel economy.
48
Vehicle
profiles
Unbiased reviews
of 260 models,
along with quick-
reference Report
Cards and detailed
reliability histories
for most models.
178
Select tire
ratings
Buying advice
and ratings on all-
season, performance
all-season, and ultra-
high-performance
tires.
184
Road-test
highlights
Turn here for
test data on
performance,
fuel economy,
and more.
190
Crash-test
results
Compare models
on independent
crash-test results
and rollover
results.
196
Vehicle
dimensions
Compare exterior
and interior
dimensions and
cargo, payload, and
towing capacities.
FOR 2014-2015 MODELS
Ram 1500
>
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30 CONSUMER REPORTS NEW CAR RATINGS & REVIEWS ConsumerReports.org/cars
Cadillac ATS
With many models on the market, it can be hard to
keep track of whats available. Here, youll nd a listing
of all 2014 and early 2015 models grouped by category.
If a vehicle comes in several variations, its listed in each
applicable grouphatchbacks and wagons, for instance.
Models in boldface are recommended by CONSUMER REPORTS.
They have performed well in our road tests, have average
or better reliability, and perform adequately if included
in crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety or the National Highway Trafc Safety
Administration. * means that not all versions of a model
are recommended. See the Ratings charts, start ing on
page 32, and the Vehicle Proles, which start on page 46,
for detailed information on each model.
Scion tC
Scion xB
Subaru Impreza
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Prius
Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Jetta*
>HATCHBACKS
Audi A7
Audi TT
BMW 3 Series GT
BMW 5 Series GT
Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet Sonic*
Chevrolet Spark
Chevrolet Volt
Fiat 500
Ford Fiesta
Ford Focus
Ford Focus Electric
Ford Focus ST
Honda Fit
Honda Insight
Hyundai Accent
Hyundai Elantra GT
Hyundai Veloster
Kia Forte
Kia Rio5
Kia Soul
Lexus CT 200h
Mazda2
Mazda3
Mini Cooper
Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Mitsubishi Mirage
Nissan 370Z
Nissan Cube
Audi A3
Audi A4
BMW 3 Series
Buick Regal
Buick Verano
Cadillac ATS
Cadillac ELR
Infiniti Q50
Lexus IS
Lincoln MKZ
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz CLA
Volkswagen CC
Volvo S60
Midsized Luxury
Acura RLX
Acura TL
Audi A6
Audi A7
BMW 5 Series
Cadillac CTS
Cadillac XTS
Hyundai Genesis
Infiniti Q70*
Jaguar XF
Kia K900
Lexus ES
Lexus GS
Lincoln MKS
Maserati Ghibli
Mercedes-Benz CLS
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Volvo S80
Large Luxury
Audi A8
BMW 7 Series
Hyundai Equus
Jaguar XJ
Lexus LS
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Porsche Panamera
Tesla Model S
> SPORTS/
SPORTY CARS
Audi A5
Audi TT
BMW 2 Series
BMW 4 Series
BMW 6 Series
BMW Z4
Cadillac CTS-V
Chevrolet Camaro
Chevrolet Corvette
>
SMALL CARS
Subcompact
Chevrolet Sonic*
Chevrolet Spark
Fiat 500
Ford Fiesta
Honda Fit
Honda Insight
Honda CR-Z
Hyundai Accent
Hyundai Veloster
Kia Rio*
Kia Soul
Mazda2
Mini Cooper
Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Mitsubishi Mirage
Nissan Cube
Nissan Versa
Nissan Versa Note
Scion iQ
Scion xD
Smart ForTwo
Toyota Prius C
Toyota Yaris
Compact
BMW i3
Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet Volt
Dodge Dart
Fiat 500L
Ford Focus
Honda Civic
Hyundai Elantra
Kia Forte
Mazda3
Mitsubishi Lancer
Nissan Leaf
Nissan Sentra
Ratings & Reference
>
Nissan Leaf
Nissan Versa Note
Scion iQ
Scion tC
Scion xD
Smart ForTwo
Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius C
Toyota Yaris
Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen GTI
Volkswagen Golf
> SEDANS
Midsized
Chevrolet Malibu*
Chrysler 200
Ford Fusion*
Honda Accord*
Hyundai Sonata*
Kia Optima*
Mazda6
Nissan Altima
Subaru Legacy
Toyota Camry
Volkswagen Passat*
Large
Buick LaCrosse*
Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet SS
Chrysler 300
Dodge Charger
Ford Taurus
Hyundai Azera
Kia Cadenza
Nissan Maxima
Toyota Avalon
Compact Luxury
Acura ILX
Acura TSX
Models by category
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Fiat 500L
Dodge Challenger
Dodge SRT Viper
Fiat 500 Abarth
Ford Fiesta ST
Ford Focus ST
Ford Mustang
Honda Civic Si
Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Jaguar XK
Mini Cooper S
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Nissan 370Z
Porsche Cayman
Porsche 911
Scion FR-S
Subaru BRZ
Subaru Impreza WRX/STi
Volkswagen GTI
Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Roadsters
Audi TT
BMW Z4
Chevrolet Corvette
Jaguar F-Type
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mercedes-Benz SL
Mercedes-Benz SLK
Nissan 370Z
Porsche Boxster
Four-seat convertibles
Audi A5
BMW 2 Series
BMW 4 Series
BMW 6 Series
Chevrolet Camaro
Fiat 500
Ford Mustang
Infiniti Q60
Jaguar XK
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mini Cooper
Porsche 911
Volkswagen Eos
>
WAGONS
Audi Allroad
BMW 3 Series
Cadillac CTS
Fiat 500L
Ford C-MAX
Ford Transit Connect
Honda Crosstour
Kia Soul
Mazda5
Mini Cooper Clubman
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Scion xB
Subaru Impreza
Subaru Outback
Toyota Prius V
Toyota Venza
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
Volvo V60
Volvo XC70
Ram 1500
Toyota Tundra
>
7-PASSENGER
VEHICLES
Most minivans
plus these
Acura MDX
Audi Q7
BMW X5
Buick Enclave
Cadillac Escalade
Chevrolet Suburban
Chevrolet Tahoe
Chevrolet Traverse
Dodge Durango
Dodge Journey
Ford Expedition
Ford Explorer
Ford Flex*
Ford Transit Connect
GMC Acadia
GMC Yukon
GMC Yukon XL
Honda Pilot
Hyundai Santa Fe
Infiniti QX60
Infiniti QX80
Kia Sorento
Land Rover LR4
Land Rover Range
Rover Sport
Lexus GX
Lexus LX
Lincoln MKT
Lincoln Navigator
Mazda CX-9
Mercedes-Benz
E-Class wagon
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Armada
Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Rogue
Subaru Tribeca
Tesla Model S
Toyota 4Runner
Toyota Highlander
Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota Sequoia
Volvo XC90
Land Rover LR4
Land Rover Range Rover
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Lexus GX
Lexus RX
Lincoln MKT
Lincoln MKX
Mazda CX-9
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Nissan Murano
Nissan Pathfinder
Porsche Cayenne
Subaru Tribeca
Toyota 4Runner
Toyota Highlander
Toyota Venza
Volkswagen Touareg
Volvo XC90
Large
Buick Enclave
Cadillac Escalade
Chevrolet Suburban
Chevrolet Tahoe
Chevrolet Traverse
Dodge Durango
Ford Expedition
Ford Flex*
GMC Acadia
GMC Yukon
GMC Yukon XL
Infiniti QX80
Lexus LX
Lincoln Navigator
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Nissan Armada
Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota Sequoia
>
PICKUP
TRUCKS
Compact
Honda Ridgeline
Nissan Frontier
Toyota Tacoma
Full-sized
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Ford F150*
GMC Sierra 1500
Nissan Titan
>
MINIVANS
Chrysler Town & Country
Dodge Grand Caravan
Honda Odyssey
Kia Sedona
Mazda5
Nissan Quest
Toyota Sienna
> SPORT-UTILITY
VEHICLES
Small
Acura RDX
Audi Q3
Audi Q5
BMW X1
BMW X3
Buick Encore
Ford Escape
Honda CR-V
Hyundai Tucson
Infiniti QX50
Jeep Compass
Jeep Cherokee
Jeep Patriot
Jeep Wrangler
Kia Sportage
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Land Rover LR2
Lincoln MKC
Mazda CX-5*
Mercedes-Benz GLA
Mercedes-Benz GLK
Mini Cooper Countryman
Mini Paceman
Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Nissan Juke
Nissan Rogue
Nissan Xterra
Porsche Macan
Subaru Forester
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Toyota FJ Cruiser
Toyota RAV4
Volkswagen Tiguan
Volvo XC60
Midsized
Acura MDX
Audi Q7
BMW X5
BMW X6
Cadillac SRX
Chevrolet Equinox
Dodge Journey
Ford Edge
Ford Explorer
GMC Terrain
Honda Pilot
Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Infiniti QX60
Infiniti QX70
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Kia Sorento
Kia Rio
>
Ratings & Reference
Vehicle Ratings
Maybe youve already narrowed down your
new-car shopping list to a few models and
want to see how they stack up in different
areas. Or perhaps youre diving headfirst into
the ocean of choices and want to compare
sedans, SUVs, wagons, and more. No matter
where you are in the buying process, this
section will help you decide.
ConsumerReports.org/cars 32 CONSUMER REPORTS NEW CAR RATINGS & REVIEWS
STANDOUT MODELS BY CATEGORY
SUBCOMPACTS
& COMPACTS p.35
Electric car
Nissan Leaf
Subcompact
sedans
Kia Rio EX
Chevrolet Sonic
Compact cars

BEST OVERALL
Subaru Impreza
Hyundai Elantra
Mazda3

FUEL-EFFICIENT SEDANS
Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Honda Civic Hybrid
Mazda3
Toyota Corolla

FUEL-EFFICIENT
HATCHBACKS
Toyota Prius
Chevrolet Volt
Mazda3
SEDANS p.37
Midsized

BEST OVERALL
Honda Accord (4-cyl.)
Hyundai Sonata (2.4)
Toyota Camry

ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
Subaru Legacy

BEST FUEL ECONOMY


Toyota Camry Hybrid
Volkswagen Passat TDI
Mazda6
Honda Accord (4-cyl.)
Large
Toyota Avalon
Chrysler 300
Hyundai Azera
LUXURY SEDANS p.38
Compact

GREAT VALUE
Acura TSX
Buick Regal

SPORTY
BMW 328i
Mercedes-Benz C250
Cadillac ATS
Midsized
Audi A6 (3.0T)
Inniti Q70 (V6)
Mercedes-Benz E350

GREAT VALUE
Lexus ES 300h
Acura TL

FUEL-EFFICIENT
Tesla Model S
Lexus ES 300h
Large
Lexus LS 460L
Hyundai Equus Signature
SPORTS &
SPORTY CARS p.40
High-performance
Ford Mustang (V8)
Sporty cars
Ford Mustang (V6)
Honda Civic Si
Roadster
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Porsche Boxster
Four-seat convertibles
Volkswagen Eos
Audi A5
WAGONS
& MINIVANS p.41
Wagons

FAMILY-FRIENDLY
Mazda5
VW Jetta SportWagen

ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
Audi Allroad
Volvo XC70
Subaru Outback
Minivans
Honda Odyssey
Nissan Quest
Toyota Sienna
SUVs p.42
Small
Subaru Forester
Honda CR-V
Volkswagen Tiguan
Mazda CX-5 (2.5)
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Midsized

IF YOU NEED THREE ROWS


Hyundai Santa Fe

IF TWO ROWS WILL DO


Nissan Murano
Toyota Venza
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Large

FAMILY-FRIENDLY
Chevrolet Traverse
GMC Acadia
Ford Flex

TO TOW AND HAUL


Toyota Sequoia
Ford Expedition
LUXURY SUVs p.44
Compact
BMW X3
Acura RDX
Mercedes-Benz GLK350
Audi Q5 2.0T
Midsized
Lexus RX
Acura MDX
Inniti QX60

SPORTY
Porsche Cayenne
Large
Buick Enclave
PICKUPS p.45
Compact
Honda Ridgeline
Full-sized
Ram 1500
Ford F-150 (V8)
Toyota Tundra
Subaru Outback
Porsche Boxster
Toyota Corolla
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has strengthened
its crash-test requirements by adding a new narrow-offset frontal
crash test. This has resulted in some models that performed poorly
in the test losing their CR recommendation. Turn to the Safety
charts (page 246) for more information.
> Price as tested is the sticker price at the time of purchase of
our test vehicle, including an automatic transmission (unless
otherwise noted) and typical equipment.
> Overall road-test score is based on results from more than
50 tests and evaluations.
> Survey results include predicted reliability, our forecast of
how well a new car will likely hold up based on its recent history
from our 2013 Annual Auto Survey. We might make a prediction for
a redesigned or new model if the vehicle or its manufacturer has
a consistently outstanding track record. The survey also includes
owner satisfaction, which is based on the percentage of sub-
scribers who say they would definitely buy or lease their vehicle
again. A newly introduced model without any data is identified
as new. A model that lacks sufficient data for either category
is identified with NA.
> Cost per mile is an estimate of the five-year projected cost per
mile to own a vehicle, including depreciation, interest, insurance,
fuel, maintenance and repair, and sales tax.
> Fuel economy is the overall mileage a vehicle achieved based
on results from several fuel-economy tests, reflecting a realistic
mix of city and highway driving.
> Highs and lows give a quick summary of a models notable
strengths and weaknesses.
Vehicle Ratings
>
Key to the Ratings
Why some vehicles are not in the Ratings
The following models have been redesigned or extensively freshened since our last test.
Most are scheduled to be included in future road tests: Audi A3, BMW X5, Cadillac Escalade,
Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chrysler 200, Dodge SRT Viper,
Honda Fit, Hyundai Genesis, Land Rover Range Rover, Land Rover Range Rover Sport,
Lincoln MKT, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Mini Cooper, Porsche 911, Subaru WRX, Subrau WRX
STi, Toyota Highlander, Volkswagen Golf, and Volkswagen GTI.
Guide to the charts
Subaru WRX
The vehicles are divided by category and
ranked according to their overall test
scores. Some models are included in multi-
ple categories, as appropriate. Sometimes
we also include vehicles that are viable
alternatives to those in a specific category.
Recommended vehicles. These are
vehicles that meet CONSUMER REPORTS
stringent testing, reliability, and safety
standards.
To earn our Recommendation, noted
with
c
, vehicles must perform well in our
testing; have average or better reliability;
and perform adequately if included in
a government or industry safety test.
In addition, pickups and SUVs must not
have tipped up in the governments rollover
test, if evaluated.
Cadillac ATS
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Advanced
$40,510 71
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Fuel economy, transmission, rear seat,
access, IIHS crash-test results.
Agility, t and nish, rear visibility, not
entirely electric in EV mode.
Ford Focus Electric 40,990 69 NA NA NA 107
1
Fun to drive, handling, ride, instant
power delivery, quietness.
Unknown reliability, touchy throttle
and brake pedal, battery takes up trunk
space, rear seat, MyFord Touch controls.
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Nissan Leaf SL 35,430 69

NA 106
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Running costs, ride, instant power
delivery, quietness, access, turning
circle, reliability.
Limited range, high-pitched whine, no
telescoping wheel, agility.
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Chevrolet Volt 43,700 68
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Fuel economy, quiet, instant accelera-
tion in electric mode.
Visibility, controls, seats only four,
narrow driving position, cold weather's
efect on electric range.
Mitsubishi iMiEV SE 33,630 31 NA NA NA 111
1
Low energy consumption, parking ease,
turning circle.
Short range, long charge time, weak
heat, acceleration, ride, agility, driving
position, spartan interior, radio.
CARS: SUBCOMPACT
Hyundai Accent
hatchback SE (MT)
$16,695 72
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$0.49 32
Fuel economy, secure handling,
controls.
Poor IIHS small overlap crash-test
results, ride, noise, rear visibility.
Hyundai Veloster
(base, MT)
20,340 71
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0.54 31
Handling, fuel economy, extra door,
turning circle.
Subpar reliability, ride, noise, lacks
low-end torque, rear visibility, rear seat.
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Kia Rio sedan EX 17,275 67
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0.51 30
Transmission, controls, equipment
levels.
Ride, noise.
Hyundai Accent sedan
GLS
16,050 65
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0.49 31
Fuel economy, transmission, secure
handling, controls.
Poor IIHS small overlap crash-test
results, ride, noise.
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Chevrolet Sonic sedan
LT (1.8)
17,290 65
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0.48 28
Braking, trunk, quick and quiet
for class.
Fuel economy, darty steering, narrow
driving position, seat comfort.
Ford Fiesta hatchback
SES (MT)
17,795 65
+
0.49 32
Handling, ride, noise, fuel economy,
turning circle.
Subpar reliability, acceleration, rear
seat, some controls, rear visibility.
Mazda2 Sport (MT) 14,770 64
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0.43 33
Handling, fuel economy, shifter,
turning circle.
Acceleration, ride, road noise,
front-seat comfort.
Nissan Cube 1.8S 16,790 64 NA NA 0.49 28
Space efciency, access, transmission,
turning circle.
Braking, acceleration, agility, noise, t
and nish, headlights, swing-out tailgate.
Kia Rio hatchback EX 17,475 63
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0.52 29
Transmission, controls, equipment
levels.
Ride, noise, rear visibility, fuel economy
for class.
Nissan Versa Note SV 17,495 63 new new 0.49 31
Space, access, versatility, fuel economy,
controls.
Driving position, unsupportive front
seats, acceleration, quirky CVT.
Scion XD (MT) 15,820 62 NA NA 0.44 34
Handling, interior space, access, fuel
economy.
Noise, ride, driving position, t and
nish, rear visibility.
Ford Fiesta sedan SE 16,595 61
+
0.47 33
Handling, ride, noise, fuel economy,
turning circle.
Subpar reliability, acceleration, braking,
rear seat, some controls.
Fiat 500 Sport (MT) 18,600 61
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0.49 33
Handling, shifter, fuel economy,
front access.
Subpar reliability, acceleration, ride,
noise, seats, driving position, controls,
poor IIHS small overlap crash-test results.
Mazda2 Touring 17,075 60
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0.47 30 Handling, turning circle.
Acceleration, ride, road noise,
front-seat comfort.
Scion xD 16,620 60 NA NA 0.45 29 Handling, interior space, access.
Noise, ride, driving position, t and nish,
rear visibility, fuel economy for class.
Chevrolet Sonic
hatchback LTZ (1.4T, MT)
19,870 59
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0.51 30 Braking, quick and quiet for class.
So-so fuel economy, manual gear ratios
and shifter, narrow driving position,
seat comfort, rear visibility.
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Chevrolet Sonic Tesla Model S
1
Miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe).
2
Miles-per-gallon when running on gas.
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Honda CR-Z EX (MT) $21,510 57

$0.48 35
Fuel economy, shifter, turning circle,
cargo exibility, reliability.
Only two seats, noise, ride, visibility,
access, AC shut-of at stop.
Honda Insight EX 21,790 54

0.48 38 Fuel economy, transmission.
Acceleration, handling, ride, noise,
rear seat.
Toyota Prius C Two 20,850 53

0.41 43
Fuel economy, smooth transmission,
turning circle, relatively roomy rear
seat for two, reliability.
Acceleration, ride, noise, driving
position, rear visibility, t and nish,
IIHS small overlap crash-test results.
Nissan Versa sedan SV 15,490 52

0.46 32 Fuel economy, rear seat, trunk.
Handling, engine noise, front-seat
comfort, t and nish, IIHS small
overlap crash-test results.
Toyota Yaris LE 17,290 41 NA NA 0.45 32
Fuel economy, roomy rear seat,
turning circle.
Noise, ride, agility, driving position,
front-seat comfort, t and nish, radio
controls, rear visibility.
Chevrolet Spark 1LT 15,820 36 NA NA 0.45 31
Braking, secure on-limit handling,
fuel economy, access, relatively roomy,
IIHS crash-test results.
Acceleration, transmission, ride,
noise, agility, front-seat comfort,
complicated radio.
Scion iQ 16,205 29 NA NA 0.43 34
Fuel economy, turning circle,
transmission, front access, rear
seat adds exibility.
Ride, noise, acceleration, steering,
driving position, t and nish, radio
controls, blind spots, tiny rear seat.
Smart ForTwo Passion 15,355 28 NA NA 0.44 39
Fuel economy, ease of parking, turning
circle, access.
Transmission, acceleration, ride, agility,
noise, seats only two, premium fuel.
CARS: COMPACT
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Subaru Impreza Premium $21,345 82

$0.55 27
Ride, fuel economy for AWD, rear seat,
visibility, controls, IIHS crash-test results.
Noise, excessive engine braking with
CVT.
Kia Forte LX 19,570 81 new new 0.56 28
Ride, braking, controls, relatively
roomy rear seat, value.
Poor IIHS small overlap crash-test
results, unknown reliability, agility,
low rear seat, so-so fuel economy.
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Hyundai Elantra SE (1.8) 19,410 80

0.56 29
Fuel economy, ride, handling, transmis-
sion, rear seat, value, IIHS crash-tests.
Road noise.
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Toyota Prius Four 29,230 79

0.47 44
Fuel economy, transmission, rear seat,
access, turning circle, reliability, IIHS
crash-test results.
Agility, rear visibility, t and nish.
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Subaru Impreza Sport
Premium
22,345 79

0.54 26
Ride, handling, braking, fuel economy
for AWD, rear seat, visibility, controls,
IIHS crash-test results.
Noise, excessive engine braking
with CVT.
Volkswagen Jetta
Hybrid SE
28,055 79 NA NA 0.52 37
Fuel economy, quietness, ride,
transmission, roomy rear seat.
Unknown reliability, touchy brake pedal,
small trunk, can roll back on hills,
premium fuel.
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Mazda3 hatchback i
Grand Touring (MT)
24,040 78

new 0.56 32
Handling, fuel economy, transmission,
high-end options, IIHS crash-test results.
Ride, noise, rear seat, visibility,
relatively pricey.
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Mazda3 sedan i Touring 21,740 78

new 0.53 33
Handling, fuel economy, transmission,
high-end options, IIHS crash-test results.
Ride, noise, rear seat, relatively pricey.
Ford Focus sedan SE SFE 21,650 77

0.55 31
Fuel economy, handling, ride, solid feel,
IIHS crash-test results.
Subpar reliability, controls, rear seat.
Kia Soul Plus 24,115 77 new new 0.64 26
Handy size, inexpensive upscale
features, access, visibility, controls.
Stif ride, limited cargo room with rear
seat up.
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Volkswagen Jetta TDI 25,100 75

0.51 34
Fuel economy, agility, trunk space,
rear seat.
Ride, ESC slow to react.
Ford Focus hatchback SE 22,185 74

0.57 28
Handling, ride, solid feel, IIHS crash-
test results.
Subpar reliability, controls, rear seat.
Volkswagen Jetta SE
(1.8T)
22,610 73 new new 0.54 30
Agility, acceleration, rened engine,
fuel economy, roomy rear seat, large
trunk, simple controls, visibility.
Unknown reliability, ride, ESC slow to
react, lackluster interior nish.
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Toyota Corolla LE Plus 20,652 72

new 0.48 32
Ride, fuel economy, interior space, large
trunk, secure emergency handling, value.
Lackluster handling, inconsistent
interior quality, too easy to turn DRL of.
Chevrolet Cruze Eco 21,775 72

0.60 27
Ride, quietness, agility, solid feel,
front-seat space.
Subpar reliability, so-so fuel economy,
rear seat.
Ford Focus sedan SE 20,280 71

0.54 28
Handling, ride, solid feel, IIHS crash-test
results.
Subpar reliability, controls, rear seat.
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Honda Civic EX* 21,605 71

0.50 29
Fuel economy, powertrain, ride, roomy
interior, IIHS crash-test results.
Fussy on-board computer.
Chevrolet Cruze 1LT (1.4T) 20,530 70

0.58 26
Ride, quietness, agility, solid feel,
front-seat space.
Subpar reliability, so-so fuel economy,
rear seat.
Chevrolet Cruze
Turbo Diesel
27,300 70 new new 0.57 33
Fuel economy, quiet on highway,
roomy front cabin, ride.
Unknown reliability, diesel clatter, jerky
driving at low speeds, rear seat.
Chevrolet Cruze LS (1.8) 18,375 69

0.55 26
Ride, quietness, agility, solid feel,
front-seat space.
Subpar reliability, so-so fuel economy,
rear seat.
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Scion xB 18,360 68

0.50 23
Access, interior room, rear seat, neat
interior details, reliability.
Driving position, dark cabin, visibility, t
and nish, fuel economy.
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Toyota Camry Hybrid Mazda3
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Miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe).
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Miles-per-gallon running on gas engine.
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Hyundai Elantra GT* $20,445 68
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$0.56 27 Transmission, controls, lots of features. Ride, noise.
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Honda Civic Hybrid 25,140 66
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0.48 40 Fuel economy, IIHS crash-test results. Noise, fussy on-board computer.
Dodge Dart SE (2.0L) 20,680 64
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0.57 27
Handling, solid feel, relatively quiet and
roomy, reliability, IIHS crash-test results.
Acceleration, front-seat comfort,
touchy brake pedal.
Nissan Sentra SV 20,570 64
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0.56 29
Fuel economy, braking, spacious
rear seat, access, lots of features
for the money.
Poor IIHS small overlap crash-test
results, ride, noise, agility, t and nish,
front-seat comfort.
Mitsubishi Lancer ES 17,515 62 NA NA 0.55 25 Agility, steering, controls.
Noise, t and nish, braking, fuel
economy.
Dodge Dart Aero (1.4T) 24,490 61
+ C
0.62 29
Braking, fuel economy, solid feel,
handling, relatively quiet and roomy,
feature content, IIHS crash-test results.
Subpar reliability, uneven power
delivery, clunky transmission, front-seat
comfort, noise, touchy brake pedal.
Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L
(MT)*
20,835 60
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0.52 26 Compliant ride, turning circle.
Subpar reliability, rear visibility,
wind noise, long clutch travel, tricky
at-the-limit handling
Scion tC 21,130 54 NA NA 0.56 27
Relatively roomy rear seat and cargo
area, versatility, IIHS crash-tests.
Ride, noise, visibility, lackluster
handling, cheap interior, no rear wiper.
Fiat 500L Easy 24,595 52 new new 0.61 27
Distinctive looks, roomy interior,
handy size, access.
Jerky transmission, stif ride, touchy
brake pedal, front seats, driving position.
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Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE $29,052 93

$0.53 38
Fuel economy, ride, powertrain, interior
room, reliability, IIHS crash-test results.
Overly complicated radio.
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Toyota Camry XLE (V6) 32,603 92
O C
0.67 26
Ride, fuel economy, powertrain, accel-
eration, interior room, IIHS crash-tests.
Overly complicated radio.
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Honda Accord LX (4-cyl.) 23,270 90
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0.54 30
Fuel economy, drivetrain, handling,
roomy interior, visibility, driving
position, controls, IIHS crash-tests.
Complicated optional radio, ride
a bit choppy.
Honda Accord EX-L (V6) 30,860 90
+
0.66 26
Fuel economy, drivetrain, handling,
roomy interior, visibility, driving
position, controls, IIHS crash-tests.
Subpar reliability, complicated optional
radio, ride a bit choppy.
Hyundai Sonata Limited
(2.0T)
28,090 89
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0.65 25
Acceleration, handling, transmission,
controls.
Subpar reliability, road noise, limited
head room with sunroof.
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Hyundai Sonata GLS (2.4) 21,800 89
O O
0.55 27
Ride, handling, transmission, fuel
economy, controls, value.
Road noise.
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Chevrolet Malibu 2LTZ
(2.0T)
33,865 89
O O
0.71 24
Ride, quietness, controls, transmission,
braking.
Rear seat.
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Subaru Legacy 3.6R
Limited
30,094 88
O O
0.69 22
Acceleration, ride, rear seat, controls,
IIHS crash-test results.
Complicated radio controls with
optional navigation system.
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Toyota Camry LE (4-cyl.) 23,830 88
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0.54 27
Fuel economy, ride, powertrain, interior
room, IIHS crash-test results.
Overly complicated radio.
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Mazda6 Sport 23,590 85
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0.56 32
Fuel economy, agility, transmission,
IIHS crash-test results.
Noise, ride, snug interior, low dash
vents, Sport trim lacks power seat.
Ford Fusion SE Hybrid 28,290 85
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0.55 39
Fuel economy, agility, ride, quietness,
fun to drive, powertrain, styling, IIHS
crash-test results.
Subpar reliability, visibility, touchy
brakes, slightly snug cabin, small
trunk opening.
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(2.5L)*
26,030 84
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0.60 26
Ride, quietness, controls, transmission,
fuel economy.
Rear seat.
Nissan Altima 3.5 SL 31,610 84
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0.70 24
Acceleration, roomy interior, controls,
IIHS crash-test results.
Subpar reliability, agility, ride.
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Kia Optima SX (2.0T) $29,050 84

$0.70 24
Acceleration, handling, transmission,
controls, feature content, IIHS crash-tests.
Subpar reliability, road noise, low rear
seat, rear visibility.
Volkswagen Passat SEL
Premium (V6)
33,720 82 NA NA 0.76 23
Ride, handling, acceleration, interior
room, rear seat, access, IIHS crash-tests.
Unknown reliability, premium fuel, slow
touch-screen controls.
Ford Fusion SE (1.5T) 27,720 82 new new 0.64 24
Agility, ride, quietness, fun to drive,
braking, styling, IIHS crash-test results.
Unknown reliability, visibility, slightly
snug cabin, small trunk opening.
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Kia Optima LX (2.4) 21,885 81

0.59 25
Secure handling, transmission,
controls, IIHS crash-test results.
Road noise, low rear seat, rear visibility.
Nissan Altima 2.5 S 23,410 81

0.55 31
Fuel economy, roomy interior, controls,
IIHS crash-test results.
Subpar reliability, agility, drivers seat
lumbar support, no USB port.
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Subaru Legacy 2.5i
Premium
24,189 81

0.59 26
Fuel economy, visibility, rear seat,
controls, standard AWD, reliability,
IIHS crash-test results.
Acceleration, engine noise,
unrened CVT.
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Volkswagen Passat
TDI SE
28,665 80

0.54 37
Fuel economy, ride, interior room, rear
seat, access, IIHS crash-test results.
Acceleration, transmission operation
at low speeds.
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Ford Fusion Titanium
(2.0T)
33,180 78

0.73 22
Agility, ride, quietness, fun to drive,
braking, styling, IIHS crash-test results.
MyFord Touch controls, fuel economy,
visibility, slightly snug cabin, small
trunk opening.
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 26,695 69

0.55 33 Fuel economy, controls.
Drivability, braking, on-limit handling,
road noise.
CARS: LARGE
Chevrolet Impala 2LTZ
(3.6)
$39,110 95 new new $0.80 22
Ride, handling, braking, quietness,
spacious cabin and trunk, advanced
electronic safety features.
Unknown reliability, rear visibility.
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Toyota Avalon Hybrid
Limited
42,501 86

0.69 36
Fuel economy, powertrain, roomy
interior, seat comfort, quietness.
Ride, some controls, touchy brake
pedal.
Kia Cadenza 39,030 86 new new 0.84 22
Roomy interior, simple controls, t
and nish, quietness, powertrain.
Unknown reliability, lacks some features
expected for this class.
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Toyota Avalon Limited
(V6)
40,670 85

0.79 24
Fuel economy, powertrain, roomy inte-
rior, seat comfort, quietness, reliability.
Ride, some controls.
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Chrysler 300 (base, V6) 38,335 83

0.81 22
Acceleration, transmission, ride,
quietness, seat comfort, t and nish.
Fussy shifter, headlights.
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Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV 33,700 83

0.77 22 Acceleration, transmission, front seat.
Rear-seat room, overly light steering at
low speeds, headlights.
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Chrysler 300 C* 44,730 82

0.93 18
Acceleration, ride, quietness, seat
comfort, t and nish.
Fuel economy, fussy shifter.
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Hyundai Azera 37,185 81

0.79 23
Quiet and spacious interior, t
and nish, front-seat comfort,
standard features.
Stif ride, agility.
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Buick LaCrosse
(Leather, eAssist)
34,935 78

0.72 26
Fuel economy, ride, quietness, t
and nish, front-seat comfort.
Visibility, tight cockpit, small trunk.
Dodge Charger SXT Plus
(V6)
34,510 75

0.78 22
Transmission, quietness, ride,
interior room, feature content.
Subpar reliability, fussy shifter, rear
access, awkward door handles.
Buick LaCrosse
Premium I (V6)
37,555 74

0.80 20
Ride, quietness, powertrain, front
seat, t and nish.
Subpar reliability, visibility, tight
cockpit.
Ford Taurus Limited
(3.5, V6)
37,885 64

0.80 21 Quietness, trunk space.
Subpar reliability, MyFord Touch
controls, visibility, driving position.
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BMW 328i $43,195 86

$0.81 28
Fuel economy, handling, ride, acceler-
ation, transmission, t and nish.
Engine clatter, controls.
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Mercedes-Benz C250 40,705 85

0.84 24
Ride, handling, transmission, front-
seat comfort, t and nish.
Rear-seat space, some controls.
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Acura TSX (4-cyl.) $29,675 84
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$0.66 25
Powertrain, fuel economy, t and
nish, front-seat comfort.
Ride, steering feel, rear seat.
Volkswagen CC Sport
(2.0T)
32,800 81
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0.72 26
Agility, ride, t and nish, fuel
economy.
Subpar reliability, visibility, access,
tight rear seat.
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Buick Regal Premium I* 34,485 79
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0.70 23
Agility, ride, transmission, t and
nish, trunk.
Rear seat.
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Acura ILX (2.0L) 30,095 77
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0.65 28 Fuel economy, powertrain, controls.
Road noise, choppy ride, no drivers
seat lumbar support, value.
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Volvo S60 T5* 35,100 77
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0.76 23
Agility, acceleration, transmission,
front-seat comfort, t and nish,
advanced safety systems, IIHS crash-
test results.
Rear seat, trunk, engine renement,
two-step ignition.
Audi A4 Premium Quattro 35,895 76
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0.74 25
Agility, acceleration, transmission,
fuel economy, t and nish.
Poor IIHS small overlap crash-test
results, controls, rear seat.
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Cadillac ATS Luxury
(turbo)
43,295 76
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0.89 23
Handling, fun to drive, acceleration,
braking, t and nish, front-seat
comfort.
CUE controls, tight interior, small
trunk, turbo lacks renement, access,
fuel economy.
Infiniti Q50 Premium
(AWD)
44,855 73 new new 0.88 21
Acceleration, braking, visibility,
relatively roomy cabin, IIHS crash-test
results.
Unknown reliability, steering feel, ride,
road noise, some controls, restrictive op-
tions packages, small trunk, turning circle.
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Buick Verano Leather
(2.4)
27,750 73
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0.63 24 Quietness, transmission, braking.
Front-seat comfort, tight rear seat,
narrow driving position.
Lexus CT 200h Premium 32,012 71
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0.63 40
Fuel economy, secure handling,
reliability.
Ride, noise, acceleration, snug interior,
rear visibility, cargo space.
Mercedes-Benz CLA250 36,500 63 new new 0.76 28
Braking, fuel economy, t and
nish, styling.
Ride, noise, cramped interior, uneven
power delivery, visibility, access, small
trunk opening.
Lexus IS250 (AWD) 43,823 52
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0.90 21
Powertrain renement, Lexus
reputation for reliability and
customer service.
Acceleration, ride, road noise, lackluster
handling, fuel economy, driving position,
controls, tight quarters, access.
CARS: LUXURY MIDSIZED
Mercedes-Benz E250
BlueTec (AWD)
$62,980 98 new
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$1.10 30
Fuel economy, ride, handling, quietness,
seat comfort, t and nish, visibility.
Unknown reliability, pricey for a four-
cylinder, backup camera is of when
radio is of.
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Audi A6 3.0 Premium Plus
Quattro
56,295 93
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1.06 22
Powertrain, handling, ride, quietness,
fuel economy, front-seat comfort, t
and nish, high-tech features.
Controls, turning circle.
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Infiniti Q70 (V6) 53,825 93
C C
1.03 21
Acceleration, transmission, agility,
braking, t and nish.
Busy dashboard, overbearing electronic
safety aids.
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Mercedes-Benz E350 57,965 86
C C
1.12 21
Acceleration, quietness, ride, front-
seat comfort, t and nish.
Controls, backup camera is of when
radio is of.
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Lexus GS 350 58,858 84
C C
1.11 21
Quietness, ride, powertrain, front-
seat comfort, t and nish, visibility.
Fussy controls.
Infiniti Q70 Hybrid 58,655 83 NA NA 1.06 25
Fuel economy, acceleration, t
and nish.
Unknown reliability, abrupt transition
between electric and gas modes, touchy
brake pedal, trunk.
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Acura TL (base) 36,465 82
C
0.76 24
Acceleration, fuel economy, front-seat
comfort, t and nish, reliability, IIHS
crash-test results.
Steering feel, rear seat, trunk opening.
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Lexus ES 300h 44,017 82

0.70 36
Fuel economy, hybrid drivetrain, quiet-
ness, front-seat comfort, reliability.
Lackluster handling, controls, touchy
brake pedal.
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid 41,915 82 NA

0.79 34
Handling, ride, quietness, fuel economy,
IIHS crash-test results.
Unknown reliability, controls,
visibility, snug interior, hidden
exterior trunk release.
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BMW 535i 58,375 81
O C
1.08 23
Powertrain, fuel economy, acceleration,
ride, quietness, t and nish, front-seat.
Disappointing handling, controls.
Lincoln MKZ 2.0 EcoBoost 41,365 81 NA NA 0.83 23
Handling, ride, quietness, IIHS crash-
test results.
Unknown reliability, controls,
visibility, snug interior, hidden
exterior trunk release.
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Lexus ES 350 43,702 80
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0.82 25
Acceleration, fuel economy, drivetrain,
quietness, front-seat comfort.
Lackluster handling, controls.
Jaguar XF 3.0 (AWD) 59,645 79 NA

1.18 21
Handling, steering, acceleration,
braking, quietness, styling.
Unknown reliability, controls, tight
quarters, rear access, visibility.
Cadillac XTS Premium 57,200 79
C
1.13 22
Roomy interior and trunk, seat
comfort, t and nish, quietness,
braking, transmission.
Subpar reliability, frustrating CUE
control interface, ride not plush
enough, visibility, small trunk opening.
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Cadillac CTS Luxury
(V6, AWD)
$58,780 76 new new $1.11 21
Agility, fun to drive, front seats, plush
interior, braking, styling.
Unknown reliability, CUE controls, rear
seat, trunk, drivetrain renement.
Acura RLX Tech 55,345 74

NA 1.04 23
Spacious and plush interior, seat
comfort, fuel economy, braking,
IIHS crash-test results.
Ride, agility, complicated controls,
suspension noise.
Volvo S80 3.2 45,305 70 NA

0.92 20
Innovative safety features, front-
seat comfort, transmission, t and
nish, IIHS crash-test results.
Rear seat, ordinary ride, handling,
acceleration.
Lincoln MKS
(base, 3.7)
50,070 60

1.00 20
Quietness, rear-seat room, t
and nish.
Subpar reliability, frustrating controls,
uncomposed ride, transmission, narrow
cockpit, visibility, turning circle, small
trunk opening.
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Tesla Model S
(base, 85 kWh)
$89,650 99

NA 84
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Energy efciency, acceleration,
quietness, ride, handling, easy-to-use
touchscreen, luggage capacity, t and
nish, optional third-seat.
Limited range, long charging times,
access, visibility, controls.
Audi A7 3.0 TDI 70,895 95 new

$1.34 28
Powertrain, handling, ride, quietness,
fuel economy, front-seat comfort, t
and nish, high-tech features.
Unknown reliability, controls,
turning circle.
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Lexus LS 460L 82,504 92

1.31 21
Acceleration, ride, powertrain, fuel
economy, quietness, interior room,
t and nish, seat comfort, reliability.
Agility, fussy controls.
Audi A8 L* 91,275 91 NA

1.65 21
Handling, acceleration, transmission,
braking, seat comfort, quietness, t and
nish, fuel economy, high-tech features.
Unknown reliability, controls,
headlights, small trunk.
Porsche Panamera S* 105,110 84 NA

1.76 20
Handling, steering, braking, acceler-
ation, transmission, t and nish,
headlights, hatchback versatility.
Unknown reliability, visibility, controls,
access, seats only four.
Jaguar XJL Portfolio* 81,575 83 NA

1.55 19
Acceleration, transmission, handling,
ride, quietness, seat comfort, t
and nish.
Unknown reliability, trunk, some
controls, accessing the low cabin,
rear visibility.
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Hyundai Equus
Signature*
58,900 82

1.14 19
Powertrain, quietness, t and nish,
seat comfort.
Agility, steering, on-limit handling,
radio controls.
BMW 750Li* 97,525 74

1.77 18
Acceleration, powertrain, braking,
ride, quietness, front seat, t and
nish, advanced safety features.
Agility, controls.
SPORTS CARS Equipped with manual transmission
Nissan 370Z Coupe
Touring
$38,565 86 NA NA $0.79 23
Acceleration, handling, braking, t
and nish.
Unknown reliability, ride, noise,
visibility, access.
Scion FR-S 25,025 83

0.61 30
Driving fun, handling, braking, fuel
economy.
Subpar reliability, ride, noise, access,
radio controls, vestigial rear seating.
Mitsubishi Lancer
Evolution GSR
38,078 83 NA NA 0.92 21
Acceleration, handling, agility,
steering, braking.
Unknown reliability, ride, noise, access,
trunk, driving position, t and nish.
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Ford Mustang GT
Premium (V8)
36,310 83

0.74 22
Acceleration, handling, braking, exhaust
sound, good fuel economy for power.
Rear seat, trunk opening, no telescoping
steering wheel.
Subaru BRZ Premium 27,117 82

0.66 30
Driving fun, handling, braking,
fuel economy.
Subpar reliability, ride, noise, access,
radio controls, vestigial rear seating.
Ford Fiesta ST 24,985 80 new new 0.60 29
Handling agility, efortless power
delivery, sound, braking, fuel economy,
fun-to-drive.
Unknown reliability, MyFord Touch
controls, ride, snug optional Recaro seats.
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Ford Mustang Premium
(V6)
28,880 76

0.64 24
Handling, acceleration, fuel economy
for power.
Rear seat, trunk opening, no telescoping
steering wheel.
Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Autobahn
26,835 76 NA NA 0.62 27
Handling, powertrain, fuel economy,
rear seat, trunk.
Unknown reliability, long clutch travel.
Ford Focus ST 28,270 74

0.68 25
Handling, fun to drive, acceleration,
braking, relatively civilized as a
daily driver.
Subpar reliability, MyFord Touch
controls, driving position, snug Recaro
seats, some torque steer, turning circle.
Mitsubishi Lancer
Ralliart (AT)
28,344 72 NA NA 0.80 20 Acceleration, handling, controls.
Unknown reliability, transmission, ride,
noise, t and nish, no telescope wheel.
Fiat 500 Abarth 26,050 71 NA NA 0.62 28
Invigorating exhaust note, agility, brak-
ing, fuel economy, distinctive character.
Unknown reliability, noise, ride, steering
feel, driving position, controls, rear
seat and cargo area, rear visibility,
turning circle.
Chevrolet Camaro 2SS
(V8)
35,425 71

0.77 18
Acceleration, handling, braking,
transmission.
Subpar reliability, visibility, fuel
economy, controls, rear seat, access,
body shake, top operation, trunk.
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Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Grand Touring (V6)*
$28,375 70
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$0.65 23 Acceleration, handling, controls.
Subpar reliability, shifter and clutch,
ride, rear seat, trunk.
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Honda Civic Si 23,175 70
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0.58 29
Powertrain, shifter, fuel economy,
rear seat.
Ride, noise, steering feel, t and nish,
narrow front seats.
Dodge Challenger R/T
(V8)
35,015 67
+
0.81 19
Acceleration, exhaust note, quietness,
controls.
Subpar reliability, fuel economy,
visibility, foot operated parking
brake with manual transmission.
Chevrolet Camaro 2LT
(V6)
28,195 60
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0.65 21 Straight-line acceleration.
Subpar reliability, agility, shifter,
visibility, controls, rear seat, trunk.
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Porsche Boxster 2.7 $59,600 89
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$1.07 23
Handling, braking, t and nish,
exhaust sound, top operation,
two trunks.
Rear visibility, narrow seats, some
controls, heavy clutch, access.
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Mazda MX-5 Miata
Grand Touring
31,150 89
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0.61 28
Handling, steering, acceleration,
braking, fuel economy, top operation.
Noise, tight cabin, access, rear visibility.
Mercedes-Benz SLK250 48,045 81 NA NA 0.91 26
Handling, steering, braking, fuel
economy, civilized cruiser, neck
warmer, t and nish.
Unknown reliability, manual shifter and
clutch, engine renement, access.
Audi TT Premium Plus
(DSG)
45,300 80 NA NA 0.86 25
Handling, transmission, braking, t
and nish, AWD, top can be operated
on the move.
Unknown reliability, ride, noise, rear
visibility, access.
BMW Z4 sDrive28i 55,225 76 NA NA 0.91 28 Acceleration, fuel economy, braking.
Unknown reliability, steering feel, ride,
noise, tight quarters, access.
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Volkswagen Eos Sport $35,829 78
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$0.75 25
Transmission, fuel economy, turning
circle, t and nish, clever sunroof,
calm with top down.
Wind and road noise, rear seat, slow
initial throttle response.
Infiniti Q60 (base) 48,715 77 NA
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0.96 20
Acceleration, transmission, handling, t
and nish, front-seat comfort.
Unknown reliability, ride, tire noise,
rear seat, trunk space, body shake with
top down.
Mini Cooper S (MT) 32,850 77
C
0.60 30
Agility, fun to drive, acceleration,
braking, fuel economy, sunroof mode.
Subpar reliability, ride, noise, rear seat,
controls, rear visibility.
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Ford Mustang GT
Premium (V8)
43,880 75
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0.83 23
Acceleration, handling, braking, exhaust
sound, good fuel economy for power.
Rear seat, trunk opening, no telescoping
wheel, awkward top operation.
Jaguar XK Convertible* 85,635 74 NA NA 1.56 19
Ride, powertrain, steering, quiet inte-
rior, t and nish, front-seat comfort.
Unknown reliability, rear visibility with
top up, fuel economy, controls.
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Audi A5 Premium Plus
(2.0T)*
49,300 74
C C
0.95 22
Handling, steering, transmission, rear
seat, top can be operated on the move,
t and nish.
Controls, engine noise.
Chevrolet Camaro 2SS
(V8)
43,510 65
+
0.89 17 Acceleration, braking.
Subpar reliability, body shake, top
operation, visibility, controls, rear
seat, fuel economy, trunk.
Fiat 500C Pop (MT) 21,000 59
C
0.52 34
Fuel economy, agility, shifter, front
access, clever top design.
Subpar reliability, acceleration, ride,
driving position, front-seat comfort,
rear visibility, trunk.
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Mazda5 Grand Touring $24,820 88
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$0.62 23
Handling, interior versatility, visibility,
access, controls, reliability.
Road noise, lacks reserve power, tight
third-row.
Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 26,685 83
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0.54 37
Fuel economy, ride, handling,
quietness, access, utility.
Subpar reliability, some controls,
grabby brakes, small cargo area,
expensive to get rear camera.
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Volkswagen Jetta
SportWagen TDI (MT)
28,085 81
O C
0.53 36
Fuel economy, t and nish, ride,
agility, turning circle.
Long clutch travel, easy to stall at
initial launch.
Toyota Prius V Three 28,217 80
C
0.49 41
Fuel economy, transmission, rear
seat, access, cargo room, ride.
IIHS small overlap crash-test results,
acceleration, agility, engine noise,
complicated radio.
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Audi Allroad 2.0T
Premium
43,570 79
C
0.87 22
Handling, t and nish, transmission,
braking, fuel economy for AWD,
reliability.
Controls, small rear seat and
cargo area.
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SportWagen SE (2.5)
26,755 78
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0.63 23 Agility, ride, t and nish. Coarse engine.
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Toyota Venza (V6) 34,209 77
C O
0.70 20
Acceleration, powertrain, access,
rear seat, cabin storage.
Lackluster handling, ride, rear visibility.
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Volvo XC70 $42,560 77

$0.88 18
Safety equipment, optional built-in
booster seats, transmission, front
seats, t and nish, cargo room.
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performance; awkward ignition.
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Subaru Outback 2.5i
Limited
34,698 73

0.70 24
Roomy interior, visibility, fuel economy,
EyeSight safety features, reliability,
IIHS crash-test results.
Agility, acceleration, engine noise,
complicated radio with navigation
option.
Honda Crosstour
EX-L (V6)
34,730 62

0.76 21 Powertrain, seat comfort.
Agility, rear visibility, radio controls,
small cargo area, turning circle.
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Honda Odyssey EX-L $38,055 86

$0.78 21
Ride, handling, powertrain, fuel
economy, spacious and exible interior,
seats, IIHS crash-tests, safety aids.
Confusing uplevel radio, t and nish.
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Nissan Quest SL 39,040 81

0.86 19
Ride, quietness, powertrain, fuel
economy, plush interior, fold-at seats.
Agility.
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Toyota Sienna XLE (FWD) 35,810 80

0.75 20
Ride, transmission, interior space and
exibility, rear seat, fuel economy.
Agility, road noise, t and nish.
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Toyota Sienna XLE (AWD) 38,201 79

0.80 19
Ride, transmission, interior space and
exibility, rear seat, fuel economy, AWD.
Agility, road noise, t and nish.
Kia Sedona EX 33,990 77

0.84 18
Controls, transmission, interior
exibility, access.
Subpar reliability, agility, wind noise,
driving position, front-seat comfort,
touchy throttle.
Chrysler Town & Country
Touring-L
37,505 74

0.87 17
Ride, quietness, foldaway second-
row seats, cargo exibility.
Subpar reliability, fuel economy,
cornering limits, unrened
transmission, radio controls.
Dodge Grand Caravan
R/T
37,295 74

0.82 17
Ride, quietness, foldaway second-
row seats, cargo exibility.
Subpar reliability, fuel economy,
cornering limits, unrened
transmission, radio controls.
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Subaru Forester 2.5i
Premium
$26,814 88

$0.59 26
Fuel economy, visibility, braking,
roomy interior, access, controls,
reliability, IIHS crash-test results.
Unsettled ride, noise, antiquated
connectivity.
Ford Escape Titanium
(2.0T)
36,600 79

0.76 22
Agility, ride, quietness, solid
feel, access.
Subpar reliability, poor IIHS small
overlap crash-test results, narrow
driving position, MyFord Touch controls.
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Honda CR-V EX 26,455 77

0.59 23 Powertrain, braking, rear seat, access.
Road noise, low cornering limits,
rear visibility.
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Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 37,020 76

0.80 21
Agility, transmission, access, t and
nish, rear seat.
Ride, noise, touch-screen controls.
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Mazda CX-5 Touring (2.5L) 28,090 76

0.63 25
Fuel economy, agility, rear-seat, blind-
spot detection, IIHS crash-test results.
Ride, noise, low dash vents.
Toyota RAV4 XLE 26,802 75

0.58 24
Fuel economy, agility, transmission,
access, roominess, standard backup
camera, reliability.
Poor IIHS small overlap crash-test
results, ride, noise, driver's seat lumbar
support.
Ford Escape SE (1.6T) 28,040 75

0.64 22
Agility, ride, quietness, solid
feel, access.
Subpar reliability, poor IIHS small overlap
crash-test results, front-seat comfort,
narrow driving position, radio controls.
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Subaru XV Crosstrek
Premium
24,215 75

0.57 26
Fuel economy, controls, rear seat,
visibility, IIHS crash-test results.
Noise, ride, unrened CVT, antiquated
connectivity.
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Mazda CX-5 Sport (2.0L) $25,300 74
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Fuel economy, handling, rear seat,
blind-spot detection, IIHS crash-
test results.
Ride, noise, acceleration,
low dash vents.
Nissan Rogue SV 29,920 73 new new 0.77 24
Fuel economy, ride, access, spacious
interior, optional surround-view
camera, available third-row seat.
Engine noise, cloth front seat lacks
support, gets pricey.
Kia Sportage SX (2.0T) 31,440 72
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0.74 21
Acceleration, handling, transmission,
controls.
Poor IIHS small overlap crash-test
results, ride, noise, rear visibility,
complicated radio controls.
Jeep Cherokee Limited
(V6)
37,525 70 new new 0.80 21
Quietness, access, rear seat,
high-end options.
Transmission, choppy ride, visibility,
confusing pricing structure.
Kia Sportage LX 24,400 70
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0.62 22 Handling, transmission, controls.
Poor IIHS small overlap crash-test
results, ride, noise, rear visibility,
t and nish.
Hyundai Tucson GLS 24,920 70
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0.60 22
Braking, handling, transmission,
controls.
Poor IIHS small overlap crash-test
results, ride, noise, low rear seat,
rear visibility.
Mitsubishi Outlander
Sport SE
24,520 65
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0.61 23
Versatility, controls, front access,
reliability, IIHS crash-test results.
Noise, ride, agility, acceleration,
t and nish.
Nissan Juke SV 24,840 65
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0.59 24 Handling, powertrain, fuel economy.
Ride, noise, rear visibility, rear seat,
cargo area, no telescoping steering
wheel, premium fuel.
Mitsubishi Outlander SE
(4-cyl.)
27,180 57
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new 0.63 23
Standard third-row seat, strong air
conditioning, IIHS crash-test results.
Noise, ride, agility, acceleration, front-
seat comfort, t and nish.
Jeep Cherokee Latitude
(4-cyl.)
27,490 56 new new 0.65 22 Access, rear seat, high-end options.
Transmission, acceleration, choppy
ride, visibility, front-seat comfort,
confusing price structure.
Jeep Patriot Latitude* 24,440 52
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0.62 21 Compliant ride.
Poor IIHS small overlap crash-test
results, engine noise, acceleration,
driving position, front-seat comfort,
complicated optional radio controls.
Jeep Compass Latitude* 24,985 49
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0.62 22 Simple controls.
Engine noise, acceleration, braking,
driving position, front-seat comfort,
rear visibility, cornering limits.
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Hyundai Santa Fe GLS
(V6)
$36,290 83
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$0.71 20
Powertrain, fuel economy, roomy and
versatile cabin, access, controls, value.
Tight third-row with difcult access.
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Nissan Murano SL 36,330 78
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0.76 19
Powertrain, quietness, roomy interior,
t and nish, access.
Rear visibility.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Limited (V6)
41,375 77
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0.95 18
Quietness, ride, of-road and towing
capability, seat comfort, t and nish,
easy to use Uconnect system.
Subpar reliability, fussy shifter.
Kia Sorento EX (V6) 37,950 76
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0.84 20
Powertrain, fuel economy, optional third
row, access, controls, lots of features.
Poor IIHS small overlap crash-test
results, ride, agility.
Mazda CX-9
Grand Touring
38,615 76
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0.85 16
Agility, steering, quietness,
transmission, interior exibility.
Poor IIHS small overlap crash-test
results, cargo capacity, fuel economy.
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Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
(4-cyl.)
28,370 74
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0.61 23
Roomy interior, fuel economy,
transmission, controls, feature content.
Steering feel, visibility.
Honda Pilot EX-L 36,980 73
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0.77 18
Powertrain, seats eight, interior
accommodations, storage and
exibility.
Poor IIHS small overlap crash-test
results, road noise, so-so braking and
acceleration, low cornering limits, t
and nish, busy center dashboard.
Subaru Tribeca Limited 34,270 70 NA NA 0.77 16 Agility, steering, transmission, ride.
Unknown reliability, cramped driving
position and second- and third-row
seats, short cruising range, fuel economy.
Nissan Pathfinder SL 40,470 69
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0.88 18 Roominess, controls, access.
Subpar reliability, handling, rear
visibility, second-row thigh support.
Ford Edge SEL
(FWD, 2.0 EcoBoost)
36,910 69
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0.77 21 Fuel economy, access.
Subpar reliability, noise, rear visibility,
no AWD with EcoBoost engine.
Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
(V6)
36,925 66
O O
0.75 18
Acceleration, ride, roomy rear
seat, access.
Visibility, sluggish feel.
GMC Terrain SLT2 (V6) 36,675 66
O O
0.75 18
Acceleration, ride, roomy rear
seat, access.
Visibility, sluggish feel.
Chevrolet Equinox 1LT
(4-cyl.)
26,350 66
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0.64 21
Rear seat, ride, handling, fuel
economy.
Acceleration, transmission, rear
visibility, turning circle.
GMC Terrain SLE1 (4-cyl.) 26,745 66
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0.64 21
Rear seat, ride, handling, fuel
economy, standard rear-view camera.
Acceleration, transmission, rear
visibility, turning circle.
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Ford Explorer XLT (V6) $39,275 65

$0.91 18
Interior room and exibility, usable
third-row, cabin storage.
Subpar reliability, agility, driving
position, MyFord Touch controls,
unrened transmission.
Ford Edge SEL (3.5) 37,625 63

0.81 18 Access.
Subpar reliability, noise, unrened
transmission, MyFord Touch controls,
rear visibility.
Dodge Journey Limited
(V6)
36,975 61

0.87 16 Ride, quietness, cabin storage.
Subpar reliability, handling, unrespon-
sive transmission, fuel economy, rear
visibility, tiny third-row.
Nissan Xterra S 28,000 60

0.70 17
Powertrain, acceleration, quietness,
of-road ability.
Ride, access, high rear door handle.
Toyota 4Runner SR5 (V6) 37,425 55

0.77 18
Of-road ability, power-retractable
rear window, reliability.
Handling, ride, driving position, t
and nish, access, turning circle.
Toyota FJ Cruiser 30,881 36

0.73 17 Of-road ability, powertrain.
Visibility, ride, handling, noise, t and
nish, access.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Sahara
36,340 20

0.79 17 Powertrain, of-road capability.
Subpar reliability, ride, handling, brak-
ing, wind noise, access, driving position,
seat comfort, visibility, t and nish.
SUVs: LARGE
Dodge Durango Limited
(V6)
$43,525 83 new

$0.97 18
Ride, quietness, transmission, interior
space, access, front-seat comfort,
usable third-row seat, towing capacity.
Unknown reliability, rear visibility,
maneuverability.
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Chevrolet Traverse LT 39,920 80

0.85 16
Ride, handling, quietness, interior
room and exibility, usable third-row
seat, blind-spot mirrors.
Rear visibility, fuel economy,
wet braking.
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GMC Acadia SLT2 41,315 80

0.87 16
Ride, handling, quietness, interior room
and exibility, usable third-row seat.
Rear visibility, fuel economy,
wet braking.
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Ford Flex SEL 38,460 69

0.82 18
Ride, quietness, interior room
and exibility.
MyFord Touch controls, lackluster
handling, turning circle, rear visibility.
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Toyota Sequoia Limited
(5.7)
54,005 66

1.07 15
Powertrain, accommodations, towing
and of-road capability, cabin storage,
power-retractable rear window.
Agility, braking, unsettled ride, high
step-in, long reach to some controls.
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Ford Expedition EL
Eddie Bauer
48,730 65

1.12 13
Roomy rear and third-row seats,
cargo and towing capacity.
Driving position, braking, noisy and
strained engine, fuel economy, turning
circle, t and nish.
Nissan Armada Platinum 55,400 61

1.20 13
Acceleration, transmission, spacious
interior.
Subpar reliability, fuel economy,
handling, ride, high step-in.
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BMW X3 xDrive28i (2.0T) $44,595 80

$0.84 23
Agility, powertrain, braking, fuel
economy, t and nish.
Controls, low rear-seat.
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Acura RDX 36,605 79

0.79 22
Acceleration, fuel economy, access,
controls, front-seat comfort.
Ride, steering feel, at-the-limit
handling, rear visibility.
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Mercedes-Benz GLK350 44,995 77

0.95 21
Acceleration, agility, visibility, front-
seat comfort, t and nish, quietness.
Tight rear seat, ride can be rocky, some
controls, rear access.
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Audi Q5 Premium Plus
(2.0T)
41,075 77

0.84 21
Handling, transmission, braking,
t and nish.
Controls.
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BMW X1 xDrive28i (2.0T) 38,795 74

0.80 23
Acceleration, agility, steering feedback,
transmission, fuel economy.
Ride, heavy steering efort, rear
visibility, modest interior room.
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Volvo XC60 T6* 42,245 70

0.92 17
Transmission, t and nish, advanced
safety features, IIHS crash-test results.
Ride, fuel economy, awkward electronic
ignition key, rear visibility.
Mini Cooper
Countryman S
32,500 66

0.63 26
Handling, transmission, acceleration,
fuel economy.
Subpar reliability, ride, noise, controls,
cargo space, premium fuel, imsy
interior details, pricey.
Buick Encore Leather 30,555 64

0.65 23
Ride, quietness, braking, maneuverability,
fuel economy.
Poor IIHS small overlap crash-test
results, acceleration, driving position,
narrow cabin, rear visibility, value.
Cadillac SRX Luxury 43,085 62

0.95 18 Agility, t and nish, front-seat comfort.
CUE controls, visibility, engine needs
revs to deliver.
Land Rover Range Rover
Evoque Pure*
45,745 58 NA NA 0.94 21
Acceleration, transmission, t
and nish.
Emergency handling, steering feel,
ride, noise, visibility, driving position,
cargo space.
SUVs: LUXURY MIDSIZED
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Lexus RX 450h $53,576 88

$0.96 26
Fuel economy, ride, quietness, t
and nish, reliability.
Lackluster handling, some controls,
rear visibility.
Volkswagen Touareg
TDI Sport
49,505 82

1.00 24
Fuel economy, handling, front-seat
comfort, t and nish, towing capacity.
Subpar reliability, ride, shift quality
at low speeds.
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Lexus RX 350 $47,381 79
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$0.92 21
Powertrain, fuel economy, t and nish,
ride, quietness, reliability.
Lackluster handling, some controls,
rear visibility.
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Acura MDX Tech 49,460 79
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0.96 20
Fuel economy, t and nish, third-row
access mechanism, rear seat, electronic
safety features, headlights, IIHS crash-
test results.
Controls, agility, suspension noise,
rear visibility, lack of exibility in
ordering options.
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Infiniti QX60 (JX) 51,920 78
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1.00 19
Plush interior, roomy cabin, quietness,
t and nish, access, front-seat comfort,
controls, surround-view camera.
Agility, rear visibility.
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Porsche Cayenne
(base, V6)
63,805 76
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1.25 19
Handling, transmission, t and nish,
towing capacity, headlights.
Controls, slow start-stop feature,
low-speed ride, pricey options.
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Mercedes-Benz ML350 56,960 76
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1.16 18
Quietness, transmission, front-seat
comfort, t and nish, towing capacity,
IIHS crash-test results.
Steering feel, some controls, backup
camera only works with radio on.
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Infiniti QX70 V6 (FX)* 51,635 71
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1.00 18
Acceleration, transmission, handling,
t and nish, front seat.
Ride, rear visibility, cargo area.
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Lexus GX 460 58,428 69
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1.14 17
Powertrain, quietness, ride, t and
nish, front-seat comfort, of-road
ability, towing.
Agility, third-row seat, side-hinged
tailgate.
Lincoln MKX (3.7) 50,235 64
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0.99 18 Fit and nish, access.
Subpar reliability, controls, rear
visibility, low rear seat.
Volvo XC90 3.2 49,850 58 NA
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1.00 17
Interior versatility, t and nish,
IIHS crash-test results.
Acceleration, ride, agility, slow rear-
view camera, controls.
SUVs: LUXURY LARGE
Mercedes-Benz GL350
BlueTec
$73,020 81
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$1.30 20
Fuel economy, quietness, ride, plush
interior, front-seat comfort, roomy rear
and third-row seats, towing capacity.
Clumsy emergency handling, some
controls, backup camera only works
with radio on.
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Buick Enclave CXL 43,260 77
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0.91 15
Ride, handling, interior room and ex-
ibility, quietness, t and nish,
easy access to usable third seat.
Fuel economy, rear visibility, some
controls.
Toyota Land Cruiser 67,707 69 NA NA 1.29 14
Ride, quietness, powertrain, accelera-
tion, t and nish, front- and second-
row seats, of-road, towing capacity.
Unknown reliability, fuel economy,
agility, third-row seat.
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Infiniti QX80 (QX56) 63,395 67
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1.26 15
Powertrain, quietness, rear seat, t
and nish, cargo capacity, towing, of-
road, headlights.
Handling, access.
Lincoln Navigator
Ultimate
59,015 65 NA
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1.28 13
Ride, roomy cabin, comfortable
second- and third-row seats, cargo
and towing capacity.
Unknown reliability, fuel economy,
handling, braking, difcult-to-read
gauges and controls, driving position.
PICKUPS: FULL-SIZED
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
LT (5.3L V8)
$42,070 81 new new $0.93 16
Fuel economy, quietness, relatively
good agility and access, payload and
towing capacity, low-efort tailgate.
Unknown reliability, ride, long wet
braking stops, seat comfort.
GMC Sierra 1500 SLT
(5.3L V8)
43,200 81 new new 0.90 16
Fuel economy, quietness, relatively
good agility and access, payload and
towing capacity, low-efort tailgate.
Unknown reliability, ride, long wet
braking stops, seat comfort.
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Ram 1500 Big Horn
(5.7L V8)
42,810 78
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0.94 15
Powertrain, ride, quietness, cabin
space, Uconnect infotainment system.
Access, heavy rear tailgate.
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Ford F-150 XLT (5.0L V8) 39,355 70
O C
0.88 15
Quietness, acceleration, rear seat,
tailgate step.
Handling, ride, step-in height,
no full-time 4WD.
Ford F-150 XLT
(3.5L EcoBoost V6)
40,410 70
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0.90 15
Quietness, acceleration, rear seat,
tailgate step, towing ability.
Subpar reliability, handling, ride, step-in
height, no full-time 4WD.
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Toyota Tundra SR5
(5.7L V8)
34,738 69
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0.83 15
Powertrain, telescoping steering
wheel, towing, damped tailgate.
Ride, visibility, braking, long reach to
some controls, no full-time 4WD.
Nissan Titan SV (5.6L V8) 36,905 66
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0.89 14
Powertrain, acceleration, relatively
responsive handling, rear seat,
damped tailgate
Subpar reliability, braking, access,
fit and finish, no full-time 4WD.
PICKUPS: COMPACT
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Honda Ridgeline RTS $30,825 79
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$0.76 15
Ride, handling, powertrain, rear seat,
access, in-bed trunk.
Road noise, turning circle, towing
capacity.
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Nissan Frontier SV (V6) 30,110 67
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0.75 15 Powertrain, acceleration, agility.
Rear-seat room, heavy tailgate, turning
circle, no full-time 4WD.
Toyota Tacoma (V6) 33,119 50
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0.79 17
Powertrain, handling, controls, of-
road ability, composite rust-free bed.
Ride, handling, driving position, high
step-in, low rear seat, no full-time 4WD.
*Powertrain has changed since last test.
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information for the 260 cars, SUVs, minivans, pickup trucks,
wagons, and hatchbacks featured in this book, covering all
2014 and early 2015 models. Each profile includes a review by
CONSUMER REPORTS auto experts; model overview information
including base price, body styles, engines, and transmissions; an
overall score and reliability history; and a Report Card detailing
Ratings for predicted reliability, owner cost, owner satisfaction,
accident avoidance, and fuel economy. Use these profiles, along
with the Ratings (starting on page 32) and our data charts
(starting on page 46), to narrow down your choices.
RECOMMENDED VEHICLES
Models that meet stringent criteria
These are the vehicles that meet CONSUMER REPORTS stringent testing,
reliability, and safety standards.
To earn our Recommendation (right),
vehicles must perform well in our testing;
have average or better reliability; and
perform adequately if included in safety tests conducted by the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration. In addition, pickups and SUVs must not have
tipped up in the governments rollover test.
Profiles
REPORT CARD
Scores in key categories
The Report Card is a quick summary of a vehicles Ratings highlights.
Predicted reliability is our forecast of how well a model is likely to
hold up, derived from CRs most recent Annual Auto Survey, which gar-
nered responses on 1.1 million vehicles. Detailed Ratings are provided in
the Reliability History charts explained on the opposite page (see No. 6).
Owner cost is a Rating of the five-year projected cost to own a
vehicle, including depreciation, interest, insurance, sales tax, fuel, and
maintenance/repair.
Owner satisfaction comes from our annual survey in which we asked
owners if they would definitely buy or lease their particular vehicle again.
Accident avoidance reflects how capable a vehicle is in helping
you avoid an accident, based on our tests of emergency handling,
braking, acceleration, and, to a lesser extent, driving position, visibility,
and seat comfort.
Fuel economy is a Rating that comes from our real-world test
measurements based on city and highway driving.
NA means data are not available.
New means we have no data because
the model is new or redesigned.
ROAD-TEST SCORE
The overall score shows you how a tested vehicle performed
overall in CONSUMER REPORTS comprehensive test program.
It is based on the results from more than 50 individual tests
and evaluations, including performance, comfort and conve-
nience, fuel economy, and more.
For each tested model, you can easily see how its overall
score compares with the highest- and lowest-rated vehicles
in its category. See the Ratings, starting on page 32, for the
overall scores for all tested vehicles. The Tested Model gives
the specific information for the vehicle we tested, including
model year, trim line, body style, engine, and transmission.
MODEL-LINE INFORMATION
Price, body styles, trim lines, and drivetrains
Base price is the range of base prices for all versions of the
model. The base price is the manufacturers suggested retail
price (MSRP) without options or destination charge. An E
indicates the price is estimated.
Models often come in various body styles (sedan,
wagon, etc.) and trim lines, which are versions that differ
mainly in standard equipment, available options, and price.
A dash () means that only one trim line was available.
Pickup trucks are listed by available cab configurations.
Drive wheels tells you if the model is available with
front-, rear-, all-wheel drive (AWD), or four-wheel drive
(4WD). It also shows the type of 4WD system. Seating
is the maximum number of passengers who can be accom-
modated in the front, rear, and third-row (if any) seats. Some
models are available with different seating configurations;
this figure is for the version with the most passenger capaci-
ty. Engines and transmissions show the choices of drive-
train components.
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These charts are based on 1.1 million responses to our most recent
Annual Auto Survey. CONSUMER REPORTS subscribers reported on any
problems they had with their vehicles during the previous 12 months,
considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any
of the trouble spots included in the table below.
The scores in the charts are based on the percentage of respon-
dents who reported problems in each of the 17 trouble spots. Because
high-mileage cars tend to encounter more problems than low-mileage
cars, problem rates are standardized to minimize differences due to
mileage. The 2013 models were generally less than six months old at
the time of the survey, with an average of about 3,000 miles.
HOW TO READ THE CHARTS
To check on the reliability history of a particular years model, start with
the Used Car Verdict. This score shows whether the model had more
or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculat-
ed from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all
trouble spots. Because problems with the engine major, engine cooling,
transmission major, and drive system can be serious and expensive to
repair, our calculations give extra weight to problems in those areas.
To see how a 2014 model on sale is likely to hold up, look at the
New Car Prediction at the bottom of each chart. For this Rating,
we averaged a models Used Car Verdict for the newest three years,
provided the vehicle did not change significantly in that time and
hasnt been redesigned for 2014. We have found that several model
years data are a better predictor than the single most recent model
year. One or two years data may be used if the model was redesigned
in 2013 or 2012, or if there were insufficient data for more years.
Sometimes we include a prediction for a model that is new or has been
redesigned, provided its reliability history and the manufacturers track
record have remained consistently above average.
To see a models individual strengths and weaknesses, look at the
individual scores for each of the 17 Trouble Spots. The chart at the
left shows the average problem rates
for all models in the survey in each
trouble spot. Scores for each chart
are based on the percentage of survey
respondents who reported problems
for that trouble spot, compared with
the average model of that year.
Models that score a are not
necessarily unreliable, but have
a higher rate of problems than the
average model. Similarly, models that
score a are not necessarily problem-
free, but had relatively few problems
compared with other models.
Because problem rates in some
trouble spots are very low, we do not
assign a or a + unless the models
problem rate exceeds 3 percent. If
a problem rate is below 2 or 1 percent
it will be assigned a C or a respectively. In the charts, a model year
in red identifies the year of a major redesign or the first year of intro-
duction. Model years with insufficient data are noted with a column of
asterisks (*).
WHAT THE TROUBLE SPOTS INCLUDE
> Engine, major: Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head
gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
> Engine, minor: Oil leaks, accessory belts and pulleys, engine mounts,
engine knock or ping.
> Engine, cooling: Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump,
thermostat, overheating.
> Transmission, major: Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque
converter, premature clutch replacement.
> Transmission, minor: Gear selector or linkage, coolers and lines,
rough shifting, slipping transmission, leaks, transmission computer,
transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, hydraulics (clutch
master or slave cylinder).
> Drive system: Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case,
4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic
stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
> Fuel system: Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen
sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer,
fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks,
stalling or hesitation.
> Electrical: Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems,
regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, elec-
tronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.
> Climate system: Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser,
evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leak-
age, electrical failure.
> Suspension: Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings,
alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering
(pumps & hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bush-
ings, electronic or air suspension.
> Brakes: Premature wear, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, master
cylinder, calipers, rotors, antilock brake system (ABS), parking brake,
brake failure.
> Exhaust: Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.
> Paint/trim: Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, peeling), loose trim or
moldings, rust.
> Body integrity: Squeaks or rattles, seals, and/or weather stripping,
air or water leaks, wind noise.
> Body hardware: Windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk,
doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, con-
vertible top, glass defect.
> Power equipment and accessories: Cruise control, clock, warning
lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire
pressure monitor, interior or exterior light, horn, gauges, 12V power
plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system.
> Audio system: Audio systems, entertainment systems, navigation
system, backup camera/sensors, communication system.
KEY TO RELIABILITY RATINGS
C O +
Better Worse
Exterior dimensions are the basic measurements for the vehi-
cles. Length is the vehicles size from bumper to bumper. Width is
the measurement from the outermost side of one fender to the other
side of the vehicle. Height is the measurement from the top of the
inside door frame down to the ground. Wheelbase is the distance
from the center of the front wheel to the center of the rear. Weight
and % weight front/rear are usually measured on our scales. Some
data come from manufacturers.
Max load includes both the occupants and luggage and is speci-
fied by the manufacturer or calculated from the difference between
the manufacturers specified gross vehicle weight and our tested
vehicle weight. Cargo volume for minivans, SUVs, and wagons is
the maximum usable cargo volume with rear seats folded down or
removed. CR measures this using an expandable pipe-frame box
thats adjusted to fit the cargo area. Data for models with a trunk
come from government figures. No volume is given for pickup trucks
because there is no height limit. Towing capacity is the maximum
weight our test vehicle can pull on a trailer or a typical weight.
Fuel gives the recommended types (regular, premium, or diesel)
for all the models engines. EPA are the city and highway mileage
figures issued by the Environmental Protection Agency for the tested
engine or a typical engine.
FACTS & FIGURES
5
Average Problem Rates
TROUBLE
SPOTS 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Engine Major 4 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 <1 <1
Engine Minor 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 <1 <1
Engine Cooling 5 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 <1 <1
Trans. Major 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 <1 <1 <1
Trans. Minor 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 <1
Drive System 5 5 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 <1
Fuel System 9 8 7 5 4 3 3 2 1 1
Electrical 6 6 6 5 4 4 3 2 1 1
Climate System 7 6 5 4 3 3 2 1 1 1
Suspension 9 9 8 6 5 3 2 1 1 <1
Brakes 11 11 10 9 7 6 4 2 1 1
Exhaust 3 2 2 1 1 1 <1 <1 <1 <1
Paint/Trim 7 6 5 4 3 3 2 2 1 1
Body Integrity 7 7 6 5 5 5 4 4 3 2
Body Hardware 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 2
Power Equip. 6 6 5 4 4 3 3 2 1 1
Audio System 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
48 CONSUMER REPORTS NEW CAR RATINGS & REVIEWS
Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $26,900-$34,600
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: 2.0 L, 2.4 L,
Hybrid
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.5-liter 4 hybrid (111
hp); 2.0-liter 4 (150 hp); 2.4-
liter 4 (201 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed man-
ual; CVT; 5-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .179
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 105
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,870
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 12.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 24/35
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o
Engine Minor o
Engine Cooling o
Trans. Major o
Trans. Minor o
Drive System o
Fuel System o
Electrical oC
Climate System o
Suspension oC
Brakes o
Exhaust o
Paint/Trim o
Body Integrity o
Body Hardware oO
Power equip. o
Audio System o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Acura ILX
A
curas entry-level luxury compact shares its underpinnings with
the Honda Civic. But it has different suspension tuning, as well
as fancier features and nicer interior materials. Engine choices include
three four-cylinder engines: a 2.0-liter base, 1.5-liter hybrid, and a
higher-performance 2.4-liter. The base engine and fve-speed auto-
matic work very well. Handling is sound, but the ride is choppy and
road noise is pronounced, undermining its affordable luxury promise.
For 2014 Acura upgraded the interior with more standard gear, includ-
ing heated front seats, a multi-angle rear camera, and active noise
cancellation. A low owner-satisfaction score is noteworthy.
Tested model: 2013 2.0 L sedan,
2.0-liter 4-cyl., 5-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
77
Compact
sports cars
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
2.0 L 4 77
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Acura ILX
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $42,290-$56,505
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Base, Tech,
Advance
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 (290 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 194
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . .111
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,290
% weight front/rear . . 58/42
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . .1,175
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 34.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 5,000
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .18/27
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oO oC oO o o o o o o o
Engine Minor oC oC oC oC o oC o o o o
Engine Cooling oC oC o o o o o o o o
Trans. Major oO oO oC o o o o o o o
Trans. Minor oC oO oO oO oO oO oC o o o
Drive System oC oC oC oC o+ o o o o o
Fuel System oC o o oC oC o o oC o o
Electrical oO oO oO oO oC oC oC oO o o
Climate System oO oC oC o+ oO oO o o o o
Suspension oC oC oC oO o+ o+ oC o oC o
Brakes oC oC oO oC oC oC oC o o o
Exhaust oC o o oC o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oC oC oO oC oO oC oC o o o
Body Integrity oC oC oC oC oC oO oC oC oO oC
Body Hardware oO oO oC oO oO oO oO oO oC oC
Power equip. oC oC oC oO oC oO oC o o o
Audio System o o o o o oO oO oC oC o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC oC oC oC oO oC oC o oC o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Acura MDX
R
edesigned for 2014, the Acura MDX is an easy SUV to live with.
Its comfortable, quick, and quieter than its predecessors, though
it lost some of its sportiness. It offers generous space for seven, as
long as the third-row occupants arent too big. The clever new but-
ton for folding the second-row forward is simple and ought to be an
industry standard. However, the new touchscreen has made many
controls more complicated. The 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed transmis-
sion are smooth and silky and provide competitive acceleration. We
measured a best-in-class 20 mpg overall. A new front-wheel drive
version brings even better fuel economy and a lower price.
Tested model: 2014 Tech 4-door SUV
AWD, 3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
79
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Tech V6 79
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Acura MDX
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
A
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>
Base price: $34,520-$39,620
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Base, Tech
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 (273 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,850
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 870
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 31.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,500
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 19/27
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o o o o o
Engine Minor o o o o o o o
Engine Cooling o o o o o o o
Trans. Major o o o o o o o
Trans. Minor o oC o o o o o
Drive System oC oC o oC o o o
Fuel System o o o oC o o o
Electrical oO oC oC oC o o o
Climate System o o o oO oC o o
Suspension o oC o o o o oC
Brakes oC oC oC oC oC o+ o
Exhaust o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oO oO oC oC oC o o
Body Integrity oC oO oC o o oC oC
Body Hardware o oC o oC oC oC oC
Power equip. oC o oC o o o o
Audio System o oC o+ oC oC oC oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o oC oC oC o o oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Acura RDX
D
erived from the Honda CR-V, the current RDX is a major
improvement over its stiff-riding and unrefned predeces-
sor. Styling, handling, and interior quality are unexceptional, but
the RDX is well equipped for the price and easy to live with. The
smooth and capable 273-hp V6 and six-speed automatic returned
a respectable 22 mpg overall. Handling is sound but not espe-
cially agile, and the ride is still a little stiff. Interior ambience is
rather plain-Jane for a supposedly upscale SUV, but the seats are
comfortable and the simple controls are easier to use than in most
competing vehicles.
Tested model: 2013 4-door SUV
AWD, 3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
79
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
4-door SUV V6 79
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Acura RDX
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $48,450-$60,450
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: Base, NAV, Tech,
Hybrid, Krell, Advanced
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 (310 hp);
3.5-liter V6 hybrid (370 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
sequential; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 112
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,930
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 13.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .20/31
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC oC oC oC o

Engine Minor oC oC oC o o

Engine Cooling o o o o o

Trans. Major o o o o oC

Trans. Minor o o o o o

Drive System oC oC o o oO

Fuel System o o o oC o

Electrical oC oO oO oO oO

Climate System o oO oO o o

Suspension oC oC o oC o

Brakes oC oC oC oC oC

Exhaust o oC o o o

Paint/Trim oC oC oO oO o+

Body Integrity oC o o oC oC

Body Hardware oO oC oO oC o

Power equip. oC o+ oC o o+

Audio System o oO o+ o o+

USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC oC o o oC

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Acura RLX
A
curas fagship has some good points but falls well short of its
competitors. The ride is jumpy and unsettled, and handling lacks
agility, making the car feel ungainly. Our tested FWD model averaged
23 mpg overall with the slick and responsive 310-hp V6 and six-speed
automatic. The hybrid uses additional electric motors to power the
rear wheels and gets a claimed 30 mpg. We didnt fnd any beneft
from the all-wheel-steering system. The cabin is spacious, and well-
made, with a raft of connectivity features, but the controls are overly
complicated. Reliability is likely to be above-average, but the RLX falls
short on luxury attributes and scores too low to be recommended.
Tested model: 2014 Tech sedan,
3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
74
Luxury cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Tech V6 74
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Acura RL
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
A
50 CONSUMER REPORTS NEW CAR RATINGS & REVIEWS
Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $36,030-$45,510
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: Base, SH-AWD
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 (280
hp); 3.7-liter V6 (305 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 194
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 109
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,695
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 13.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/29
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC oC oO oC oC o o o o o
Engine Minor oC oC oC oC oC o o o o o
Engine Cooling o o o o o o o o o o
Trans. Major o+ oO oO oC o o oC o o o
Trans. Minor oC oC o o o o oC oO o o
Drive System oC oC o o o oC oC oC o o
Fuel System o o o oC o oC o o o o
Electrical oC oO o+ oO oO oC oO o oC oC
Climate System oC oC oC oC o o o o o o
Suspension oO oC oC oO oO o oC oC o o
Brakes oC oC oC oC oC o oC o o o
Exhaust o o o o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oO oC oC oC oC oC oC o o o
Body Integrity oC oC oC oC oC oO oO oC oO o
Body Hardware oO oO oO oO oO o oC o o o
Power equip. oC oC oC oC oC oC oO o o o
Audio System o+ o o o o+ o oO oC oC o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC oC oC oC oC oC oC o oC o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much better than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Acura TL
T
he TLs high point is its slick and punchy 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed
automatic, which returned a good 24 mpg overall. We found the
handling taut and the ride compliant and frm, with good isolation from
bumps. But the vague steering is mostly devoid of feedback, and road
noise intrudes on the otherwise quiet interior. The front seats are well
shaped and supportive, but the rear seat is tight. The well-fnished
interior is cluttered with buttons, even without the optional navigation
system. An AWD model with a 3.7-liter V6 and tauter suspension is
also available. A slightly smaller redesign, named the TLX, arrives this
spring with four- and six-cylinder engines,
Tested model: 2012 Base sedan,
3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
82
Upscale cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
sedan V6 82
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Acura TL
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $30,635-$39,275
Body styles: sedan; wagon
Trim lines: 4, Special Edition,
V6
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (201 hp);
3.5-liter V6 (280 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 5-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 107
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,440
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 13.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 21/30
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC o o o o o o o o o
Engine Minor oC oC o o oC o o o o o
Engine Cooling o o o o oC o o o o o
Trans. Major oC oC o o oC o o o o o
Trans. Minor oC o oC o o o o o o o
Drive System o o oC o o o o o o oC
Fuel System o o o o o o o o o oC
Electrical oO o+ oC oO oC oC oO oC o o
Climate System o+ oO oC oC oC o oC o o oC
Suspension oC oC oC oC oC o o o o o
Brakes oO oC oO oC o+ o o o o o
Exhaust o o o o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oC oC oC oC oC o oC oC oC o
Body Integrity oC oC oC o oC oC oC oC oC o
Body Hardware oO o+ oC o o oO oC o o oC
Power equip. oO oO oC o oC o o oC o oC
Audio System o oO oC oC o o oO o oO o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC oC o o oC oO oC o o oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Acura TSX
T
he TSX is an enjoyable and mildly sporty car, and available as
either a sedan or wagon. Its smooth-revving engine, slick trans-
mission, and agile handling make it enjoyable to drive. But vague
steering ultimately limits its sporting appeal. We got a respectable 25
mpg overall from the 2.4-liter four-cylinder. The taut ride can be busy
at low speeds. Road noise is noticeable, but the cabin is otherwise
quiet. The supportive front seats are well shaped, but rear-seat room
is tight. A 3.5-liter V6 is optional on the sedan. For 2014 the TSX is
being phased out along with the TL, and will be replaced by a single
model, the TLX.
Tested model: 2009 sedan, 2.4-liter
4-cyl., 5-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
84
Compact
sports cars
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
sedan 4 84
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Acura TSX (4-cyl.)
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
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Base price: $29,900-$41,700
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: Premium, Premium
Plus, Prestige, 2.0 TDI, S3
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbodie-
sel (150 hp); 1.8-liter 4 turbo
(170 hp); 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(220 hp); 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(300 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
sequential; 6-speed manual
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .175
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,305
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 13.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 24/35
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o+

Engine Minor o+

Engine Cooling o

Trans. Major o

Trans. Minor o

Drive System oO

Fuel System o

Electrical oC

Climate System o

Suspension oC

Brakes o

Exhaust oO

Paint/Trim oO

Body Integrity oC

Body Hardware o

Power equip. o+

Audio System o

USED CAR
VERDICTS
o+

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Audi A3
A
redesigned A3 in sedan form arrives in spring 2014. Engine
choices will be a 1.8-liter and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-
cylinder, and a turbodiesel four-cylinder. The A3 will also offer
Audis latest MMI infotainment system and Audi Connect, which
provides internet-based navigation, weather, and gas prices. A
sporty S3 version will arrive a bit later, equipped with a 2.0-liter
engine said to be good for about 300-hp. A hybrid hatchback, with
a similar powertrain to the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, will eventually
be introduced.
Audi A3
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Base price: $33,800-$49,500
Body styles: sedan; wagon
Trim lines: 2.0T, Allroad 2.0T,
S4 3.0T
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(220 hp); 3.0-liter V6 super-
charged (333 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
sequential; 6-speed manual;
CVT; 8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . .111
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,665
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . .1,060
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 12.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 21/29
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o o o o o oC o o
Engine Minor o o o o o o o oO oC o
Engine Cooling o o o oC oC o+ oO o o o
Trans. Major o o+ oO oC o o o o o o
Trans. Minor o oC o o o oC o o oC o
Drive System o+ oO o oC o oO o o o o
Fuel System o o o o o+ o+ oO oO o o
Electrical oC o oO oO o oC o o oC o
Climate System oO oC o oC oO oO o o o o
Suspension oO o+ oC oC o o+ oC oC o o
Brakes oO oO oO oC oO oO oC oC o o
Exhaust o+ o+ o+ o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oC oC oO o o oC o oC o o
Body Integrity oC oO oC oC oC oO o o oC oC
Body Hardware o o oO oO oC o o oC oO o
Power equip. o oO oO oC oC o+ o o o o
Audio System o+ oO o o o oO o oO o oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o o+ oO oO o oO oO oO o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Audi A4
T
he A4 sports sedan has a solid, high-quality feel and top-grade
interior appointments. Agile handling makes it fun to drive, and
the frm ride is supple and controlled. The 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder
is mated to an eight-speed automatic, which contributed to a very
respectable 25 mpg overall in our tests even with the optional all-
wheel drive. That engine got a modest horsepower boost for 2014.
FWD versions use a CVT automatic. Tight rear seating and complex
controls are demerits. The high-performance S4 sedan comes with
a 333-hp, supercharged V6. We can no longer recommend the A4
because it scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.
Tested model: 2011 Premium sedan
AWD, 2.0-liter 4-cyl. turbo, 8-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
76
Compact
sports cars
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Premium 4 76
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Audi A4 (4-cyl.)
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $39,000-$77,900
Body styles: convertible;
coupe
Trim lines: 2.0T, S5 3.0T, RS
5 4.2
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo (220
hp); 3.0-liter V6 supercharged
(333 hp); 4.2-liter V8 (450 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
sequential; 6-speed manual;
CVT; 6-speed automatic;
8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 108
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,050
% weight front/rear . . 53/47
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . .880
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 12.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/30
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o oC o o
Engine Minor

o o+ o o
Engine Cooling

oO o o o
Trans. Major

o+ o o o
Trans. Minor

oC oC o o
Drive System

oC oC o o
Fuel System

oO oO o o
Electrical

oO o o o
Climate System

o o o o
Suspension

oO oO oC o
Brakes

oC oC oC o
Exhaust

o o o o
Paint/Trim

oO o o o
Body Integrity

oC o o oC
Body Hardware

oC oC oO oC
Power equip.

oC o o o
Audio System

oC oO oO oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o oO oC oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Audi A5
T
he A5 coupe and convertible have quiet, luxurious cabins with
room for four. Although the rear seat is snug, its one of the best
in any convertible. The car drives well, with agile handling and a taut,
yet compliant suspension. The standard 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder
delivers ample power but sounds raspy; the eight-speed automatic is
super-smooth. The convertible has a shudder-free body structure and
is almost devoid of wind buffeting, and the well-insulated soft top can
be operated while driving at low speeds. The S5 uses the super-
charged V6 and seven-speed automated manual. The high perfor-
mance RS 5 boasts a 450-hp, 4.2-liter V8 and is a delight to drive.
Tested model: 2010 Premium Plus
convertible AWD, 2.0-liter 4-cyl.
turbo, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
74
Convertibles P F G VG E
Highest Rated 97
Premium Plus 4 74
Lowest Rated 54
0 100
Audi A5/S5
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Base price: $43,100-$73,400
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: 2.0T, 3.0T, 3.0 TDI,
S6 4.0T
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo (220
hp); 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel
(240 hp); 3.0-liter V6 super-
charged (310 hp); 4.0-liter V8
turbo (420 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
sequential; CVT; 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 194
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 115
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,075
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,100
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 14.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .19/28
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oO oC o o o

o o o o
Engine Minor o+ o oC oO oC

oO oC o o
Engine Cooling oO o o o o

o oC o o
Trans. Major o o o oC o

o o o o
Trans. Minor oC oC o o o

o o o o
Drive System o oO oC oC o

o o o o
Fuel System o+ oO o+ o o+

o o o oC
Electrical oO o oO oO o

o o o o
Climate System oO oO oO oC oC

oC oC oC o
Suspension o+ oO oC oC o

o+ o oC o
Brakes o+ oO oC o+ oO

o o o o
Exhaust o oO o o o

o o o o
Paint/Trim oO oO oO oC oC

o+ oC o o
Body Integrity oC oC oO oC oC

o oC oC o
Body Hardware oO oC oO o oO

o oC oC oC
Power equip. oO o o oO o

oO oO o o
Audio System oO o+ o o o

o+ o+ oO oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o oO oC oO oC

o oO oC oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Audi A6
T
he A6 is quick and effortless, thanks to the smooth and refned
3.0-liter supercharged V6, yet it returned a respectable 22 mpg
overall in our tests. The base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo.
AWD versions get the super-smooth eight-speed automatic, but front-
drive cars get a CVT. The A6 rides comfortably, and handling is agile
and secure. The cabin is hushed, and the seats and interior quality are
top-notch. Some controls are complicated. Standard features on 3.0T
and higher trims include a touchpad for inputting radio and navigation
commands. A 3.0-liter diesel V6 is new. Reliability of the V6 super-
charged has been average, the 4-cylinder is above average.
Tested model: 2012 Premium Plus
sedan AWD, 3.0-liter V6 super-
charged, 8-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
93
Luxury cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Premium Plus V6 93
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Audi A6 (V6)
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>
Base price: $64,500-$104,900
Body styles: 4-door hatchback
Trim lines: 3.0T, 3.0 TDI, S7,
RS 7
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.0-liter V6 tur-
bodiesel (240 hp); 3.0-liter
V6 supercharged (310 hp);
4.0-liter V8 turbo (420 hp);
4.0-liter V8 turbo (560 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
sequential; 8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 115
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,235
% weight front/rear . . 54/46
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,100
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 25.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 24/38
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE
FUEL ECONOMY
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Audi A7
T
he A7 is a stylish, coupe-like hatchback version of the A6 that
sacrifces some comfort, access, rear seat room, and visibility
for sportiness. The 3.0-liter, supercharged V6 is smooth and delivers
effortless power, while the new diesel is impressively subdued and
powerful, yet returned 28 mpg overall. The ride, especially with the
20-inch wheels, may be overly frm. The interior is very luxurious but
the controls take some familiarity. Audis standard navigation system
includes a touchpad for destination entry. A WiFi hotspot is also
offered. A sportier S7 with a 4.0-liter turbo V8 and a higher-perfor-
mance RS 7 with a 560-hp V8 are offered. Reliability is unknown for
the new diesel, but above average for the gas version.
Tested model: 2014 3.0 TDI 4-door
hatchback AWD, 3.0-liter V6 turbod-
iesel, 8-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
95
Luxury cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
3.0 TDI V6 95
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Audi A7 (non-diesel)
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Base price: $75,100-$135,900
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: 3.0T, 4.0T, 3.0 TDI,
S8 4.0T, W12 6.3
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.0-liter V6 turbod-
iesel (240 hp); 3.0-liter V6
supercharged (333 hp); 4.0-
liter V8 turbo (420 hp); 6.3-
liter V12 (500 hp); 4.0-liter V8
turbo (520 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 207
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . .123
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,420
% weight front/rear . . 56/44
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,100
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 13.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/28
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE
FUEL ECONOMY
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Audi A8
A
udis fagship provides smooth and effortless acceleration, yet
attains commendable fuel economy even with all-wheel drive. The
car handles crisply and holds the road tenaciously, making it one of
the sportiest luxury sedans. Expect a ride thats frm yet supple. Inte-
rior ambience and quality of materials and craftsmanship is top-notch,
with exceptionally comfortable and supportive front seats that have a
variety of massage settings. The controls are overly complicated and
the trunk is small for a car this size. Both regular and long-wheelbase
versions are available. A 3.0-liter, supercharged V6 is the base engine
and the S8 gets a 520-hp, turbo V8. A 3.0-liter V6 diesel is new.
Tested model: 2011 L sedan AWD,
4.2-liter V8, 8-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
91
Luxury cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
L V8 91
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Audi A8
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54 CONSUMER REPORTS NEW CAR RATINGS & REVIEWS
Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $40,700
Body styles: wagon
Trim lines: Premium, Premium
Plus, Prestige
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(220 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 110
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,875
% weight front/rear . . 53/47
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,125
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 28.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . 1,100
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/27
PREDICTED RELIABILITY
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE
FUEL ECONOMY
REPORT CARD
Engine Major


Engine Minor


Engine Cooling


Trans. Major


Trans. Minor


Drive System


Fuel System


Electrical


Climate System


Suspension


Brakes


Exhaust


Paint/Trim


Body Integrity


Body Hardware


Power equip.


Audio System


USED CAR
VERDICTS

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much better than average
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Audi Allroad
T
he Allroad, a new name for the A4 Avant wagon, provides rug-
ged styling details and extra ground clearance for an SUV-like
appearance and light off-road capabilities. Agile handling makes
it fun to drive and the cabin is quiet and very well fnished. A
spunky, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, matched with a slick
eight-speed automatic, provides decent acceleration and 22 mpg
overall, competitive with the best small SUVs. 2014 bring a modest
horsepower boost. As nice as the Allroad is, Audis Q5 SUV has the
same powertrain, costs less, offers more rear-seat room and cargo
space, and has a greater towing capacity.
Tested model: 2013 Premium wagon
AWD, 2.0-liter 4-cyl. turbo, 8-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
79
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Premium 4 79
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Audi Allroad
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $31,000-$38,000E
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines:
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(200 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
sequential
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .173
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 102
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . NA
% weight front/rear . . . . . NA
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NA
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/26
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NO
DATA
NEW
MODEL
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Audi Q3
A
udi is following the BMW X1 and Buick Encore by introducing
its own compact luxury SUV. Already on sale in Europe, the Q3
is primarily based on the Volkswagen Tiguan, as well as com-
ponents from other VW platforms. It is roughly 10 inches shorter
than the Q5 SUV. The main engine will be the 200-hp, 2.0-liter
turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder, which will drive through the
six-speed S-tronic automated manual transmission found in other
Audis. Base models will come with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel
drive an option. The U.S. market will also get a 140-hp, 2.0-liter
turbodiesel four-cylinder engine. It goes on sale this Fall.
Audi Q3
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>
Base price: $37,300-$51,900
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: 2.0T, Hybrid, 3.0T,
3.0 TDI, SQ5
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo (220
hp); 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel
(240 hp); 2.0-liter 4 hybrid
(245 hp); 3.0-liter V6 super-
charged (272 hp); 3.0-liter V6
supercharged (354 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . .111
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 4,190
% weight front/rear . . 53/47
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,045
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 32.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .4,410
Fuel
Diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/28
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oO o o
Engine Minor o o o
Engine Cooling o o o
Trans. Major o o o
Trans. Minor o o o
Drive System o o oC
Fuel System o+ o o
Electrical o o o
Climate System o o o
Suspension o o o
Brakes o o+ oC
Exhaust o o o
Paint/Trim o o o
Body Integrity o+ oO o
Body Hardware oO oO oC
Power equip. o oC oC
Audio System oO o oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO oC oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Audi Q5
S
tylish and sporty, the Q5 is one of the better compact luxury
SUVs. Its almost as much fun to drive as a sports sedan, with a
steady and composed, if rather frm, ride. Its punchy turbocharged
four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic racked up a com-
mendable 21 mpg overall. The four-cylinder got a modest horse-
power boost for 2014 but we far prefer the 3.0-liter, supercharged V6
upgrade. A hybrid is also available. The cabin is plush and quiet, with
very comfortable seats, but rear-seat and cargo space are modest. A
3.0-liter V6 diesel and an SQ5 with a 354-hp turbo V6 are new. Reli-
ability of the 2.0T version has been average, the V6 is above average.
Tested model: 2012 Premium Plus
4-door SUV AWD, 2.0-liter 4-cyl.
turbo, 8-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
77
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Premium Plus 4 77
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Audi Q5 (4-cyl.)
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Base price: $47,700-$60,900
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: 3.0T, 3.0 TDI
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 3.0-liter V6 tur-
bodiesel (240 hp); 3.0-liter
V6 supercharged (280 hp);
3.0-liter V6 supercharged
(333 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 118
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 5,260
% weight front/rear . . 50/50
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,280
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 37.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 6,600
Fuel
Diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/22
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o
Engine Minor

o
Engine Cooling

o
Trans. Major

o
Trans. Minor

o
Drive System

o
Fuel System

oC
Electrical

o
Climate System

o
Suspension

o
Brakes

o
Exhaust

o
Paint/Trim

o
Body Integrity

o
Body Hardware

o
Power equip.

o+
Audio System

o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much better than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Audi Q7
A
udis luxury SUV is roomy and nicely fnished inside. The
standard powertrain is a supercharged V6 paired with an eight-
speed automatic. A more frugal 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel version
is also offered. It is relatively refned and delivers a long cruising
range. Handling is fairly nimble, but the Q7 doesnt shine at its
limits. The ride is steady, though its rather stiff at low speeds.
Front-seat comfort is excellent, interior ft and fnish is impressive,
and the cabin is quiet, but the MMI driver-interaction system and
associated controls are complex. A very snug third-row seat is
standard. Reliability has been above average of late.
Audi Q7
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $39,900-$51,700
Body styles: convertible;
coupe
Trim lines: 2.0T, TTS 2.0T
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo (211
hp); 2.0-liter 4 turbo (265 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
sequential
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 97
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,305
% weight front/rear . . 58/42
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 550
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . .8.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .23/31
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o

Engine Minor

o

Engine Cooling

o

Trans. Major

oC

Trans. Minor

o

Drive System

oC

Fuel System

o

Electrical

o

Climate System

Suspension

oC

Brakes

oO

Exhaust

o

Paint/Trim

o

Body Integrity

oC

Body Hardware

Power equip.

o

Audio System

o+

USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Audi TT
T
he TT is enjoyable to drive but isnt as agile or engaging as a
Porsche Boxster or Mercedes-Benz SLK. Handling is respon-
sive and the ride isnt too punishing, but a lot of noise comes
through the soft top. It is, however, very convenient to be able
to operate the top at speeds up to 30 mph. The interior is nicely
fnished, with stylish details. Power comes from a punchy, 2.0-liter
turbocharged four-cylinder. For 2014 all TTs will feature the S-tronic
automated manual, which works well and delivers quick, direct-
feeling shifts. The manual-only RS trim has been dropped. The
coupe has two small rear seats, while the convertible is strictly a
two-seater.
Tested model: 2012 Premium Plus
convertible AWD, 2.0-liter 4-cyl.
turbo, 6-speed sequential
ROAD TEST SCORE
80
Roadsters P F G VG E
Highest Rated 89
Premium Plus 4 80
Lowest Rated 76
0 100
Audi TT
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Base price: $32,100-$43,100
Body styles: coupe
Trim lines: 228i, M235i
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(240 hp); 3.0-liter 6 turbo
(320 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .175
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,400
% weight front/rear . . 50/50
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 14.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 23/35
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NO
DATA
NEW
MODEL
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
BMW 2 Series
T
he 2 Series replaces the sporty 1 Series, with the promise of
increased performance, refnement, and a more stylish appear-
ance. It is about three inches longer than the 1 Series and rides on
a 1.3-inch longer wheelbase. The result is an incrementally larger
interior. Engine choices are a 2.0-liter, 240-hp turbocharged four-
cylinder on the 228i and a 322-hp, 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder
on the M235i. Transmission choices are a six-speed manual or an
eight-speed automatic. It is available with active safety features such
as parking assist, lane-departure warning, and collision-warning
systems. A convertible version will be offered later.
BMW 2 Series
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>
Base price: $32,750-$49,900
Body styles: 4-door hatchback;
sedan; wagon
Trim lines: 320i, 328i, 328i
xDrive, 328d, 328d xDrive,
335i, 335i xDrive, Hybrid, M3
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo (180
hp, 240 hp); 2.0-liter 4 turbod-
iesel (180 hp); 3.0-liter 6 turbo
(300 hp); 3.0-liter 6 hybrid
(335 hp); 4.0-liter V8 (414 hp)
Trans: 6-spd man; 8-spd auto
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . .111
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,485
% weight front/rear . . .49/51
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 905
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 17.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .21/33
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o+ oO o oO oO o o o o o
Engine Minor o o o o o o oC o o o
Engine Cooling o o o o+ oC o o o oC o
Trans. Major o oC o o o o o o o o
Trans. Minor o oC o oC o o o o o o
Drive System o+ o oC oC oC o o o o o
Fuel System o o+ oC oC o oC oO o o o
Electrical oO oO o o o o o+ o oO o
Climate System o+ oO oO oO oO oO o oO o oC
Suspension o o+ oC oC oC o o oC o o
Brakes oO oO oO oO oC oC o oC o o
Exhaust oC o o o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oO oO o oO oC oC oO oC o oC
Body Integrity oC oO oC oO oC oC oC oC oO o
Body Hardware o+ o+ o+ o oO oC oC oC o+ oC
Power equip. oO o+ oO o+ o+ o+ oO oO o+ oC
Audio System oO o oO oO o+ o+ oO o+ o+ oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o+ o o+ oO oO oC oC oO o+ oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
BMW 3 Series
O
verall the 3 Series is excellent, with impressive ride comfort, noise
isolation, and ft and fnish. The turbo four-cylinder makes the 328i
quick yet frugal, achieving 28 mpg overall, and the 335i uses a smooth
and punchy 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder. Handling is very capable, but
steering feel is less sharp than previously. Our main qualms are about
the rough engine idle and the abrupt way the engine stop/start system
kicks in. The M3 continues on the old platform. A hybrid, a 180-hp
320i, and an AWD wagon are available. New for 2014 are a diesel
four-cylinder and the AWD Gran Turismo. Reliability of the four-cylinder
has been average, the six-cylinder is much below average.
Tested model: 2012 328i sedan, 2.0-
liter 4-cyl. turbo, 8-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
86
Compact
sports cars
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
328i 4 86
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
BMW 325i, 328i Sedan
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Base price: $40,500-$54,900
Body styles: convertible;
coupe
Trim lines: 428i, 435i
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(240 hp); 3.0-liter 6 turbo
(300 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . .111
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,470
% weight front/rear . . 50/50
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .21/33
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC

o+ oO oO o o o o

Engine Minor o

o o o oC o o o

Engine Cooling o+

o o+ oC o o o o

Trans. Major oC

o o o o o o o

Trans. Minor oC

o oO oC o oC oC o

Drive System oC

oO oC oC o o+ o oO

Fuel System o

oO o oO oC o oC o

Electrical oC

o+ o o o+ o o oC

Climate System oC

oC o oO oO o o o

Suspension oC

o oC oC o oC oC o

Brakes oC

o+ oO oO oO o oO oC

Exhaust oC

o o o o o o o

Paint/Trim oC

o oO oC o o oC o

Body Integrity o

oO oC oO o o oO oO

Body Hardware o+

oC o+ oC oC oO o+ oO

Power equip. oO

oO o o+ oC oO oO oO

Audio System oO

o+ oC o+ o oO o+ oC

USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO

o+ oO oO oC oO oO oO

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
BMW 4 Series
N
ew coupe and convertible versions of the 3 Series are now
named the 4 Series and pack more style, luxury, and exclusiv-
ity, much like the 6 Series is directly related to the 5 Series. The
new 4 Series coupe is longer, lower, and less angular than the pre-
vious 3 Series coupe. Engine choices are the 2.0-liter four-cylinder
turbo and the 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo found in, no surprise, the 3
Series. All-wheel drive is available on both the coupe and convert-
ible, which goes on sale this summer. A performance-oriented M4
will arrive later. The rear seat is relatively spacious.
BMW 325Ci, 328Ci
Coupe & Convertible
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $49,500-$92,900
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: 528i, 535i, 535i
xDrive, 535d, Hybrid, 550i, 550i
xDrive, M5
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo (240
hp); 3.0-liter 6 turbodiesel (255
hp); 3.0-liter 6 turbo (300 hp);
3.0-liter 6 hybrid (335 hp); 4.4-
liter V8 turbo (445 hp, 560 hp)
Trans: 7-spd seq; 6-spd man;
8-spd auto
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 117
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,035
% weight front/rear . . .51/49
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . .1,060
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 14.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/30
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o

o o o
Engine Minor o

o o o
Engine Cooling o

o o o
Trans. Major o

o o o
Trans. Minor o

oC o o
Drive System oC

oC oC o
Fuel System o

o o o
Electrical o

o+ oC o
Climate System oC

oC o o
Suspension oO

o oC o
Brakes oC

oO oO o
Exhaust oC

o o o
Paint/Trim oO

oO o o
Body Integrity o+

oC oC o
Body Hardware oC

oO oC o
Power equip. o

o+ o o
Audio System o

oC oC o+
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o

o+ oO o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
BMW 5 Series
T
he 535i is refned and fuel effcient. In our tests the turbocharged
six-cylinder engine delivered smooth and strong acceleration,
and its eight-speed automatic shifted imperceptibly. Fuel economy, at
23 mpg overall, is commendable for such a substantial sedan. While
the ride is impressive, handling is disappointing, mainly because of
the vague steering and the cars pronounced understeer at its limits.
Interior ft and fnish is excellent, but some controls are overcompli-
cated. A hybrid is available. 2014 brought a slight freshening and more
horsepower for the V8. A 535d diesel, in both rear and all-wheel drive,
is new. Reliability of all versions has been average or better.
Tested model: 2011 535i sedan, 3.0-
liter 6-cyl. turbo, 8-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
81
Luxury cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
535i 6 81
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
BMW 535i (RWD)
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Base price: $75,400-$117,500
Body styles: convertible;
coupe; sedan
Trim lines: 640i, 640i xDrive,
650i, 650i xDrive, M
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.0-liter 6 turbo (315
hp); 4.4-liter V8 turbo (445
hp); 4.4-liter V8 turbo (560 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
sequential; 6-speed manual;
8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 112
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,355
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 770
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 13.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 14/22
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
BMW 6 Series
B
ased on the 5 Series, this grand tourer comes as a two-door
coupe or convertible as well as the four-door Gran Coupe. Power
comes from a 3.0-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder or a 4.4-liter V8
mated to either an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. The
V8 delivers ferocious acceleration and an invigorating exhaust note.
Handling is much sharper than the 5 Series, making the big coupe
more of a drivers car than its predecessor. The M version is even
more performance oriented. The manual transmission is unusual for
this class and works very well, making this car very fast, capable and
enjoyable on the track. All-wheel drive is available.
BMW 6 Series
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>
Base price: $74,000-$141,200
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: 740i, 740Li, 750i,
750Li, Hybrid, Alpina B7,
760Li
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.0-liter 6 turbo (315
hp); 3.0-liter 6 hybrid (350 hp);
4.4-liter V8 turbo (445 hp);
6.0-liter V12 turbo (535 hp);
4.4-liter V8 turbo (540 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 205
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 126
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,600
% weight front/rear . . .51/49
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . .1,060
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 18.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 14/22
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o

oO

Engine Minor

o

Engine Cooling

o

Trans. Major

o

Trans. Minor

o

Drive System

o

Fuel System

oO

oC

Electrical

oC

Climate System

oC

oC

Suspension

o

Brakes

oC

Exhaust

o

Paint/Trim

oO

oC

Body Integrity

o+

Body Hardware

o+

oC

Power equip.

o

Audio System

o

oO

USED CAR
VERDICTS
o

oO

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
BMW 7 Series
T
hough comfortable and laden with technology, the 7 Series isnt
the crisp, sporty luxury car it once was. Handling lacks agility,
and the long-wheelbase 750Li we tested didnt shine at its limits.
The ride is steady and supple but not that cushy. The turbocharged
V8 is smooth, refned, and punchy. Many controls are complex and
frustrating to use. On the plus side, the roomy cabin is super-quiet and
impeccably fnished, and seat comfort is tops. A 315-hp six-cylinder, a
535-hp V12, a hybrid, and all-wheel drive are available. Reliability has
been average but the 7 Series scored too low in our tests to recom-
mend. The Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class outshine the BMW.
Tested model: 2011 750Li sedan, 4.4-
liter V8 turbo, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
74
Luxury cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
750Li V8 74
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
BMW 7 Series
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Base price: $30,900-$38,800
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: sDrive28i,
xDrive28i, xDrive35i
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(240 hp); 3.0-liter 6 turbo
(300 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed auto-
matic; 8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .175
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,780
% weight front/rear . . .51/49
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 905
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 26.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 22/33
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o
Engine Minor o
Engine Cooling o
Trans. Major o
Trans. Minor o
Drive System o
Fuel System o
Electrical o
Climate System o
Suspension o
Brakes o
Exhaust o
Paint/Trim o
Body Integrity oO
Body Hardware o
Power equip. o
Audio System oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
BMW X1
T
he least-expensive BMW is a compact fve-seat SUV that slots
below the X3. The base 240-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder,
mated to an eight-speed automatic, provides quick acceleration,
and is available with rear- or all-wheel drive. The 3.0-liter, 300-hp
turbocharged six-cylinder gets a six-speed automatic. Based on the
previous-generation 3 Series, the X1 is quite sporty to drive, but ride
comfort is on the stiff side and the otherwise sharp and communica-
tive steering feels heavy at low speeds. Noise isolation and interior
quality are a notch below BMWs high standards but still good. First
year reliability of the 4-cylinder has been above average.
Tested model: 2013 xDrive28i 4-door
SUV AWD, 2.0-liter 4-cyl. turbo,
8-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
74
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
xDrive28i 4 74
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
BMW X1 (4-cyl)
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60 CONSUMER REPORTS NEW CAR RATINGS & REVIEWS
Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $38,400-$44,900
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: sDrive28i,
xDrive28i, xDrive35i,
xDrive28d
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbodie-
sel (180 hp); 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(240 hp); 3.0-liter 6 turbo
(300 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . .111
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 4,135
% weight front/rear . . .49/51
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 905
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . .33.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,000
Fuel
Diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 21/28
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o
Engine Minor o
Engine Cooling o
Trans. Major o
Trans. Minor o
Drive System o
Fuel System o
Electrical o
Climate System o
Suspension o
Brakes o
Exhaust o
Paint/Trim o
Body Integrity o
Body Hardware oC
Power equip. o
Audio System oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
BMW X3
T
he X3 is one of the best compact upscale SUVs. Its taut ride is
composed, but the body tends to rock side to side on uneven
pavement. Handling is agile and secure. The base 2.0-liter, turbo
four-cylinder returned a very good 23 mpg overall, but has a diesel-
like sound at times. The eight-speed automatic shifts seamlessly. The
cabin is beautifully fnished, with frm and supportive seats. However,
the rear cushion is a bit low. Some controls are overly complicated.
Reliability of the 28i has been average, but the 35i is below average.
The freshened 2015 X3 will come with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder
diesel and rear-wheel drive with the 28i for a lower starting price.
Tested model: 2013 xDrive28i 4-door
SUV AWD, 2.0-liter 4-cyl. turbo,
8-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
80
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
xDrive28i 4 80
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
BMW X3 (4-cyl.)
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Base price: $52,800-$68,200
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: sDrive35i,
xDrive35i, xDrive35d,
xDrive50i
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Engines: 3.0-liter 6 turbodie-
sel (265 hp); 3.0-liter 6 turbo
(300 hp); 4.4-liter V8 turbo
(445 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 116
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . .4,745
% weight front/rear . . 50/50
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,345
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 6,000
Fuel
Diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

oC o

oC o o
Engine Minor

o oO

oC o o
Engine Cooling

o o

oC o o
Trans. Major

o oC

o o o
Trans. Minor

o oO

o o o
Drive System

oO oC

o o o
Fuel System

o+ o

o o o
Electrical

o o

oO oO o
Climate System

o o

o oC o
Suspension

oO o

o o o
Brakes

o o+

oC o o
Exhaust

o oO

oO o o
Paint/Trim

o o

o o o
Body Integrity

oC o

oC o+ oC
Body Hardware

oO o+

o o o
Power equip.

o o+

o o o
Audio System

o o

o+ o+ o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o

o o+ o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
BMW X5
T
he X5s redesign promises better fuel economy and improved
refnement. While the previous X5 was sporty but rough riding,
the new one is comfortable, very quiet, and refned, delivering a
more luxurious experience. The 3.0-liter turbo and excellent eight-
speed automatic combine to make a punchy powertrain. A 4.4-liter
turbo V8 is in the xDrive50i. A new 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel will
join the lineup later. Comprehensive safety and convenience gear
includes a new self-parking system and self-braking. A small third-
row seat is optional. The updated iDrive system is complicated.
BMW X5 (6-cyl.)
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Base price: $60,800-$93,900
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: xDrive35i,
xDrive50i, M
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.0-liter 6 turbo
(300 hp); 4.4-liter V8 turbo
(400 hp); 4.4-liter V8 turbo
(555 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed auto-
matic; 8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 116
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,895
% weight front/rear . . 50/50
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 935
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
BMW X6
T
he X6 is a coupe-like sporty SUV based on the previous-gen-
eration X5. Most versions are powered by a 3.0-liter, turbo-
charged six-cylinder; a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 is also offered.
The standard AWD system can vary the torque from side to side to
minimize understeer. It has many attributes that are similar to the
X5, but the styling severely hurts rear visibility, cabin access, and
cargo storage. The standard seating arrangement is for four occu-
pants; a fve-passenger version is optional. A high-performance M
model is also available.
BMW X6
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Base price: $48,950-$65,800
Body styles: convertible
Trim lines: sDrive28i,
sDrive35i, sDrive35is
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(240 hp); 3.0-liter 6 turbo
(300 hp); 3.0-liter 6 turbo
(335 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
sequential; 6-speed manual;
8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .167
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 96
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,240
% weight front/rear . . 47/53
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 560
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . .6.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 22/34
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o oO oC o+

Engine Minor oO oO o o

Engine Cooling oO oC oC oO

Trans. Major o o o o

Trans. Minor o o oO o

Drive System o o o o

Fuel System o o o o

Electrical oC o o oC

Climate System o o o o

Suspension o o oC o

Brakes o oC o o

Exhaust o o o o

Paint/Trim o oC o oO

Body Integrity o oC oO oC

Body Hardware o+ oO oC oO

Power equip. o oO o o+

Audio System oO o o oO

USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO o o oC

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
BMW Z4
T
he Z4 looks sharp but is unimpressive as a sports car. Handling
is capable and secure but vague steering, a penchant to
understeer, and a taut, jittery ride undermine the Z4s fun factor.
Its 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder is powerful and returned an
impressive 28 mpg overall, but it has a diesel-like clatter at idle.
The retractable hardtop keeps the cabin fairly quiet. The well-
fnished cabin is very snug. The six-speed manual is precise but
slightly notchy; an eight-speed automatic is optional, as are power-
ful six-cylinder engines with a seven-speed sequential transmission.
Tested model: 2012 sDrive28i
convertible, 2.0-liter 4-cyl. turbo,
6-speed manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
76
Roadsters P F G VG E
Highest Rated 89
sDrive28i 4 76
Lowest Rated 76
0 100
BMW Z4
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $41,350-$45,200
Body styles: 4-door hatchback
Trim lines: Mega, Giga, Tera
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: Electric (170 hp)
Transmissions: 1-speed direct
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .157
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 101
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,900
% weight front/rear . . . . . NA
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Electric
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . . . NA
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST NA
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NO
DATA
NEW
MODEL
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
BMW i3
B
MW built this new four-passenger electric car from the ground
up, not a conversion. By itself the electric drive produces the
equivalent of 170 hp. An optional small, motorcycle engine acts as
a generator to extend the range beyond the 80 to 100 miles of the
electric. If you get the Range Extender (REX) version, with a 2.4 gallon
gas tank, the total range doubles. Charge times are said to be 3 hours
on 240-volt circuit through the 7.4-kW onboard charger. An optional
fast DC charging port enables the car to be charged to 80 percent in
20 minutes. The car uses aluminum frame and carbon fber structure
to reduce weight. Handling is quite nimble despite its tall stance.
BMW i3
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Base price: $38,890-$48,465
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Convenience,
Leather, Premium
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 3
third
Engines: 3.6-liter V6 (288 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 119
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 5,100
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,335
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 44.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 4,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/22
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oO o+ o o o o
Engine Minor oO oO oC o oC o
Engine Cooling o o o+ oO o o
Trans. Major o oC o o o o
Trans. Minor o o+ oC oC o o
Drive System o o o+ oC o o
Fuel System oO o+ oO oO o o
Electrical oO o+ oC o o o
Climate System o o o oO o o
Suspension o o o o o o
Brakes o+ oO oO oO o o
Exhaust o o oC o o o
Paint/Trim oO o o+ oC o o
Body Integrity o oO oO oO oC o
Body Hardware o+ o+ o+ oO oC o
Power equip. oC o+ oO oC o o
Audio System o o+ o+ oC oC o+
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o o oO oC oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Buick Enclave
T
he large Buick Enclave is a contemporary SUV with three rows
of seats. It is a corporate cousin of the Chevrolet Traverse
and GMC Acadia, and uses the same 3.6-liter V6 engine and
six-speed automatic. A recent freshening included improvements
to the transmission, ride comfort, and interior quality. We like the
Enclaves frm, comfortable, and quiet ride, and found its handling
agile and secure. The third-row seat is roomy enough for adults,
which is a big plus. Fit and fnish is excellent. A forward collision
and lane-departure warning system is available for 2014. Some of
the controls are beginning to show the Enclaves age.
Tested model: 2009 CXL 4-door
SUV AWD, 3.6-liter V6, 6-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
77
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
CXL V6 77
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Buick Enclave
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Base price: $24,160-$30,465
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Base, Convenience,
Leather, Premium
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.4-liter 4 turbo
(138 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 101
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,355
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 945
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 26.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 23/30
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o
Engine Minor o
Engine Cooling o
Trans. Major o
Trans. Minor o
Drive System o
Fuel System o
Electrical o
Climate System o
Suspension o
Brakes o
Exhaust o
Paint/Trim o
Body Integrity o
Body Hardware o
Power equip. o
Audio System oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Buick Encore
T
he Encore bowed for 2013, a subcompact premium SUV derived
from the small Chevrolet Sonic. Half a size smaller than the
Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V, the Encore boasts a quiet cabin, great
maneuverability, and a more comfortable ride than many larger
and higher-scoring SUVs. The little 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder and
six-speed automatic deliver leisurely acceleration, however, and fuel
economy is just so-so. Handling is sound if unexceptional. The cabin
is reasonably well appointed but feels narrow and cramped and the
swoopy styling intrudes on the view aft. First year reliability is above
average but the Encore scored too low to be recommended.
Tested model: 2013 Leather 4-door
SUV AWD, 1.4-liter 4-cyl. turbo,
6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
64
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Leather 4 64
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Buick Encore
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Base price: $33,535-$40,285
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: Base, Leather,
Premium I, Premium II
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (182 hp);
3.6-liter V6 (303 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 112
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,815
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 905
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 11.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 25/36
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o o

Engine Minor

o o

Engine Cooling

o+ o

Trans. Major

o o

Trans. Minor

o o+

Drive System

o o

Fuel System

oO o

Electrical

o o

Climate System

o o

Suspension

o oC

Brakes

o o

Exhaust

o o

Paint/Trim

oC oC

Body Integrity

o o

Body Hardware

oC o+

Power equip.

o o

Audio System

oC oO

USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO oO

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Buick LaCrosse
T
he LaCrosse is a competitive large sedan, with a refned and
powerful 3.6-liter V6 that returns 20 mpg overall. The four-
cylinder eAssist mild hybrid delivers good performance and 26
mpg overall, shutting off at idle to save fuel. The ride is steady and
supple, and handling is responsive. The interior is luxurious and
well fnished, and rear-seat room is generous. But the exterior styl-
ing compromises visibility fore and aft, and the cockpit is narrow. A
2014 freshening included a new interior with simplifed controls and
new seats. Reliability of the four-cylinder has improved to average
but the V6 remains below average.
Tested model: 2012 Leather sedan,
2.4-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
78
Large cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Leather 4 78
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Buick LaCrosse
(4-cyl.)
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $29,690-$39,270
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: Base, Premium I,
Premium II, GS
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (182 hp);
2.0-liter 4 turbo (259 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 108
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,710
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 925
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 14.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .20/31
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC o o

Engine Minor oO oC oC

Engine Cooling o+ oC o

Trans. Major o o o

Trans. Minor o o oC

Drive System oC oC o

Fuel System oC o+ o

Electrical oO oO o

Climate System o+ o+ o

Suspension oO o o

Brakes o+ o+ o

Exhaust oO o o

Paint/Trim oO oC o

Body Integrity oC oC oC

Body Hardware oC o oO

Power equip. oO oC oO

Audio System o oO oC

USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO o+ oO

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Buick Regal
T
he Regal is a well-honed sports sedan with a taut and steady
ride, somewhat sporty handling, and quick steering. Wind noise
is well suppressed. The 2.0-liter turbo version we tested was quick,
fairly quiet, and delivered 23 mpg overall. For 2014 the standard
engine is the 259-hp 2.0-liter turbo. The nicely furnished interior
has frm, supportive seats and excellent ft and fnish, but the rear
seat is snug. The optional eAssist mild hybrid got 29 mpg overall
in the similar Chevrolet Malibu we tested. In addition to the engine
change, the 2014 freshening includes a better infotainment system
and available AWD on all trimlines.
Tested model: 2011 CXL turbo
sedan, 2.0-liter 4-cyl. turbo, 6-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
79
Compact
sports cars
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
CXL turbo 4 79
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Buick Regal
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Base price: $23,700-$29,065
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: Base, Convenience,
Leather, Premium
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (180 hp);
2.0-liter 4 turbo (250 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,465
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . .880
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 14.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .21/32
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o
Engine Minor o o
Engine Cooling o o
Trans. Major o o
Trans. Minor o o
Drive System o o
Fuel System o o
Electrical oC o
Climate System o oO
Suspension o o
Brakes o oC
Exhaust o o
Paint/Trim oC o
Body Integrity oC o
Body Hardware oC oC
Power equip. o o
Audio System o o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Buick Verano
T
he Verano is based on the Chevrolet Cruze, but with more
sound insulation and upscale trimmings. Power comes from a
2.4-liter four-cylinder, but its 24 mpg overall fuel economy is unim-
pressive for the class. A 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder makes
the car quick. The Verano is very quiet but some engine noise is
evident. It rides relatively comfortably and handling is responsive
but not that sporty. The interior is nicely fnished, but cramped in
the rear. Features such as a heated steering wheel are nice, but the
lack of power recline and adjustable lumbar support for the drivers
seat is chintzy. Reliability has improved to above average.
Tested model: 2012 Leather sedan,
2.4-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
73
Compact
sports cars
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Leather 4 73
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Buick Verano
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Base price: $33,065-$48,195
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: Standard, Luxury,
Performance, Premium
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 (202 hp);
2.0-liter 4 turbo (272 hp);
3.6-liter V6 (321 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 109
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,420
% weight front/rear . . .51/49
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 870
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 10.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 21/31
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o
Engine Minor o
Engine Cooling o
Trans. Major o
Trans. Minor o
Drive System o
Fuel System o
Electrical o
Climate System oC
Suspension o
Brakes o
Exhaust o
Paint/Trim o+
Body Integrity o
Body Hardware oC
Power equip. o
Audio System o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Cadillac ATS
O
ffered in rear- or all-wheel drive, the ATS has nimble, capable
handling that makes it a treat to drive. Three engines are offered:
a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a 3.6-liter V6, and a 2.0-liter turbo four-
cylinder. The turbo is quick, but doesnt feel powerful and got just
23 mpg overall. The six-speed automatic is a step behind the seven-
and eight-speeds of most competitors. A manual is available. The
ride is taut, and braking is excellent. However, the CUE infotainment
system, with its fush buttons, is very convoluted and frustrating to
use. The interior is well fnished but very snug. First year reliability of
the 4-cylinder turbo has been average, but the V6 is below average.
Tested model: 2013 Luxury sedan,
2.0-liter 4-cyl. turbo, 6-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
76
Compact
sports cars
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Luxury 4 76
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Cadillac ATS (2.0T)
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Base price: $39,495-$69,070
Body styles: coupe; sedan; wagon
Trim lines: Base, Luxury, Per-
formance, Premium, Vsport, V
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.0-liter V6 (270 hp); 2.0-
liter 4 turbo (272 hp); 3.6-liter V6
(318 hp); 3.6-liter V6 (321 hp); 3.6-
liter V6 turbo (420 hp); 6.2-liter
V8 supercharged (556 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic;
8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 115
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,915
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 890
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 14.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .18/26
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
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Cadillac CTS
T
he CTS has always been a fun-to-drive luxury sedan. But the
third-generation ups the ante, making the CTS more BMW than
BMW itself. Eager handling crowns it one of the sportiest in the class.
Packed with equipment, the poshly-fnished cabin attends to luxury
duties along with a reasonably compliant ride. But as satisfying as it is
to drive, the CTS manages to be wildly frustrating. Much of the blame
goes to the overly complex CUE controls. Rear-seat room is snug for
this class and the trunk is relatively small. Powertrain refnement isnt
quite up to the best in class either unless you get the high end Vsport
version. Most folks should go for the AWD Luxury edition.
Tested model: 2014 Luxury sedan
AWD, 3.6-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
76
Luxury cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Luxury V6 76
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Cadillac CTS (RWD)
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Vehicle Proles
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Base price: $75,000
Body styles: coupe
Trim lines:
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 1.4-liter 4 electric
(162 hp)
Transmissions: 1-speed direct
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,050
% weight front/rear . . . . . NA
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 750
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . .9.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .31/35
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST NA
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NO
DATA
NEW
MODEL
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Cadillac ELR
T
he sleekly raked ELR is the Cadillac version of the Chevrolet
Volt. Like the Volt, the ELRs plug-in electric/gasoline powertrain
allows it to run on electricity alone for up to 37 miles before resorting
to the 1.4-liter four-cylinder to extend the range up to 340 miles.
Chrome, nicely-stitched leather, wood trim, and carbon fber accents
create a warm, luxurious interior, but visibility is wanting. A full suite
of advanced safety alert systems, including forward-collision, blind-
spot, and cross-traffc alert is available. The instrument panel fea-
tures the CUE infotainment system, which we have found distracting
and frustrating. Starting price is $75,000 before the tax credit.
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Base price: $71,695-$85,795
Body styles: 4-door SUV;
extended SUV
Trim lines: Standard, Luxury,
Premium
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 3
third
Engines: 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 116
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 5,845
% weight front/rear . . . . . NA
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 8,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 14/21
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
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oO oC

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o oC

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oC

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o+ oO

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o o+

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o+ oO

Exhaust oC oC

oC oO

Paint/Trim oC o

o o

oC

Body Integrity oC oO

o o+

o+

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o o

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o oO

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o o+

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VERDICTS
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o o+

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PREDICTION
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Cadillac Escalade
T
he Escalade gets a redesign like the mechanically similar
Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL. Cadillac is promising
a more solid feel and quiet, comfortable ride, thanks to a new sus-
pension with standard Magnetic Ride Control. Power comes from a
new 420-hp, 6.2-liter V8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic
transmission. Inside is a more luxurious and well-fnished interior,
with active noise cancellation for a quieter cabin. Leg and head
room are improved, and the third row fnally folds fat. The CUE
control interface is standard, with voice and touch screen controls
in place of most conventional knobs and buttons.
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Base price: $37,505-$50,955
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Standard, Luxury,
Performance, Premium
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.6-liter V6 (308 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . .111
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,525
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 980
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 28.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
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oO

o o o o
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oO

o o o o
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o o o o
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o o o o
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oC oC o oC
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oO

o oO oC o
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oC

oC oC o o
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o+ oO oC o
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oO

o o o o
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TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Cadillac SRX
T
he SRX has fairly agile handling, and the ride is taut yet supple.
In our tests the 308-hp, 3.6-liter V6 got 18 mpg overall. Despite
its generous horsepower ratings, the SRX feels sluggish and under-
powered, particularly in everyday driving. The six-speed automatic
shifts smoothly. Inside is a quiet, well-fnished, and high-quality
interior with very supportive front seats. 2013 models got a revised
interior and the CUE infotainment system, which we have found
excessively convoluted. The second-row seats are snug and wide
roof pillars restrict rear visibility. Reliability has improved to average
but the SRX scored too low to recommend.
Tested model: 2013 Luxury 4-door
SUV AWD, 3.6-liter V6, 6-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
62
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Luxury V6 62
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Cadillac SRX
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Base price: $44,600-$69,095
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: Standard, Luxury,
Premium, Platinum, Vsport
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.6-liter V6 (304
hp); 3.6-liter V6 turbo (410
hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 112
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,090
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 925
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 18.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/28
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o
Engine Minor o
Engine Cooling o
Trans. Major o
Trans. Minor o
Drive System o
Fuel System o
Electrical o
Climate System oO
Suspension o
Brakes oC
Exhaust o
Paint/Trim oC
Body Integrity o
Body Hardware o
Power equip. oC
Audio System o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much worse than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Cadillac XTS
C
adillacs XTS is a large front- or all-wheel-drive sedan, a cousin
of the Buick LaCrosse. Its posh and quiet inside, with a beauti-
fully-executed interior. But the ride is too ordinary for a large, luxury
car and the 3.6 V6 engine sounds coarse when prodded. The
roomy interior has comfortable seats. However, the touch-activated
CUE infotainment interface, is unintuitive and frustrating to use, and
the high rear deck impedes the view aft. The blind-spot warning
system vibrates the drivers seat. A Vsport version with a twin-turbo
3.6-liter engine is new for 2014, and gives the XTS V8-like power.
First year reliability is much below average.
Tested model: 2013 Premium sedan,
3.6-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
79
Luxury cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Premium V6 79
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Cadillac XTS
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $23,555-$60,555
Body styles: convertible;
coupe
Trim lines: LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS,
2SS, ZL1, Z/28
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 3.6-liter V6 (323
hp); 6.2-liter V8 (400 hp);
6.2-liter V8 (426 hp); 7.0-liter
V8 (500 hp); 6.2-liter V8
supercharged (580 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 112
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,900
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 730
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 11.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/24
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o+
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o

Engine Minor o+ o oC

Engine Cooling o o o

Trans. Major o o o

Trans. Minor o oC o

Drive System oC o o

Fuel System oC o o

Electrical o oO o

Climate System oC o+ o

Suspension oC o+ oO

Brakes oC o oC

Exhaust o o o

Paint/Trim oO o o+

Body Integrity oC o+ o

Body Hardware oC o o

Power equip. oC o+ oC

Audio System o o+ oC

USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC o+ o

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Worse than average o +
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Chevrolet Camaro
T
he Camaro has classic muscle car looks and sound. Our tested
Camaro SS was very quick, thanks to its 6.2-liter V8 engine. The
base 3.6-liter V6 delivers decent but unexciting performance. Handling
is very capable, but the cars size and weight makes it feel ponderous.
Braking performance on the SS is excellent, and the ride is taut and
controlled but not punishing. The emphasis on exterior and interior
styling impacts practicality, bringing severely hampered visibility,
unclear controls, a small trunk, and a tiny rear seat. The convertible
has an awkward manual top release. High-performance ZL1 and Z/28
versions are new. Reliability has dropped to below average.
Tested model: 2010 2SS coupe,
6.2-liter V8, 6-speed manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
71
Sporty cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 97
2SS V8 71
Lowest Rated 54
0 100
Chevrolet Camaro (V8)
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Base price: $51,000-$58,800
Body styles: 2-door hatchback;
convertible
Trim lines: Stingray, Z51
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front
Engines: 6.2-liter V8 (455
hp); 6.2-liter V8 (460 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .177
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 107
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,470
% weight front/rear . . .49/51
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 525
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/29
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o oC o o o o o oC o
Engine Minor o o o oO o oC o oO o o
Engine Cooling oC o o o o o o o o o
Trans. Major o o o oC o+ o o o o o
Trans. Minor o o o o o o o o o o
Drive System oC oC o oO o oO o oO o oO
Fuel System o o o oO o o o o o+ o
Electrical o o oC o+ oC o oO oO oC oC
Climate System o+ oC oO o o o o o o o+
Suspension o o o o o o o+ oC o oO
Brakes o oC o o o o oC o o o
Exhaust o o o o o o o o o o
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Body Integrity o o o oO oC o+ o o o o+
Body Hardware oC o+ oC oC oO o+ o o oC oC
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Audio System o oO o oC o o+ o o o+ oC
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VERDICTS
o oO oO oO oC oO oO oC o+ o
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PREDICTION
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SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Chevrolet Corvette
C
hevrolets seventh-generation Corvette brings sharp-edged
styling, more power, a nicer interior, and the return of the famed
Stingray name. A seven-speed manual is standard; a six-speed
automatic with paddle shifters is optional. Power comes from a
6.2-liter V8 producing 455 hp. The all-aluminum construction opti-
mizes weight and strength to beneft fuel economy and handling.
Acceleration is blisteringly quick, handling is pinpoint and with the
adjustable modes, the car can be a civilized cruiser or track-ready
race car. The interior is now beftting the cars price and the seats
are much better.
Chevrolet Corvette
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Base price: $17,520-$24,985
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: LS, 1LT, Eco, 2LT,
LTZ, Turbo Diesel
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.4-liter 4 turbo (138
hp); 1.8-liter 4 (138 hp); 2.0-
liter 4 turbodiesel (151 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,130
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 900
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular or diesel
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 22/35
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC o o
Engine Minor o+ oC o
Engine Cooling o o o
Trans. Major oC o o
Trans. Minor oC oC oC
Drive System oC o oC
Fuel System o oC o
Electrical oO o o
Climate System o o oC
Suspension o o o
Brakes o+ oC oC
Exhaust o o o
Paint/Trim oC o o
Body Integrity oO oC oO
Body Hardware oC oO oC
Power equip. oO oC o
Audio System oC oC oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o oO o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Chevrolet Cruze
T
he Cruze is Chevrolets mainstream compact sedan. It feels
solid and substantial, handles nicely, and has a frm but con-
trolled ride. The base 1.8-liter four-cylinder and the quieter, more
refned up-level turbocharged 1.4-liter each returned an unimpres-
sive 26 mpg. An Eco trim is also available, but improves overall fuel
economy by just one mpg. The well-fnished cabin feels spacious
up front, even for tall drivers, but its cramped in the rear. Noise lev-
els are fairly restrained for a car in this class. A new for 2014 diesel
version got 33 mpg overall, and an impressive 49 mpg highway in
our tests. Reliability has dropped to below average.
Tested model: 2011 LS sedan,
1.8-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
69
Small sedans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
LS 4 69
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Chevrolet Cruze (1.8)
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Base price: $24,440-$33,400
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: LS, 1LT, 2LT, LTZ
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (182 hp);
3.6-liter V6 (301 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 113
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 4,155
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . .1,040
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . .33.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
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Drive System o o o o o o o o o
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VERDICTS
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TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Chevrolet Equinox
T
he Equinox is roomy and accommodating, with easy access
and a huge rear seat. Its 3.6-liter V6 delivers decent perfor-
mance but a dithering transmission makes it feel sluggish and fuel
economy averaged only 18 mpg. The base four-cylinder returned
21 mpg but has to work hard. Handling is sound if unexceptional
and the ride is fairly compliant. Interior components look snazzy,
but materials feel cheap. Chevys MyLink infotainment system is
easy to use. High-trim LTZ models bring forward-collision and
lane-departure warnings, but lack common features like a dual-
zone climate system. Reliability has been average but the Equinox
scores too low to be recommended.
Tested model: 2013 LTZ 4-door SUV
AWD, 3.6-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
66
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
LTZ V6 66
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Chevrolet Equinox (V6)
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Vehicle Proles
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Base price: $26,860-$35,905
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1LTZ,
2LTZ
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (182 hp);
2.5-liter 4 (195 hp); 3.6-liter
V6 (305 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 112
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,855
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 945
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 19.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 18/28
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC o+ oO o oO oC oC o o

Engine Minor oO o o o o+ o o+ oO oC

Engine Cooling o o o o o o oC o o

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Body Integrity oC oO oO o+ o+ oO o+ o+ o+

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Audio System oO oC oO oO oC oC oO o oC

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Chevrolet Impala
T
he redesigned 2014 Impala is now a contemporary large sedan
thats roomy, comfortable, quiet, and enjoyable to drive. Engine
choices include a punchy 3.6-liter V6, a decent 2.5-liter four-cylinder,
and the 2.4-liter four with eAssist. All are paired with a six-speed
automatic. The V6 version accelerates and brakes capably, with
secure and responsive handling. The car rides like a luxury sedan,
cushy and controlled, and the well-endowed cabin stays very quiet.
The roomy interior has a sumptuous back seat and a huge trunk.
Controls are intuitive and easy to use, but rear visibility is a bit want-
ing. Advanced electronic safety features are readily available.
Tested model: 2014 2LTZ sedan,
3.6-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
95
Large cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
2LTZ V6 95
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Chevrolet Impala
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Base price: $22,340-$29,950
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: LS, 1LT, 2LT, Eco,
3LT, 1LTZ, 2LTZ
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (182 hp);
2.5-liter 4 (197 hp); 2.0-liter 4
turbo (259 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 108
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,640
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 925
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 21/30
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC o o o o oC o o o o
Engine Minor oO oC oC o o oC o o o o
Engine Cooling oC oO oC oC oC o o o o o
Trans. Major oC o o o o o o o o o
Trans. Minor oC oC o o oO oO oO oO oC o
Drive System oO oO o oC o oO oC oC oC o
Fuel System oC o o o o o oO oO oC o
Electrical o+ oC o+ oC oC oC o oC o o
Climate System o oO oC o oC oO oO oC o o
Suspension o o+ o o o o+ oO oC oC o
Brakes o o+ o+ o o+ o+ o+ oO oC o
Exhaust o o oC o o+ o o o o o
Paint/Trim oO o o o oC oC oC oC o oC
Body Integrity o+ o+ o o oO oO oO oC oC oC
Body Hardware o+ oO o+ oC o oO o+ oO oC oO
Power equip. o o+ oO o o o oO oO oC o
Audio System oC o+ o+ o+ o+ oC oC oC o oC
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Chevrolet Malibu
T
his comfortable and very quiet mid-sized sedan has a cushy
ride and a well-fnished interior. A six-speed automatic is
standard. The Eco mild-hybrid returned 29 mpg overall in our tests,
and will be phased out by the end of the year. The quicker 2.0-liter
turbo four-cylinder gets 24 mpg. It is a comfortable and very quiet
midsized sedan, with a cushy ride. Handling is sound, but gets
soggy at its limits. Controls are simple and straightforward. The
backseat is cramped, but the trunk room is suffcient even in the
hybrid. A new 2.5-liter four-cylinder with a start/stop system is the
base engine for 2014. Reliability has been average for all versions.
Tested model: 2013 2LTZ sedan, 2.0-
liter 4-cyl. turbo, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
89
Midsized cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
2LTZ 4 89
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Chevrolet Malibu
(4-cyl.)
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Base price: $43,475
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines:
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 6.2-liter V8 (415 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 115
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,025
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 915
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 18.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 14/21
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NO
DATA
NEW
MODEL
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
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PREDICTION
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Chevrolet SS
C
hevrolets fagship, the rear-drive SS, is adapted from GMs
Australian brand, Holden, and shares underpinnings with the
Chevrolet Camaro. Under the hood is a big 415-hp, 6.2-liter V8
borrowed from the previous-generation Corvette, here mated to a
six-speed automatic. The car is taut and agile, and feels sporty,
yet the ride is also civilized As befts a range-topping car the SS is
lavishly equipped with leather upholstery, Chevrolet MyLink infotain-
ment, and an automatic self-parking system. Advanced safety gear
includes forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, blind-spot
monitors, and a back-up camera with cross-traffc alert.
Chevrolet SS
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Base price: $25,575-$49,180
Body styles: regular cab;
extended cab; crew cab
Trim lines: WT, LT, LTZ, High
Country
Drive wheels: Rear, part-time,
or selectable 4WD
Seating: 3 front, 3 rear
Engines: 4.3-liter V6 (285
hp); 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp);
6.2-liter V8 (420 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 230
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 144
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 5,415
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,705
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 11,200
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/22
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oO oC o oO oC o+ o o o o
Engine Minor oC oC oC oO oO o o+ oC o o
Engine Cooling o+ oO oC o o o o o o o
Trans. Major oO oO o o o oC o o o o
Trans. Minor oO oO oO oC oC oC oO o oC o
Drive System o o o o o o+ oO oC o o
Fuel System oO o+ o oO o+ o o oC o o
Electrical oC oC oC oO oO oO oC oC o o
Climate System o+ o+ o+ oC oC oO oC oC o o
Suspension o+ o+ o+ o+ oO oO oO o o o
Brakes o+ o+ o oO oO oO oC oC oC o
Exhaust oC oC oC o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim o+ oO oO o+ o oO o oO oC oC
Body Integrity oO oO oO oO o+ oO o+ oO o+ oC
Body Hardware oC oC oC oO o o oO oC oC oC
Power equip. o+ o+ oO oO o oO oO oC o o
Audio System oO o+ o oO oO oC o oC o o
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
W
ith its 2014 redesign the Silverado (and similar GMC Sierra)
has emerged as our top-scoring pickup. Handling is now more
responsive and the spacious cabin is as quiet as a luxury cars. Ben-
efts include easy cabin access, simple controls, and generous tow-
ing and payload capacities. Fuel economy with the popular 5.3-liter
V8 crew cab we tested was a best-in-class 16 mpg overall. Other
engines are a capable 4.3L V6 and powerful 6.2L V8. Each is all-new
and mated to a six-speed automatic. It shines as a work truck. Its
few shortcomings as a day-to-day vehicle include a jittery ride and
front seats that arent as supportive as those in some competitors.
Tested model: 2014 LT crew cab
4WD, 5.3-liter V8, 6-speed a
utomatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
81
Pickups P F G VG E
Highest Rated 81
LT V8 81
Lowest Rated 50
0 100
Chevrolet Silverado
1500 (V8, 4WD)
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $14,170-$21,610
Body styles: 4-door hatchback;
sedan
Trim lines: LS, LT, LTZ, RS
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.4-liter 4 turbo (138
hp); 1.8-liter 4 (138 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
manual; 6-speed manual;
6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .173
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 99
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . .2,765
% weight front/rear . . 62/38
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 895
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 25/35
PREDICTED RELIABILITY
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE
FUEL ECONOMY
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average
TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Chevrolet Sonic
T
he subcompact Sonic is fairly quick and quiet for the class and
handles responsively, although the steering is a bit darty. The
standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder performs well, while the uplevel trim
gets a modestly-quicker and thriftier turbo four-cylinder with a six-
speed manual. The sedan has a huge trunk and a better view out,
but the hatchback has better cargo versatility. Both have a relatively
quiet cabin, but the rear seats are cramped. Crash-test results are
impressive. Advanced safety features such as forward-collision
alert, lane-departure, and a backup camera are offered on all but
base 2014 models. Reliability has been average.
Tested model: 2012 LT sedan,
1.8-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
65
Small sedans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
LT 4 65
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Chevrolet Sonic
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Base price: $12,170-$27,010
Body styles: 4-door hatchback
Trim lines: LS, 1LT, 2LT, EV
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 1.2-liter 4 (84 hp);
.0-liter electric (140 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
manual; 1-speed direct; CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 94
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,345
% weight front/rear . . 64/36
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 660
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 11.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular or electric
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 30/39
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE
FUEL ECONOMY
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
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Chevrolet Spark
C
hevrolets tiny Spark four-seat city car is well equipped with
standard features like a touch-screen infotainment system. But
that doesnt make the Spark a good deal. The best its dinky 84-hp,
1.2-liter four-cylinder can muster is loud and slow acceleration
combined with an unimpressive 31 mpg. The continuously variable
transmission revs up the deafening engine roar any time you ask
for more power, which is frequently. The cabin is cramped and
extremely loud, and the ride is stiff and jittery. Handling is lacklus-
ter, but the Spark is easy to park, and has room for two adults in
the rear seat. The best version is the electric one, but its sold only
in California and Oregon.
Tested model: 2014 1LT 4-door
hatchback, 1.2-liter 4-cyl., CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
36
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
1LT 4 36
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Chevrolet Spark
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Base price: $47,300-$64,700
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: LS, LT, LTZ
Drive wheels: Rear, selectable
4WD, or AWD
Seating: 3 front, 3 rear, 3
third
Engines: 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 224
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 130
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 5,895
% weight front/rear . . .51/49
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 8,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .15/22
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
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VERDICTS

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Chevrolet Suburban
T
he redesigned 2015 Suburban and its twin, the GMC Yukon XL,
are all new from the ground up. GM is promising best-in-class
fuel economy from the new and more powerful 355-hp, 5.3-liter
V8 matched to a six-speed automatic. The roomy interior features
upgraded materials, with an available eight-inch touchscreen radio.
Rear-seat passengers get extra legroom, and the third-row seat fnally
folds fat. GM is promising better body control and improved brake
and steering feel. Standard and available safety features include for-
ward collision alert, park assist, lane-departure warning, lane-change
assist, rear cross-traffc alert and adaptive cruise control.
Chevrolet Suburban
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Base price: $44,600-$62,000
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: LS, LT, LTZ
Drive wheels: Rear or
selectable 4WD
Seating: 3 front, 3 rear, 3
third
Engines: 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 116
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 5,685
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 8,400
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/22
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Chevrolet Tahoe
L
ike the redesigned Suburban, the 2015 Tahoe and its twin, the
GMC Yukon, are all new from the ground up. GM is promising
best-in-class fuel economy from the new and more powerful 355-hp,
5.3-liter V8 matched to a six-speed automatic. The roomy interior
features upgraded materials, with an available eight-inch touchscreen
radio. Third-row seat fnally folds fat, improving cargo space. GM is
promising better body control and improved brake and steering feel.
Standard and available safety features include forward collision alert,
park assist, lane-departure warning, lane-change assist, rear cross-
traffc alert and adaptive cruise control.
Chevrolet Tahoe
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $30,795-$43,255
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: LS, LT, LTZ
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 3
third
Engines: 3.6-liter V6 (281 hp);
3.6-liter V6 (288 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 119
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,975
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . .1,405
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 48.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 5,200
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o oO o o o
Engine Minor oC o o o o
Engine Cooling o o o o oC
Trans. Major o o o o o
Trans. Minor oC oO o o o
Drive System oO oO oO o o
Fuel System o+ o+ oO o o
Electrical oC oC oC o o
Climate System o o oC o o
Suspension o o o o o
Brakes oC oO o+ o o
Exhaust o o o o o
Paint/Trim oO o o oC o
Body Integrity oO oO oC oC o
Body Hardware o+ oO oC oC o
Power equip. oO oO oO oC o
Audio System oO o+ oC oC oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o oO oC oO
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Chevrolet Traverse
T
he Traverse is one of GMs roomy, car-based three-row SUVs.
It has a spacious and quiet interior, with a third-row seat thats
roomy enough to accommodate adults. Seating for eight is avail-
able. In our tests the smooth and refned 3.6-liter V6 returned 16
mpg overall, but has its work cut out for it with this heavy vehicle.
A recent freshening brought the better MyLink infotainment system
and head restraints. Handling is relatively agile and secure, and the
Traverse steers nicely. The ride is taut yet comfortable and steady.
Rear visibility isnt great, but clever extra mirrors reduce side blind
spots. Reliability has been average.
Tested model: 2013 LT 4-door SUV
AWD, 3.6-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
80
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
LT V6 80
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Chevrolet Traverse
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Base price: $34,185
Body styles: 4-door hatchback
Trim lines:
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 1.4-liter 4 + electric
(150 hp)
Transmissions: 1-speed direct
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .177
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,750
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 750
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 11.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 95/40
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST NA
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o
Engine Minor o o o
Engine Cooling oO o o
Trans. Major o o o
Trans. Minor o o o
Drive System o oC o
Fuel System o o o
Electrical o+ o+ oC
Climate System o o oC
Suspension o oC o
Brakes o o o
Exhaust o o o
Paint/Trim oC o o
Body Integrity oC oC oC
Body Hardware oC oC oC
Power equip. o oC o
Audio System oC oO o+
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC oO oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Chevrolet Volt
T
he Volt electric car has a backup engine to extend its typical
35-mile electric range. It is quick, quiet, and responsive, with a
taut ride. Once the lithium-ion battery is depleted, the 1.4-liter engine
acts as a generator to extend the range by 315 miles. Recharging
take 4 hours using a 240-volt supply and 10 hours with 120 volts. We
averaged the equivalent of 99 mpg in electric mode and 32 mpg when
it switched over to gasoline. The four-seat capacity limits practicality,
the rear seat is cramped, and visibility is impeded by the thick roof
pillars and the horizontally-split rear window. For 2014, there has been
a $5,000 price-drop. Reliability has been average of late.
Tested model: 2011 4-door
hatchback, 1.4-liter 4-cyl. electric,
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
68
Fuel efficient
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
4-door hatchback 4 68
Lowest Rated 31
0 100
Chevrolet Volt
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Base price: $21,700-$30,195
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: LX, Limited, S, C
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (184 hp);
3.6-liter V6 (295 hp)
Transmissions: 9-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 109
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,400
% weight front/rear . . . . . NA
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 14.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 2,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . .NA/35
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o oO

o o o
Engine Minor o oO

oC o o
Engine Cooling oO oO

o o oC
Trans. Major oC o

o o o
Trans. Minor o+ o+

o+ oC oC
Drive System o oO

o o o
Fuel System o+ o+

o o o
Electrical o+ oO

oC o o
Climate System o+ oO

o oO o
Suspension o o

o o o
Brakes o o+

oC oC oC
Exhaust oO o

o o o
Paint/Trim o+ oO

oO oC oO
Body Integrity o o+

oC oO oC
Body Hardware o+ o

oC oC oC
Power equip. oO o

o oO oC
Audio System o o

o oO o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o+ o+

oC oO o+
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Chrysler 200
T
he new 200 sedan is important for Chrysler, as the midsized
sedan category is highly competitive. Engine choices are a
3.6-liter 295-hp V6 or 184-hp 2.4-liter four cylinder, which Chrysler
expects to return 35 mpg on the highway. It gets the same 9-speed
automatic weve tested in the Jeep Cherokee. All-wheel drive will
be optional. The interior features a center console that includes a
charging station, and the well-designed Uconnect 8.4-inch touch-
screen is optional. Rear-seat room may be a bit cramped for this
class. Safety features include forward collision warning, lane depar-
ture warning, and ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist.
Chrysler Sebring/200
Sedan
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Base price: $30,830-$48,900
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: Base, S, C, John
Varvatos Luxury, SRT
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.6-liter V6 (292 hp);
3.6-liter V6 (300 hp); 5.7-liter
V8 (363 hp); 6.4-liter V8
(465 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed auto-
matic; 8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 120
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,095
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 865
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 19/31
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o oC oO o

o o o
Engine Minor oC oC oO oO

o o o
Engine Cooling oO oC o o

o o o
Trans. Major oO oO o+ o

o o o
Trans. Minor o o o o

oC oO o
Drive System o+ oO o+ oO

o o o
Fuel System o+ o+ o+ o

o o o
Electrical oO oO o o

oO oO o
Climate System o+ oC oC oO

oC oC o
Suspension o o o o

o oC o
Brakes oO oO oC oC

o o o
Exhaust oC o o o

o o o
Paint/Trim oC o+ oC oC

oO oC oC
Body Integrity oO oO o o

o o+ oC
Body Hardware oO o oC o

oC oO oO
Power equip. oO o oC o

o+ oO oC
Audio System o oC oO o

oO o o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO oO oO oC

oO o+ oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Chrysler 300
C
hryslers 300 is roomy and luxurious, and one of the best large
sedans on the market. The 5.7-liter V8 is punchy, but fuel econ-
omy is only 18 mpg overall with the fve-speed automatic. But the
3.6-liter V6, with its smooth eight-speed automatic, stately ride, and
responsive handling, is a bargain luxury sedan and our preferred
choice. It averaged a good 22 mpg overall in our tests. Inside, the
cabin is roomy and nicely trimmed. The Uconnect touch-screen
infotainment system is one of the best in the industry. The top-trim
SRT uses a potent 6.4-liter V8. Reliability of the V6 has been aver-
age, the V8 has improved to above average.
Tested model: 2012 Limited sedan,
3.6-liter V6, 8-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
83
Large cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Limited V6 83
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Chrysler 300 (V6)
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $30,765-$41,765
Body styles: minivan extended
Trim lines: Touring, S,
Touring-L, Limited
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear, 3
third
Engines: 3.6-liter V6 (283 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 121
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,685
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,150
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 61.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,600
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/25
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o+
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC oC oC oC oC o o oC o o
Engine Minor o+ o+ oO oO o oO oC o o o
Engine Cooling o o o o+ o+ oO o o o o
Trans. Major oC oC o oC oC oC oC o o o
Trans. Minor o+ oO oC oO o+ o+ o+ o o oO
Drive System oO oO oC oC oO oC o oC o o
Fuel System o o+ o o o+ oO oO oC o o
Electrical o+ o+ oO o+ o oO oO oC o o
Climate System o+ o o o o o oO oC oC o
Suspension o o o o o+ o+ oO oC o oC
Brakes o+ o o o o o o o oO o
Exhaust o+ oO oO oO oC o o o o o
Paint/Trim o o o o o+ o+ oC oC o o
Body Integrity o o+ o+ o o o o o+ o+ oC
Body Hardware o o o o o o o o o+ oO
Power equip. o+ o o o o+ o o o oC oC
Audio System o+ o+ oO o+ o+ oO oC oO oO o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o o o o o o o o oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Worse than average o +
TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Chrysler Town & Country
T
he Town & Country still falls short of the best minivans. High
points include a comfortable and settled ride and a quiet, well-
equipped cabin that offers considerable versatility. The second- and
third-row seats conveniently fold into the foor, a helpful feature
that maximizes cargo space, but the folding seats are thin and not
very supportive. Though the 283-hp V6 is polished and powerful
enough, the transmission is a generation behind, and fuel economy
is unimpressive at 17 mpg overall. Everyday handling is sound but
becomes sloppy when the van is pushed to its limits. Reliability has
been below average.
Tested model: 2011 Touring-L
minivan extended, 3.6-liter V6,
6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
74
Minivans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 86
Touring-L V6 74
Lowest Rated 74
0 100
Chrysler Town &
Country
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $26,295-$44,685
Body styles: coupe
Trim lines: SXT, Rallye, R/T,
SRT
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.6-liter V6 (305 hp);
5.7-liter V8 (375 hp); 6.4-liter
V8 (470 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 116
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 4,195
% weight front/rear . . 54/46
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 865
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .15/24
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o+
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o oO o o o
Engine Minor

o o+ o o o
Engine Cooling

o o o o o
Trans. Major

oC o o o o
Trans. Minor

oO o o+ o o
Drive System

o o+ o o o
Fuel System

o oO o o oC
Electrical

o oC o o oC
Climate System

oO oC oO o o
Suspension

oC o o oC o
Brakes

o o o o o
Exhaust

o o oO o o
Paint/Trim

o o o oC oO
Body Integrity

oO oO o oO o
Body Hardware

o o+ o o+ o
Power equip.

o+ oO o oC o
Audio System

o oO o+ oC o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO o+ o oO oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Worse than average o +
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Dodge Challenger
T
he large retro-look Challenger is based on the Chrysler 300 and
Dodge Charger, and is a modern version of a 1970s muscle car.
As such, it is very quick in a straight line and its brawny 5.7-liter V8
emits an invigorating sound. Its also a fairly comfortable and effort-
less cruiser. Recent tweaks have made the car more responsive in
corners and have tightened up the suspension and steering, with a
small sacrifce in ride comfort. The V6 has become more powerful
and competitive, and the top-level engine is now a high-horse-
power 6.4-liter V8. Reliability has been below average.
Tested model: 2011 R/T coupe,
5.7-liter V8, 6-speed manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
67
Sporty cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 97
R/T V8 67
Lowest Rated 54
0 100
Dodge Challenger
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Base price: $26,995-$46,385
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: SE, SXT, SXT Plus,
R/T, SRT
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.6-liter V6 (292 hp);
5.7-liter V8 (370 hp); 6.4-liter
V8 (470 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed auto-
matic; 8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 120
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 4,015
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 865
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 19/31
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o+
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oO oC oC

oC o o
Engine Minor oC o oC

o oC o
Engine Cooling o+ oO oC

o o o
Trans. Major oO o oC

o o o
Trans. Minor o o o

o o o
Drive System oO o o

oC o o
Fuel System o o+ oO

oC o o
Electrical oO o+ o

o oC o
Climate System oO o oO

o o oC
Suspension o o o

oO oC o
Brakes o+ o o+

oO o o
Exhaust oO o o

o o o
Paint/Trim o o oC

o o oC
Body Integrity o+ oO o+

o+ o o
Body Hardware oO oO o

o o+ oC
Power equip. oO oO o+

o oC o
Audio System o oC o

o o oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o+ o o+

o+ o oO oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Worse than average o +
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Dodge Charger
D
odges large, rear-wheel-drive sedan handles responsively and
has a steady, comfortable ride. As with its corporate cousin,
the Chrysler 300, the spacious cabin is furnished with well-ftting,
good-quality materials, and the optional touch-screen controls are
very easy to use. The refned V6 performs well; a juicier 370-hp V8
is optional. Visibility has also been improved but is still not great.
V6 versions use a slick eight-speed automatic, which helped it
deliver 22 mpg overall in our tests, an improvement of 1 mpg over
the version with the fve-speed automatic. The sporty SRT uses a
stunningly-powerful 6.4-liter V8. Reliability has been below average.
Tested model: 2012 SXT Plus sedan,
3.6-liter V6, 8-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
75
Large cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
SXT Plus V6 75
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Dodge Charger
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $15,995-$22,995
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: SE, SXT, Aero, GT,
Limited
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.4-liter 4 turbo (160
hp); 2.0-liter 4 (160 hp); 2.4-
liter 4 (184 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
sequential; 6-speed manual;
6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,290
% weight front/rear . . 62/38
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 13.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 24/34
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o
Engine Minor o
Engine Cooling o
Trans. Major o
Trans. Minor o
Drive System o
Fuel System o
Electrical o
Climate System o
Suspension o
Brakes o
Exhaust o
Paint/Trim o
Body Integrity o
Body Hardware o
Power equip. o
Audio System o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much better than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Dodge Dart
D
odges compact sedan falls short. We tested both the 1.4-liter
turbo and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines. The 1.4-liter has enough
power but sounds thrashy, and the optional automated manual trans-
mission is unrefned and stumbles at low speeds. The base 2.0-liter
feels underpowered, but its six-speed automatic shifts smoothly.
For 2014 most versions get the 2.4 liter, which is the better choice.
Handling is taut and agile, and the ride is composed. Inside, the cabin
is roomy up front but the rear seat is tight. The Uconnect touchscreen
is one of the best on the market. First year reliability of the 2.0-liter has
been well above average, but it scored too low to recommend; the
turbo is below average.
Tested model: 2013 SXT sedan,
2.0-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
64
Small sedans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
SXT 4 64
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Dodge Dart (2.0L)
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $29,795-$43,395
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: SXT, SXT Plus,
Limited, R/T, Citadel
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 3.6-liter V6 (290 hp);
3.6-liter V6 (295 hp); 5.7-liter
V8 (360 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 120
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 5,105
% weight front/rear . . 50/50
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . .1,200
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 44.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 6,200
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/24
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oO oO o

o o o
Engine Minor o o+ oO

oC o o
Engine Cooling o oC oO

o o o
Trans. Major oC oO oO

o oC o
Trans. Minor o oO o

o oC oC
Drive System oC oC oC

oC oO o
Fuel System o+ o o

oO oC o
Electrical oC oO oC

oC o oC
Climate System oO o+ o

oO oC o
Suspension oC oC oO

oO o o
Brakes oO oO o

o o o
Exhaust o o o+

o o o
Paint/Trim o o o

o o o
Body Integrity o+ o oO

o+ o o
Body Hardware o oC oO

o+ oO o
Power equip. oC oO oO

oC oO oC
Audio System oO o+ o+

o+ o oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO oO oO

oO o oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Dodge Durango
S
pacious, quiet, and comfortable, the Durango combines civility
and capability in a midsized SUV. Sharing its platform with the
Jeep Grand Cherokee, this SUV adds an available third-row seat.
Handling is responsive for such a large vehicle, and the ride is
composed and comfortable. A new eight-speed automatic improved
performance and fuel economy with both V6 and V8 engines. The
optional Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system is one of the best, with
intuitive operation. Cargo room is generous, and the Durango can
tow 1,000-2,000 pounds more than competitors. Downsides include
limited visibility, but a rear-view camera is available.
Tested model: 2014 Limited 4-door
SUV AWD, 3.6-liter V6, 8-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
83
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Limited V6 83
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Dodge Durango (V8)
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $20,395-$29,995
Body styles: minivan extended
Trim lines: American Value,
SE, SXT, R/T
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear, 3
third
Engines: 3.6-liter V6 (283 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 121
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,685
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,150
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 61.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,600
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/25
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o+
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC oC oC oC oC o o oC o o
Engine Minor o+ o+ oO oO o oO oC o o o
Engine Cooling o o o o+ o+ oO o o o o
Trans. Major oC oC o oC oC oC oC o o o
Trans. Minor o+ oO oC oO o+ o+ o+ o o oO
Drive System oO oO oC oC oO oC o oC o o
Fuel System o o+ o o o+ oO oO oC o o
Electrical o+ o+ oO o+ o oO oO oC o o
Climate System o+ o o o o o oO oC oC o
Suspension o o o o o+ o+ oO oC o oC
Brakes o+ o o o o o o o oO o
Exhaust o+ oO oO oO oC o o o o o
Paint/Trim o o o o o+ o+ oC oC o o
Body Integrity o o+ o+ o o o o o+ o+ oC
Body Hardware o o o o o o o o o+ oO
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Audio System o+ o+ oO o+ o+ oO oC oO oO o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o o o o o o o o oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Worse than average o +
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Dodge Grand Caravan
T
he Grand Caravan still falls short of the best minivans. Like its
Town & Country sibling, high points include a comfortable and
settled ride, and a quiet, well-equipped cabin that offers considerable
versatility. The second- and third-row seats conveniently fold into the
foor, a helpful feature that maximizes cargo space, but compromises
seating posture because the seats are thinner and less supportive.
Though the 283-hp V6 is polished and powerful enough, the transmis-
sion is a generation behind, and fuel economy is unimpressive at 17
mpg overall. Everyday handling is sound but becomes sloppy when
the van is pushed to its limits. Reliability has been below average.
Tested model: 2011 Chrysler Town &
Country Touring-L minivan extend-
ed, 3.6-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
74
Minivans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 86
Touring-L V6 74
Lowest Rated 74
0 100
Dodge Grand Caravan
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Base price: $19,995-$30,795
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: American Value,
SE, SXT, Limited, R/T
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (173 hp);
3.6-liter V6 (283 hp)
Transmissions: 4-speed auto-
matic; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 114
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . .4,410
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,165
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 37.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 2,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/24
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o+
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o+ o o o o
Engine Minor oC oC o o o
Engine Cooling o+ o oC o o
Trans. Major oO o o o o
Trans. Minor oO o oO o o
Drive System o o oC o o
Fuel System oO oO oC o o
Electrical o o o o o
Climate System oO oO o o o
Suspension oO oO o o o
Brakes o o o o o
Exhaust o o o o o
Paint/Trim o oO oC oO o
Body Integrity o o+ oC oO o
Body Hardware o o+ oO oO o
Power equip. o o o+ oC oC
Audio System o oO o o o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o o o+ oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Worse than average o +
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Dodge Journey
D
odges midsized SUV seats fve, with an optional third row that
nominally increases seating to seven. The 3.6-liter V6 got only
16 mpg in our tests. The noisy 2.4-liter engine is available only on
front-wheel-drive versions. Despite the new engine and updated
interior appointments, the Journey is still mediocre overall. It does
ride well and the cabin stays quiet, but its lack of agility makes it
feel larger than it is. In addition, the transmission is reluctant to
downshift and the third-row seat is tiny. Reliability has been below
average.
Tested model: 2011 Lux 4-door SUV
AWD, 3.6-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
61
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Lux V6 61
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Dodge Journey
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Base price: $99,885-$122,385
Body styles: coupe
Trim lines: Base, GTS
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front
Engines: 8.4-liter V10
(640 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .176
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 99
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,355
% weight front/rear . . 50/50
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 12/19
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Dodge SRT Viper
T
he redesigned Viper is powered by an all-aluminum, 640-hp,
8.4-liter V10 and has a standard six-speed manual. This SRT
Viper is about 100 pounds lighter than the last model, and is
designed to appeal to buyers of $100,000 sports cars who want
super high performance along with an upscale interior. Two ver-
sions are offered: the base and the more upscale GTS. The new
chassis is said to markedly improve handling. The interior is also
more upscale, something the last generation sorely lacked. The
base Viper starts at $97,395 but the GTS is $120,000, a much
steeper price than previously.
Dodge SRT Viper
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $16,195-$31,800
Body styles: 2-door hatchback;
convertible
Trim lines: Pop, Sport,
Lounge, Turbo, Abarth, e
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 1.4-liter 4 (101 hp);
Electric (111 hp); 1.4-liter 4
turbo (135 hp); 1.4-liter 4
turbo (160 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . .91
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 2,415
% weight front/rear . . 62/38
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 750
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 10.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular, premium or electric
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 30/38
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o
Engine Minor oC o
Engine Cooling o o
Trans. Major oC o
Trans. Minor o o
Drive System o o
Fuel System oC o
Electrical oC oO
Climate System oO o
Suspension oO o
Brakes oC o
Exhaust o o
Paint/Trim o+ o
Body Integrity o+ o+
Body Hardware o o+
Power equip. o o
Audio System oO oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o+
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much worse than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Fiat 500
T
he 500s agile handling and crisp-shifting fve-speed manual make
it fun to drive. The non-turbo engine and manual returned 33
mpg overall, but require frequent downshifts to keep up with traffc. A
135-hp turbo improves the experience, but the ride is choppy and the
cabin noisy. Head room up front is good, but the steering wheel is too
far away for some. The rear seats are very tight and diffcult to access.
The convertible has a clever top. The high-performance Abarth is
quick, grips well, and has a sporty exhaust note, and the 500e electric
version is enjoyable. Reliability has dropped to well below average.
The 500 scored a poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.
Tested model: 2012 Sport 2-door
hatchback, 1.4-liter 4-cyl., 5-speed
manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
61
Sporty cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 97
Sport 4 61
Lowest Rated 54
0 100
Fiat 500
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Base price: $19,195-$24,395
Body styles: 4-door hatchback
Trim lines: Pop, Easy, Trek-
king, Lounge
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.4-liter 4 turbo (160
hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
sequential; 6-speed manual
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .167
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 103
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,330
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 860
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 22.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 24/33
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NO
DATA
NEW
MODEL
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Fiat 500L
M
ore than an overgrown 500, the 500L aims to be practical and
cute, but its let down by a jerky sequential automatic, stiff ride,
fat seats, and odd driving position. Around town the 500L feels slug-
gish and hesitant, but that may improve when the conventional auto-
matic becomes available. Thats too bad, because we like the 500Ls
easy access, commodious interior, and spacious backseat. It features
Chryslers simple UConnect system, albeit with a tiny fve-inch screen.
The car responds eagerly in turns and handles securely at its limits. It
feels awkward to drive with its odd driving position, bus-like steering-
wheel rake, and far-off four-pillar windshield.
Tested model: 2014 Easy 4-door
hatchback, 1.4-liter 4-cyl. turbo,
6-speed sequential
ROAD TEST SCORE
52
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Easy 4 52
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Fiat 500L
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Base price: $25,170-$32,920
Body styles: wagon
Trim lines: Hybrid SE, Hybrid
SEL, Energi
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 hybrid
(188 hp); 2.0-liter 4 electric
(195 hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,615
% weight front/rear . . 58/42
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 28.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 45/40
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o
Engine Minor o
Engine Cooling o
Trans. Major o
Trans. Minor o
Drive System o
Fuel System oC
Electrical o+
Climate System o
Suspension o
Brakes o
Exhaust o
Paint/Trim oC
Body Integrity oC
Body Hardware oO
Power equip. oO
Audio System o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much worse than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Ford C-MAX
B
ased on the Focus, the fve-passenger C-Max hybrid is clever,
solid, and practical. We found it rides well and handles with agil-
ity. The regenerative braking system helps fuel economy but makes
the pedal feel touchy. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder and electric motor
deliver adequate acceleration and seamless transitions, and can run in
full-electric mode below 62 mph. In our tests we got 37 mpg overall,
excellent but well short of the EPAs 47 mpg rating. Updates for 2014
are said to improve fuel economy. The Energi plug-in hybrid can travel
on electric power alone for about 20 miles, with a claimed overall
range of 500 miles. First year reliability is well below average.
Tested model: 2013 Hybrid SE
wagon, 2.0-liter 4-cyl. hybrid, CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
83
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Hybrid SE 4 83
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Ford C-MAX Hybrid
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Base price: $28,100-$39,550
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: SE, SEL, Limited,
Sport
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(240 hp); 3.5-liter V6 (285
hp); 3.7-liter V6 (305 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . .111
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,385
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 910
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 36.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 18/25
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o o o o o
Engine Minor o o oC oC o o o
Engine Cooling o oC o o o o o
Trans. Major o oO o oC o o o
Trans. Minor o o oC oO o+ o o
Drive System o o o+ oO oC o oC
Fuel System o o o oC o o o
Electrical oC oO oC o+ oC o o
Climate System o oO o oC oO o o
Suspension oC oC oC oC o oC o
Brakes o+ oO oO oO oC oC oC
Exhaust o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oC oC oO oC o o o
Body Integrity oC oO oC oO oC oC o
Body Hardware oC oC o oO oO o oC
Power equip. oC oO oC oO oO oC o
Audio System oO o+ oO o o o o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC oO oC oO o o o+
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much worse than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Ford Edge
T
he midsized Edge has its strong points, but there are better
choices. Its 3.5-liter V6 provides lively acceleration and returned
18 mpg in our tests. But the powertrain lacks refnement, and the
six-speed automatic isnt that smooth. A 240-hp, turbocharged
four-cylinder that returned 21 mpg overall is available only on
front-wheel-drive versions. The ride is a bit jittery, and road noise
is pronounced. The controls in versions that use the MyFord Touch
technology are awful, with touch-sensitive buttons that give no tac-
tile feedback, and a busy touch screen that forces you to take your
eyes off the road too much. Reliability is well below average.
Tested model: 2011 SEL 4-door SUV
AWD, 3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
63
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
SEL V6 63
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Ford Edge (V6)
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $23,100-$30,850
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: S, SE, Titanium
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 (169 hp);
1.6-liter 4 turbo (173 hp); 2.0-
liter 4 turbo (231 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .178
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,675
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 35.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 2,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 22/30
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC
Engine Minor o
Engine Cooling o
Trans. Major o
Trans. Minor o
Drive System o
Fuel System o+
Electrical oC
Climate System o
Suspension o
Brakes o
Exhaust o
Paint/Trim o
Body Integrity oO
Body Hardware oO
Power equip. o
Audio System o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much worse than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Ford Escape
T
he Escape drives very well, with agile and sporty handling and a
composed ride. Most versions have a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder,
and uplevel models use a stronger and quieter 2.0-liter turbo. Both
got 22 mpg overall in our tests. While the cabin is quiet, comfort and
convenience features are less impressive. The footwell is a bit narrow
and the base-level cloth seats are mediocre in support and comfort.
The optional leather seats are better shaped. The rest of the interior
is roomy enough. Many of the controls are needlessly complicated,
especially with the MyFord Touch system. A rear-view camera is
standard. First year reliability of the redesign is well below average.
Tested model: 2013 SE 4-door SUV
AWD, 1.6-liter 4-cyl. turbo, 6-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
75
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
SE 4 75
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Ford Escape
(1.6L EcoBoost)
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Base price: $41,635-$57,720
Body styles: 4-door SUV;
extended SUV
Trim lines: XLT, Limited, King
Ranch, XLT EL, Limited EL,
King Ranch EL
Drive wheels: Rear or select-
able 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 3
third
Engines: 5.4-liter V8 (310 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 131
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 6,325
% weight front/rear . . 50/50
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,570
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . .72.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 8,700
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . . . NA
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o oC oO oO o oC o o o o
Engine Minor o oC oO oO oC oO oC o o o
Engine Cooling o o o o o oC o o o o
Trans. Major o+ o o oC o o o o o o
Trans. Minor o oO oC o+ o+ oO o o o o
Drive System oC oC o+ oC oC oC oO oC o o
Fuel System o oO oO oO oC oC oO oC o oC
Electrical oO o+ o oC oO oC oO o o o
Climate System o o o o+ o o o o+ oC o
Suspension o oC oO o o oO oC o oO oC
Brakes oO oC oO oO oO oO o+ o+ oC o
Exhaust oC o oC o oC o o o o o
Paint/Trim o+ o o o o o o oC oO o
Body Integrity oC oO oO oC oC oC o+ oC oC o+
Body Hardware oO oO o o o o o oC oO o
Power equip. o+ o+ o+ oC o oO oO oC o o
Audio System oC o o o+ o+ oO o o+ o oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC oO o+ oO oO o+ o oO oO oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Ford Expedition
T
he Expedition is available in two lengths, with the extended-
length EL offering massive cargo space and seating for up to
eight. The roomy third-row seat folds fat into the foor and seats
three adults with ease. The coarse-sounding V8 produces 310 hp
but often sounds as if it were straining. Its mated to a six-speed
automatic transmission. Our tested EL felt sluggish and returned
just 13 mpg overall. Towing capacity is generous. Handling is
relatively responsive for such a large vehicle, but braking distances
are long. The 2015 Expedition will come standard with the V6 Eco-
Boost engine now in the F-150, and advanced technology.
Tested model: 2007 EL Eddie Bauer
extended SUV 4WD, 5.4-liter V8,
6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
65
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
EL Eddie Bauer V8 65
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Ford Expedition
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>
Base price: $30,015-$41,675
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Base, XLT, Limited,
Sport
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(240 hp); 3.5-liter V6 (290
hp); 3.5-liter V6 turbo (350
hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 113
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,780
% weight front/rear . . 54/46
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,280
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 42.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 5,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC oC o o o

o o o o
Engine Minor oC oO oO oO oC

oC o o o
Engine Cooling oC oO o o o

oC o oC o
Trans. Major o o o o+ oO

o o o o
Trans. Minor o o o o oO

oC o o o
Drive System o o o o oO

o oO o o
Fuel System oC oO oO oC o

oC oC o o
Electrical o+ o+ oO oC o+

o oC o o
Climate System o o+ o+ oO oC

oO o oC o
Suspension o o+ oC o oC

oC oC oC o
Brakes o+ o+ oO oO oC

o+ oO o o
Exhaust oC o oC o o

o o o o
Paint/Trim o o oO oO oO

oC oC o oC
Body Integrity oO o+ oO oO oC

o+ o oO oC
Body Hardware o+ oO oO oC oC

oO o+ o+ oC
Power equip. o+ oO oO o+ o+

o+ o+ oC oC
Audio System o+ oO oO o+ oC

oC o o o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o+ o+ o o+ oO

o+ o o o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much worse than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Ford Explorer
T
he Explorer shares its car-based platform with the larger Ford
Flex. The roomy and versatile interior is well fnished and offers
a usable third-row seat. Handling is secure but not particularly
agile. The ride is steady and absorbent. The standard 3.5-liter V6
is punchy enough though a bit rough. A 240-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-
charged four-cylinder is available only on front-wheel-drive models.
The interior is well-fnished and relatively quiet. The optional
MyFord Touch control interface is complicated and distracting. A
terrain-select system facilitates light off-road capability. Reliability
has been well below average.
Tested model: 2011 XLT 4-door SUV
AWD, 3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
65
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
XLT V6 65
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Ford Explorer
(V6, 4WD)
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $24,445-$53,830
Body styles: regular cab;
extended cab; crew cab
Trim lines: XL, STX, XLT, FX2,
Lariat, FX4, SVT Raptor, King
Ranch, Platinum, Limited
Drive wheels: Rear or part-
time 4WD
Seating: 3 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.7-liter V6 (302 hp);
5.0-liter V8 (360 hp); 3.5-liter V6
turbo (365 hp); 6.2-liter V8 (411 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed auto-
matic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 232
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 145
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . .5,725
% weight front/rear . . 56/44
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . .1,405
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 9,300
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 14/19
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OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o+ oO oC oC oC oC o o o o
Engine Minor oC oO oC o oO oC oC oC o o
Engine Cooling o o o o o o o o o o
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Electrical oO o+ o+ o+ oO o o o o o
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Paint/Trim o+ oO oO oO o+ oO oO oC oC o
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Power equip. oC oC oC oO oC oC oC oO oC o
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USED CAR
VERDICTS
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PREDICTION
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Ford F-150
B
oth of the F-150s engines, the 5.0-liter V8 and V6 turbo, make
this truck quick. Both engines delivered 15 mpg overall. The
crew-cab version is very roomy, but the step-in is high. Handling
is still clumsy but secure enough. However, the ride is rather stiff.
Towing and hauling are very capable, but the capacities of our
tested trucks arent class-leading. The integrated tailgate step is a
nice option. New for 2014 is the Tremor sporty version with the V6
turbo. Reliability has been average for the V8, but the V6 EcoBoost
has dropped to below average. A redesigned F-150 arrives this fall,
featuring aluminum body panels in an effort to shave weight.
Tested model: 2011 XLT crew cab
4WD, 5.0-liter V8, 6-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
70
Pickups P F G VG E
Highest Rated 81
XLT V8 70
Lowest Rated 50
0 100
Ford F-150 (V8, 4WD)
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $14,100-$21,400
Body styles: 4-door hatch-
back; sedan
Trim lines: S, SE, Titanium, ST
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.6-liter 4 (120 hp);
1.0-liter 3 turbo (123 hp); 1.6-
liter 4 turbo (197 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
sequential; 5-speed manual;
6-speed manual
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 98
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,665
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 29/39
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
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Engine Cooling o o o
Trans. Major oO oO o
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Drive System oO oC o
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Electrical oO oC o
Climate System o o o
Suspension oC o oC
Brakes o+ oC oC
Exhaust o o o
Paint/Trim oO oO o
Body Integrity o+ o+ o
Body Hardware o+ o o
Power equip. oC o o
Audio System o+ oO o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much worse than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Ford Fiesta
T
he Fiesta subcompact is about the size of a Honda Fit. It drives
nicely, with agile handling and a supple, controlled ride. Interior
ft and fnish, and equipment levels are also impressive for this class,
with soft-touch dash materials and a relatively quiet cabin. But the
rear seat is very cramped and the optional MyFord Touch system is
diffcult to use. The automatic is a six-speed automated manual. In
our tests the fve-speed manual version felt slow, but fuel economy
with either transmission is excellent. A sporty, super agile ST ver-
sion with a 197-hp, 1.6-liter turbo is truly fun to drive. A 1.0-liter,
three-cylinder turbo is available, but only with a manual transmission.
Reliability has been well below average.
Tested model: 2011 SE sedan,
1.6-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed sequential
ROAD TEST SCORE
61
Small sedas P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
SE 4 61
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Ford Fiesta
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Base price: $29,015-$42,375
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: SE, SEL, Limited
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 (287 hp);
3.5-liter V6 turbo (365 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 118
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,820
% weight front/rear . . 54/46
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,160
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . .47.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 4,500
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o o o
Engine Minor oO o o o o
Engine Cooling oC o oO oC o
Trans. Major o o o o o
Trans. Minor oO oC oC o o
Drive System oO oC o o o
Fuel System oO o o o o
Electrical oC o o o o
Climate System o o o+ o o
Suspension o+ oO oO o o
Brakes o o o o+ o
Exhaust o o o o o
Paint/Trim o+ oO oC oC o
Body Integrity o+ oO o oC oC
Body Hardware o oO o o oC
Power equip. oO oC o o oC
Audio System o+ oO o+ oC o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o oO o+ oO oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Ford Flex
T
he Flex combines SUV-like versatility with car-like driving
dynamics. The base 3.5-liter V6 has been updated with more
power, and now gets 18 mpg overall. Choosing the optional tur-
bocharged V6 gives you quick acceleration at the sacrifce of just
1 mpg. The Flex rides comfortably and quietly, but handling is not
particularly agile. The vast interior is very roomy and has decent
ft and fnish, but the drivers footwell is too narrow. Rear visibility
is somewhat restricted. The MyFord Touch control interface is too
complicated and distracting. Reliability of the turbocharged V6 is
well below average, but the regular V6 versions is average.
Tested model: 2013 SEL 4-door SUV
AWD, 3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
69
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
SEL V6 69
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Ford Flex
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>
Base price: $16,810-$24,115
Body styles: 4-door hatchback;
sedan
Trim lines: S, SE, SE SFE,
Titanium
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 (159 hp);
2.0-liter 4 (160 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
sequential; 5-speed manual
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .179
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,990
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 13.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular or premium or electric
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .27/37
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o o o o o o o o
Engine Minor oO oC o+ oO oO oO oC o o o
Engine Cooling oO o oC oC oC o o o o o
Trans. Major o+ oC o oC o o o o oO o
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Drive System oC oC oC oC oC oC o o oC o
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Electrical o o oO o+ oC oC oC oC oC o
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Suspension oO oC oO oO o+ o o+ oO oC oC
Brakes oO oO oC oC o oO oC o o o
Exhaust oO o+ oC o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oO oO oO oO oO oC oC oC o o
Body Integrity oO o+ o o o o+ o+ oO oO oC
Body Hardware oC oC oC o+ oC oC oC oC oC oC
Power equip. oC oC o oC o oC oC o oC o
Audio System oC o+ oC oO oC oC oC oO o o+
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO oC oC oO oC oC oC oC o o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much worse than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Ford Focus
A
ll versions of the Focus are fun to drive. Its supple and con-
trolled ride, low noise levels, and solid interior make it feel sub-
stantial. The 160-hp four-cylinder provides adequate acceleration,
but the automatic transmission isnt so smooth at low speeds. Both
the hatchback and sedan SE versions got 28 mpg overall; the SFE
returned 31 mpg overall. The rear seat is tight even by small-car
standards, and some controls are needlessly complex. The sporty
ST is a wickedly fun performance hatchback with a powerful turbo
engine and super-agile handling. Reliability has been well below
average.
Tested model: 2012 SE sedan,
2.0-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed sequential
ROAD TEST SCORE
71
Small sedans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
SE 4 71
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Ford Focus Sedan
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $39,200
Body styles: 4-door hatchback
Trim lines:
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: Electric (143 hp)
Transmissions: 1-speed direct
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .173
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,625
% weight front/rear . . .49/51
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Electric
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 110/99
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST NA
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Ford Focus Electric
T
he Focus Electric is one of the best EVs available. Its agile and fun
to drive, with quick, well-weighted steering. The ride is supple and
controlled, effectively absorbing bumps. In our tests we averaged 80
miles of range per charge. Energy consumption was the equivalent of
107 mpg. Cold temperatures saw the range plummet to just 55 miles.
At $.11/kWh the four-hour charge to full costs $2.40. The cabin is nearly
identical to the standard car, but the controls have more interactive dis-
plays for the electric drive. The MyFord Touch system is distracting, and
the battery pack takes up a lot of cargo room. Reliability of the Electric
is unknown but other Focus versions are well below average.
Tested model: 2012 Electric 4-door
hatchback, Electric, automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
69
Fuel efficient
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Electric electric 69
Lowest Rated 31
0 100
Ford Focus Electric
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $23,700
Body styles: 4-door hatchback
Trim lines:
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(252 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .172
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,250
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 21.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 23/32
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o
Engine Minor o+
Engine Cooling o
Trans. Major o
Trans. Minor o
Drive System o
Fuel System o
Electrical o
Climate System oC
Suspension o
Brakes o
Exhaust o
Paint/Trim oC
Body Integrity oC
Body Hardware oC
Power equip. oO
Audio System o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much worse than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Ford Focus ST
T
he ST is a dedicated performance hatchback thats doesnt beat
you up too much. Its powered by a strong 2.0-liter, 252-hp turbo
four cylinder thats complimented by a sharp-handling chassis. With
the crisp, low-effort six-speed manual you even get a respectable 25
mpg overall. But the ST isnt for the novice driver. Its the rare FWD car
that can swing its tail out during abrupt cornering, even with stability
control engaged. The Recaro seats are confning for some and the
standard summer tires means youll need winter tires in the snowbelt.
The MyFord Touch system is fussy to use. For an enthusiast driver the
ST is a gas. First year reliability of the ST is well below average.
Tested model: 2013 ST 4-door hatch-
back, 2.0-liter 4-cyl. turbo, 6-speed
manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
74
Sporty cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 97
ST 4 74
Lowest Rated 54
0 100
Ford Focus ST
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $21,970-$36,500
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: S, SE, Titanium
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 (175 hp);
1.6-liter 4 turbo (177 hp); 1.5-
liter 4 turbo (181 hp) 2.0-liter
4 turbo (231 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 112
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,615
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 2,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 22/33
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o
Engine Minor o
Engine Cooling o
Trans. Major o
Trans. Minor o
Drive System o
Fuel System o
Electrical o
Climate System o
Suspension o
Brakes o
Exhaust o
Paint/Trim o
Body Integrity o
Body Hardware oC
Power equip. oO
Audio System o+
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Ford Fusion
T
he Fusion is a delight to drive and looks quite stylish. All versions
have a solid, upscale feel, with a supple ride, agile handling, and a
quiet cabin. The main engines are a new 1.5-liter and a 2.0-liter turbo
four-cylinder, both mated to a six-speed automatic. In testing we got
24 and 22 mpg overall, respectively, which isnt stellar. For 2014, the
1.6-liter turbo only comes with a manual transmission. The 1.5-liter
does the job, but the 2.0-liter is punchier. All versions have a nicely
fnished cabin with comfortable seats, but the rear is somewhat snug.
Reliability of the redesign has been a mix: the 2.0 EcoBoost and 2.5-
liter versions are average, while other versions are below average.
Tested model: 2013 Titanium sedan,
2.0-liter 4-cyl. turbo, 6-speed auto-
matic
ROAD TEST SCORE
78
Midsized cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Titanium 4 78
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Ford Fusion (2.0L
EcoBoost, FWD)
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>
Base price: $26,200-$40,500
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: SE, Titanium,
Energi SE, Energi Titanium
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 hybrid
(188 hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 112
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,640
% weight front/rear . . 58/42
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 47/47
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o+
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o o
Engine Minor o o o o
Engine Cooling o o o o
Trans. Major o o o o
Trans. Minor o o o o
Drive System o o o oC
Fuel System oO o o o
Electrical oC oO oC o
Climate System oC o o o
Suspension oC oC o o
Brakes oC oC o o
Exhaust o o o o
Paint/Trim oC oC o oC
Body Integrity o o oC oC
Body Hardware oO oC oC oC
Power equip. oC oC oC o
Audio System oO o oO o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC oC oC o+
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Worse than average o +
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Ford Fusion Hybrid
T
he Fusion Hybrid has impressive ride and handling balance,
making it a hybrid thats fun to drive. Its 2.0-liter, four-cylinder
engine and electric motor drive through a CVT. We measured 39
mpg overall; excellent, but far from the EPAs 47 mpg rating. Its
possible to easily drive up to 45 mph on battery power alone and
briefy cruise with the engine shut off at speeds below 62 mph. The
well-fnished cabin stays mostly quiet. Unlike other hybrids, the rear
seats can fold for more cargo room, but the battery robs some trunk
space. The Energi plug-in hybrid can run in EV mode for about 20
miles. First year reliability of the redesigned hybrid is below average.
Tested model: 2013 SE Hybrid sedan,
2.0-liter 4-cyl. hybrid, CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
85
Midsized cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
SE Hybrid 4 85
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Ford Fusion Hybrid
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $22,510-$60,110
Body styles: convertible;
coupe
Trim lines: Base, Premium, GT,
GT Premium, Shelby GT500
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 3.7-liter V6 (305
hp); 5.0-liter V8 (420 hp);
5.8-liter V8 supercharged
(662 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 107
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . .3,720
% weight front/rear . . 54/46
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 700
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 13.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/26
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
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oC o o o

o o o o
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o oO o oC

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o o+ oC o

oO o oC o
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oO o+ oC o

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o+ o oO o+

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o o o oC

oC o o o
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o oC o o

oC o o oC
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oC oC oC oC

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o o o o

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PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Ford Mustang
T
he Mustang brings more to the table than iconic looks and
powerful engines. Handling is agile and the ride is tolerable for a
sporty car. Its refned and punchy 305-hp V6 attained an impressive
24 mpg overall. The GTs 5.0-liter V8 is a scorcher and sounds great.
The automatic sacrifces just a little performance compared with the
crisp-shifting short-throw manual. The upright stance allows for a
decent view out and fairly easy access, making it a reasonable choice
for daily driving. The front seats are comfortable, but the rear seats are
tight. Interior ft and fnish is fairly basic. A 2015 redesign debuts this
fall. Reliability has been average of late.
Tested model: 2011 GT Premium
coupe, 5.0-liter V8, 6-speed manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
83
Sporty cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 97
GT Premium V8 83
Lowest Rated 54
0 100
Ford Mustang (V8)
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88 CONSUMER REPORTS NEW CAR RATINGS & REVIEWS
Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $26,780-$39,980
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: SE, SEL, Limited,
SHO
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(240 hp); 3.5-liter V6 (288
hp); 3.5-liter V6 turbo (365
hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 113
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,090
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 950
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 20.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .19/29
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC o o oC o o o o o o
Engine Minor oO o+ o o oC oC o o o o
Engine Cooling oC oC oC oC oC o o o o o
Trans. Major o+ o oC o oC o o o o o
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Audio System o o oC oC oC oC oO o+ oO o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
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NEW CAR
PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Ford Taurus
T
he Taurus puts styling ahead of interior comfort, driver visibility,
and ease of use, and the convoluted MyFord Touch control
system makes matters worse. Fuel economy from the 3.5-liter V6
is 21 mpg. The six-speed automatic can be slow to shift and is not
that smooth. All-wheel drive is offered with the V6. A more fuel-
effcient and refned turbo four-cylinder is available. Otherwise, the
Taurus is quiet, rides comfortably, and has lots of features. Han-
dling is responsive but not sporty, and the turning circle is wide.
The quick SHO, with standard all-wheel drive, isnt that engaging to
drive. Reliability of the Taurus is well below average.
Tested model: 2013 Limited sedan,
3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
64
Large cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Limited V6 64
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Ford Taurus Sedan
(V6)
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Base price: $22,000-$29,000
Body styles: van; wagon
Trim lines: XLT, XL, Titanium
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 (169 hp);
1.6-liter 4 turbo (173 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 121
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,580
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 2,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/28
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NO
DATA
NEW
MODEL
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Ford Transit Connect
F
ords redesigned Transit Connect may be a more appropriate
vehicle than the strictly commercial outgoing model. Based on
the Ford Focus, this new wagon version will seat fve or seven
passengers. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed
automatic is standard. The optional 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine is
projected to achieve 30 mpg on the highway, and tow up to 2,000
pounds. The wagon has sliding doors and fat-folding second- and
third-row seats, making for an impressively fexible interior. Optional
features include a full-glass panoramic roof, rearview camera, and
SYNC with MyFord Touch.
Ford Transit Connect
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Base price: $34,485-$48,825
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: SL, SLE, SLT,
Denali
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 3
third
Engines: 3.6-liter V6 (288 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 119
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,975
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . .1,405
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 48.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 5,200
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/22
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o oC oO oC o o o
Engine Minor o+ o oO oC oC o o
Engine Cooling o o o o oC o o
Trans. Major o o o+ o o o o
Trans. Minor o o oO oC oO o o
Drive System o o o o+ oC o o
Fuel System o+ o+ o o o+ oC o
Electrical oO oO o oC oO o o
Climate System o o o o oO oC o
Suspension o o o o o o o
Brakes o+ o+ oC oO oC o o
Exhaust oC o oC o o o o
Paint/Trim oC oO oO oO oC oO o
Body Integrity o o o+ oO o+ oO o
Body Hardware o+ o o+ o+ oO o+ oC
Power equip. o o+ o+ oO oO oC o
Audio System o o oO oO oC oC o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o o o o+ oO oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
GMC Acadia
T
he Acadia is one of GMs roomy, car-based three-row SUVs. It
has a spacious and quiet interior, with a third-row seat thats
roomy enough for adults. Seating for eight is available. In our tests
of its cousin the Traverse, the smooth and refned 3.6-liter V6
returned 16 mpg overall, but it has to work a bit to haul this heavy
SUV. A recent freshening brought the better Intellilink infotainment
system and less intrusive head restraints. Handling is relatively
agile and secure, and it steers nicely. The ride is taut yet comfort-
able and steady. Rear visibility isnt great, but clever extra mirrors
reduce side blind spots. Reliability has been average.
Tested model: 2013 Chevrolet
Traverse LT 4-door SUV AWD,
3.6-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
80
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
LT V6 80
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
GMC Acadia
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Base price: $26,075-$51,765
Body styles: regular cab;
extended cab; crew cab
Trim lines: WT, SL, SLE, SLT,
Denali
Drive wheels: Rear, part-time,
or selectable 4WD
Seating: 3 front, 3 rear
Engines: 4.3-liter V6 (195 hp);
5.3-liter V8 (355 hp); 6.2-liter
V8 (420 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 230
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 144
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 5,415
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,705
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 11,200
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oO oC o oO oC o+ o o o o
Engine Minor oC oC oC oO oO o o+ oC o o
Engine Cooling o+ oO oC o o o o o o o
Trans. Major oO oO o o o oC o o o o
Trans. Minor oO oO oO oC oC oC oO o oC o
Drive System o o o o o o+ oO oC o o
Fuel System oO o+ o oO o+ o o oC o o
Electrical oC oC oC oO oO oO oC oC o o
Climate System o+ o+ o+ oC oC oO oC oC o o
Suspension o+ o+ o+ o+ oO oO oO o o o
Brakes o+ o+ o oO oO oO oC oC oC o
Exhaust oC oC oC o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim o+ oO oO o+ o oO o oO oC oC
Body Integrity oO oO oO oO o+ oO o+ oO o+ oC
Body Hardware oC oC oC oO o o oO oC oC oC
Power equip. o+ o+ oO oO o oO oO oC o o
Audio System oO o+ o oO oO oC o oC o o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o+ oO o+ oO oO o+ oO oO oO oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
GMC Sierra 1500
W
ith its 2014 redesign the Sierra (and similar Chevrolet Silverado)
has emerged as our top-scoring pickup. Handling is relatively
responsive and the spacious cabin is very quiet. Attributes include
easy cabin access, simple controls, and generous towing and payload
capacities. Fuel economy with the popular 5.3-liter V8 in the Silverado
crew cab we tested was a best-in-class 16 mpg overall. Other engines
are a capable 4.3L V6 and powerful 6.2L V8. Each is all-new and
mated to a six-speed automatic. It shines as a work truck. Its few
shortcomings as a day-to-day vehicle include a jittery ride and front
seats that arent as supportive as those in some competitors.
Tested model: 2014 Chevrolet
Silverado 1500 LT crew cab 4WD,
5.3-liter V8, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
81
Pickups P F G VG E
Highest Rated 81
LT V8 81
Lowest Rated 50
0 100
GMC Sierra 1500
(V8, 4WD)
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $26,465-$36,905
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: SLE1, SLE2, SLT1,
SLT2, Denali
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (182 hp);
3.6-liter V6 (301 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 113
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,945
% weight front/rear . . 56/44
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,095
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . .33.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/29
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o oO o o
Engine Minor o oO o o
Engine Cooling oC o o o
Trans. Major oC o o o
Trans. Minor oC oO oC o
Drive System oC oC o o
Fuel System o o o o
Electrical oO oC o o
Climate System o oC o o
Suspension oC o o o
Brakes oC o o o
Exhaust o o o o
Paint/Trim oC oC o o
Body Integrity oO oC oC oC
Body Hardware oO oC oC o
Power equip. oO oC oC o
Audio System o oC oC oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o oO oO oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
GMC Terrain
T
he Terrain and its twin, the Chevrolet Equinox, straddles the
small and midsized SUV categories. It has a taut yet supple
and controlled ride, with responsive and secure handling. The raspy
2.4-liter four-cylinder engine averaged a respectable 21 mpg overall
but is not particularly brisk. For 2013 the Terrain got a 3.6-liter V6 that
improved acceleration. But a dithering transmission makes the SUV
feel sluggish, and fuel economy averaged just 18 mpg. The interior is
well fnished and cabin access is easy, but wide roof pillars block the
rear view. The rear seat is comfortable and roomy. Reliability has been
average but it scored too low in our tests to be recommended.
Tested model: 2010 Chevrolet
Equinox 1LT 4-door SUV AWD, 2.4-
liter 4-cyl., 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
66
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
1LT 4 66
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
GMC Terrain (4-cyl.)
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Base price: $47,330-$66,675
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: SLE, SLT, Denali
Drive wheels: Rear or select-
able 4WD
Seating: 3 front, 3 rear, 3
third
Engines: 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp);
6.2-liter V8 (420 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 116
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 5,705
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 8,200
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/22
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o oC o oC oO o o o
Engine Minor oC oC oO o+ oC oC o+ o o o
Engine Cooling oC o+ oO o oC o oC o o o
Trans. Major oO oO oC oC o o o o o o
Trans. Minor oC oC o+ oC oC oC oO o o o
Drive System o+ o+ o o o o o+ oC o o
Fuel System oC oO o+ oO o+ o o+ oC o o
Electrical oO oO oC oO o+ oO o+ oC o o
Climate System o o o+ oO oO o+ o+ oC oC o
Suspension oO oO oC oO oO oO o o o o
Brakes oC oC oC oO oO oO oC oC o o
Exhaust oC oC o o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oC oO oO o o o oO oC o o
Body Integrity oO oO oC oO o+ oO oO oO oC o
Body Hardware oC oC oO o+ o o o+ o+ oO o
Power equip. o o o+ o o oO o+ oC oC oC
Audio System oO o+ oO oO o+ oO o+ oC o oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO oO oO o+ o+ o+ o oC oC oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
GMC Yukon
T
he redesigned 2015 Yukon and its twin, the Chevrolet Yukon,
are all new from the ground up. GM is promising best-in-class
fuel economy from the new and more powerful 355-hp, 5.3-liter
V8 matched to a six-speed automatic. The roomy interior features
upgraded materials, with an available eight-inch touchscreen radio,
and the third-row seat fnally folds fat. GM is promising better
body control and improved brake and steering feel. Standard and
available safety features include forward collision alert, park assist,
lane-departure warning, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffc alert
and adaptive cruise control.
GMC Yukon
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Base price: $48,000-$68,000E
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: SLE, SLT, Denali
Drive wheels: Rear, selectable
4WD, or AWD
Seating: 3 front, 3 rear, 3
third
Engines: 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp);
6.2-liter V8 (420 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 224
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 130
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 5,295
% weight front/rear . . .51/49
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 8,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .15/22
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC oC o o+ oC o+ o o o o
Engine Minor oC oC oC o o o+ oC oC o o
Engine Cooling oC oO oO o o o o o o o
Trans. Major o+ o o+ o+ o o o o o o
Trans. Minor oO o+ o+ oC oO oC oC oC o o
Drive System o o o o o o+ oO oO o o
Fuel System oO oO o+ o+ o+ o o o o o
Electrical oO oO oC oO o oO oC oC o o
Climate System o o o+ oC oC oO oC oC oC o
Suspension oO oO oO o+ o+ oO oC o oC o
Brakes oO oO oO oC oO oC oC oO o o
Exhaust oC oC o o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oC o+ o+ o o o o oO oO oO
Body Integrity oO oO o+ oO oO oO oO oO oO oO
Body Hardware oO oO oO o o o o+ oC o+ oC
Power equip. o o o o+ o o+ oC oC o o
Audio System oC o o o+ oO o+ o oC oC o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO o+ o+ o+ o o+ oO oO oC o+
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
GMC Yukon XL
T
he redesigned 2015 Yukon XL and its twin, the Chevrolet Sub-
urban, are all new from the ground up. GM is promising best-in-
class fuel economy from the new and more powerful 355-hp, 5.3-liter
V8 matched to a six-speed automatic. The roomy interior features
upgraded materials, with an available eight-inch touchscreen radio.
Rear-seat passengers get extra legroom, and the third-row seat fnally
folds fat. GM is promising better body control and improved brake
and steering feel. Standard and available safety features include for-
ward collision alert, park assist, lane-departure warning, lane-change
assist, rear cross-traffc alert and adaptive cruise control.
GMC Yukon XL
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Base price: $21,955-$39,780
Body styles: coupe; sedan
Trim lines: LX, LX-S, Sport,
EX, EX-L, Touring, Plug-in
Hybrid, Hybrid
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (185 hp);
2.0-liter 4 hybrid (196 hp);
2.0-liter 4 electric (196 hp);
3.5-liter V6 (278 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed man-
ual; CVT; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 109
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,245
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 27/36
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o o oC o o o o o
Engine Minor o oC o o oO oC oC o o o
Engine Cooling o o o o o o o o o o
Trans. Major oC o o o o o o o o o
Trans. Minor o o o o o o o o o o
Drive System oC o o o o o o o o o
Fuel System oC oC o o o o o o o o
Electrical oC oC oC oC oC oC oO o o o
Climate System oC o o oC oC o oC o o o
Suspension o oC o o o oC o oC oC o
Brakes oO oO oO o+ o o o oO oC o
Exhaust o o oC o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oC oC oC oC oO oC o o o o
Body Integrity o oC oC oC o+ oO oO oO oC oC
Body Hardware oC oC o o oC oC oC o oC o
Power equip. oC oC oC o oO oO oO o o o
Audio System oO oO o oC o o o o o o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o o o oC oC oC o oC oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Honda Accord
T
he well-rounded Accords 2.4-liter four-cylinder works well with
its unobtrusive CVT and got an impressive 30 mpg over-
all. The 3.5-liter V6 is lively and refned, and with the six-speed
automatic gets a very good 26 mpg overall. Handling is quite agile
and secure, and the ride is compliant but not as good as some
competitors. The cabin is roomy, with supportive seats. Top-trim
models have a fussy radio. A plug-in hybrid, with an EV range of
10 to 15 miles, is available in selected states, while a regular hybrid
is also available. Reliability of the redesigned four-cylinder sedan is
average, but the V6 sedan and coupe versions are below average.
Tested model: 2013 LX sedan,
2.4-liter 4-cyl., CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
90
Midsized cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
LX 4 90
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Honda Accord Sedan
(4-cyl.)
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Vehicle Proles
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Base price: $22,945-$30,445
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: LX, EX, EX-L
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (185 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .178
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 103
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,450
% weight front/rear . . 58/42
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 36.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 22/30
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o o o o o o o o
Engine Minor oC oC o o o o o o o o
Engine Cooling o o o o o o o o o o
Trans. Major o oC o o o o o o o o
Trans. Minor oC o o o o o o o o o
Drive System oC oC oO o o o o o o o
Fuel System oO o o o o o o o o o
Electrical o oC oC oC oC oC oO o oO o
Climate System o+ oC oC o o+ o+ oC o o o
Suspension oC oC oC oC oC o o o o o
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Honda CR-V
T
he CR-V is one of the more sensible and competitively priced
choices in the small SUV class. Its 185-hp four-cylinder engine
and fve-speed automatic are smooth and responsive. Mileage was a
commendable 23 mpg overall in our tests. Despite the slightly vague
steering, handling is responsive in ordinary driving, but it doesnt shine
at the limits. Braking is excellent. The ride is absorbent and composed
but road noise is pronounced. The rear seat is roomy, but the small
rear windows restrict the view to the rear quarter and straight back.
The interior has large bins and a handy quick-folding lever for the rear
seat. A low load foor and standard rear-view camera also help.
Tested model: 2012 EX 4-door
SUV AWD, 2.4-liter 4-cyl., 5-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
77
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
EX 4 77
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Honda CR-V
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Base price: $19,995-$23,990
Body styles: 2-door hatchback
Trim lines: Base, EX
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front
Engines: 1.5-liter 4 hybrid
(130 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 96
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,635
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 400
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 25.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 31/38
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Exhaust o

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Honda CR-Z
T
he CR-Z is a rather unimpressive two-seat hybrid thats based
on the Insight and Fit. It uses a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine
that makes 130 hp. Electric power is used to enhance performance,
and acceleration is further enlivened by a Sport mode. We got 35
mpg overall in our tests, which isnt terribly impressive for a small
hybrid. The engine shuts off at idle but that also kills the A/C, which
is maddening in the summer. Handling is more responsive than
the Insights, but still not very sporty and the ride is rather jumpy.
Visibility to the rear is severely compromised. Reliability has been
outstanding, but the CR-Z scores too low to be recommended.
Tested model: 2011 EX 2-door hatch-
back, 1.5-liter 4-cyl. hybrid, 6-speed
manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
57
Fuel efficient
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
EX 4 57
Lowest Rated 31
0 100
Honda CR-Z
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Base price: $18,190-$24,240
Body styles: coupe; sedan
Trim lines: LX, EX, HF, EX-L,
Natural Gas
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.8-liter 4 (110 hp);
1.8-liter 4 (140 hp); 1.8-liter 4
(143 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
manual; 5-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .177
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 105
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,845
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 13.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular or premium or cng
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 30/39
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OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
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Honda Civic
H
ondas freshening of the Civic gave the car a more comfortable
ride, more responsive handling, better braking, and a nicer, quieter
interior. The EX gets automatic climate control, and all versions have a
standard backup camera. The powertrain remains smooth and unobtru-
sive. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) replaced the fve-speed
automatic for 2014. Fuel economy ranges from 29 mpg overall for the
EX and 32 mpg in the HF to an impressive 40 mpg from the hybrids
1.5-liter, four-cylinder gas engine and CVT. The rear seat provides pretty
good room for the class. The sporty Si is quick, has a slick shifter, and
returned an impressive 29 mpg overall, but is very noisy.
Tested model: 2013 EX sedan,
1.8-liter 4-cyl., 5-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
71
Small sedans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
EX 4 71
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Honda Civic Sedan
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Base price: $24,050-$26,750
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines:
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.5-liter 4 hybrid
(110 hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .177
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 105
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,845
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 11.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 44/44
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
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Honda Civic Hybrid
T
weaks to the Civic Hybrid have made the car better, with a more
comfortable ride and a quieter, nicer looking interior. Overall,
the updates improved the Hybrid, and it is now recommended. The
hybrids 1.5-liter, four-cylinder gas engine works well with the CVT,
and it returned an impressive 40 mpg overall. It cant drive solely on
electric power, like other hybrids do. Instruments are arranged into
two tiers, with a high-mounted digital speedometer. The rear seat
is roomy, but it doesnt fold because of the location of the battery.
Crash-test results are impressive. Reliability is above average.
Tested model: 2013 Hybrid sedan,
1.5-liter 4-cyl. hybrid, CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
66
Small sedans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Hybrid 4 66
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Honda Civic Hybrid
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Vehicle Proles
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Base price: $22,205-$22,405
Body styles: coupe; sedan
Trim lines:
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (201 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .177
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 105
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,890
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 13.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .22/31
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
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Honda Civic Si
T
he Civic Si is available as either a coupe or a four-door sedan.
Both come with a powerful 201-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
that revs easily, sounds invigorating, and delivers a commendable
29 mpg overall fuel economy. The six-speed manual transmission
has ideally spaced gear ratios and shifts crisply. However, as a
sports sedan the Si falls short. While the handling is capable it is
uninspiring and lacking in fnesse, due to the lackluster steering feel
and response. The ride is very stiff and noise levels are extremely
high. The Si also feels insubstantial, with subpar interior quality.
Reliability has been average.
Tested model: 2012 Si sedan,
2.4-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
70
Sporty cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 97
Si 4 70
Lowest Rated 54
0 100
Honda Civic Si
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Base price: $27,380-$37,240
Body styles: wagon
Trim lines: EX, EX-L
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (192 hp);
3.5-liter V6 (278 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed auto-
matic; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 110
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,075
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 22.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .19/28
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
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Engine Minor o o o o
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Climate System o o o o
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Honda Crosstour
W
ith seating for fve, a raised ride height, and optional AWD, the
Crosstour wagon/SUV is based on the previous-generation
Accord. We like the high seating position, the spacious cabin with
its comfortable seats, and the smooth powertrain. The 3.5-liter V6
gets 21 mpg overall with the new six-speed automatic. However, the
freshening also brought a convoluted control interface and electric
power steering thats devoid of road feel. The styling impedes the view
to the rear and hurts cargo space, handling is clumsy, and the turning
circle is wide. All of this resulted in the Crosstour scoring too low to be
recommended. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder is available on FWD versions.
Tested model: 2013 EX-L wagon
AWD, 3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
62
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
EX-L V6 62
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Honda Crosstour,
Accord Crosstour
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Base price: $15,500-$20,000E
Body styles: 4-door hatchback
Trim lines: Base, Sport
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.5-liter 4 (130 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 99
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,450
% weight front/rear . . 62/38
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 24.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 33/41
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Honda Fit
W
ith an edgier look, claimed handling improvements, increased
power, and added features, the Fit should have greater appeal
when the 2015 redesign goes on sale this summer. It retains the tall,
upright greenhouse and great visibility, along with the versatile rear
seat that folds fat or out of the way for cargo. A slightly longer wheel-
base allows for a more spacious interior with improved rear leg room.
Available amenities include a moonroof, heated seats, leather seats,
and a seven-inch touchscreen. Bluetooth will be standard. Honda says
to expect 36-mpg overall and 41-mpg highway from the new 1.5-liter,
four-cylinder and CVT. A six-speed manual will be available.
Honda Fit
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Base price: $18,725-$23,915
Body styles: 4-door hatchback
Trim lines: Base, LX, EX
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.3-liter 4 hybrid
(98 hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .172
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 100
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,725
% weight front/rear . . 58/42
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 20.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 41/44
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
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ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Honda Insight
T
he fve-passenger Insight uses Hondas mild hybrid system,
and fuel economy is an impressive 38 mpg overall. Though
its less expensive than the Prius, its also less roomy and noisier.
Handling lacks agility and tends to get sloppy at the limits. A stiff
ride and awkward rear-cabin access are further demerits. For 2013
the Insight got larger tires and suspension tweaks in an effort
to improve the ride. The onboard computer scores your driving
economy as an incentive to go easy on the throttle. In the end,
however, the Insight scores too low to be recommended. 2014 will
the the last year for the Insight.
Tested model: 2010 EX 4-door
hatchback, 1.3-liter 4-cyl. hybrid, CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
54
Small sedans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
EX 4 54
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Honda Insight
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $28,825-$44,450
Body styles: minivan
Trim lines: LX, EX, EX-L,
Touring, Touring Elite
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 3
third
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 (248 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 118
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,530
% weight front/rear . . 56/44
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . .1,340
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 61.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .19/28
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oO o+ oO oC oC o o o o o
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Honda Odyssey
T
he recently updated Odyssey is a versatile hauler that com-
bines clever and generous packaging with responsive handling
and a supple ride. Its vigorous 3.5-liter V6 and smooth six-speed
automatic returned an excellent 21 mpg overall in our tests. This
van can seat eight people with ease and the comfy second-row
chairs and third-row split bench can be deployed numerous ways
for varying cargo and passenger needs. Easy access, excellent
child-seat accommodations, and abundant cabin storage add to
the family-friendly quotient. Among our few gripes is the tediously
complicated dual touch screen infotainment system.
Tested model: 2014 EX-L minivan,
3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
86
Minivans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 86
EX-L V6 86
Lowest Rated 74
0 100
Honda Odyssey
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Base price: $29,670-$41,420
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: LX, EX, EX-L,
Touring
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 3
third
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 (250 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 109
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,550
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . .1,340
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 48.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 4,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/24
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
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ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o+
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Honda Pilot
T
he Pilot has impressive functionality and seating for eight. We
found the six-cylinder engine and fve-speed automatic to be
smooth and refned, but acceleration is not that quick. In our tests
we got 18 mpg overall. The ride is supple and controlled, but road
noise is elevated. Handling is sound, but it doesnt shine at its
limits, and braking is not terrifc. The interior is not as well fnished
as the interiors of some competitors, and the dash has a mix of
similar-looking buttons. The 60/40-split second- and third-row seats
fold fat into the foor to expand cargo room. A rear-view camera is
standard on all trim lines.
Tested model: 2012 EX-L 4-door SUV
4WD, 3.5-liter V6, 5-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
73
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
EX-L V6 73
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Honda Pilot
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Base price: $29,575-$37,505
Body styles: crew cab
Trim lines: RT, Sport, RTS,
RTL, SE
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 (250 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 207
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 122
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,540
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,530
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 5,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 15/21
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
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Exhaust oC o o o o o o o
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VERDICTS
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Honda Ridgeline
H
ondas pickup truck has agile handling, a supple and steady
ride, and a clever all-weather, lockable trunk beneath the bed.
The 3.5-liter V6 is quiet, smooth, and responsive. Handling is agile
and the ride is comfortable, but road noise is pronounced. The
roomy crew cab is nicely detailed, with good ft and fnish, and
easy access to the front and rear seats. The 5-foot-long compos-
ite cargo bed has no wheel-arch intrusion, and the tailgate opens
vertically or horizontally. The Ridgeline is capable in mild off-road
conditions and can tow 5,000 pounds. Rear-view camera is now
standard.
Tested model: 2006 RTS crew cab
AWD, 3.5-liter V6, 5-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
79
Pickups P F G VG E
Highest Rated 81
RTS V6 79
Lowest Rated 50
0 100
Honda Ridgeline
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Base price: $14,645-$17,395
Body styles: 4-door hatchback;
sedan
Trim lines: GLS, GS, SE
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.6-liter 4 (138 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .172
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 101
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,550
% weight front/rear . . 62/38
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 28/37
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
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TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Hyundai Accent
H
yundais entry-level subcompact is a basic yet sensible sedan
or hatchback. The sedan with the very smooth and responsive
automatic attained 31 mpg overall, and we got 32 mpg for the stick-
shift hatchback in our tests. Though the front cabin is roomy enough,
the rear is a bit cramped, which is on par for this class. Handling is
fairly responsive, but the ride is rather jittery. Noise levels are elevated
but not offensive. Standard safety gear includes six air bags and
active front head restraints. The controls are straightforward. Reliability
has been above average. We can no longer recommend the Accent
because it scored a poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.
Tested model: 2012 GLS sedan,
1.6-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
65
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
GLS 4 65
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Hyundai Accent
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98 CONSUMER REPORTS NEW CAR RATINGS & REVIEWS
Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $31,000-$34,750
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: 3.3L
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.3-liter V6 (293 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 112
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . .3,795
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 905
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/29
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
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o o o
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o o o
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o+ o o
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oC o o
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o o o
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o oC o
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Hyundai Azera
T
he Azera is stylish and refned, with a nicely fnished and quiet
interior. The cabin is spacious, with comfortable front seats
and a roomy rear. Power comes from a smooth 3.3-liter V6 and
six-speed automatic that provide strong performance and returns
23 mpg overall, good for a large car. But the ride is too stiff for a
large sedan, and feels busy, even on the highway. Handling lacks
agility and the steering weight feels artifcial. The cabin is flled with
generous luxury touches throughout. While competitively priced,
the Azera is no longer the bargain it once was. Reliability has been
average.
Tested model: 2012 3.3L sedan,
3.3-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
81
Large cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
3.3L V6 81
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Hyundai Azera
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Base price: $18,750-$22,700
Body styles: 4-door hatch-
back; coupe; sedan
Trim lines: SE, Limited, Sport,
GS, GT
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.8-liter 4 (145 hp);
2.0-liter 4 (166 hp); 2.0-liter
4 (173 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .179
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . .2,770
% weight front/rear . . 62/38
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 28/38
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o+ oO oC oC oC o o o o o
Engine Minor oC oO oC oC oC o o o o o
Engine Cooling o+ o o oC o o o o o o
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Fuel System oO o+ oO oC oC oC oC oC o o
Electrical oO oC oC oC oC o o oC oC o
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PREDICTION
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Hyundai Elantra
T
he Elantra sedan combines nimble and secure handling with
a fairly comfortable ride. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder and six-
speed automatic deliver solid performance and a very good 29
mpg overall. For 2014 some versions get a more powerful 2.0-liter
four-cylinder. The car is well equipped for the price, the interior is
nicely laid out, and rear-seat room is decent. Our major gripe is the
pronounced road and engine noise. The GT hatchback is stylish
and competent enough but not a standout. Fuel economy of 27
mpg overall is nothing special and the hatchbacks loud cabin and
stiff ride are drawbacks not found in the sedan.
Tested model: 2011 GLS sedan,
1.8-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
80
Small sedans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
GLS 4 80
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Hyundai Elantra
Sedan
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Base price: $61,250-$68,500
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: Signature, Ultimate
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 5.0-liter V8 (421 hp);
5.0-liter V8 (429 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 120
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,570
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 905
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 17.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .15/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o

Engine Minor

o

Engine Cooling

o

Trans. Major

o

Trans. Minor

o

Drive System

oC

Fuel System

o+

Electrical

o+

Climate System

o

Suspension

oO

Brakes

o

Exhaust

o

Paint/Trim

o

Body Integrity

o

Body Hardware

o

Power equip.

oC

Audio System

oO

USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Hyundai Equus
H
yundais fagship competes with the largest luxury sedans, but
costs a good deal less. While the ride is comfortable, body
motions can be a bit buoyant and handling is ponderous. Power
delivery is smooth and refned from the standard V8 and eight-
speed automatic. The interior is spacious and well fnished, but
some controls are complex. Overall the Equus doesnt quite mea-
sure up to the established luxury brands. Available features include
adaptive cruise control and a lane-departure warning system. A
2014 freshening includes updates to the suspension and controls,
and the death of the four-passenger seating option.
Tested model: 2011 Signature sedan,
4.6-liter V8, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
82
Luxury cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Signature V8 82
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Hyundai Equus
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Base price: $37,000-$45,000E
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: 3.8, 5.0
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.8-liter V6 (311 hp);
5.0-liter V8 (420 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 119
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,955
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 18/28
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o o o
Engine Minor oC oO o o o
Engine Cooling o o o o o
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Electrical oC oC oC oC o
Climate System oO o o o o
Suspension oC o o o o
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Exhaust o o o o o
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VERDICTS
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PREDICTION
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Hyundai Genesis
T
he redesigned Hyundai Genesis rectifes a glaring omission with
the additon of all-wheel drive, but only with the V6 engine. Both
V6 and V8 engines carry over, as does the eight-speed automatic.
Hyundai says the new Genesis has more thoroughly developed ride
and handling to better compete with the worlds most respected
entries of the mid sized luxury sedan segment. Automatic emer-
gency braking, heads-up display, blind-spot detection, cabin CO2
sensor and lane-keep Assist are some of the added active safety
features. The new Genesis goes on sale this spring.
Hyundai Genesis
Sedan (V6)
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100 CONSUMER REPORTS NEW CAR RATINGS & REVIEWS
Vehicle Proles
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Base price: $26,350-$34,600
Body styles: coupe
Trim lines: 2.0T, 2.0T R-Spec,
2.0T Premium, 3.8 R-Spec,
3.8 Grand Touring, 3.8 Track
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(274 hp); 3.8-liter V6
(348 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . .111
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,460
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 710
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 10.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .18/27
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o

o
Engine Minor oO

o
Engine Cooling o

o
Trans. Major oO

oC
Trans. Minor o

o
Drive System o

o
Fuel System oC

o
Electrical o

o
Climate System oC

oO
Suspension oO

oC
Brakes oC

oC
Exhaust o

o
Paint/Trim o+

o+
Body Integrity o

o+
Body Hardware o

oC
Power equip. o

o
Audio System o+

o
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VERDICTS
o+

o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Hyundai Genesis Coupe
T
he Genesis Coupe has potential, but several faws hold it back.
The optional 3.8-liter V6 engine is powerful and sounds great; a
noisy 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder is standard. The Coupe is
sporty and agile, and the communicative and direct steering makes
it fun to drive. However, the car is let down by its imprecise, clunky
manual shifter and very stiff, unsettled ride. Front-seat occupants
will fnd plenty of room, but as in most coupes, the rear seat is very
cramped. A backup camera is now available. Reliability has been
well below average, and the Coupes low owner satisfaction score
in our survey is also noteworthy.
Tested model: 2010 3.8 Grand
Touring coupe, 3.8-liter V6, 6-speed
manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
70
Sporty cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 97
3.8 Grand Touring V6 70
Lowest Rated 54
0 100
Hyundai Genesis
Coupe
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Base price: $29,900-$35,550
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Base, 2.0T, GLS,
Limited
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (190 hp);
2.0-liter 4 turbo (264 hp);
3.3-liter V6 (290 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 110
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . .4,210
% weight front/rear . . 56/44
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,295
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 40.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 5,000
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .18/24
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oO oO o+ oC oC o oC o o o
Engine Minor oC oO oC oO o+ oO oO oO o o
Engine Cooling oC oO oO o o o o o o o
Trans. Major oC oC o o o o oO o o o
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Fuel System oC oO o+ o o o+ oC oO oC o
Electrical oO o+ oC o+ oO oO o o+ o o
Climate System oO o+ o oC oO oC oO o oC o
Suspension oC oO oC oO o+ oO o+ oC o o
Brakes oC o o+ oO oO oO oO oC oC o
Exhaust oC o o o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim o o o+ o+ oO oO o+ oC oC oC
Body Integrity oO oO oO oO oO oO oO oO o+ o
Body Hardware oO oC o+ oO oC oC o+ oC oO o+
Power equip. oO o+ oO oO oC oO o+ oO oC o
Audio System oC oO o oC o+ oO oO oO oO oO
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PREDICTION
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Hyundai Santa Fe
H
yundais three-row midsized SUV is now roomy, stylish, and
comfortable. The long-wheelbase Santa Fe has a 3.3-liter
V6 mated to a smooth and responsive six-speed automatic that
attained a decent 20 mpg overall in our tests. Handling is sound
and utterly secure if not exactly sporty, Another plus is the settled,
compliant ride. The well-fnished cabin brings a lot of features for
the money. Rear visibility is severely hampered, and unfortunately
you have to buy some costly option packages to get a backup
camera. Access is easy to the front and rear but diffcult to the
cramped third row. First year reliability has been average.
Tested model: 2013 GLS 4-door SUV
AWD, 3.3-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
83
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
GLS V6 83
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Hyundai Santa Fe
(V6)
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Base price: $24,950-$32,400
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Base, 2.0T
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (190 hp);
2.0-liter 4 turbo (264 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . .3,760
% weight front/rear . . 56/44
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 930
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 35.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 2,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/26
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OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
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Power equip. oC oC o+ oC o
Audio System oO oC oO oO o+
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VERDICTS
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NEW CAR
PREDICTION
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
T
he fve-passenger version of Hyundais midsized SUV is also
roomy, stylish, and comfortable. The Sport rides well, has a
quiet interior, and is powered by a responsive 190-hp, 2.4-liter four-
cylinder mated to a smooth and responsive six-speed automatic.
We got a very good 23 mpg overall with this engine. A 2.0-liter
turbocharged four-cylinder is also available. Handling is sound,
but not exceptional, and the steering feels numb. The well-fnished
cabin is packed with a lot of standard features but unfortunately
a backup camera is buried in a costly options package. First year
reliability has been average.
Tested model: 2013 Base 4-door
SUV AWD, 2.4-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
74
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
4-door SUV 4 74
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Hyundai Santa Fe
(4-cyl.)
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Base price: $21,450-$27,000
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: GLS, SE, Hybrid,
Limited, Hybrid Limited
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (198 hp);
2.4-liter 4 hybrid (199 hp);
2.4-liter 4 (200 hp); 2.0-liter
4 turbo (274 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 110
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,210
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 905
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 24/35
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Hyundai Sonata
T
he midsized Sonata is one of the best less-costly family sedans.
It has a frm yet comfortable ride and handles quite nimbly. The
base four-cylinder engine and smooth, responsive six-speed automatic
returned an impressive 27 mpg overall. The more powerful 274-hp,
turbocharged four-cylinder returned 25 mpg. The Hybrid got 33 mpg
overall in our tests but Hyundai says updates should improve on that.
Road noise is evident in all versions. Interiors are nicely fnished at
all trim levels. Rear-seat room and visibility are decent, but rear-seat
access is compromised. Reliability has been average for the regular
four-cylinder and Hybrid, and below average for the turbo. A redesign
debuts this summer.
Tested model: 2011 GLS sedan,
2.4-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
89
Midsized cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
GLS 4 89
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Hyundai Sonata
(4-cyl.)
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Vehicle Proles
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Base price: $21,450-$27,700
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: GLS, SE, Limited
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 (176 hp);
2.4-liter 4 (193 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .173
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,355
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 925
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 25.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 2,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/27
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Hyundai Tucson
T
he Tucson is a worthy, but unexceptional small SUV thats avail-
able in front- and all-wheel drive versions. The 2.4-liter, four-
cylinder engine returns a good 22 mpg overall, and the six-speed
automatic is smooth and responsive. Handling is secure and respon-
sive, but uninspiring. The ride is stiff and road noise is pronounced,
which makes the Tucson feel insubstantial, particularly when com-
pared with newer competitors. The cabin is reasonably spacious,
and the interior is well trimmed, with easy-to-use controls. The front
seats are supportive, but the low rear seat lacks thigh support. The
styling robs cargo space and inhibits the view to the rear.
Tested model: 2010 GLS 4-door
SUV AWD, 2.4-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
70
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
GLS 4 70
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Hyundai Tucson
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $17,800-$23,300
Body styles: 3-door hatchback
Trim lines: Base, Turbo
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 1.6-liter 4 (138 hp);
1.6-liter 4 turbo (201 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
sequential; 6-speed manual;
6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . .2,765
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 700
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .27/37
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o+
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o
Engine Minor o o
Engine Cooling o o
Trans. Major o o
Trans. Minor oC o
Drive System o o
Fuel System o o
Electrical o o
Climate System oC o
Suspension o o
Brakes o+ o
Exhaust o o
Paint/Trim oC oC
Body Integrity o+ o+
Body Hardware o+ o
Power equip. oO o
Audio System o o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o+
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Worse than average o +
TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Hyundai Veloster
T
he sporty Veloster hatchback has three doors, with the right-
side rear door improving access to the tight rear seat. The
1.6-liter four-cylinder engine delivers adequate power, and the
precise manual shifter has low effort throws. A dual-clutch, six-
speed automated manual and a conventional six-speed manual are
available. Handling is responsive and secure. While the ride is quite
stiff, it isnt punishing. Despite the split rear window, visibility to the
rear is decent. A more powerful 201-hp turbo four and six-speed
automatic are available. Reliability of both non-turbo and turbo is
below average.
Tested model: 2012 3-door hatch-
back, 1.6-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
71
Sporty cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 97
3-door hatchback 4 71
Lowest Rated 54
0 100
Hyundai Veloster
(non-turbo)
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Base price: $37,050-$48,500
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: Base, Premium, S,
Hybrid Premium, Hybrid S
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.7-liter V6 (328 hp);
3.5-liter V6 hybrid (360 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 112
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,835
% weight front/rear . . 56/44
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 900
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 14.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 19/27
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NO
DATA
NEW
MODEL
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Inniti Q50
W
hile the Q50 is quick and relatively roomy, its underwhelm-
ing driving experience limits its sporty credentials. On the
luxury front, ft and fnish took a step back as well as ride comfort
and noise isolation. Handling is lackluster mostly due to the dull
steering. Ride comfort is unsettled and suffers from the run-fat
tires. The punchy powertrain isnt a model of refnement and fuel
economy is not impressive. For the class the cabin is quite roomy
and the rear seat is fairly hospitable, but the front seat has a short
cushion and interior quality is so-so. Even more frustrating is the
agonizingly slow-responding touchscreen control interface.
Tested model: 2014 Premium sedan
AWD, 3.7-liter V6, 7-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
73
Compact
sports cars
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Premium V6 73
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Inniti Q50
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $49,500-$64,500
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: 3.7, Hybrid, 5.6
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.7-liter V6 (330 hp);
3.5-liter V6 hybrid (360 hp);
5.6-liter V8 (420 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 114
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,895
% weight front/rear . . 54/46
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 860
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .18/26
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o o o o o o
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Engine Cooling oC oC o o o o o o
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Electrical o oC oO oO oO o o o
Climate System oC oC o oC o o oC o
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Inniti Q70
T
he M, renamed Q70, is very quick and handles responsively. Its
punchy 330-hp, 3.7-liter V6 and smooth seven-speed automatic
return decent fuel economy of 21 mpg overall. A 420-hp V8 and
a V6 hybrid are also available. However, the transition between
electric and gas mode in the Hybrid is too abrupt. Handling is fairly
agile, and the ride is frm yet compliant. The car is quiet but not
super-hushed, due to some engine noise at high revs. Interior qual-
ity is top-notch, and the rear seat is roomy. The controls are easy
to use. An optional blind-spot intervention system can keep the car
in its lane by selectively using the brakes.
Tested model: 2011 M37 sedan,
3.7-liter V6, 7-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
93
Luxury cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
M37 V6 93
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Inniti M (V6)
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $34,750-$38,500
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Base, Journey
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.7-liter V6 (325 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 110
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 4,015
% weight front/rear . . 54/46
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 860
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 24.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/24
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o

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Engine Cooling o

o o

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Trans. Minor o

o o

Drive System oC

o o

Fuel System oC

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Electrical oO

o o

Climate System o

o oC

Suspension o

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Brakes o+

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Exhaust o

o o

Paint/Trim oO

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Audio System oC

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TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Inniti QX50
T
he QX50, formerly the EX, is essentially a wagon version of
the G37 sedan, with similar agile handling and a steady, taut
ride. The powerful 3.7-liter V6, delivers strong acceleration, but this
small pseudo-SUV is very cramped inside. The rear seat is tight,
and the cargo area is tiny. Styling has somewhat compromised rear
visibility. The interior is nicely fnished, and although the controls
are daunting at frst, theyre logical enough. The optional lane-
departure system works with the electronic stability control system
to keep the vehicle on course.
Inniti EX
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $42,000-$46,400
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Base, Hybrid
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 hybrid
(250 hp); 3.5-liter V6 (265
hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 114
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,530
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,150
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . .39.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .19/25
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o
Engine Minor o
Engine Cooling o
Trans. Major o
Trans. Minor o
Drive System o
Fuel System o
Electrical o
Climate System o
Suspension o
Brakes o
Exhaust o
Paint/Trim oC
Body Integrity o+
Body Hardware oC
Power equip. oC
Audio System oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Inniti QX60
T
he QX60 (formerly JX) offers a spacious, quiet, luxurious, and
well-fnished interior with room for seven without the bulk of a
full-size SUV. It has a comfortable ride but handling lacks agility. Its
265-hp, 3.5-liter V6 and continuously variable transmission deliver
smooth but just adequate acceleration and returned 19 mpg overall
on premium fuel. However, towing capacity is a low 3,500 pounds.
A family-friendly feature is the ability to gain access to the third row
even with a child seat installed in the second row. A hybrid version
with a 2.5-liter, supercharged four-cylinder is new for 2014. First
year reliability has been average.
Tested model: 2013 4-door SUV
AWD, 3.5-liter V6, CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
78
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
4-door SUV V6 78
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Inniti JX
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Base price: $45,750-$62,300
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: 3.7, 5.0
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.7-liter V6 (325 hp);
5.0-liter V8 (390 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 114
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,225
% weight front/rear . . .51/49
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 950
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 25.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 2,000
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/22
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Inniti QX70
T
he QX70 (formerly FX) stands out with bold styling, an eager
powertrain, and responsive handling. The 3.5-liter V6 provided
plenty of power and got 18 mpg overall in our tests. For 2013 it was
upgraded to a 3.7-liter V6. Body roll is well suppressed, although
the FX isnt exactly agile, and the ride is quite stiff. The fairly roomy
cabin is well-fnished and mostly quiet, except for the loud engine.
However, the curvy styling hurts visibility and robs cargo space. A
wide array of optional high-tech safety features includes autonomous
braking and forward-collision warning. The surround-view camera
system gives a birds-eye view of the car while parking.
Tested model: 2009 4-door SUV
AWD, 3.5-liter V6, 7-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
71
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
FX35 V6 71
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Inniti FX (V6)
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Base price: $62,550-$65,650
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines:
Drive wheels: Rear or
permanent 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 3
third
Engines: 5.6-liter V8 (400 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 121
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 5,990
% weight front/rear . . .51/49
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,590
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 49.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 8,500
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 14/20
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o o

Engine Minor

o o

Engine Cooling

o o

Trans. Major

o o

Trans. Minor

o o

Drive System

o o

Fuel System

o oO

Electrical

o+ oC

Climate System

oO oO

Suspension

o o

Brakes

o o

Exhaust

o o

Paint/Trim

o o

Body Integrity

o o

Body Hardware

o oC

Power equip.

o oC

Audio System

o oC

USED CAR
VERDICTS
o oO

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Inniti QX80
T
he QX80 (formerly QX56) is a very large and plush full-sized SUV.
It has a quiet cabin and a steady and supple ride, but handling is
ungainly. The seven-speed automatic transmission and 400-hp 5.6-liter
V8 provide smooth and strong performance but it gobbles premium
fuel, returning just 15 mpg overall. The tall step-up into the cabin is
an ungracious affair. Cargo volume is plentiful, and theres a usable
third-row seat. Handling is cumbersome in everyday driving and
doesnt shine at its limits. Electronic safety aids include lane-departure
and blind-spot warning systems, and a panoramic rear-view camera.
Optional for 2014 is Infnitis Backup Collision Intervention system.
Tested model: 2011 4-door SUV 4WD,
5.6-liter V8, 7-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
67
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
4-door SUV V8 67
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Inniti QX56
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $69,000-$92,000
Body styles: convertible;
coupe
Trim lines: Base, V6 S, V8 S, R
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front
Engines: 3.0-liter V6 super-
charged (340 hp); 3.0-liter V6
supercharged (380 hp); 5.0-
liter V8 supercharged (495
hp); 5.0-liter V8 (550 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .176
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 103
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,520
% weight front/rear . . . . . NA
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 420
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . 7.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .18/27
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NO
DATA
NEW
MODEL
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Jaguar F-Type
J
aguars F-Type resurrects the brands sports-car heritage. Three
supercharged engines are offered: two V6s ranging from 340
to 380 horsepower and a 495-hp V8. The eight-speed automatic
works well but the shifter is fussy. For the convertible, Jaguar
chose a soft-top design in the interest of folding speed, lighter
weight, and trunk space. In initial drives we noted that the body
is solid and free of shakes, and open top motoring is free of wind
buffeting. The exhaust note is quite brash. The ride is very taut and
controlled and handling is responsive and capable, with communi-
cative steering. The coupe includes a R version with a 550-hp V8.
Jaguar F-Type
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Base price: $46,975-$99,000
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: 2.0, 3.0, Super-
charged, XFR, XFR-S
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo (240
hp); 3.0-liter V6 supercharged
(340 hp); 5.0-liter V8 super-
charged (470 hp); 5.0-liter V8
supercharged (510 hp); 5.0-liter
V8 supercharged (550 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 115
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,335
% weight front/rear . . 54/46
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . .880
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 18.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 4,080
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/26
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o

Engine Minor

oC

Engine Cooling

o

Trans. Major

o

Trans. Minor

oO

Drive System

oO

Fuel System

o

Electrical

o+

Climate System

oC

Suspension

o

Brakes

o

Exhaust

o

Paint/Trim

o

Body Integrity

oC

Body Hardware

o+

Power equip.

o

Audio System

o

USED CAR
VERDICTS
o

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Jaguar XF
T
he midsized Jaguar XF is something of a boutique selection:
stylish, expensive, and a little whimsical, even eccentric. It may
be the sportiest-handling car in its class, with driving dynamics like
the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series. The ride is compliant and com-
posed with underlying frmness. Most versions have the super-
charged 3.0-liter V6 and eight-speed automatic. The base engine
is a four-cylinder; three powerful V8s top the range. Our AWD V6
proved very quick and agile. Low-slung, coupe-like styling takes
a toll on access and visibility. The cabin is beautifully fnished but
snug, especially in back, and controls are needlessly complicated.
Tested model: 2013 3.0 sedan AWD,
3.0-liter V6 supercharged, 8-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
79
Luxury cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
3.0 V6 79
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Jaguar XF
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Base price: $74,200-$119,000
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: Base, Portfolio,
XJL Portfolio, Supercharged,
XJL Supercharged, XJR
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.0-liter V6 super-
charged (340 hp); 5.0-liter V8
supercharged (470 hp); 5.0-liter
V8 supercharged (550 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 207
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 124
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,200
% weight front/rear . . .51/49
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . .880
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .18/27
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE
FUEL ECONOMY
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Jaguar XJ
T
he capable, luxurious XJ sports sedan comes in both regular
and long-wheelbase form. Powered by a refned 5.0-liter V8,
the big XJ is quiet, very quick, and handles with agility. The ride is
supple and steady. The plush interior is crafted with genuine wood
trim, copious amounts of leather, and abundant chrome details.
But some controls are confusing. The complex touch screen for
the climate, audio, and navigation systems responds slowly. Our
tested long-wheelbase XJL has a sumptuous backseat, but the low
roofine impedes head room and access, and the trunk is small. A
supercharged V6 and all-wheel drive are available as well.
Tested model: 2011 XJL sedan,
5.0-liter V8, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
83
Luxury cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
XJL V8 83
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Jaguar XJ
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Base price: $79,000-$138,000
Body styles: convertible;
coupe
Trim lines: Touring, Base,
XKR, XKR-S, XKR-S GT
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 5.0-liter V8 (385
hp); 5.0-liter V8 supercharged
(510 hp); 5.0-liter V8 super-
charged (550 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 108
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,890
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 705
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 11.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/22
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE
FUEL ECONOMY
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Jaguar XK
T
he XK coupe and convertible blend traditional luxury with surpris-
ing athleticism. Power from the base V8 is abundant, while the
supercharged V8s produce effortless thrust with a bellowing exhaust
note to match. The all-aluminum chassis is free of body-fex, even in
the convertible. Handling is quite nimble, especially considering the
comfortable and gracious ride. The rear seats are best left for pack-
ages. Although most competitors have a folding hard top, the XKs
fabric top provides good noise insulation but creates large blind spots
when raised. The slow-reacting touch screen is easily washed out by
sunlight glare. A GT high-performance coupe is new for 2014.
Tested model: 2007 XK8 convert-
ible, 4.2-liter V8, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
74
Convertibles P F G VG E
Highest Rated 97
XK8 V8 74
Lowest Rated 54
0 100
Jaguar XK
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $22,995-$29,995
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Sport, Latitude,
Limited, Trailhawk
Drive wheels: Front or
permanent 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (184 hp);
3.2-liter V6 (271 hp)
Transmissions: 9-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 4,120
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . .1,000
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 31.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 4,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 19/27
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NO
DATA
NEW
MODEL
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Jeep Cherokee
T
his small SUV could be a contender, but the Dart-based Cherokee
is too underdeveloped and unrefned. If you have your heart set
on one, get the 3.2-liter V6 in Limited trim. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder is
slow and gets lousy fuel economy for the class, just 22 mpg overall.
Shifts from the nine-speed automatic are neither smooth nor timely.
Handling is competent but lacks agility and the ride is jittery. At least
the Cherokee is quiet, with a comfortable backseat and a state-of-
the-art infotainment system. Choosing the Limited opens the option
book to many high-end features. The Trailhawk version is very capable
off-road, and the V6 can tow an impressive 4,500 pounds.
Tested model: 2014 Limited 4-door
SUV 4WD, 3.2-liter V6, 9-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
70
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Limited V6 70
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Jeep Cherokee
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $18,595-$27,895
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Sport, Latitude,
Limited
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 (158 hp);
2.4-liter 4 (172 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed man-
ual; CVT; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .173
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,590
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 925
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 26.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .21/26
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o

o o

Engine Minor o

o o

Engine Cooling oC

o o

Trans. Major o

oC o

Trans. Minor o

o o

Drive System o

o o

Fuel System o

o oC

Electrical o

o o

Climate System oC

oO o

Suspension o

o+ o

Brakes o+

o o+

Exhaust o+

o o

Paint/Trim oO

o o

Body Integrity o

o o+

Body Hardware oC

o oC

Power equip. oC

oC o

Audio System o

oC o

USED CAR
VERDICTS
o+

oO oC

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Jeep Compass
T
he 2014 Compass received a freshening that replaces the CVT
with a six-speed automatic for most models. But it is outdated
and uncompetitive. Its low-speed ride is composed, and handling is
secure but not agile. The sluggish 2.4-liter four-cylinder returned 22
mpg overall. The upright front seats are narrow and are not particu-
larly comfortable, and the cabin is cramped. Controls are straight-
forward, and the interior, though basic, is constructed of somewhat
better materials. The high beltline makes the cabin feel claustropho-
bic, and the styling restricts visibility to the rear. Reliability has been
above average, but it scores too low to be recommended.
Tested model: 2011 Latitude 4-door
SUV 4WD, 2.4-liter 4-cyl., CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
49
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Latitude 4 49
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Jeep Compass
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Base price: $29,195-$63,995
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Laredo, Limited,
Overland, Summit, SRT
Drive wheels: Rear or
permanent 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.0-liter V6 turbod-
iesel (240 hp); 3.6-liter V6
(290 hp); 5.7-liter V8 (360
hp); 6.4-liter V8 (470 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 115
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,900
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . .1,050
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . . .36.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . 6,200
Fuel
Regular or diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/24
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o
Engine Minor o
Engine Cooling o
Trans. Major o
Trans. Minor oC
Drive System oC
Fuel System o
Electrical o
Climate System o
Suspension o
Brakes o
Exhaust o
Paint/Trim o
Body Integrity o
Body Hardware o
Power equip. oO
Audio System o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much worse than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Jeep Grand Cherokee
T
he midsized Grand Cherokee SUV has a solid, upscale interior,
comfortable seats, and a supple, controlled ride. Handling is
fairly agile for the class, ft and fnish is impressive, and the eight-
speed automatic is smooth. The standard 3.6-liter V6 returned
so-so fuel economy. Two V8s, a 5.7 liter and the SRTs 6.4 liter, are
optional. A diesel is new. The Uconnect infotainment system, with
its large, well-labeled touch-screen, is one of the easiest-to-use
systems weve tested. Appropriately optioned, the Grand Cherokee
makes a good tow vehicle or a capable off-roader. Reliability of the
freshened V6 version is well below average; the V8 is unknown.
Tested model: 2014 Limited 4-door
SUV 4WD, 3.6-liter V6, 8-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
77
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Limited V6 77
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Jeep Grand Cherokee
(V6, 2014)
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Base price: $15,995-$26,395
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Sport, Latitude,
Limited
Drive wheels: Front or perma-
nent 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 (158 hp);
2.4-liter 4 (172 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed man-
ual; CVT; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,350
% weight front/rear . . 58/42
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 925
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . .29.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .21/26
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o

o o o

Engine Minor

oC

o o o

Engine Cooling

o

o o o

Trans. Major

o+

o o o

Trans. Minor

o

o+ o oO

Drive System

o

oO o oC

Fuel System

oO

oO oC o

Electrical

o+

oC o o

Climate System

oC

oC oC oC

Suspension

o

o oO o

Brakes

oO

o oO oO

Exhaust

o

o o o

Paint/Trim

o+

oO oC oC

Body Integrity

o

o o o+

Body Hardware

oC

oC o oC

Power equip.

oC

o o o

Audio System

oC

oC o oC

USED CAR
VERDICTS
o

o+ o oO

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Jeep Patriot
T
he 2014 Patriot got a freshening which included replacing the
CVT with a six-speed automatic for most versions. Although the
Patriot small SUV has a compliant ride and mostly simple controls,
little else stands out and its pretty much outdated and outclassed.
Handling lacks agility. The sluggish 2.4-liter four-cylinder returned
just 21 mpg overall. The narrow cabin, wide center console, and
small windows give the car a closed-in feeling, and the cargo area
is small. Reliability has been above average, but the Patriot scores
too low for us to recommend it.
Tested model: 2011 Latitude 4-door
SUV 4WD, 2.4-liter 4-cyl., CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
52
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Latitude 4 52
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Jeep Patriot
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $22,395-$34,795
Body styles: 2-door SUV;
4-door SUV
Trim lines: Sport, Unlimited
Sport, Sahara, Rubicon,
Unlimited Sahara, Unlimited
Rubicon
Drive wheels: Part-time 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.6-liter V6 (285 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 5-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .173
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 116
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,570
% weight front/rear . . 50/50
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 34.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 16/20
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o+
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o+
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o oC oC oC o o+ o
Engine Minor o o+ o+ oO o o o
Engine Cooling o o oO oC o o o
Trans. Major oC o+ oO oC o o o
Trans. Minor o+ oO o o+ o oC o
Drive System oO o o o oC o o
Fuel System o o+ oO o oO oC o
Electrical o oO oC oC oC oC o
Climate System o oC o o oC oC o
Suspension o o o+ oO oC o o
Brakes oC o o+ oC o+ o o
Exhaust oO o o o o o o
Paint/Trim o o oO oO oC o o
Body Integrity o o o o o o oO
Body Hardware o+ oO oC o+ o+ oO oC
Power equip. oO oO o oC oO oC o
Audio System oO o+ oO oC o+ oO o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o+ o o o o+ o oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Worse than average o +
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Jeep Wrangler
T
he Wrangler uses Chryslers 3.6-liter V6 and fve-speed automatic
that get 17 mpg overall. While nearly every other SUV is nicer for
everyday use, the Wrangler is better than it has ever been, and it is still
an off-road champ. The ride rocks and jiggles constantly, and handling
is very clumsy. Wind noise becomes very loud at highway speeds.
Getting in and out is an awkward act. The interior is uncomfortable. Off-
road performance is still impressive, but the Rubicon performs better
than our tested Unlimited Sahara did. IIHS side-crash results without
the optional side air bags are unimpressive. Reliability of the four-door
version is below average, the two-door version is average.
Tested model: 2012 Unlimited Sahara
4-door SUV 4WD, 3.6-liter V6,
5-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
20
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Unlimited Sahara V6 20
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Jeep Wrangler (4-door)
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Base price: $35,100-$42,400
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines:
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.3-liter V6 (293 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 112
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . .3,765
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 905
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .19/28
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NO
DATA
NEW
MODEL
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Kia Cadenza
T
he Cadenza is a competent and credible competitor among
large sedans. Theres a lot here for the money, including a luxu-
rious, quiet interior, a roomy back seat, responsive handling, and
a comfortable ride. The 293-hp, 3.3-liter V6 engine and standard
six-speed automatic combine to make a slick powertrain that deliv-
ers a competitive 22 mpg overall. Controls are refreshingly easy to
use and a host of electronic safety aids are available, but some of
the most useful ones are bundles into expensive options packages.
The Cadenza is too new for us to have reliability data.
Tested model: 2014 sedan, 3.3-liter
V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
86
Large cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
sedan V6 86
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
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Base price: $15,900-$21,900
Body styles: 4-door hatchback;
coupe; sedan
Trim lines: LX, EX, SX, Koup
SX
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.8-liter 4 (148 hp);
2.0-liter 4 (173 hp); 1.6-liter 4
turbo (201 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . .2,815
% weight front/rear . . 62/38
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 25/36
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE
FUEL ECONOMY
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Kia Forte
K
ias Forte provides more interior room and an assortment of ame-
nities not normally found in the class. The sedan offers seating for
fve in a sleek, stylish design. Our tested base LX sedan got 28 mpg
overall with the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic.
It has a smooth powertrain and a relatively quiet cabin. EX models are
powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The hatchback and coupe
get a 1.6-liter turbo. The new Forte is available with a host of elec-
tronic features and creature comforts not normally found in the class,
including front and rear heated and ventilated seats and a heated
steering wheel. Reliability of the redesign is still unknown.
Tested model: 2014 LX sedan,
1.8-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
81
Small sedans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
LX 4 81
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Kia Forte
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Base price: $59,500
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: V6, V8
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.8-liter V6 (311 hp);
5.0-liter V8 (420 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 120
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,555
% weight front/rear . . . . . NA
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 905
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .15/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NO
DATA
NEW
MODEL
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Kia K900
K
ias new fagship is the brands frst rear-drive model and a
cousin of the Hyundai Equus. Top trims use a smooth and
punchy 420-hp V8, while a 3.8-liter V6 arrives later. The K900 is
like a traditional freeway cruiser: more comfortable wafting along in
a straight line than carving corners. The base infotainment system
uses a 9.2-inch screen, while top trims get a 12-inch display. A cen-
tral controller manages the menus and selections, but it takes some
getting used to the system. The cabin is very roomy. Safety gear
options include blind-spot and lane-detection systems, rear cross-
traffc alert, a wraparound camera, and front-collision warning.
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Base price: $21,500-$35,300
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: LX, EX, SX, Hybrid,
Limited
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 hybrid
(199 hp); 2.4-liter 4 (200 hp);
2.0-liter 4 turbo (274 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 110
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,260
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 905
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 24/35
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

oO o

o o o
Engine Minor

oC oC

o oC o
Engine Cooling

oC o

o o o
Trans. Major

o oO

o o o
Trans. Minor

oO o

o o o
Drive System

o o+

o oC o
Fuel System

oO oC

oC oC o
Electrical

oO oO

o o o
Climate System

o+ oC

oC o o
Suspension

o+ oC

o+ oC oC
Brakes

o+ o+

oC oC o
Exhaust

oC o

o o o
Paint/Trim

o oC

oO oO o
Body Integrity

oO oO

oC oC oC
Body Hardware

oO oC

oC oO oC
Power equip.

oC o

oO oO o
Audio System

oO o

o o+ o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO oO

oO oO oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Kia Optima
K
ias version of the Hyundai Sonata falls short of its corporate
cousin in ride comfort, braking, and fuel economy. It handles
well but the ride is borderline stiff and road noise is noticeable.
The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder performs well. Top-level trims
get a turbo four-cylinder thats economical and powerful but not
as refned as competitors V6 engines. A hybrid is also available.
The front seats are comfortable, but the rear seat is low. The styl-
ing detracts from rear visibility and access. The 2014 freshening
brought minor interior upgrades. Reliability has been average for
the four-cylinder and hybrid, below average for the turbo.
Tested model: 2011 LX sedan,
2.4-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
81
Midsized cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
LX 4 81
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Kia Optima (4-cyl.)
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Base price: $13,900-$18,090
Body styles: 4-door hatchback;
sedan
Trim lines: LX, EX, SX
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.6-liter 4 (138 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .172
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 101
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,575
% weight front/rear . . 62/38
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 925
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 14.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 28/36
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o
Engine Minor

o
Engine Cooling

o
Trans. Major

o
Trans. Minor

o
Drive System

o
Fuel System

oC
Electrical

oC
Climate System

oC
Suspension

o
Brakes

oC
Exhaust

o
Paint/Trim

oC
Body Integrity

o
Body Hardware

o
Power equip.

oC
Audio System

o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Kia Rio
T
he Rio comes as a sedan or hatchback and is a corporate
cousin of the Hyundai Accent. Power comes from a 138-hp,
1.6-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic, unusual for a
subcompact. Fuel economy of 29 mpg overall with our automatic-
equipped hatchback isnt stellar for the class. The sedan version
returned 30 mpg. The Rio feels solid compared with some other
subcompacts, and its stiff ride and noisy cabin are typical of the
genre, but not unbearable. Higher trim models offer amenities such
as heated seats and a rear-view camera, but they can push the
price up steeply. Reliability has been average.
Tested model: 2012 EX sedan,
1.6-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
67
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
EX 4 67
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Kia Rio
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Base price: $25,900-$30,900
Body styles: minivan
Trim lines: LX, EX
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear, 3
third
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 (269 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 119
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,550
% weight front/rear . . 56/44
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,160
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 67.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/24
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o+
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o oO oO oO o

o oC o
Engine Minor o+ o o o+ o+

oO oC oC
Engine Cooling oO o+ o o o

o o o
Trans. Major o+ oC oC o o

o o o
Trans. Minor o oC oO o+ oO

oC o o
Drive System o o o o o

oC o o
Fuel System o o+ o o+ o+

oO oC o
Electrical oO o oO o+ o

oC oC oC
Climate System o o o+ o+ oO

o oC oC
Suspension o o+ o o+ o+

oO oC o
Brakes o o o o oO

o+ oO o
Exhaust o oO o o o

oC o o
Paint/Trim o o o oO o+

o+ oC oO
Body Integrity o o o+ o o+

o+ o o
Body Hardware o o+ o o o

o oO o
Power equip. oO oC o o o

o o o
Audio System o o o+ oO o+

o oC oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o o+ o+ o

o oO o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Worse than average o +
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Kia Sedona
M
issing for one year, the aging Sedona returns as a 2014 model.
It has many features for the money but falls short overall.
Controls are simple to use, ft and fnish is good, and the cabin
is has fexible storage capabilities. The 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed
transmission provide spirited acceleration and par-for-the-course
fuel economy. Handling is secure but not agile, the ride is stiff, and
the driving position is fawed. Seating is limited to seven people
instead of the more useful eight, and accessing the third row is a
chore. Reliability has been below average.
Tested model: 2011 EX minivan,
3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
77
Minivans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 86
EX V6 77
Lowest Rated 74
0 100
Kia Sedona
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Base price: $24,100-$40,100
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: LX, EX, SX, Limited
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (191 hp);
3.3-liter V6 (290 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,235
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,120
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 37.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .18/24
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o
Engine Minor o
Engine Cooling o
Trans. Major o
Trans. Minor o
Drive System o
Fuel System o
Electrical o
Climate System o
Suspension o
Brakes o
Exhaust o
Paint/Trim o
Body Integrity o
Body Hardware oO
Power equip. oC
Audio System oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Kia Sorento
T
he Sorento offers lots of interior space yet is easily maneuver-
able and not too bulky in day-to-day driving. An optional third-
row seat, though tiny, is OK for small children. Revisions for 2014
brought some attractive interior upgrades and, most importantly, a
refned new V6 that averaged 20 mpg in our tests. The ride remains
a little jiggly, and handling, though responsive and secure, isnt
exactly sporty. Comprehensive infotainment and electronic con-
nectivity features are available and work well. The EX trim brings
comfortable leather seats among its long list of features. Reliability
of the V6 version is average; the four-cylinder is unknown.
Tested model: 2014 EX 4-door SUV
AWD, 3.3-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
76
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
EX V6 76
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Kia Sorento (V6, 2014)
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $14,900-$20,500
Body styles: wagon
Trim lines: Base, Plus, !
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.6-liter 4 (130 hp);
2.0-liter 4 (164 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 101
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,055
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 24.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 23/30
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o o
Engine Minor o o o o
Engine Cooling o o o o
Trans. Major o o o o
Trans. Minor oC oC o o
Drive System o o o o
Fuel System oC o o o
Electrical o o+ o o
Climate System o o o o
Suspension oC oC oC o
Brakes oC oC oC o
Exhaust o o o o
Paint/Trim oC oC oC o
Body Integrity oO oO o oC
Body Hardware o oO o o
Power equip. o+ oO oO oC
Audio System o+ oC oO oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o oC oO oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Kia Soul
R
iding on a new platform that is stiffer, longer, and wider, the
all-new Soul allows for more passenger and cargo room while
reducing noise levels. Most versions come with the 2.0-liter engine
and six-speed automatic, which delivers decent acceleration. A
budget-minded 1.6-liter is also available. Handling is responsive
and secure, but the ride is still stiff. Cabin access is very easy
thanks in part to the boxy styling. Inside are simple to use controls,
with a touchscreen that responds to swiping motions like a tablet.
High-end options such as a heated steering wheel and contrast
stitching on the seats are available.
Tested model: 2014 Plus wagon,
2.0-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
70
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Plus 4 70
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Kia Soul
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Base price: $21,600-$28,400
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Base, LX, EX, SX
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (176 hp);
2.0-liter 4 turbo (260 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .175
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,375
% weight front/rear . . 58/42
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 925
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 28.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 2,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/27
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

oO oO oO o

o o o
Engine Minor

oC o oC o

o o o
Engine Cooling

oO o oC o

o o o
Trans. Major

o oO oO oC

o o o
Trans. Minor

oC oC oC oO

o o o
Drive System

oC oC oC o

oO o o
Fuel System

oC o oO oC

o o o
Electrical

oO oC oC oC

oO oC o
Climate System

o+ oC o o+

oC o oC
Suspension

oC oC o+ oC

oC oC o
Brakes

oC o+ oO oO

oC o o
Exhaust

oO o o o

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o+ oC o o

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o+ o o oO

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oC o oO oO

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oO o o oO

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NEW CAR
PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Kia Sportage
T
he Sportage handles nimbly and has a refned powertrain. But it
has a stiff ride and pronounced road noise, and acceleration is
leisurely. The base 176-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder got a good 22 mpg
in our tests. The top-trim SX has a stronger, turbocharged 2.0-liter
four-cylinder that gets 21 mpg overall, but has a stiffer ride due to
different suspension tuning and tires. Base models can be had with a
manual transmission, but it may be hard to fnd one on the lot. While
the sporty styling may look appealing, it compromises cargo space
and impairs the view out, especially to the rear. Cabin appointments
are basic but nicely ftted. Reliability has been average.
Tested model: 2011 LX 4-door SUV
AWD, 2.4-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed auto-
matic
ROAD TEST SCORE
70
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
LX 4 70
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Kia Sportage
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Base price: $36,600
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Base, HSE, HSE
LUX
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(240 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .177
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 105
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,325
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,100
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 30.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/28
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Land Rover LR2
T
he car-based LR2, Land Rovers smallest and least pricey
model, has decent off-road ability. Power comes from a 2.0-
liter, turbocharged four-cylinder, which averaged 21 mpg overall
when we tested it in the Evoque. The all-wheel-drive system can be
adjusted depending on the terrain type. The ride is frm but steady,
and the steering is well weighted and provides good feedback. In
our 2008 test of the LR2 it disconcertingly lifted two wheels at its
handling limits. Outward visibility is excellent. The interior is nicely
fnished, but the controls are confusing.
Land Rover LR2
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Base price: $49,700
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Base, HSE, HSE
LUX
Drive wheels: Permanent 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 3.0-liter V6 super-
charged (340 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 114
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 5,710
% weight front/rear . . .49/51
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . .1,300
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 52.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . 7,715
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Land Rover LR4
T
he LR4 is looking a bit dated. The ride is supple but can get
unsettled. Handling, though ultimately secure, is not a long
suit. The LR4 leans and lumbers when hustled through corners. A
3.0-liter supercharged V6 and 8-speed automatic became the stan-
dard powertrain for 2014. The roomy cabin is comfortable, quiet,
and luxuriously appointed, but some controls are confusing. The
third-row seat is usable by adults, and cargo capacity is generous,
but the two-piece tailgate is fussy to use. Off-road capabilities are
top-notch, partly because of the height-adjustable suspension and
electronic adjustments for various terrain types.
Land Rover LR4
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $83,300-$184,105
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Base, HSE, SC V8,
Autobiography
Drive wheels: Permanent 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.0-liter V6 super-
charged (340 hp); 5.0-liter V8
supercharged (510 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 115
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 5,300
% weight front/rear . . 50/50
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 960
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 35.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . 7,715
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Land Rover Range Rover
T
he redesigned Range Rover, Land Rovers fagship model, is
roomier than in the past but also lighter, for better performance
and fuel economy. Power from the 340-hp, 3.0-liter supercharged
V6 is immediate, with plenty of thrust, while the supercharged V8 is
even stronger. Both are mated to an excellent eight-speed automatic.
The ride is supremely comfortable, and handling is responsive but
not sporty. The sumptuous interior has comfortable and supportive
throne-like seats, lots of room, and good visibility. Controls are still
confusing and somewhat convoluted. Access mode lowers the car
two inches to ease ingress/egress. The new Terrain Response sys-
tem is designed to improve the already impressive off-road ability.
Land Rover
Range Rover
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Base price: $41,100-$57,300
Body styles: 2-door SUV;
4-door SUV
Trim lines: Pure, Pure Plus,
Pure Premium, Prestige,
Dynamic
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(240 hp)
Transmissions: 9-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .172
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 105
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,940
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,025
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 25.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/28
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE
FUEL ECONOMY
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
O
verall, the Evoque compact SUV is more about style than func-
tionality. Its based on the LR2 and comes in two- and four-door
versions. We tested the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, mated to a six-
speed automatic, and got 21 mpg overall. A new nine-speed auto-
matic is standard. Acceleration and fuel economy are commendable,
but the ride is choppy, and noise levels are elevated. Interior room
and visibility are sacrifced for the striking silhouette. Controls are a
bit quirky. Routine handling is quite agile but becomes disconcert-
ing at the limits. The Evoques Terrain Response system facilitates
moderate off-road capability, uncommon in this class.
Tested model: 2012 Pure 4-door SUV
AWD, 2.0-liter 4-cyl. turbo, 6-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
58
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Pure 4 58
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Land Rover Range
Rover Evoque
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Base price: $62,600-$92,400
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: SE, HSE, SC V8,
Autobiography
Drive wheels: Permanent 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 3.0-liter V6 super-
charged (340 hp); 5.0-liter V8
supercharged (510 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 115
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 5,255
% weight front/rear . . .49/51
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,345
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 31.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . 7,715
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NO
DATA
NEW
MODEL
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
T
he redesigned Sport is based on the new Range Rover, and
uses a unibody frame and aluminum construction. But the Sport
is more about agility and handling prowess. Power comes from a
new 3.0-liter supercharged V6 or a 510-hp, 5.0-liter supercharged
V8, both mated to an eight-speed automatic. The Sport delivers an
engaging driving experience with a distinct exhaust bark and taut,
agile handling. But the ride is stiff and choppy. It features plenty of
opulence and high-tech safety features. Rear seat room is reduced
compared with the big Range Rover, but there is a tiny power-folding
third-row seat available.
Land Rover Range
Rover Sport
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Base price: $32,050
Body styles: 4-door hatchback
Trim lines: Base, Premium, F
Sport
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.8-liter 4 hybrid
(134 hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .170
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 102
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,225
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 18.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 43/40
PREDICTED RELIABILITY
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE
FUEL ECONOMY
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much better than average
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Lexus CT 200h
T
he least-costly Lexus, the CT 200h hybrid is a small hatchback
with excellent fuel economy. However, its refnement isnt up to the
Lexus standard. Using the same 134-hp, four-cylinder hybrid power-
train as the Prius, the CT gets 40 mpg, which is 4 mpg less than the
roomier Prius. Acceleration is leisurely. Like the Prius, the CT can propel
itself solely on electric power at low speed. Handling is responsive and
secure, but the ride is stiff and choppy. The cabin is nicely trimmed, but
it is cramped and lets in too much road noise. Tight rear seats, limited
cargo capacity, and an impeded rear view dont help. Reliability has
been impressive but it scored too low in our tests to recommend.
Tested model: 2011 Premium 4-door
hatchback, 1.8-liter 4-cyl. hybrid,
CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
71
Compact
sports cars
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Premium 4 71
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Lexus CT 200h
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $36,620-$39,500
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: 350
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 (268 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . .111
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,575
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 905
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 21/31
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
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Engine Cooling o oC oC oC oC o o o o o
Trans. Major o o o o o o o o o o
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Drive System o o o oC o o o o o o
Fuel System o o o o o o o o o o
Electrical oC oO o+ oC oC oC o o o o
Climate System oC o o oC oC o o o o o
Suspension oC oC o o o o o o o o
Brakes oC oC o oO oC oO o o o o
Exhaust o o o o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim o oC oC oO o+ o o+ oC oC o
Body Integrity o o o oC o o o o o oC
Body Hardware oC oO oO oO oC o o oC o o
Power equip. o o o oC oC oC oC o o o
Audio System oC oC oC oO oO oC oC oC oC oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o o oC o o o o o o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much better than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Lexus ES
I
n the end, Lexus hurt the ride comfort and made the controls
complex in its redesign of the ES. In our tests the powerful
3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic got a good 25 mpg overall.
The ride is decent but not as plush as before, and worse with the
optional 18-inch wheels. Handling is sound but unexceptional.
Inside, the quiet cabin looks good at frst, but cheap touches are
apparent. The control interface is distracting and convoluted unless
you skip the navigation system. A Camry provides much of the
same for less money. Reliability is well above average.
Tested model: 2013 350 sedan,
3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
80
Upscale cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
350 V6 80
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Lexus ES (V6)
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Base price: $39,250
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: 300h
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 hybrid
(200 hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . .111
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,685
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 905
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 12.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 40/39
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o
Engine Minor o
Engine Cooling o
Trans. Major o
Trans. Minor o
Drive System o
Fuel System o
Electrical o
Climate System o
Suspension o
Brakes o
Exhaust o
Paint/Trim o
Body Integrity o
Body Hardware o
Power equip. o
Audio System oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much better than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Lexus ES Hybrid
W
ith its redesign of the ES Hybrid Lexus hurt the ride comfort and
made the controls complex. Its still a good, comfortable car but
just not as cushy as previously. In our tests the four-cylinder and electric
drive system returned an impressive 36 mpg overall and 44 on the high-
way. The ride is decent but not plush, and is worse with the optional
18-inch wheels. Handling is sound but unexceptional. The quiet cabin
looks good at frst, but cheap touches are apparent. Skipping the navi-
gation system gives you a less-distracting control interface. The hybrids
combination of size, luxury, and fuel economy makes it more appealing
than the ES 350. Reliability is well above average.
Tested model: 2013 300h sedan,
2.5-liter 4-cyl. hybrid, CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
82
Upscale cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
300h 4 82
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Lexus ES 300h Hybrid
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Base price: $47,700-$60,430
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: 350, F Sport, 450h
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 (306 hp);
3.5-liter V6 hybrid (338 hp)
Transmissions: CVT; 6-speed
automatic; 8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 112
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,845
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 14.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .19/29
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o

o oO oO

o o o
Engine Minor o

oC oC o

oO o o
Engine Cooling o

o oC oC

o o o
Trans. Major o

oC o o

o o o
Trans. Minor o

o o o

o o o
Drive System oC

o o o

o o o
Fuel System o

oC o o

oC o o
Electrical oC

oC oO oC

oO o oC
Climate System oC

o o o

oO oO o
Suspension o

o o o

o+ o o
Brakes oC

oO o o

o+ o o
Exhaust o

oO oO o

o o o
Paint/Trim oC

oC oC oO

o oO o
Body Integrity oO

oC oO o+

oO o o
Body Hardware oC

oC oO o

oC oC oO
Power equip. oC

oO oC oO

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Audio System oC

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USED CAR
VERDICTS
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NEW CAR
PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Lexus GS
T
he GS is a competitive luxury sports sedan in terms of ride,
handling, quietness, and roominess. A strong 306-hp, 3.5-liter
V6 is the standard engine. New for 2014 is an eight-speed auto-
matic on the rear-wheel drive versions. All-wheel drive is optional,
and uses a six-speed automatic. A 338-hp hybrid version with CVT
is also available. Interior space is on par for the class and the cabin
is nicely furnished. A mouse-like controller works the navigation
system and audio controls, but it is fussy and distracting to use.
The car is engaging to drive, with good handling and a taut, yet
supple ride. Reliability of the GS has been above average.
Tested model: 2013 350 sedan,
3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
84
Luxury cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
350 V6 84
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Lexus GS
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Base price: $49,085-$60,715
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: 460, 460 Premium
Drive wheels: Permanent 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 4.6-liter V8 (301 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 110
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 5,170
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,155
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 36.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 6,500
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 15/20
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC oC o o o

o o o o
Engine Minor o oC o o o

o o o o
Engine Cooling oO o+ oO oC o

o o oC o
Trans. Major o o o o o

o o o o
Trans. Minor o o o oC o

o o o o
Drive System oO oO oC oO o

oC o o o
Fuel System o oC o o oC

o o oC oC
Electrical oC oC oC oO o

oC oC oC o
Climate System o o o o o

o o o o
Suspension oC oC oC oC o

oO oO o o
Brakes oO oO oC oO o

o+ oO o o
Exhaust o oC o o o

o o o o
Paint/Trim oC oC o o oC

o o o o
Body Integrity o oC o o o

oC o o o
Body Hardware oC oC oC oC o

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Audio System oC o+ oO o o+

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USED CAR
VERDICTS
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NEW CAR
PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Lexus GX
T
he GX 460 SUV is very quiet and quick. Like its Toyota 4Runner
corporate cousin, the GX is a body-on-frame design that is
capable off-road and has a high tow rating. The 4.6-liter V8 engine
and six-speed automatic make for a slick powertrain that gets a
pretty good 17 mpg overall. Handling is ungainly but ultimately
secure. The ride is very comfortable, and off-road ability is com-
mendable. Inside, the cabin is plush and well fnished. The small
third row seat folds neatly into the foor when not in use, but the
side-swinging rear door can be inconvenient at times.
Tested model: 2010 460 4-door
SUV 4WD, 4.6-liter V8, 6-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
69
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
460 V8 69
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Lexus GX
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $36,100-$63,600
Body styles: convertible;
sedan
Trim lines: 250, 250 F sport,
350, 350 F Sport
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.5-liter V6 (204
hp); 3.5-liter V6 (306 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed auto-
matic; 8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 110
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,715
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 14.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/27
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oO o o o o+ oO o o o o
Engine Minor oC o oC oO oC o o o o o
Engine Cooling oC o oC o+ oC o oC o o o
Trans. Major oO oC o o o o o o o o
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Drive System o o oC oC o o o o o o
Fuel System oC o o oC oC oC o o o o
Electrical oC oO oC oO oC o o oC o o
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Suspension oC o o o oC o o o o o
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Exhaust oC oC oC oC o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oO oO oC oO oO oC oC oO oC o
Body Integrity oC oO oC oO o o oC oC oC oC
Body Hardware oC oO oC oC oC oC o oO o o
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Audio System oO oO o o+ oO o oC oO oO oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
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NEW CAR
PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Lexus IS
T
he IS fails as a sports sedan. While the 250s small V6 is
refned, performance is rather pokey. And 21 mpg overall is
unreasonably thirsty. The IS 350 is punchier but also underwhelm-
ing to drive. Handling is secure but not engaging enough for a true
sports sedan. Ride comfort is neither tied down nor plush. Even by
the classs minimal standards, the IS interior is extremely cramped.
Getting in and out is an ungraceful chore. Fit and fnish is OK, but
not a standout. Controls use a mouse-like controller, which proves
fussy and distracting. AWD is optional. Reliability is likely to be
above average, but it scores too low to be recommended.
Tested model: 2014 250 sedan AWD,
2.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
52
Compact sports
cars
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
250 V6 52
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Lexus IS Sedan
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Base price: $72,140-$120,060
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: 460, 460L, F
Sport, 600h L
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 4.6-liter V8 (360
hp); 4.6-liter V8 (386 hp);
5.0-liter V8 hybrid (438 hp)
Transmissions: CVT; 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 205
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 122
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 4,515
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 18.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/24
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o oC oO o oC o o o o o
Engine Minor o o o o o o o oC o o
Engine Cooling o o oC oC oO o o o o o
Trans. Major o o o o o o o o o o
Trans. Minor o o oC o o o o o oC o
Drive System o o o o oC o o o o o
Fuel System o o o o o o o o o o
Electrical oC oC oC oC oO oC oO o o o
Climate System o o o oC o o oC o o o
Suspension oC o oC oC oO o o+ oC o o
Brakes oC oC oC oO oO oO oO oO oO o
Exhaust o o o o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oC o oC oC o oC oC o oC oC
Body Integrity o o o oO oC oC oC o o o
Body Hardware oO oC oC oC oC o o oC o oC
Power equip. oC oC oO oC oC o o o o o
Audio System o o+ o+ o o+ o+ oO oO oC oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o o oC oC o oC oC oC o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Lexus LS
T
he Lexus fagship sedan delivers luxurious, highly refned, and
fuss-free motoring with a comfortable and serene ride. It has an
exceptionally quiet cabin, and is laden with features. Fit and fnish is
excellent. The recent freshening made handling a bit more respon-
sive while retaining the silky ride. The eight-speed automatic is very
smooth and responsive. The extended-length version has gener-
ous rear-seat room. All-wheel drive and a self-parking feature are
optional. The LS 600h hybrid comes with standard all-wheel drive.
The 2013 freshening brought the Entune system and the same fussy
and distracting-to-use mouse-controlled screen found in the GS.
Tested model: 2013 460L sedan,
4.6-liter V8, 8-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
92
Luxury cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
460L V8 92
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Lexus LS
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Base price: $82,630
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: 570
Drive wheels: Permanent 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 3
third
Engines: 5.7-liter V8 (383 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 112
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 5,995
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,410
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 7,000
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 12/17
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Lexus LX
T
his luxury SUV is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser, itself quite
plush and upscale. The LX uses the strong 5.7-liter V8 from
the Tundra pickup. It has a comfortable ride and a quiet, nicely
appointed cabin. Our tested Land Cruiser got only 14 mpg overall
but was very impressive off-road. Like the Toyota, the LX has an
off-road crawl mode that manages throttle and braking over tough
terrain. The height-adjustable suspension further enables the LX to
traverse off-road terrain. Unfortunately, the power-folding third-row
seat folds up to the sides of the interior, which limits cargo space.
Lexus LX
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Base price: $39,760-$47,810
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: 350, F Sport
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 (270 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed auto-
matic; 8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 108
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,455
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . .33.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .18/24
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC oC oC oC o o o o o o
Engine Minor o oC o oC o oC o o o o
Engine Cooling oC oC oO oC o o o o o o
Trans. Major o o o o o o o o o o
Trans. Minor oC oC oC o o o o o o o
Drive System o oC oC oC oC o o o o o
Fuel System o o o oC o o o o o o
Electrical oC oC oC oO oO oC oC o o o
Climate System oC o o o oC o o o o o
Suspension oC oO oO oO oO oO oO oC o o
Brakes oO oC oC oC oC oC o o o o
Exhaust oC o o o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oO oO o+ oO oO o oC o o o
Body Integrity oO oC oO oO oO oC oC oC oC o
Body Hardware oC oC oC oC oC o oC o oC o
Power equip. oC oC oC oC oC oC oC oC o o
Audio System o+ oC oC oO oC oC oO oC oC oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC oC oC oC oC o o o o o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Lexus RX
T
he RX is a refned, quiet, and plush SUV. It rides comfortably and
has a very well-fnished interior. But handling is lackluster, and
the steering gives little feedback. Emergency handling is ultimately
secure. The 3.5-liter V6 provides strong acceleration and a com-
mendable 21 mpg overall. The RX 450h hybrid got an impressive 26
mpg overall. The optional navigation system includes a mouse-like
controller atop the console; it maneuvers through simple menus and
gives tactile feedback, but ordinary tasks take too much attention
and the drivers eyes from the road. The rear seat is roomy, but the
sloped styling impairs rear visibility and cargo volume.
Tested model: 2010 350 4-door SUV
AWD, 3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
79
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
350 V6 79
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Lexus RX
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $45,910-$47,310
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: 450h
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 hybrid
(295 hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 108
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,870
% weight front/rear . . 54/46
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . .33.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 30/28
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o o o o o
Engine Minor o o o o o o o
Engine Cooling oO o+ oO o o o o
Trans. Major o o o o o o o
Trans. Minor o o o o o o o
Drive System o o o o o o o
Fuel System o o o oC o oC o
Electrical oO oO oO o oC o o
Climate System o o o oC oC oC o
Suspension o o o oC o o o
Brakes oC o o o o o o
Exhaust o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oC o oC oC o o o
Body Integrity oC o oC oC o oC o
Body Hardware oC o o oC o o o
Power equip. o oC oC o o o o
Audio System o+ oC oC oO o oO oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o o o o oC o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much better than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Lexus RX Hybrid
T
he RX 450h combines a 3.5-liter V6 with electric motors and
a battery system to produce 295 hp, and it can propel itself
solely on electric power at low speeds. AWD models use separate
electric motors to power the rear wheels, eliminating the need for a
driveshaft. It has a plush interior, a quiet cabin, and a comfortable
ride. Acceleration is smooth and strong, on par with some V8s.
Overall fuel economy of 26 mpg is a big improvement over the 21
mpg in our tested RX 350. While the RX 450h is an inviting blend of
performance, fuel economy, comfort, and luxury amenities, buyers
interested in it only to save money might be disappointed.
Tested model: 2010 450h 4-door
SUV AWD, 3.5-liter V6 hybrid, CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
88
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
450h V6 88
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Lexus RX Hybrid
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Base price: $33,100-$39,965
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Premiere, Select,
Reserve
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(240 hp); 2.3-liter 4 turbo
(275 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .179
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . NA
% weight front/rear . . . . . NA
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 21/28
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NO
DATA
NEW
MODEL
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Lincoln MKC
A
gussied-up version of the already-expensive Ford Escape, the
MKC adds luxury and high-tech features. Power comes from
the 240-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder also used in the Fusion and
Escape. The most notable upgrades are an optional 275-hp, 2.3-liter
engine and an adaptive suspension. Both engines use a six-speed
automatic, driving the front or all wheels. Beyond that, the MKC adds
a fussy push-button shifter and a panoramic sunroof. Prices start
in the mid $30,000 range. A host of active safety features including
pre-collision braking, lane keeping, and driver assist. A park-out
system drives the car in or out of tight parking spaces.
Lincoln MKC
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Base price: $40,690-$47,680
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: Base, EcoBoost
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.7-liter V6 (304 hp);
3.5-liter V6 turbo (365 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 206
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 113
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,265
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 950
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 19.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .18/27
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o+
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o o o
Engine Minor oC o oC o o
Engine Cooling o oC oC o o
Trans. Major oC o o o o
Trans. Minor oO o o o o
Drive System oC oO o o o
Fuel System o oO o o o
Electrical oO oO o oC o
Climate System o oO o o oC
Suspension oC o+ oC oC o
Brakes o+ o o o o
Exhaust oC o o o o
Paint/Trim oO o+ oC oC oC
Body Integrity oO oO o o o+
Body Hardware oO oO oC oC oC
Power equip. oC oO o+ oC o
Audio System o oC o oC o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO o+ oO o o+
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Worse than average o +
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Lincoln MKS
T
his large, Ford Taurus-based sedan is not very competitive. A
turbo V6 with AWD is offered in lieu of a V8. It has plenty of power,
with little loss in fuel economy. However, the base engine lacks refne-
ment. The suspension has three modes, none of which is ideal. Com-
fort mode results in some foating on undulations, but is otherwise
mostly comfortable, whereas Sport mode is just stiff. Handling, while
secure, lacks agility. The interior is well-fnished, but the driving posi-
tion and foot-well are narrow. A small opening limits the usefulness of
the trunk, and a high rear deck limits visibility. The MyLincoln Touch
system is distracting. Reliability has dropped to below average.
Tested model: 2013 Base sedan,
3.7-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
60
Luxury cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
sedan V6 60
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Lincoln MKS
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Base price: $43,050-$45,045
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: 3.7, 3.5 EcoBoost
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 3.7-liter V6 (303 hp);
3.5-liter V6 turbo (365 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 118
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,980
% weight front/rear . . 54/46
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,160
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 36.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 4,500
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o+ oC o o
Engine Minor o oC o o
Engine Cooling oC oC o o
Trans. Major oC o o o
Trans. Minor o oO o o
Drive System o+ o o oC
Fuel System o oC o o
Electrical oC oO oC oC
Climate System o o+ oO o
Suspension oO oO oC o
Brakes o o o+ o
Exhaust o o o o
Paint/Trim oO o+ oC oO
Body Integrity oC o o oO
Body Hardware oO o o o+
Power equip. oC oC o+ oO
Audio System o o+ o o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o o o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much worse than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Lincoln MKT
T
his three-row SUV is based on the Ford Flex. Base models are
powered by a lackluster 3.7-liter V6. The uplevel turbo V6 version
we tested was quick, and returned 18 mpg overall. The ride is com-
fortable but stiffer than that of the Flex. Handling lacks agility and the
MKT is cumbersome at its cornering limits. The interior is very roomy,
plush, and quiet, with many luxury amenities, but visibility and the
driving position are compromised. The third-row seats are best suited
for kids. A wide turning circle and the MKTs overall length hamper
maneuverability. Recent updates have added the frustrating MyLincoln
Touch system. Reliability of the turbo V6 has been well below average.
Lincoln MKT
(EcoBoost)
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $38,575-$40,525
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines:
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.7-liter V6 (305 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . .111
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,525
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 910
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 36.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o o o o o
Engine Minor o o o o o o o
Engine Cooling o oC o o o o o
Trans. Major oC oC o o o o o
Trans. Minor oC o+ o oC oC oC o
Drive System oC o o oC o oC o
Fuel System oC o oC o o o o
Electrical oO oC oO o oC o o
Climate System oC oC o o oC oC o
Suspension o oC o o o o o
Brakes oO oO o+ oC oC oO oO
Exhaust o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oC o o oC o o oC
Body Integrity oC oO oO oO oC oC oO
Body Hardware oC oC oO oO oO o oO
Power equip. oC o oO oO oO oC o
Audio System o oC oO o+ o o o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC oC oC oC o+ o o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much worse than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Lincoln MKX
L
ike its Ford Edge corporate cousin, the MKX is unimpressive. Its
3.7-liter V6 provides strong performance, but the transmission
is unrefned. Handling, though sound, isnt agile, and the ride is too
ordinary for a luxury vehicle. Although the cabin is quiet, $50,000
should buy more silence. The MyLincoln Touch interface, which
consists of a touch screen and touch-sensitive buttons, makes
adjusting the climate, audio, and other functions distracting and
tedious. Despite attractive wood and leather trim, overall interior
quality is a mixed bag. The MKX scores too low to be recom-
mended, and reliability has been well below average.
Tested model: 2011 4-door SUV AWD,
3.7-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
64
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
4-door SUV V6 64
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Lincoln MKX
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Base price: $36,190-$38,080
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: 2.0 EcoBoost, 3.7
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo (231
hp); 2.0-liter 4 turbo (240
hp); 3.7-liter V6 (300 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 194
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 112
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . .3,755
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 875
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 22/33
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o o o o o

Engine Minor oC o oC o o o o

Engine Cooling o o oC o o o o

Trans. Major oC oC o o o o o

Trans. Minor oC oC o o o o o

Drive System oO oO o+ oC o oC o

Fuel System o o o o o o o

Electrical oC oO oO o o o oC

Climate System oO o+ o+ oO o+ oO o

Suspension oO oO oC o o o o

Brakes oC o+ oO oC oO o o

Exhaust o o o o o o o

Paint/Trim oO oO oC oC oC o o

Body Integrity oO oO oC oO oO oC o

Body Hardware oO o+ oO oO oO o oC

Power equip. o oC o oO oC o oC

Audio System oC oC oO o oO oO o

USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC oO oC oC oC o oC

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Lincoln MKZ
T
he upscale MKZ is the most appealing and well-executed Lincoln in
memory. Based on the Ford Fusion, it has a luxurious, quiet interior
and its ride and handling rival some high-end European sports sedans.
Powertrains include a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder and a 3.7-liter V6,
both matched with a six-speed automatic, and a hybrid that returned
an impressive 34 mpg overall in our tests. Disappointingly, the push-
button, dash-mounted gear selector and touch-sensitive controls for
climate and audio functions are distracting and frustrating to use. While
the exterior styling looks appealing and modern, it compromises cabin
access and rear seat room. Reliability is still unknown.
Tested model: 2013 2.0 EcoBoost
sedan, 2.0-liter 4-cyl. turbo, 6-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
81
Upscale cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
2.0 EcoBoost 4 81
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Lincoln MKZ, Zephyr
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Base price: $35,925
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines:
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 hybrid
(188 hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 194
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 112
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,870
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 11.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 45/45
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o

Engine Minor o o

Engine Cooling o o

Trans. Major o o

Trans. Minor o o

Drive System oC o

Fuel System o oC

Electrical oC oC

Climate System o oC

Suspension oC o

Brakes oC oC

Exhaust o o

Paint/Trim oO o

Body Integrity o oC

Body Hardware o oC

Power equip. o+ oC

Audio System o o+

USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO oO

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
T
his upscale hybrid is quite appealing. Based on the Ford Fusion
hybrid, it has a luxurious, quiet interior and its ride and handling
rival some high-end European sports sedan. The hybrid returned
an impressive 34 mpg overall in our tests and does not carry a
price premium. Disappointingly, the dash-mounted gear selector
and touch-sensitive controls for climate and audio functions are
distracting and frustrating to use. The modern exterior styling com-
promises cabin access and rear seat room. Unlike other hybrids,
the MKZ doesnt lose the ability to fold the rear seat, but the bat-
tery robs some trunk space. Reliability is still unknown.
Tested model: 2013 Hybrid sedan,
2.0-liter 4-cyl. hybrid, CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
82
Upscale cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Hybrid 4 82
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
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Base price: $56,165-$61,230
Body styles: 4-door SUV;
extended SUV
Trim lines: Base, L
Drive wheels: Rear or select-
able 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 3
third
Engines: 5.4-liter V8 (310 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 119
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 6,245
% weight front/rear . . .51/49
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,525
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 57.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 8,700
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 13/18
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o

Engine Minor

oC

Engine Cooling

o

Trans. Major

o

Trans. Minor

oC

Drive System

oO

Fuel System

oC

Electrical

oC

Climate System

Suspension

oC

Brakes

o+

Exhaust

o

Paint/Trim

oC

Body Integrity

oC

Body Hardware

Power equip.

oC

Audio System

oC

USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Lincoln Navigator
T
he Navigator is based on the Ford Expedition and also offers a
longer version with increased cargo space behind the third-row
seat. The latter is about 15 inches longer than the standard version.
A 310-hp, 5.4-liter V8 and six-speed automatic transmission are
standard, and fuel economy is a wallet-draining 13 mpg overall.
The ride is compliant and controlled, and handling is a bit lumber-
ing but ultimately secure. The power-operated third row folds fat
into the foor and is as comfortable as the second row, and the
power-retractable running boards are a nice touch. A rear-view
camera is standard.
Tested model: 2007 Ultimate 4-door
SUV 4WD, 5.4-liter V8, 6-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
65
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Ultimate V8 65
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Lincoln Navigator
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Vehicle Proles
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Base price: $66,900-$76,900
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: Base, S Q4
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.0-liter V6 turbo
(345 hp); 3.0-liter V6 turbo
(404 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 118
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,025
% weight front/rear . . . . . NA
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 925
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 18.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .15/25
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST NA
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NO
DATA
NEW
MODEL
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Maserati Ghibli
T
he Ghibli is Maseratis new, more-attainable luxury sedan. The
base four-door coupe uses a Ferrari-developed 345-hp, turbo
V6 mated to an excellent eight-speed automatic, driving the rear
wheels. The SQ 4 AWD version has a 404-hp turbo V6. The platform
is based on the Chrysler 300, itself based on an older Mercedes-
Benz E-Class. But the interior, driving dynamics, and exhaust note
are all Italian. Handling is sporty and agile, and the engine emits a
distinctive bark. The interior is full of high quality leather and suede,
and most controls are easy to use, including Chryslers UConnect
touchscreen. The ride is a bit stiff and the rear seat is very cramped.
Maserati Ghibli
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Base price: $21,395-$29,070
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Sport, Touring,
Grand Touring
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 (155 hp);
2.5-liter 4 (184 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .179
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,435
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . .33.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 2,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 24/30
PREDICTED RELIABILITY
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE
FUEL ECONOMY
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mazda CX-5
T
he CX-5 has taut, agile handling and quick, well weighted steer-
ing. But we found the ride to be choppy and the cabin lets in too
much road and wind noise. Both of the 2.0-liter and the much more
responsive 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines returned an impressive 25
mpg overall in out tests. The 2.0 is slow at launch and requires prod-
ding to keep up with traffc. The 2.5-liter provides noticeably quicker
acceleration. The six-speed automatic is fairly smooth; a six-speed
manual is available on base versions. The interior is roomy and versa-
tile, with simple controls, but cheap touches are evident. Reliability has
been above average. The 2.0-liter scored too low to be recommended.
Tested model: 2014 Touring 4-door
SUV AWD, 2.5-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
76
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Touring 4 76
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Mazda CX-5
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Base price: $29,985-$36,625
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Sport, Touring,
Grand Touring
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 3.7-liter V6 (273 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 113
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,585
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,190
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 37.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/22
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC o o o o o o
Engine Minor o oC oC o o o o
Engine Cooling o o o o o o o
Trans. Major oC o o o o o o
Trans. Minor oO oC o o o o o
Drive System o oC o+ o+ oO oC o
Fuel System o o o oC o o o
Electrical o oC oC o o o o
Climate System o o o oC o o o
Suspension o oO oC o o o o
Brakes oO o+ oO o+ o+ oC oC
Exhaust o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oC o+ oO oC oC o oC
Body Integrity o+ o+ oC oC oC oC o
Body Hardware oC oO oC oO oC o+ oC
Power equip. oO o+ o oC o o o
Audio System oO o+ o+ oC o o oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO oO oO oC oC oC oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mazda CX-9
T
he three-row CX-9 is a bit of a hidden gem. Its agile, comfort-
able, quiet, and nicely fnished. Power comes from a smooth
and refned 3.7-liter V6, but its 16 mpg overall is not stellar by
todays standards. Handling is taut and agile, and the ride is frm
and steady yet comfortable. The cabin is quiet and interior trim is
attractive and well assembled. As in many SUVs, the 60/40-split
second-row seats slide fore and aft for greater second- or third-row
leg room. The third-row seat is relatively hospitable and easy to
access. The optional blind-spot detection system works well. Reli-
ability has been above average.
Tested model: 2008 Grand Touring
4-door SUV AWD, 3.7-liter V6,
6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
76
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Grand Touring V6 76
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Mazda CX-9
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Base price: $23,720-$30,550
Body styles: convertible
Trim lines: Sport, Club, Grand
Touring
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 (158 hp);
2.0-liter 4 (167 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
manual; 6-speed manual;
6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .157
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 92
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 2,610
% weight front/rear . . .51/49
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 340
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . .5.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 21/28
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC

o oO o o o o o

Engine Minor oC

o o o o o oC o

Engine Cooling o

oO o+ oC o o o+ o

Trans. Major oO

oC o o o o o o

Trans. Minor oC

oC oC o o o o+ o

Drive System o

o o o oO o o o

Fuel System oC

oC oO oC oC oO o o+

Electrical oC

oC o o o oO o o

Climate System o

oC o oC o o+ o+ o

Suspension o

o o o o o o o

Brakes o

o oC oC o o o o

Exhaust o

o o o o o o o

Paint/Trim oO

oC o o oC o o+ o

Body Integrity o

o+ o o+ oO oO o o

Body Hardware o

oO oC oO oO oO oC oC

Power equip. o

oC o oC oC o+ o o

Audio System o

o oO oC oC oO o oC

USED CAR
VERDICTS
o

oC oC o o oC oO oC

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mazda MX-5 Miata
T
he Miata soldiers on as a pure fun-to-drive roadster. Its 2.0-liter
four-cylinder engine may not be very powerful, but it revs hap-
pily and provides adequate thrust. The manual shifter on our tested
Grand Touring model felt crisp and precise. Handling is super agile,
with quick, precise steering, and the Miata is balanced at its limits.
The ride is relatively tolerable, but the car gets noisy and tiring on
long rides. Interior space is extremely cramped, but the small trunk
is usefully shaped. A power-retractable hard top is available, but
the car is still loud with it raised. Operating the manual top is a
breeze.
Tested model: 2010 Grand Touring
convertible, 2.0-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed
manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
89
Roadsters P F G VG E
Highest Rated 89
Grand Touring 4 89
Lowest Rated 76
0 100
Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $14,720-$17,050
Body styles: 4-door hatchback
Trim lines: Sport, Touring
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.5-liter 4 (100 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
manual; 4-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 156
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 98
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,390
% weight front/rear . . 62/38
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 13.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 28/34
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o

Engine Minor oC

Engine Cooling o

Trans. Major o

Trans. Minor o

Drive System oC

Fuel System oC

Electrical o

Climate System o

Suspension o

Brakes o

Exhaust oC

Paint/Trim oC

Body Integrity o+

Body Hardware oO

Power equip. oC

Audio System o

USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mazda2
T
he Mazda2 is a subcompact hatchback that is powered by
a 100-hp, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The standard manual
transmission shifted slickly, but the optional four-speed automatic
saps some zip. Handling is quite nimble and the ride is tolerable,
but the cabin lets in too much road and engine noise. Rear-seat
room is relatively good. It is related to the Ford Fiesta, but in
exchange for a lower price the Mazda2 gives up some refnement
and comfort. Reliability has been average but it scored too low in
our tests to recommend.
Tested model: 2011 Touring 4-door
hatchback, 1.5-liter 4-cyl., 4-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
60
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Touring 4 60
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Mazda2
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Base price: $16,945-$26,495
Body styles: 4-door hatchback;
sedan
Trim lines: i SV, i Sport, i
Touring, i Grand Touring, s
Touring, s Grand Touring
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 (155 hp);
2.5-liter 4 (184 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,875
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 12.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .30/41
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o
Engine Minor o o
Engine Cooling o o
Trans. Major o o
Trans. Minor oC o
Drive System o o
Fuel System o o
Electrical o o
Climate System o o
Suspension o o
Brakes o o
Exhaust o o
Paint/Trim o o
Body Integrity oC oO
Body Hardware oC o
Power equip. o o
Audio System o oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mazda3
W
hether as a sedan or hatchback, the Mazda3 is really fun to drive
and gets great fuel economy. That combination makes it one of
our top compact cars. It also offers a host of luxury features perhaps
unmatched by any other small car. At 33 mpg, the Mazda3 is the most
fuel effcient compact that isnt a hybrid or a diesel. High-tech features
include a multimedia system with a large touch screen, as well as active
safety features such as blind spot monitoring system. On the downside,
its loud on the highway, ride comfort is just OK, the multimedia controls
can be cumbersome, and it doesnt have as much rear-seat room as
many other small cars. We predict at least average reliability.
Tested model: 2014 i Touring sedan,
2.0-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
78
Small sedans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
i Touring 4 78
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Mazda3 (SKYACTIV
2.0-liter)
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Base price: $20,140-$24,670
Body styles: wagon
Trim lines: Sport, Touring,
Grand Touring
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear, 2
third
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 (157 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 5-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 108
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,495
% weight front/rear . . .51/49
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,020
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . .39.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 21/28
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o oC o o o o
Engine Minor oO oC oC oO oC o o
Engine Cooling o+ o+ o o o o o
Trans. Major oO oC oO o o o o
Trans. Minor o+ o oC o o o o
Drive System oC oO oO oC o o o
Fuel System oC oO oC oO oC oC o
Electrical oC oC oO oC o o o
Climate System oO oC oO oO o o o
Suspension o o o o o o o
Brakes o o+ o o oO oO oC
Exhaust oC o+ o o o o o
Paint/Trim o o+ o+ oO oC o o
Body Integrity o o o o+ o oO o
Body Hardware o oC oC o oC oO o
Power equip. oO oC oO oO oC o o
Audio System oO oO o+ oO oO o o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o+ o+ o+ oO oO oC o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much better than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mazda5
T
he Mazda5 microvan is a compact wagon that seats six. Its
157-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine can be overtaxed on hills
or when carrying a full load. Elevated noise levels make it feel less
substantial than some larger alternatives. On the other hand, it is
agile and fun to drive and has good visibility. The dual sliding rear
doors provide easy access to the two rear rows. But the lack of a
second-row middle seat means a ffth passenger is relegated to the
cramped third row. Still, by combining utility, sportiness, and afford-
ability, the Mazda5 is a practical alternative to a larger minivan or a
small SUV. Reliability has been well above average.
Tested model: 2012 Grand Touring
wagon, 2.5-liter 4-cyl., 5-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
88
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Grand Touring 4 88
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Mazda5
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Base price: $20,990-$29,695
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: Sport, Touring,
Grand Touring
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 (184 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . .111
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,185
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 26/38
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o
Engine Minor o
Engine Cooling o
Trans. Major o
Trans. Minor o
Drive System o
Fuel System o
Electrical o
Climate System o
Suspension o
Brakes o
Exhaust o
Paint/Trim o
Body Integrity o
Body Hardware oC
Power equip. o
Audio System o+
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mazda6
T
he Mazda6 is sporty, stylish, and sparing with fuel. Its 2.5-liter
four-cylinder delivered an impressive 32 mpg overall, the best
among conventional midsized sedans. The six-speed automatic is
very smooth and responsive. A diesel will be available. We found
the 6 to be agile and capable in the corners. The ride is taut and
steady but on the frm side, especially at low speeds. The car has a
sportier and more compact demeanor than most midsized sedans,
but the cabin is rather loud, with noticeable road and wind noise.
The front seats are comfortable, but some controls appear dated
and a few cheap touches are apparent. First year reliability has
been above average.
Tested model: 2014 Sport sedan,
2.5-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
85
Midsized cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Sport 4 85
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Mazda6 (2014)
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $35,800-$62,750
Body styles: coupe; sedan
Trim lines: C250, C300, C350,
C63 AMG, C63 AMG 507
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.8-liter 4 turbo (201
hp); 3.5-liter V6 (248 hp);
3.5-liter V6 (302 hp); 6.3-
liter V8 (451 hp); 6.3-liter V8
(507 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 109
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,410
% weight front/rear . . .51/49
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 835
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 12.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .22/31
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o o
Engine Minor

oC o
Engine Cooling

o oC
Trans. Major

o o
Trans. Minor

o o
Drive System

o o
Fuel System

o oC
Electrical

o o
Climate System

oC o
Suspension

o o
Brakes

o o
Exhaust

o o
Paint/Trim

o o
Body Integrity

o o
Body Hardware

oC o
Power equip.

o o
Audio System

oC oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
M
ercedes C-Class is agile, quiet, and comfortable. The C250
has a smooth 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder and a seven-speed
automatic that shifts seamlessly. We got 24 mpg overall. The C300
and C350 use more powerful V6 engines, and the C300 offers
AWD. We liked the handling and taut, steady ride in our tested
Luxury trim. The Sport has better cornering grip but a stiffer ride.
The front seats are comfortable and supportive, but the rear is
tight. Some controls are not particularly logical. The C63 AMG is
a delight, and a coupe is available. Reliability has been average. A
new, slightly larger C-Class goes on sale this fall.
Tested model: 2012 C250 sedan, 1.8-
liter 4-cyl. turbo, 7-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
85
Compact
sports cars
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
C250 4 85
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
(4-cyl.)
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Base price: $29,900-$47,450
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: 250, 45 AMG
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(208 hp); 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(355 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
sequential
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,335
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 860
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 13.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 26/38
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NO
DATA
NEW
MODEL
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mercedes-Benz CLA
T
he sleek-looking CLA250 is a front-drive, compact, four-door
coupe that debuted as Mercedes price leader. It does a few
things well: Its quick if you hammer the pedal, fairly agile, and the
cabin is upscale and well fnished. Fuel economy of 28 mpg is
respectable, too. But the driving experience falls well short of a typical
Mercedes. The cabin is noisy and cramped, especially in the rear, the
ride is a bit choppy, the view out is seriously impaired, and access
is diffcult both front and rear. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and
seven-speed automatic lack refnement. 4Matic all-wheel drive is
optional and a high-performance, 355-hp CLA45 tops the range.
Tested model: 2014 250 sedan, 2.0-
liter 4-cyl. turbo, 7-speed sequential
ROAD TEST SCORE
63
Compact
sports cars
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
250 4 63
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Mercedes-Benz CLA
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Base price: $72,100-$106,500
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: CLS550, CLS63
AMG, CLS63 AMG S
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 4.6-liter V8 turbo
(402 hp); 5.5-liter V8 turbo
(550 hp); 5.5-liter V8 turbo
(577 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 113
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 4,160
% weight front/rear . . .51/49
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 915
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .18/27
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mercedes-Benz CLS
T
he CLS has been extensively freshened and now has a 4.6-liter,
twin-turbo V8. An AMG version with a 5.5-liter delivers fero-
cious acceleration and a sound to match. The coupe-like styling
results in a low roof, small windows, and reduced interior space
that limits access, visibility, and rear-seat room. Handling is capable
and surprisingly agile for such a large car. The ride is frm but
supple and steady. Noise levels are hushed. Fit and fnish is excel-
lent, but the controls are complicated.
Mercedes-Benz CLS
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Base price: $51,400-$102,370
Body styles: convertible;
coupe; sedan; wagon
Trim lines: E250 BlueTec,
E350, E400 Hybrid, E550,
E63 AMG
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.1-liter 4 turbodiesel
(195 hp); 3.5-liter V6 (302 hp);
3.5-liter V6 hybrid (329 hp);
4.6-liter V8 turbo (402 hp);
5.5-liter V8 turbo (550, 577 hp)
Transmissions: 7-spd auto
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 113
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,935
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 770
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 21/30
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o o oO oO o o o o o
Engine Minor

oC oO o+ o+ oC o o o o
Engine Cooling

o+ oO o o oC o o o o
Trans. Major

oC o+ o+ o o o o o o
Trans. Minor

oO o o+ oC o o o o oO
Drive System

oC oC oC oC oC oC o o o
Fuel System

oC o+ o+ o o oC o+ oC o
Electrical

oC oO o o oC o oC o o
Climate System

oC oO oO oC oC o+ oC oO o
Suspension

oO oO oC oO oC oC o o o
Brakes

oO oO oC oC oC oC oC o o
Exhaust

o oC o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim

o o o oC o oO oC o o
Body Integrity

o oC oC oC oC oC o oC o
Body Hardware

oC oC oC oC oO oC oC oO oC
Power equip.

oC oO oC oC oC oC o o o
Audio System

oC o o o+ o o oO oO oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC oO oC oC oC oO oC oO oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
T
he E-Class, long a benchmark luxury sports sedan, has been
freshened for 2014. This well-fnished, substantial-feeling luxury
car has secure, agile handling. Luxury-trim versions have a smooth
and cushy ride, but the Sport is considerably frmer. The smooth
3.5-liter V6 and seven-speed automatic returned 21 mpg overall.
The new for 2014 four-cylinder diesel got an impressive 30 mpg
overall. The interior is plush, with excellent seats and ft and fnish.
The coupe is based on the C-Class. A convertible and a wagon
(with a rare rear-facing third-row seat) are also available. Reliability
has been average or better for all gas versions.
Tested model: 2012 E350 sedan,
3.5-liter V6, 7-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
86
Luxury cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
E350 V6 86
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
(V6, RWD)
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $63,000-$118,160
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: GL350 BlueTec,
GL450, GL550, GL63 AMG
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel
(240 hp); 4.6-liter V8 turbo (362
hp); 4.6-liter V8 turbo (429 hp);
5.5-liter V8 turbo (550 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 121
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 5,660
% weight front/rear . . 50/50
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,180
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . .47.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 7,500
Fuel
Diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .19/26
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o+ oC

o o o oC
Engine Minor o+ o

oC oC o o
Engine Cooling o o

oO o o o
Trans. Major oO oC

o o o o
Trans. Minor o+ o+

o o o o
Drive System o o

o oC oC o
Fuel System oC o+

o o oO oC
Electrical oO o

o+ o+ o o
Climate System o o

oC o+ oC o
Suspension o o

o o+ oO o
Brakes oC oO

o+ oC o oC
Exhaust o oC

o o o o
Paint/Trim o o

oC oC o o
Body Integrity o oO

o o+ oO oC
Body Hardware o+ o

o o+ oO o+
Power equip. o o+

o oC oO oC
Audio System oC o

o oC oO o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o+ o

o o+ o oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
T
his seven-passenger luxury SUV is the most comfortable-riding
SUV weve tested. Available engines include a 240-hp turbodiesel
V6 and two 4.6-liter turbo V8s, all driving through a seven-speed auto-
matic and with standard all-wheel drive. Essentially a stretched ML,
the GLs interior is luxurious and full of thoughtful details, and even the
third row is comfortable. Handling is responsive but at the limits it is
very clumsy and reluctant. We got 20 mpg overall with the refned die-
sel. Features include a self-parking system and a 360-degree camera
view. Reliability has been average but the poor emergency handling
behavior has prevented us from recommending it.
Tested model: 2013 GL350 BlueTec
4-door SUV AWD, 3.0-liter V6 tur-
bodiesel, 7-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
81
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
GL350 BlueTec V6 81
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Mercedes-Benz
GL-Class
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $30,000-$48,000E
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: 250, 45 AMG
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(208 hp); 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(355 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
sequential
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,320
% weight front/rear . . . . . NA
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NA
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 25/38
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NO
DATA
NEW
MODEL
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mercedes-Benz GLA
T
he 2015 GLA is essentially a raised wagon version of the CLA
sedan. It shares its platform and 208-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-
cylinder and a seven-speed automatic. The 4Matic system includes
an off-road transmission mode that adjusts the shift points and
accelerator response to be better suited to light-duty excursions.
Standard safety features include a radar-based collision prevention
system. Autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring,
and lane assist are optional. The GLA250 4Matic goes on sale this
fall. A front-drive version arrives in early 2015.
Mercedes-Benz GLA
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>
Base price: $37,480-$39,480
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: GLK250, GLK350
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.1-liter 4 turbodiesel
(200 hp); 3.5-liter V6 (302
hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .178
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 109
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,200
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 905
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 32.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .19/25
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC o o o
Engine Minor o oC o o
Engine Cooling o o o o
Trans. Major oC o o o
Trans. Minor oC o oC o
Drive System o o o o
Fuel System o oC o o
Electrical oO oO o o
Climate System oC o o o
Suspension oC o o o
Brakes oO o+ o o
Exhaust o o o o
Paint/Trim oO o o o
Body Integrity o o oO oC
Body Hardware oO oC o oC
Power equip. o o o o
Audio System oC oO oC oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO oC oC oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
B
ased on the C-Class, the GLK offers the same 3.5-liter V6
found in other Mercedes sedans and SUVs. Fuel economy is
a competitive 21 mpg overall. This small SUV rides well, except
for some side-to-side rocking on rough pavement. Handling is
fairly nimble. The high seating position gives a good view out. The
excellent front seats are frm and well shaped. Leg room in the rear
is stingy, and the wide doorsills impede access. The 2013 freshen-
ing also brought a new control layout and a more luxurious-looking
interior. A four-cylinder diesel is also available. Reliability has been
above average.
Tested model: 2013 GLK350 4-door
SUV AWD, 3.5-liter V6, 7-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
77
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
GLK350 V6 77
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Mercedes-Benz GLK
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Base price: $47,790-$97,250
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: ML350, ML350
BlueTec, ML550, ML63 AMG
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.0-liter V6 turbod-
iesel (240 hp); 3.5-liter V6
(302 hp); 4.6-liter V8 turbo
(402 hp); 5.5-liter V8 turbo
(518 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 115
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 4,915
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . .1,080
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 37.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 7,200
Fuel
Diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/22
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o o+ o

o o o o
Engine Minor

o o+ o

oC o o o
Engine Cooling

o+ oC oC

o o o o
Trans. Major

o+ o oC

o o o o
Trans. Minor

o oO o

o oO o o
Drive System

o o oC

o oC o o
Fuel System

o+ oC o

o o oC o
Electrical

oO o o+

oO o oC oC
Climate System

oC o oO

o o oC o
Suspension

o oO o

o oC o o
Brakes

oC o oC

oC o o o
Exhaust

oO o o

o o o o
Paint/Trim

o+ o+ o

oC oC o o
Body Integrity

oO oO o+

oO oO oC oC
Body Hardware

o o o

o+ o+ o oC
Power equip.

o o+ oO

oC o+ oO o
Audio System

o+ oC o+

oC oC o+ oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o oO o

oC oC o+ oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
T
he M-Class is very refned, with an impressively quiet cabin,
meticulous attention to detail, and excellent seats. Its gasoline
V6 delivers smooth and powerful acceleration. A turbodiesel V6, V8,
and AMG versions are also available. Handling is responsive but let
down by vague steering, and the ML doesnt shine at its cornering
limits. Theres an underlying frmness to the ride, but its steady and
supple. Some controls have improved, but others remain compli-
cated. Towing capacity is impressive. Reliability has improved to
average for the V6, but the diesel is well below average.
Tested model: 2012 ML350 4-door
SUV AWD, 3.5-liter V6, 7-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
76
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
ML350 V6 76
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
(V6)
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $92,900-$139,500
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: S550, S63 AMG
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 4.6-liter V8 turbo
(449 hp); 5.5-liter V8 turbo
(577 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 207
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 125
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,935
% weight front/rear . . 53/47
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 915
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/26
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

oO oC

Engine Minor

o o+

Engine Cooling

oC o

Trans. Major

o o+

Trans. Minor

o oO

Drive System

o o

oC

Fuel System

oO oO

oO

Electrical

o oO

Climate System

oO oC

oC

Suspension

o+ o+

o+

Brakes

oC oC

Exhaust

o o

Paint/Trim

oC o+

Body Integrity

oC oC

Body Hardware

oC oC

o+

Power equip.

oC o

oO

Audio System

o o

o+

USED CAR
VERDICTS
o+ oO

oC

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
T
he new S-Class is quite impressive, with features and quali-
ties that bring it to the uber-luxury level once occupied by the
Maybach line. A powerful 4.6-liter turbo V8 is the base engine. A
5.5-liter turbo S63 AMG 4Matic version will be available in a few
months. The redesigned car brings a whole host of advanced
technology, including the ability to follow the road and stop by itself
in an emergency. Acceleration is brisk and effortless, the ride is
plush and steady, and the cabin is very hushed. Even though its
large and posh, handling agility is commendable. Some controls are
overly complicated. All-wheel drive is optional.
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Base price: $106,700-$214,500
Body styles: convertible
Trim lines: SL550, SL63 AMG,
SL65 AMG
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front
Engines: 4.6-liter V8 turbo (429
hp); 5.5-liter V8 turbo (530 hp);
5.5-liter V8 turbo (557 hp); 6.0-
liter V12 turbo (621 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 102
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,935
% weight front/rear . . 50/50
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 14.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/24
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mercedes-Benz SL
T
he SL is made almost entirely of aluminum to save weight.
Power comes from a 429-hp, 4.6-liter V8 that employs a start-
stop system to save fuel. The car looks a lot like the old two-seat
roadster, but its retractable hard top has adjustable opacity to let
sunlight in even when the top is raised. It is full of new high-tech
features and safety equipment: Pre-Safe collision mitigation, adap-
tive brakes and cruise control, active head restraints, head-curtain
air bags, and more.
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Base price: $43,525-$68,925
Body styles: convertible
Trim lines: SLK250, SLK350,
SLK55 AMG
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front
Engines: 1.8-liter 4 turbo (201
hp); 3.5-liter V6 (302 hp);
5.5-liter V8 (415 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 7-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 96
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,225
% weight front/rear . . .51/49
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 560
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 10.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 22/32
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o

Engine Minor

o

Engine Cooling

oC

Trans. Major

o

Trans. Minor

o

Drive System

o

Fuel System

o

Electrical

o+

Climate System

oO

Suspension

o

Brakes

o

Exhaust

o

Paint/Trim

o

Body Integrity

oC

Body Hardware

Power equip.

o

Audio System

oO

USED CAR
VERDICTS
o

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mercedes-Benz SLK
T
he SLK features a retractable glass and metal top that lets it
credibly serve as either a coupe or an open-top roadster. The
base SLK250 features a 1.8-liter, 201-hp turbocharged four-cylinder
that delivers ample thrust. Our tested SLK250 with the six-speed
manual returned a very good 26 mpg overall, but we werent
impressed with the rubbery shifter action. The more powerful
engines come with a seven-speed automatic. Handling is crisp and
enjoyable, with communicative steering but it can be a handful at
its limits. The ride is frm, but civilized enough for lengthy trips. The
small cabin is well fnished, but narrow. Reliability is still unknown.
Tested model: 2012 SLK250
convertible, 1.8-liter 4-cyl. turbo,
6-speed manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
81
Roadsters P F G VG E
Highest Rated 89
SLK250 4 81
Lowest Rated 76
0 100
Mercedes-Benz SLK
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Base price: $19,950-$23,600
Body styles: 2-door hatchback
Trim lines: Base, S
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 1.5-liter 3 turbo (134
hp); 2.0-liter 4 turbo (189 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 150
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 98
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,690
% weight front/rear . . 62/38
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . .6.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . . . NA
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC o o o+ oC o+ o o o o
Engine Minor o+ o o o o o oO o+ o+ o
Engine Cooling o+ o o o o o o+ o oO o
Trans. Major o o o o oC oC o o o o
Trans. Minor o oC oO o o+ oC oC o o oC
Drive System oC o+ o o+ oC o o oC o o
Fuel System oC o+ o o oO o o o oO o
Electrical o+ oC oO oC oC oC o+ oO oC o
Climate System oO oO o oC oO oO o o o o
Suspension o o o oC oO oC o o o o
Brakes oC oC oC oO oO o o+ o o o
Exhaust oO oC oC o oC oC o o o o
Paint/Trim oC o o+ oC oO oO oO oO o oC
Body Integrity oO oC oO oC o+ o oC oO oO o
Body Hardware o o+ oC oC o+ o oO oO oO oO
Power equip. o+ oO oC o oO o+ oC oC o o
Audio System oC o o o oC oC o o+ o+ o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o+ o+ o+ o o o oO o o+ oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mini Cooper
R
edesigned for 2015, the new third-generation Mini is longer and
wider. Engine choices are a 134-hp three-cylinder or 189-hp four-
cylinder turbo, with either a six-speed manual or automatic. The dash
center hosts a basic info screen or a large 8.8-inch touchscreen. The
infotainment advances with modern app-enabled functionality and a
rotary controller. Driver aids include a rearview camera, active cruise
control, and accident avoidance with brake intervention. A parking
assistant can identify suitable parking spaces and handle the steering
necessary to maneuver into the spot, while the driver operates the
throttle, braking, and gear selection.
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $22,100-$34,950
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Base, S, JCW
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.6-liter 4 (121 hp);
1.6-liter 4 turbo (184 hp); 1.6-
liter 4 turbo (208 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 102
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,305
% weight front/rear . . 58/42
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 860
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 17.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 23/30
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC o o
Engine Minor o o+ oO
Engine Cooling o o+ oC
Trans. Major o+ oO o+
Trans. Minor oC o o
Drive System o+ oO oO
Fuel System o o o+
Electrical o oC oC
Climate System o oC o
Suspension oC o o
Brakes o oC oC
Exhaust o o o
Paint/Trim o oC o
Body Integrity o oO oC
Body Hardware o oO oO
Power equip. oC oC oC
Audio System oC oO o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much worse than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mini Cooper Countryman
T
he four-door SUV-like Countryman is larger than other Minis
but its still small and fun to drive. The quirky interior has well
shaped and comfortable seats. It retains the quick steering and
fantastic agility of other Minis. The S has a punchy powertrain, and
it posted a very good 26 mpg overall in our tests. Familiar Mini
downsides carry over, including frustrating controls, a stiff ride, and
a noisy cabin. All-wheel drive is only available on the S version.
Typical options can easily drive the price for an all-wheel-drive
model beyond $32,000. Reliability has been well below average.
Tested model: 2011 S 4-door SUV
AWD, 1.6-liter 4-cyl. turbo, 6-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
66
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
S 4 66
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Mini Cooper
Countryman
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Base price: $23,300-$35,600
Body styles: 2-door hatchback
Trim lines: Base, S, JCW
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 1.6-liter 4 (121 hp);
1.6-liter 4 turbo (181 hp); 1.6-
liter 4 turbo (208 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 102
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,110
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 12.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 26/32
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mini Paceman
T
he Mini family continues to expand with the addition of the
Paceman, essentially a two-door version of the Countryman.
The Paceman four-seater offers a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with front-
wheel drive, but all-wheel-drive versions get the more powerful
181-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder. The Countryman S we tested
has a lively powertrain, and it posted a very good 26 mpg overall
in AWD. Downsides included frustrating controls, a stiff ride, and
a noisy cabin. A new Comfort Suspension is standard with 2014
models; the rather stiff Sport Suspension is a no-charge option.
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Base price: $17,195-$28,395
Body styles: 4-door hatch-
back; sedan
Trim lines: ES, SE, Ralliart, GT,
Evolution GSR, Evolution MR
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 (148 hp); 2.4-
liter 4 (168 hp); 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(237 hp); 2.0-liter 4 turbo (291 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
sequential; 5-speed manual;
CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,015
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 12.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 26/34
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE
FUEL ECONOMY
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mitsubishi Lancer
T
he Lancer is an insubstantial and unimpressive compact sedan.
It is fairly agile and has a decent ride, with balanced and secure
handling although cornering grip is limited. However, its 2.0-liter
four-cylinder is rough, the CVT makes it moan, fuel economy is
uncompetitive, and the car is sluggish from a stop. The cramped
cabin is furnished with drab plastics and has subpar ft and fnish,
but the controls are simple to use. The sporty, AWD Ralliart is quick
and agile but its noisier, has a stiff ride, and its automated manual
transmission is annoying during all but the most spirited drives.
Tested model: 2008 ES sedan,
2.0-liter 4-cyl., CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
62
Small sedans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
ES 4 62
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Mitsubishi Lancer
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Base price: $34,995-$38,195
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: GSR, MR
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(291 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
sequential; 5-speed manual
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .177
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,610
% weight front/rear . . 56/44
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . 7.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE
FUEL ECONOMY
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
T
he Evolution is super fast and agile, with very quick steer-
ing response. It is fun to drive but has a harsh ride and is
very loud. The GSR model lacks a sixth gear and makes a lot of
engine noise at highway speeds. The MR version has a six-speed
automated manual and is a bit more relaxed on the highway.
Recaro seats, Brembo brakes, and carbon-fber parts are all part of
the Evos rally-car heritage. The interior is functional and focused
on driving, not comfort. The Evo is a car for the die-hard driv-
ing enthusiast who will put up with some discomfort for outright
performance.
Tested model: 2008 GSR sedan AWD,
2.0-liter 4-cyl. turbo, 5-speed manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
83
Sporty cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 97
Evolution GSR 4 83
Lowest Rated 54
0 100
Mitsubishi Lancer
Evolution
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $12,995-$15,195
Body styles: 4-door hatchback
Trim lines: DE, ES
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.2-liter 3 (74 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
manual; CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 97
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,085
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 17.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 37/44
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NO
DATA
NEW
MODEL
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mitsubishi Mirage
M
itsubishis tiny, Thailand-built subcompact has one claim to fame:
its 40 mpg combined EPA rating. Aside from that, the car seems
like an act of desperation. So far in our testing, its sputtering 74-hp
three-cylinder engine has delivered acceleration that is meager at best,
and you need to hammer the gas pedal to the foor in order to get
some life out of the engine. The clumsy handling is an eye-opener,
with a great deal of body lean even at low speeds, and the slow steer-
ing makes you feel like youre at the helm of a dingy on high seas The
crude, low-rent interior overshadows the long list of features. Further
lowering its standing is its poor IIHS small-overlap crash test score.
Mitsubishi Mirage
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Base price: $22,995-$27,795
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: ES, SE, GT
Drive wheels: Front or select-
able AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (166 hp);
3.0-liter V6 (224 hp)
Transmissions: CVT; 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 105
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,505
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,155
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 32.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,500
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 24/29
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o o

o o o

Engine Minor

o oO

o o o

Engine Cooling

o o

o o o

Trans. Major

o o

o o o

Trans. Minor

oC oC

o o o

Drive System

o oO

o o o

Fuel System

o o

o o o

Electrical

o oC

oC o o

Climate System

oO o

oC oO o

Suspension

oC o

o o o

Brakes

o+ oO

o o o

Exhaust

oC o

o o o

Paint/Trim

o o

oC oO o

Body Integrity

oO oC

o+ oO oC

Body Hardware

oC oC

oC oC oC

Power equip.

o o

o oC o

Audio System

o o

o o oC

USED CAR
VERDICTS
o oC

oC o o

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mitsubishi Outlander
W
ith its tight, kids-only third-row seat, the Outlander is one
of the few small SUVs that provide seating for up to seven
people. Effective air-conditioning is one of its only strong points.
Otherwise, the Outlander handles clumsily and feels like a larger
vehicle. The ride is fairly stiff. The sluggish acceleration is accom-
panied by raucous engine noise. The loud cabin is dressed in trim
that looks cheap and feels insubstantial. Its 23 mpg overall is aver-
age for this class but nothing special. Overall, with the array of very
good competitors in this class, we see little reason to consider the
Outlander.
Tested model: 2014 SE 4-door SUV
AWD, 2.4-liter 4-cyl., CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
57
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
SE 4 57
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Mitsubishi Outlander
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Base price: $19,470-$23,995
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: ES, SE, LE
Drive wheels: Front or select-
able AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 (148 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
manual; CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 105
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,290
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 25.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 24/29
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o

Engine Minor o o

Engine Cooling o o

Trans. Major o o

Trans. Minor o o

Drive System o o

Fuel System o o

Electrical o o

Climate System oO o

Suspension o o

Brakes o o

Exhaust o o

Paint/Trim oO o

Body Integrity oO oC

Body Hardware oC oC

Power equip. oC o

Audio System o oC

USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much better than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
T
his shortened version of the small Outlander SUV has reduced
rear-seat and cargo space. Despite the name, its not exactly a
sporty SUV to drive. Handling isnt that nimble, and acceleration from
the 148-hp, 2.0-liter engine is just adequate. The Sports choppy ride
and very noisy cabin further undermine the driving experience. Still, it
retains the previous Outlanders high seating position and some of its
passenger-and-cargo versatility. Top-trim all-wheel drive versions can
get expensive enough where the Outlander Sport starts to compete
with sportier, roomier, and better SUVs. Reliability has been impres-
sive but it scored too low in our tests to recommend.
Tested model: 2011 SE 4-door SUV
AWD, 2.0-liter 4-cyl., CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
65
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
SE 4 65
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Mitsubishi Outlander
Sport
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Base price: $22,995
Body styles: 4-door hatchback
Trim lines: ES, SE
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: Electric (63 hp)
Transmissions: 1-speed direct
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 100
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 2,610
% weight front/rear . . 46/54
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 660
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 13.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Electric
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . 126/99
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST NA
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Mitsubishi i-MiEV
T
he i-MiEV is one of the cheapest all-electric cars available. But
the tradeoff is that its slow, clumsy, stiff-riding, and Spartan
inside. It takes between 6 and 7 hours to charge on a 240-volt,
Level 2 charger, or 21 hours on a standard 110-volt charger. Its
range is EPA-rated at 62 miles, although we generally got around
56 miles. We measured its energy consumption at 111 mpg
equivalent. The motor puts out a meager 63 hp. In comparison,
the Nissan Leaf, with its seating for fve, roomier interior, and more
comfortable ride, feels like a real car and is a far better choice.
Tested model: 2012 SE 4-door
hatchback, Electric, automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
31
Fuel efficient
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
SE electric 31
Lowest Rated 31
0 100
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Vehicle Proles
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Base price: $22,110-$30,760
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV,
2.5 SL, 3.5 S, 3.5 SV, 3.5 SL
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 (182 hp);
3.5-liter V6 (270 hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 109
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,130
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 900
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 27/38
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC oC o o o o o o o o
Engine Minor oO oO oC oO oC oC o o o o
Engine Cooling o+ o o o oC o o o o o
Trans. Major oO oC o o+ o+ oC o o o o
Trans. Minor oC oO oC oC o o o o o oC
Drive System oC oC oC o oC o o o o oC
Fuel System o+ o+ oO o oC oC oC oC oC o
Electrical o o+ o+ oC o o o o+ oC o
Climate System oC oO oC oO oC oC o o o o
Suspension o+ oO oO oC oC oC oC o o oC
Brakes oO o+ oO o+ o+ o+ o+ o+ oC oC
Exhaust o o+ oO oO o+ oC o o o o
Paint/Trim o+ o+ oC oO oO oC oC oC o o
Body Integrity oC oC oC oC oC oC oO oC oO o
Body Hardware oC oC oC oC oC oC oO oC oC oO
Power equip. oC o o o+ oC oO oO o o oC
Audio System oO o o oC o oC oC o oC oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO oO oC oO oO oC oO oC oC o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much worse than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Nissan Altima
T
he well-rounded, roomy Altima delivers excellent fuel economy.
Both the revised 182-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder and the car-
ryover 270-hp, 3.5-liter V6 use a CVT that works well. We got an
impressive 31 mpg overall in our tests of the four-cylinder, while
the V6 got 24 mpg overall. Handling is rather ordinary, though
ultimately secure. Both cars have a mostly comfortable ride, but
it is signifcantly better in the 2.5 S. The display in the instrument
cluster includes navigation information, text-message notifcation,
and audio data. Blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems are
available. Reliability of the redesign has been well below average.
Tested model: 2013 2.5 S sedan,
2.5-liter 4-cyl., CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
81
Midsized cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
2.5 S 4 81
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Nissan Altima Sedan
(4-cyl.)
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Base price: $37,240-$52,510
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: SV, SL, Platinum
Drive wheels: Rear or select-
able 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 3
third
Engines: 5.6-liter V8 (317 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . .123
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 5,700
% weight front/rear . . .51/49
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . .1,380
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 58.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 9,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 12/18
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o

Engine Minor

o

Engine Cooling

o

Trans. Major

o

Trans. Minor

o

Drive System

oC

Fuel System

o

Electrical

oO

Climate System

Suspension

oO

Brakes

oO

Exhaust

o

Paint/Trim

oO

Body Integrity

o

Body Hardware

o+

Power equip.

oC

Audio System

o

USED CAR
VERDICTS
o

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much worse than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Nissan Armada
T
he Armada is a large, truck-based SUV with an independent
rear suspension and seating for eight. Power comes from a
smooth-revving, punchy, but noisy 5.6-liter V8 engine coupled with
a slick fve-speed automatic. Fuel economy, at 13 mpg overall, is
abysmal. The Armada is quick but not that refned. Handling is rela-
tively responsive, but the ride is quite stiff. Interior quality is so-so
and the styling is dated. It is diffcult for children to reach the high-
mounted exterior rear-door handles. Rear cargo space and towing
capacity are generous. Reliability has been much below average.
Tested model: 2012 Platinum 4-door
SUV 4WD, 5.6-liter V8, 5-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
61
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Platinum V8 61
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Nissan Armada
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Base price: $16,760-$18,860
Body styles: wagon
Trim lines: 1.8 S, 1.8 SL
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.8-liter 4 (122 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .157
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 100
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,855
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 860
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 28.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 27/31
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o

Engine Minor o o

Engine Cooling o o

Trans. Major o o

Trans. Minor oO o

Drive System oO o

Fuel System oC o+

Electrical oC o+

Climate System oO oC

Suspension oC oC

Brakes o oC

Exhaust o+ oC

Paint/Trim o o+

Body Integrity o oC

Body Hardware oC oO

Power equip. oO o

Audio System o oC

USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO oO

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Nissan Cube
T
he tall and boxy Cube has an enormous amount of interior
space for a small car and its very easy to access. Acceleration
is slow from the 122-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder. We got 28 mpg with
the continuously variable transmission. The ride is comfortable, but
handling is rather clumsy due to pronounced body roll and vague
steering. Wind and road noise are intrusive. Stopping distances are
long. Fit and fnish is on the cheap side. Overall, the Cube trails its
direct competitors, such as the Scion xB and Kia Soul.
Tested model: 2009 1.8 S wagon,
1.8-liter 4-cyl., CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
64
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
1.8 S 4 64
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Nissan Cube
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $17,990-$34,270
Body styles: extended cab;
crew cab
Trim lines: S, SV, DR, PRO-4X,
SL
Drive wheels: Rear or part-
time 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 (152 hp);
4.0-liter V6 (261 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
manual; 6-speed manual;
5-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 206
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 126
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,655
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,160
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . 6,100
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 15/21
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oO oO o+ o+ o o o o o o
Engine Minor o+ oO o o oC o o o o o
Engine Cooling o+ o+ oO o oC oO o o o o
Trans. Major o+ o oO o+ o oC o o o o
Trans. Minor o+ oO oC oC o o o oC o o
Drive System o o+ o o+ o+ o+ oC o o oC
Fuel System oO o o o o+ oO oC oC oC o
Electrical oC oO oC oC oO oC oO oC o o
Climate System o+ oO oO oC o o oC o o o
Suspension oO o oC oC oC oC o o o o
Brakes oO oC oO oO oC oO o oC oC o
Exhaust oO o oO oC o oC o o o o
Paint/Trim oO o+ oC oO o+ o+ oO oC o o
Body Integrity oO o+ oC oO oC o+ oC oC oC o
Body Hardware oC oO oO oO oC oC oC oO o o+
Power equip. o oO o+ oO oC oO oC oC o oC
Audio System o+ o+ oC o o o o oC o oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO o+ oO oO oC oO oO oC oC oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Nissan Frontier
T
he Frontier is one of the few compact pickups we can recom-
mend. It shares a platform with the Xterra and the larger Titan
pickup. We found the Frontier to be quick and relatively nimble,
with a stiff though tolerable ride. The strong 4.0-liter V6 revs
smoothly and feels like a V8; expect 15 mpg. A 2.5-liter, four-
cylinder engine powers base models. Only crew- and extended-cab
body styles are offered, but rear-seat room is still tight even in the
crew cab. A model with a longer bed is available, but the tailgate is
very heavy.
Tested model: 2005 LE crew cab
4WD, 4.0-liter V6, 5-speed auto-
matic
ROAD TEST SCORE
67
Pickups P F G VG E
Highest Rated 81
LE V6 67
Lowest Rated 50
0 100
Nissan Frontier
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $18,990-$25,990
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: S, SV, NISMO, SL
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.6-liter 4 turbo (188
hp); 1.6-liter 4 turbo (197 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 100
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,170
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 860
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 11.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 25/30
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o

Engine Minor o o

Engine Cooling o o

Trans. Major o o

Trans. Minor o o

Drive System o o

Fuel System o+ oO

Electrical oC oC

Climate System o+ oC

Suspension o o

Brakes oO o

Exhaust o o

Paint/Trim o o

Body Integrity o o+

Body Hardware oC oC

Power equip. o+ o

Audio System o+ oC

USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO oC

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Nissan Juke
T
he funky-looking Juke has the raised ride height and optional
AWD like that of an SUV, but very car-like maneuverability. The
steeply raked rear quarter makes for lousy rear visibility. The rear
seat is tight, and the trifing cargo space limits practicality. Nimble
handling and the punchy 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder make it fun
and zippy. Its 24 mpg overall isnt bad, but the need for premium
fuel is a downer. As in some sporty hatchbacks, a noisy cabin and
stiff ride come with the territory. Reliability has been average but it
scored too low in our tests to recommend.
Tested model: 2011 SV 4-door SUV
AWD, 1.6-liter 4-cyl. turbo, CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
65
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
SV 4 65
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Nissan Juke
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $28,980-$35,020
Body styles: 4-door hatchback
Trim lines: S, SV, SL
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: Electric (107 hp)
Transmissions: 1-speed direct
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .175
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,360
% weight front/rear . . 56/44
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 860
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Electric
EPA city/hwy, mpg . .130/102
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST NA
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o
Engine Minor o o o
Engine Cooling o o o
Trans. Major o o o
Trans. Minor o o o
Drive System o o o
Fuel System o o oO
Electrical o oC o
Climate System o o o
Suspension oO o o
Brakes o o o
Exhaust o o o
Paint/Trim o o o
Body Integrity o o o
Body Hardware o o o
Power equip. oO o oC
Audio System o o o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much better than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Nissan Leaf
T
he fve-seat, electric-powered Leaf has a 75-mile typical range. A
full charge took 6 hours using a 240-volt outlet or 16 hours using
120 volts. For 2014 the charge times have been shortened. The Leaf
feels quick and it is quiet and rides comfortably. Cabin access is
easy, and the rear seat is fairly roomy. We measured the equivalent
of 106 mpg. Running costs are extremely low: 3.5 cents per mile at
the national average of 11 cents per kWh. Standard features include
a heated steering wheel and seats, and a rear-view camera. Nissans
around-view monitor is optional, and top-level models get an electric
heat system that uses 30-percent less energy.
Tested model: 2011 SL 4-door
hatchback, Electric, automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
69
Fuel efficient
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
SL electric 69
Lowest Rated 31
0 100
Nissan Leaf
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Base price: $31,200-$34,290
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: 3.5 S, 3.5 SV
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 (290 hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 109
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,555
% weight front/rear . . 62/38
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 900
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 14.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .19/26
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o+ o oO o+ o oC o oC o o
Engine Minor o+ oO o o+ o oC o o o o
Engine Cooling oC oC oO oC oC o o o o o
Trans. Major o o o oC o o oC o o o
Trans. Minor o+ o o o o o o o o o
Drive System o+ oO oO oO oC oO o o o oC
Fuel System oC oO oC oC o oO o o o o
Electrical oO o+ oO o+ o+ o o oO o o
Climate System o+ o o o o oC o o o o
Suspension o+ o+ o+ oO oO o oO o oC o
Brakes o+ oO o o+ oC oO oO oC o o
Exhaust oC o o o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim o+ o+ o o+ o+ oO oC oC oC oC
Body Integrity oO oO oC oC oC oC oC oO oO oO
Body Hardware o+ oO oC oC oC o+ oO oC o+ o
Power equip. oC oC oO o+ oO o o oO oC oC
Audio System oO oO oC oC o oC oC oO o o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO o+ o+ oO oC oO oO oC oC oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Nissan Maxima
T
he Maxima soldiers on mostly unchanged for 2014, with an
imminent redesign. The highlight of the Maxima is its smooth,
powerful 3.5-liter V6 that gives it very quick acceleration and 22
mpg overall, but on premium fuel. The steering is oddly weighted.
Its overly light at low speeds but then frms up rather abruptly,
which takes away from the cars handling. The ride is comfortable
enough, and the cabin is quiet. A low roofine inhibits rear access
and visibility. Controls are simple to use, and the front seats are
very comfortable and supportive, but interior materials and rear-
seat room arent as impressive.
Tested model: 2009 3.5 SV sedan,
3.5-liter V6, CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
83
Large cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
3.5 SV V6 83
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Nissan Maxima
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $28,440-$41,995
Body styles: convertible;
4-door SUV
Trim lines: S, SV, SL, LE,
CrossCabriolet
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 (260 hp);
3.5-liter V6 (265 hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . .111
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 4,190
% weight front/rear . . 58/42
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 900
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 31.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .18/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC oC o oC oO oC o o o
Engine Minor o o o o oC oC o o o
Engine Cooling o oC o oO o o o o o
Trans. Major oO oO oO oO oC oC o o o
Trans. Minor oO o o oC oC o o o o
Drive System o o o o o+ oO oC o o
Fuel System oO oO oC oC oC oC o o o
Electrical oO oO oC oC oO oC o o o
Climate System oC oC oC oO o o o o o
Suspension o+ o o o oC oO o o o
Brakes oO o+ o+ o+ oO oC oC o o
Exhaust o o o o+ oC o o o o
Paint/Trim oO o+ oO oC oC oC oC o oC
Body Integrity o o+ o+ o+ oO oO oO o oO
Body Hardware o o o o+ o+ oC oC oC o
Power equip. oO o+ oC o+ o+ oC oC o o
Audio System o o oO oC oC oO oO oO oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO o+ o+ o+ oO oO oC oC oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Nissan Murano
T
he pleasant and well-rounded Murano has a nicely-constructed
and quiet interior and a comfortable ride. The 3.5-liter V6
is powerful and refned and delivers strong performance with a
respectable 19 mpg overall. The CVT transmission is one of the
best on the market. Handling is responsive and secure. Roomy,
comfortable rear seats and easy access are pluses. The interior is
stylish and functional, with fairly straightforward controls. Limited
rear visibility is the only notable drawback. The CrossCabriolet is a
convertible version of dubious merit and appeal. A redesign should
be unveiled later this year.
Tested model: 2009 SL 4-door SUV
AWD, 3.5-liter V6, CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
78
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
SL V6 78
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Nissan Murano
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $28,950-$44,350
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: S, SV, SL, Plati-
num, SV Hybrid, SL Hybrid,
Platinum Hybrid
Drive wheels: Front or select-
able AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 hybrid
(250 hp); 3.5-liter V6 (260
hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 112
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,505
% weight front/rear . . 54/46
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,150
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . .39.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 5,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .19/25
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FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
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TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Nissan Pathnder
T
he Pathfnder is a car-based SUV that has seating for seven, but
the third-row seat is tight, and even the second rows posture is
not ideal. Like the similar Infniti JX, the passenger-side rear seat can
be moved forward with a child seat installed. The ride is comfortable
enough, but handling lacks agility. Power comes from a 3.5-liter V6
coupled to a new CVT. This combination returned 18 mpg overall in
our tests. Its towing capability of 5,000 pounds is competitive. The
cabin is quiet and spacious, and the controls are fairly easy to master.
A hybrid version with a 2.5-liter, supercharged four-cylinder engine is
new. Reliability of the redesign has been well below average.
Tested model: 2013 SL 4-door SUV
4WD, 3.5-liter V6, CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
69
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
SL V6 69
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Nissan Pathnder
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $25,990-$42,640
Body styles: minivan
Trim lines: S, SV, SL, LE
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear, 3
third
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 (260 hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 118
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,570
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,160
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 62.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .19/25
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
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oO

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oO

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VERDICTS
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NEW CAR
PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Nissan Quest
T
he cavernous Quest is powered by an eager 3.5-liter V6 mated
to a continuously variable transmission. It is among the most
luxurious minivans on the market, with a plush and quiet interior
and a smooth, compliant ride. Just dont expect sporty handling.
The two rear rows of seats can fold fat to form a convenient, fush
load foor. But the Quest seats only seven at most, not the more
useful eight. A covered cargo bay behind the third-row seat can
hide luggage, an uncommon feature in a minivan. Reliability has
been above average.
Tested model: 2011 SL minivan,
3.5-liter V6, CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
81
Minivans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 86
SL V6 81
Lowest Rated 74
0 100
Nissan Quest
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>
Base price: $22,490-$29,420
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: S, SV, SL
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 (170 hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 107
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,590
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 900
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 31.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 25/32
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
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VERDICTS
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PREDICTION
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SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Nissan Rogue
T
he redesigned Rogue is much more substantial and easier to
live with than its dowdy predecessor, which is still for sale as the
Rogue Select. It even has an optional small third-row seat. Power
comes from the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder and an updated CVT. It
mimics a conventional automatic to stife the engine moan associ-
ated with CVTs. A suite of available electronic safety gear includes
cross-traffc alert, forward-collision, and lane-departure warning and
blind-spot monitoring. The rear camera gives an extra-wide view. The
interior is much more substantial now and rear access is aided by
doors that open almost ninety degrees. The ability to slide the rear
seat fore aft is useful as well.
Tested model: 2014 SV 4-door SUV
AWD, 2.5-liter 4-cyl., CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
73
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
SV 4 73
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Nissan Rogue
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $15,990-$19,590
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: S, FE S, SV, FE SV,
SR, SL
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.8-liter 4 (130 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,835
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 860
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 30/39
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
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PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Nissan Sentra
T
he Sentra compact sedan looks good at frst glance but ultimately
trails the class best. We got 29 mpg overall from the noisy 1.8-liter
four-cylinder and CVT. Tweaks for 2014 made the CVT feel more like a
regular automatic. The engine is noisy but road noise is relatively well-
suppressed. The ride is steady but impacts are stiff over pavement
imperfections. Handling is fairly responsive and proved secure at its
limits but the steering is vague. The tall stance makes cabin access
easy. Features content on the SV trim includes infotainment and a
backup camera, and a low-cost nav system is optional. First year reli-
ability is average but it scored too low in our tests to recommend.
Tested model: 2013 SV sedan,
1.8-liter 4-cyl., CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
64
Small sedans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
SV 4 64
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Nissan Sentra
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $29,270-$43,190
Body styles: extended cab;
crew cab
Trim lines: S, SV, PRO-4X, SL
Drive wheels: Rear or part-
time 4WD
Seating: 3 front, 3 rear
Engines: 5.6-liter V8 (317 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 140
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 5,275
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . .1,600
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . 9,100
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 12/17
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
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oO

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oC

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oC

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oC

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PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Nissan Titan
N
issans full-sized truck has an impressively large cabin, is
relatively agile, but the ride suffers from a rubbery jiggle. The
muscular V8 provides strong acceleration and is mated to a very
smooth transmission, but engine drone can become tiresome. The
crew-cab version offers standard- and extended-length beds, but
a standard cab is not available. Interior ft and fnish is lackluster.
The damped-action tailgate is a nice touch. Safety features include
standard curtain air bags. Reliability has been well below average.
Tested model: 2012 SV crew cab
4WD, 5.6-liter V8, 5-speed auto-
matic
ROAD TEST SCORE
66
Pickups P F G VG E
Highest Rated 81
SV V8 66
Lowest Rated 50
0 100
Nissan Titan
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $11,990-$16,890
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: S, S Plus, SV, SL
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.6-liter 4 (109 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed man-
ual; CVT; 4-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .175
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 102
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,430
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .31/40
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o

Engine Minor

o

Engine Cooling

o

Trans. Major

o

Trans. Minor

o

Drive System

o

Fuel System

oO

Electrical

o

Climate System

o

Suspension

o

Brakes

o+

Exhaust

o

Paint/Trim

o

Body Integrity

o

Body Hardware

o

Power equip.

o+

Audio System

o

USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Nissan Versa
N
issans subcompact Versa sedan is disappointing, with a
noisy and cheap interior. The engine drones as the car gath-
ers speed, and the continuously variable transmission accentu-
ates engine noise. Handling, though secure, lacks agility. The ride
is compliant but jumpy. To its credit, the rear cabin is relatively
roomy and fuel economy is commendable at 32 mpg overall. The
company says the 2014 models receive revised suspension and
steering tuning. Reliability has been average. The Versa scored a
poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.
Tested model: 2012 SV sedan,
1.6-liter 4-cyl., CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
52
Small sedans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
SV 4 52
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Nissan Versa Sedan
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>
Base price: $13,990-$15,990
Body styles: 4-door hatch-
back
Trim lines: S, S Plus, SV, SL
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.6-liter 4 (109 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
manual; CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 102
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,470
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 23.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .31/40
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
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VERDICTS
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PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Nissan Versa Note
A
redesigned Versa hatchback, the Note offers amazing space and
versatility, and its quieter and more relaxed to drive than most
subcompact cars. Its tall stance and wide doors make it easy to
maneuver, park, and hop in and out. The rear seat is really roomy, and
the ride feels comfortable and relaxed. Handling is more responsive
than the Versa sedan. Our main gripes are its awkward driving posi-
tion, squishy front seats, and lack of interior storage. The continuously
variable transmission can magnify coarse engine noise when acceler-
ating, but at least it helps lift the Note to a respectable 31 mpg overall.
Even so, the Note is a good package for the price.
Tested model: 2014 SV 4-door
hatchback, 1.6-liter 4-cyl., CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
63
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
SV 4 63
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Nissan Versa Hatchback
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $23,110-$31,090
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: X, S, PRO-4X
Drive wheels: Rear or part-
time 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 4.0-liter V6 (261 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 5-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .179
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,480
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 920
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 45.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 5,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 15/20
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION o+
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Nissan Xterra
T
he Xterra feels crude but is very capable off-road. Although
the ride is stiff, handling is relatively responsive. The strong V6
engine delivers quick acceleration but overall fuel economy is just
17 mpg. The automatic is smooth, but the four-wheel-drive system
is a rudimentary part-time type. The basic interior looks rugged and
is well assembled. The off-road trim line has a hill-descent control
that maintains a very low speed on slippery downhill grades.
Reliability has been average, but the Xterra scores too low to be
recommended.
Tested model: 2005 S 4-door SUV
4WD, 4.0-liter V6, 5-speed auto-
matic
ROAD TEST SCORE
60
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
S V6 60
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Nissan Xterra
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $29,990-$45,470
Body styles: convertible;
coupe
Trim lines: Base, Touring,
NISMO
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front
Engines: 3.7-liter V6 (332 hp);
3.7-liter V6 (350 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 7-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .167
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 100
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,385
% weight front/rear . . 54/46
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 450
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . 7.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .18/26
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
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VERDICTS
oC oO o

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Nissan Z
T
he Z two-seater shares mechanical components with the old
Infniti G coupe, including a wonderfully strong and smooth
V6. Acceleration is very quick, and fuel economy is respectable.
The six-speed manual is a bit notchy but easy to use. It can match
revs on downshifts, a neat touch. Handling is very agile, with quick
steering and lots of grip, but somehow the car isnt as engaging
to drive as one would expect. The ride is very stiff and choppy,
and road and tire noise are constant. The Zs well-fnished interior
is cramped, and visibility is lousy. A convertible as well as a stiffer,
higher-performance NISMO version are available.
Tested model: 2009 Touring coupe,
3.7-liter V6, 6-speed manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
86
Sporty cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 97
Touring V6 86
Lowest Rated 54
0 100
Nissan 350Z, 370Z
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Base price: $84,300-$181,100
Body styles: convertible; coupe
Trim lines: Carrera, Carrera S,
Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, GT3,
Turbo, Turbo S
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 3.4-liter 6 (350 hp);
3.8-liter 6 (400 hp); 3.8-liter 6
(475 hp); 3.8-liter 6 turbo (520
hp); 3.8-liter 6 turbo (560 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
sequential; 6-speed manual;
7-speed manual
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .177
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 96
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,235
% weight front/rear . . 38/62
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 660
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . .5.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 19/27
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o+
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o o

o+

o
Engine Minor

o o

o
Engine Cooling

o o

o
Trans. Major

o o

oO

o
Trans. Minor

o o

oC

o
Drive System

o o

o
Fuel System

o o

oO

o
Electrical

o o

o
Climate System

o o

o
Suspension

o o

o
Brakes

oC o

o
Exhaust

o o

o+
Paint/Trim

o o

o
Body Integrity

o o

oO
Body Hardware

oC o

o
Power equip.

oO o

o
Audio System

o o

o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO o

o+
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Worse than average o +
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Porsche 911
T
he 911s iconic shape hides a thoroughly modern sports car,
delivering performance and relative civility. The base model
gets a 350-hp, 3.4-liter six, while the Carrera S uses a 400-hp,
3.8-liter six, both matched with a seven-speed manual. Measures
to help with fuel effciency include shut-off at idle and electric
power steering. The 911 is quick, super agile, sounds terrifc, and
the automated manual gives nothing up to the stick shift. The car is
now less taxing on a long trip, with a somewhat more supple ride
and better sound deadening. Reliability has been below average.
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Base price: $50,400-$62,100
Body styles: convertible
Trim lines: Base, S
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front
Engines: 2.7-liter 6 (265 hp);
3.4-liter 6 (315 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
sequential; 6-speed manual
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .172
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 97
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,035
% weight front/rear . . 46/54
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 485
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . .5.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/30
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o

o
Engine Minor

o

o
Engine Cooling

o

o
Trans. Major

o

o
Trans. Minor

o

o
Drive System

o

o
Fuel System

o

o
Electrical

o

o
Climate System

o
Suspension

o

o
Brakes

oC

o
Exhaust

o

o
Paint/Trim

o

o
Body Integrity

oC

o
Body Hardware

oO
Power equip.

oO

oC
Audio System

o

oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO

oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Porsche Boxster
P
orsches entry-level roadster is tremendous fun to drive and
offers strong 2.7- and 3.4-liter fat six-cylinder engines. Both
the base and S versions are offered with a choice of a six-speed
manual or seven-speed automated-manual transmission. The
2.7-liter we tested is very responsive and the manual shifter is
smooth and crisp. Handling is still excellent despite some loss of
steering feedback and the ride is not punishing. The power top
deploys quickly and can be operated at speeds up to 35 mph,
and the front and rear trunks are still a bonus. Reliability has been
above average.
Tested model: 2013 Base convertible,
2.7-liter 6-cyl., 6-speed manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
89
Roadsters P F G VG E
Highest Rated 89
convertible 6 89
Lowest Rated 76
0 100
Porsche Boxster
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Base price: $49,600-$146,000
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Base, Diesel, S, S
Hybrid, GTS, Turbo, Turbo S
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.0-liter V6 turbod-
iesel (240 hp); 3.6-liter V6
(300 hp); 3.0-liter V6 hybrid
(380 hp); 4.8-liter V8 (400
hp & 420 hp); 4.8-liter V8
turbo (500 hp & 550 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 114
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,795
% weight front/rear . . 53/47
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,280
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . .33.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . 7,715
Fuel
Diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o

o o
Engine Minor

oO

o o
Engine Cooling

o

o o
Trans. Major

o

o o
Trans. Minor

o

o o
Drive System

o

o o
Fuel System

oC

o o
Electrical

oO

o+ o
Climate System

oO

oC o
Suspension

o

o o
Brakes

oC

o oC
Exhaust

o

o o
Paint/Trim

oC

oC o
Body Integrity

o

o o
Body Hardware

oO

oO o
Power equip.

oO

oC oO
Audio System

o+

oC o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO

oO oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Porsche Cayenne
T
he midsized Cayenne is one of the sportiest, most agile SUVs
on the market. While the base V6 provides good power, the V8
and hybrid engines deliver even more. The eight-speed automatic
is super-smooth. The ride is supple and steady but rather stiff
at low speeds. The seats are comfortable, and the cargo area is
roomy enough. Interior ft and fnish is impeccable, but the
controls are confusing. The stop/start feature shuts the engine off
at idle to save fuel but is slow to restart at times; luckily it can be
disabled. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 is also available. Reliability has
improved to average.
Tested model: 2011 Base 4-door SUV
AWD, 3.6-liter V6, 8-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
76
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
4-door SUV V6 76
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Porsche Cayenne
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $52,600-$63,800
Body styles: coupe
Trim lines: Base, S
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front
Engines: 2.7-liter 6 (275 hp);
3.4-liter 6 (325 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
sequential; 6-speed manual
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .172
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 95
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,955
% weight front/rear . . 45/55
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 485
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . .9.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/30
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

Engine Minor

Engine Cooling

Trans. Major

Trans. Minor

Drive System

Fuel System

Electrical

Climate System

Suspension

Brakes

Exhaust

Paint/Trim

Body Integrity

Body Hardware

Power equip.

Audio System

USED CAR
VERDICTS

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Porsche Cayman
T
he Cayman is longer, lower, and lighter than the previous
model. Launched in Cayman and Cayman S trims, it shares
its platform with the Boxster. The base model is powered by a
2.7-liter fat-six engine with 275 hp. Offering higher performance,
the Cayman S packs a 325-hp, 3.4-liter fat six. Both engines offer
incremental power gains over the out-going model. In our tests of
the 2.7-liter Boxster, we found it responsive and the manual shifter
is smooth and crisp. Handling is still excellent despite some loss of
steering feedback and the ride is pretty good.
Porsche Cayman
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Base price: $49,900-$72,300
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: S, Turbo
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.0-liter V6 turbo
(340 hp); 3.6-liter V6 turbo
(400 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
sequential
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . .111
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 4,110
% weight front/rear . . . . . NA
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,510
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 5,290
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NO
DATA
NEW
MODEL
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
New
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Porsche Macan
P
orsches latest model is a small SUV loosely based on the Audi
Q5, but with improvements to the handling, steering, and brak-
ing, plus a lower ride height. Two engines will be offered; a 3.0-liter
V6 turbo in the S and a 3.6-liter V6 turbo in the uplevel Turbo. A
diesel version may follow some time later. Both V6 turbos will come
only with the PDK automated manual transmission. Despite the
under-$50,000 base price, typically-equipped S models will land
in the low-$60,000 range. The Turbo starts at $72,300. The seats,
interior, and controls are true Porsche, as is the ft and fnish and
attention to detail, but the cabin is quite snug.
Porsche Macan
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Base price: $78,100-$161,100
Body styles: 4-door hatchback
Trim lines: Base, 4, S, 4S, S
E-Hybrid, GTS, 4S Executive,
Turbo, Turbo Executive
Drive wheels: Rear or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 3.6-liter V6 (310 hp); 3.0-
liter V6 hybrid (416 hp); 3.0-liter V6
turbo (420 hp); 4.8-liter V8 (440
hp); 4.8-liter V8 turbo (520 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
sequential; 8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 115
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 4,165
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . .1,080
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/24
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Porsche Panamera
W
ith the 2014 Panamera, Porsche is introducing its frst plug-in
hybrid and two new longer Executive variants. The new S
E-Hybrid produces 416 total system hp, while the S model now
uses a new 3.0-liter turbo V6. This large, four-door luxury hatch-
back has a coupe silhouette and remains true to the marque.
It delivers performance and agility with comfort for four adults.
Handling is agile and enjoyable, with excellent steering and lots of
cornering grip. The ride is a bit on the frm side for a luxury car,
though. The beautifully fnished interior is ftted with a button-domi-
nated center console that can be intimidating at frst.
Tested model: 2012 S 4-door
hatchback, 4.8-liter V8, 7-speed
sequential
ROAD TEST SCORE
84
Luxury cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
S V8 84
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Porsche Panamera
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Base price: $24,385-$49,405
Body styles: regular cab;
extended cab; crew cab
Trim lines: ST, SLT, Sport,
Tradesman, Express, Lone
Star, Big Horn, Laramie
Drive wheels: Rear, part-time,
or permanent 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.0-liter V6 turbod-
iesel (240 hp); 3.6-liter V6
(305 hp); 5.7-liter V8 (395 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed auto-
matic; 8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 229
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 141
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 5,495
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,270
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 9,950
Fuel
Regular or diesel
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 13/19
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC o o o o oO o o o o
Engine Minor o+ oC oC o+ o oC oC o o o
Engine Cooling o+ oO o o+ o+ o o o o o
Trans. Major oC oO oC o o o o o o o
Trans. Minor oC oO o oO oC oO oC oC o o
Drive System o+ o+ o o o o o o oC o
Fuel System o+ oO oC o+ oO oC o o o o
Electrical oC oC oC o oO oC o oC o o
Climate System oC o+ o oO oO o oC o o o
Suspension o+ oO o o o o+ o+ oC o o
Brakes o+ oO o+ oC oO oO oC oC o o
Exhaust o oO o oC oC oC oO o o o
Paint/Trim o o o oC oO o o oO oO o
Body Integrity oO o+ o+ oO oC oO o+ o+ oC oC
Body Hardware oC o oC oO oO oO oO oC oC o
Power equip. oC oC o+ oO o oO oC oC oC oC
Audio System oC oO oO o oC oC o+ oO oO o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO oO oO oO oO o+ o+ o+ oO oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Ram 1500
W
ith its last freshening, the Ram is the most civilized full-sized
pickup on sale. Its coil-spring rear suspension helps lend a cush-
ioned ride and handling is competent enough for such a big vehicle.
Our Big Horn Crew Cab, with its smooth, effortless 5.7-liter V8 and
slick eight-speed a automatic, averaged 15 mpg. The base 4.7-liter V8,
mated to a six-speed automatic, is underwhelming and has no mileage
advantage. An available V6 is plenty capable. An upcoming diesel V6
is likely to be the most fuel-effcient for this class. The spacious cab is
luxury-car quiet and the Uconnect Infotainment system, with its eight-
inch touch screen, is easy to use. Reliability has been average.
Tested model: 2013 Big Horn crew
cab 4WD, 5.7-liter V8, 8-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
78
Pickups P F G VG E
Highest Rated 81
Big Horn V8 78
Lowest Rated 50
0 100
Dodge Ram 1500
(V8, 4WD)
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $24,700-$25,800
Body styles: coupe
Trim lines: Base, 10 Series
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 (200 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .167
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 101
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . .2,770
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 700
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . 7.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 22/30
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o+
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC
Engine Minor oO
Engine Cooling o
Trans. Major o
Trans. Minor oO
Drive System o
Fuel System o+
Electrical o
Climate System o
Suspension o
Brakes o
Exhaust o
Paint/Trim o
Body Integrity o+
Body Hardware oC
Power equip. o
Audio System oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o+
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Worse than average o +
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Scion FR-S
J
ointly developed with Subaru, the rear-wheel-drive FR-S features a
2.0-liter four-cylinder teamed with a choice of a six-speed manual
or six-speed automatic transmission. Its low curb weight and optimal
weight distribution give it super-agile handling and balance at its limits.
In corners the car turns in promptly with virtually no body lean. The
steering is well weighted, with decent feedback, and the Scion has a
slightly more compliant ride than the BRZ. Inside, the cabin is relatively
plain, with well-bolstered sport seats, but the stiff ride and elevated
noise can be taxing, and the vestigial rear seats are best left for cargo.
We cannot recommend the FR-S due to below average reliability.
Tested model: 2013 coupe, 2.0-liter
4-cyl., 6-speed manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
83
Sporty cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 97
coupe 4 83
Lowest Rated 54
0 100
Scion FR-S
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Base price: $15,665-$17,850
Body styles: 2-door hatchback
Trim lines: Base, 10 Series
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 1.3-liter 4 (94 hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 79
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 2,140
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 660
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . .4.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 36/37
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Scion iQ
T
he Scion iQ, a tiny four-seat hatchback, is one of the lowest
scoring cars weve tested in recent years. Slow, noisy, and
uncomfortable, the iQs few positives include being exceptionally
easy to park and its very good fuel economy of 34 mpg overall.
The extremely tiny rear seats wont make anyone riding back there
happy, and the numb and overly quick steering makes the iQ darty.
The iQ makes little sense unless you spend all of your driving time
in a crowded city. Plenty of much nicer cars cost about the same,
gets comparable fuel economy, and dont beat you up.
Tested model: 2012 2-door
hatchback, 1.3-liter 4-cyl., CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
29
Wagons/hatchbacks P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
2-door hatchback 4 29
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Scion iQ
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>
Base price: $19,210-$22,440
Body styles: coupe
Trim lines: Base, 10 Series
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 (179 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .177
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,155
% weight front/rear . . 63/37
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 865
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .23/31
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
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VERDICTS
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PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Scion tC
T
he tC got a mild cosmetic freshening for 2014. Its 2.5-liter four-
cylinder provides adequate acceleration. When mated to the
six-speed automatic, it averaged a very good 27 mpg overall. The
automatic has a rev-matching feature for 2014. While it looks like
a sporty coupe, the tCs handling is quite mundane. Its noisy and
stiff riding, making it an unpleasant companion. It has the versatil-
ity of a hatchback, and the cabin, particularly the rear seat, is quite
spacious for a coupe. Interior ft and fnish is unimpressive, and the
thick rear roof pillars and small windows block outward visibility.
Tested model: 2014 Base coupe,
2.5-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
54
Sporty cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 97
coupe 4 54
Lowest Rated 54
0 100
Scion tC
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Base price: $16,970-$17,920
Body styles: wagon
Trim lines: Base, RS 9.0
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.4-liter 4 (158 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
manual; 4-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .167
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 102
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,120
% weight front/rear . . 63/37
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 34.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 22/28
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ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
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VERDICTS
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PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Scion xB
T
he funky-looking xB is versatile and reliable little hauler. It uses
a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers good performance
but returns only 23 mpg overall. The ride is fairly compliant, and
handling is responsive. The interior is quiet, but having the main
gauges mounted in the center of the dash is a little annoying, and
the radio controls are a bit confusing. The rear seat is enormous,
and cabin access is very easy. The cargo area is generous, but low
windows and thick roof pillars make the cabin dark and impair vis-
ibility. Reliability has been outstanding.
Tested model: 2008 wagon,
2.4-liter 4-cyl., 4-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
68
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
wagon 4 68
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Scion xB
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Base price: $15,920-$16,720
Body styles: 4-door hatchback
Trim lines: Base, RS 4.0
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.8-liter 4 (128 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
manual; 4-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 97
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,645
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 845
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 21.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 27/33
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
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VERDICTS
oC oC o

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Scion xD
A
t its core, the boxy xD is utilitarian and an inexpensive trans-
portation. It rides with short, jumpy motions, and it feels jittery
on the highway. Its 1.8-liter four-cylinder is miserly with fuel and
delivers adequate performance. We averaged 29 mpg overall with
the automatic and 34 with the manual. The cabin is noisy, and
the driving position is awkward. The front seats are comfortable
enough. The rear has plenty of room for a subcompact car, and
cabin access is easy thanks to the tall roof.
Tested model: 2008 Base 4-door
hatchback, 1.8-liter 4-cyl., 4-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
60
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
4-door hatchback 4 60
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Scion xD
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Base price: $13,270-$28,000
Body styles: 2-door hatchback;
convertible
Trim lines: Pure, Passion
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front
Engines: 1.0-liter 3 (70 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
sequential
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 74
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . .1,805
% weight front/rear . . 44/56
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 505
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . .8.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 34/38
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
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Engine Minor o o

Engine Cooling oC oO

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Exhaust o o

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Body Hardware oC o

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USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC o+

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Smart ForTwo
T
his tiny two-seater is good on gas and a snap to park. It features
a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine that does a decent job keeping
up with traffc, but the car is very slow when taking off from a stop.
We measured 39 mpg overall, but the dinky little engine requires
premium fuel. The Smart also has a harsh ride, clumsy handling, and
an automated manual transmission with extremely jerky and jarring
gear changes. Access to the cabin is very easy, and the seats are
comfortable. An electrically-powered version with a rated 68-mile
range and 107 mpg equivalent is available.
Tested model: 2008 Passion 2-door
hatchback, 1.0-liter 3-cyl., 5-speed
sequential
ROAD TEST SCORE
28
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Passion 3 28
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Smart ForTwo
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Base price: $25,595-$28,695
Body styles: coupe
Trim lines: Premium, Limited
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 (200 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .167
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 101
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . .2,770
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 700
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . 7.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 22/30
PREDICTED RELIABILITY
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE
FUEL ECONOMY
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much worse than average
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Subaru BRZ
D
eveloped with Toyota, Subarus frst rear-wheel-drive sports car
features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a choice of a six-speed
manual or automatic. Handling is super responsive, with impres-
sive agility. In corners the BRZ turns in promptly, with virtually no
body lean. The steering is quick and well weighted, with decent
feedback. At its limits it understeers more than the FR-S, making
it more forgiving but slightly less rewarding, and has a more jittery
ride. The cabin is relatively plain, with well-bolstered sport seats,
but the stiff ride and elevated noise can be taxing, and the rear
seats are tiny. First year reliability is well below average and we
cant recommend the BRZ.
Tested model: 2013 Premium coupe,
2.0-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
82
Sporty cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 97
Premium 4 82
Lowest Rated 54
0 100
Subaru BRZ
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Base price: $21,995-$32,995
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium,
2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring,
2.0XT Premium, 2.0XT Touring
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 (170 hp);
2.0-liter 4 turbo (250 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,370
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 900
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 35.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,500
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 24/32
PREDICTED RELIABILITY
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE
FUEL ECONOMY
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much better than average
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Subaru Forester
W
ith its 2014 back-to-basics redesign the Forester topped our
Ratings. Its positives include large windows and big doors, an
excellent driving position, and unusually spacious rear seating. In
our tests the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and CVT averaged an impres-
sive 26 mpg. Trade-offs included the ride, which isnt as composed
as previously, and the handling, while not particularly agile, is very
secure. Engine noise is pronounced at times, too. Controls are very
simple but infotainment and connectivity offerings are a bit behind.
Mid-trim Foresters do bring a lot of content for the money, how-
ever. The optional X-Mode gives it some off-road ability.
Tested model: 2014 2.5i Premium
4-door SUV AWD, 2.5-liter 4-cyl.,
CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
88
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
2.5i Premium 4 88
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Subaru Forester
(non-turbo, 2014)
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Base price: $17,895-$23,195
Body styles: sedan; wagon
Trim lines: 2.0i, Premium,
Limited, Sport Premium,
Sport Limited
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 (148 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
manual; CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,015
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 12.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 27/36
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TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Subaru Impreza
T
he Impreza is a particularly well-rounded package and is among
our top-scoring compact sedans. The ride is very absorbent
and controlled. Handling is responsive and secure. Acceleration
is adequate, and fuel economy of 27 mpg overall for the sedan is
impressive given the standard all-wheel drive. The hatchback gets
26 mpg overall and has a handy-sized cargo area. The continuously
variable transmission exacerbates engine noise, and road noise is
pronounced, but thats our only serious complaint. The rear seat
is spacious for the class, controls are straightforward and easy to
use, and visibility is good.
Tested model: 2012 Premium sedan
AWD, 2.0-liter 4-cyl., CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
82
Small sedans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Premium 4 82
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Subaru Impreza Sedan
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Base price: $25,295-$34,495
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: WRX, WRX Pre-
mium, WRX Limited, STi, STi
Limited
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(268 hp); 2.5-liter 4 turbo
(305 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 103
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,200
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 11.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 21/28
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
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SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Subaru Impreza WRX
T
wo years after the Impreza redesign the WRX version debuts
with wide fenders and a more muscular stance, but just as a
sedan. For 2015, the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder produces 268 hp
and an abundant 258 lb.-ft. of torque, still driving all four wheels. A
six-speed manual is standard, but a CVT automatic will be offered,
with three drive modes: Intelligent, Sport, and Sport Sharp. Our brief
experience indicates that power is abundant and handling is impres-
sively nimble, but the ride is very stiff and choppy, and the shifter
isnt the slickest. A higher-performance WRX STi goes on sale shortly
after with a giant wing, gold wheels, and a 305-hp engine.
Subaru Impreza
WRX/STi
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Base price: $20,295-$28,895
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium,
2.5i Limited, 2.5i Sport, 3.6R
Limited
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 (173 hp);
3.6-liter 6 (256 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed man-
ual; CVT; 5-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 108
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,380
% weight front/rear . . 58/42
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 850
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 24/32
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OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Subaru Legacy
T
he Legacy is a roomy sedan that rides and handles well and gets
good fuel economy. But updates to the suspension have hurt the
ride quality. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine now gets 26 mpg over-
all. The CVT accentuates engine noise, particularly on the highway.
A 3.6-liter six-cylinder and fve-speed automatic are also available.
The Legacy is the least-expensive AWD family sedan available, and
showcases the EyeSight driver-assist system, with adaptive cruise
control, pre-collision braking, and lane departure warning. The base
trim now has an upgraded audio system, but the optional nav sys-
tem is not intuitive. A redesign goes on sale this summer.
Tested model: 2013 2.5i Premium
sedan AWD, 2.5-liter 4-cyl., CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
81
Midsized cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
2.5i Premium 4 81
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Subaru Legacy
(4-cyl.)
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Base price: $23,495-$32,095
Body styles: wagon
Trim lines: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium,
2.5i Limited, 3.6R Limited
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 (173 hp);
3.6-liter 6 (256 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed man-
ual; CVT; 5-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 108
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,580
% weight front/rear . . 56/44
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 900
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 36.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 2,700
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 24/30
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OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
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Audio System o+ oO oC oC oC o oO oC oC oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o+ o+ o+ o oO oC oC o oC oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much better than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Subaru Outback
T
he quasi-SUV Outback has an updated 2.5-liter four-cylinder
engine that now produces 173 hp. Paired with a CVT it got 24
mpg overall in our tests. A 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine and fve-
speed automatic are also available. Suspension tweaks made the
ride considerably stiffer, but did tidy up the sloppy on-limit handling
a bit. The Outback showcases Subarus new EyeSight driver-assist
system, with adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane
departure warning. The base trim now has an upgraded audio sys-
tem with Bluetooth capability, but the optional navigation system is
not very intuitive. A redesign goes on sale this summer.
Tested model: 2013 2.5i Limited
wagon AWD, 2.5-liter 4-cyl., CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
73
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
2.5i Limited 4 73
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Subaru Outback
(4-cyl.)
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Base price: $34,095
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Limited
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 3.6-liter 6 (256 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 108
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,280
% weight front/rear . . 54/46
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,155
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 35.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 16/21
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oO o o

Engine Minor oC o oC

Engine Cooling o o o

Trans. Major o oO oC

Trans. Minor oO oC oO

Drive System oC oO oC

Fuel System o o oC

Electrical oC oC oO

Climate System oO oC o

Suspension o+ oC o+

Brakes oC o o+

Exhaust o oC oC

Paint/Trim oO o o

Body Integrity oO oO oO

Body Hardware o oO oC

Power equip. o o o

Audio System oO o o+

USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC oO oO

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Subaru Tribeca
T
he Tribeca handles very well and has a composed, steady ride,
but overall it doesnt compete that well against other three-row
SUVs. The six-cylinder engine and automatic transmission make a
decent powertrain, but it returns just 16 mpg overall. Handling is
quite agile, with nice steering feel and restrained body lean. The
ride is supple and very well controlled. Fit and fnish is very good,
but the second- and third-row seats are cramped. Its a long reach
to the navigation systems touch screen. The styling of the dash-
board makes some controls diffcult to see.
Tested model: 2008 Limited 4-door
SUV AWD, 3.6-liter 6-cyl., 5-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
70
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Limited 6 70
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Subaru B9 Tribeca,
Tribeca
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Base price: $21,995-$29,295
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: Premium, Limited,
Hybrid, Hybrid Touring
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 (148 hp);
2.0-liter 4 hybrid (160 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
manual; CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .175
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,165
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 900
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 23.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 25/33
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o
Engine Minor o
Engine Cooling o
Trans. Major o
Trans. Minor o
Drive System o
Fuel System oC
Electrical o
Climate System o
Suspension o
Brakes o
Exhaust o
Paint/Trim oC
Body Integrity oO
Body Hardware o
Power equip. o
Audio System o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Subaru XV Crosstrek
T
he Crosstrek is a small quasi-SUV mechanically the same as
the Impreza hatchback, but with a raised ride height that gives
it enough altitude to slosh through deeply rutted roads. It may
appeal to those living at the end of a dirt road who dont want
anything big and bulky. The cabin is rather noisy, the ride is stiff,
and the little 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has to work hard
to maintain highway speed, but fuel economy is a gratifying 26
mpg. The regular Impreza hatch may be a better choice: its quieter,
quicker, cheaper, and better-riding. A hybrid version is new for 2014
and claims 31 mpg overall. First year reliability has been average.
Tested model: 2013 Premium 4-door
SUV AWD, 2.0-liter 4-cyl., CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
75
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Premium 4 75
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Subaru XV Crosstrek
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Base price: $69,900-$94,900
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: Base, Performance
Drive wheels: Rear
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: Electric (302 hp,
362 hp, 416 hp)
Transmissions: 1-speed direct
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 117
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,695
% weight front/rear . . 47/53
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 920
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 32.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Electric
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 88/90
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST NA
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o
Engine Minor o o
Engine Cooling o o
Trans. Major o o
Trans. Minor o o
Drive System o o
Fuel System o o
Electrical o oC
Climate System o oO
Suspension o o
Brakes o oC
Exhaust o o
Paint/Trim o o
Body Integrity o o
Body Hardware oC o
Power equip. o o
Audio System o oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o+
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Tesla Model S
T
he Tesla Model S is a great four-door luxury sporty car that
happens to be electric. A large, low-slung hatchback, it eas-
ily seats fve, or seven with the optional rear-facing jump seats.
With its optional 85 kWh battery, the largest available, it can travel
between 180 and 225 miles per charge and can be fully charged in
as little as fve hours on a dedicated Tesla connector. Performance
is exceptional, with thrilling acceleration, pinpoint handling, and
a comfortable ride. A huge iPad-like center screen controls many
functions. Drawbacks include tight access, restricted visibility, and
range limitations in cold weather. Reliability has been average.
Tested model: 2013 Base sedan,
Electric, automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
99
Luxury cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
sedan electric 99
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Tesla Model S
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Base price: $32,820-$43,400
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: SR5, Trail, Limited
Drive wheels: Rear, part-time,
or permanent 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 4.0-liter V6 (270 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 110
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,665
% weight front/rear . . 53/47
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,155
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 44.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 5,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/22
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o oC o o o o o o o
Engine Minor o o o o o o o o o o
Engine Cooling o o o o o oC o o o o
Trans. Major o o o o o o o o o o
Trans. Minor o o o o o oC o o o o
Drive System oO oC oO oO oO oC oC oC o o
Fuel System oC o o oC oC oO o o o o
Electrical o o o o o o o o o o
Climate System oC oC oC o o o o o o o
Suspension o oC o oC oC oC o o o o
Brakes oO oO oC oC oC oC oC oC o o
Exhaust o o o o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oC oC oC oC oC oC o oO o oC
Body Integrity oC oC oC oC oC oC o oC o o
Body Hardware o oC o oC o oC oC oC o o
Power equip. oC oC oO oC o oO o o o o
Audio System oC o o oC o+ oC oC oC o o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o o o o oC o o o o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much better than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Toyota 4Runner
T
he 4Runner falls a little short of most modern SUVs. Its good for
off-roading, and its rough-sounding 4.0-liter V6 is powerful and
relatively fuel-effcient. The ride is unsettled, though, and handling is
clumsy. The body leans a good deal while cornering and the bob-
bing and bouncing chips away at driver confdence. A high step-in
and low ceiling compromise both access and driving position, and
interior ft and fnish is unimpressive. The SR5s 4WD system is part-
time only. A third-row seat is optional, and the power-retractable rear
window is handy. Reliability is well above average, but it scores too
low to be recommended. 2014 brings some cosmetic changes.
Tested model: 2010 SR5 4-door
SUV 4WD, 4.0-liter V6, 5-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
55
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
SR5 V6 55
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Toyota 4Runner (V6)
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Vehicle Proles
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Base price: $31,340-$39,650
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: XLE, Premium,
Touring, Limited
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 (268 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . .111
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,555
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 930
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 21/31
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC oO oC o o o o o o o
Engine Minor oC o+ oC oC oC oC o o o o
Engine Cooling oC o o oC o o o o o o
Trans. Major o o o o o o o o o o
Trans. Minor o oC o o o o o o o o
Drive System o oC oC oC o o o o o o
Fuel System oC oC oC oC o o o o o o
Electrical oC oO oO oO oC oC o o o o
Climate System o oC o oC o o o o oC o
Suspension oO oO oC oC oC oO oC oC o o
Brakes oC oO oO oO oC oC oC oC o o
Exhaust o o o o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim o oC oC oO oC oC oC oC oO o
Body Integrity oC oC oC oC oC oC o oC oO oC
Body Hardware o oC o oC o oC o oC oC oC
Power equip. oC oC oC oO o o+ o oC o o
Audio System oO oC oC oO oO oC oC oO oC oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o oC o oC o o o o oC o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Toyota Avalon
T
he Avalons 2013 redesign brought mixed results. It still has
a spacious, comfortable, and well-equipped interior. But the
formerly excellent ride was stiffened too much, especially on ver-
sions with the 18-inch tires. Handling was sharpened up and the
styling made more attractive, but the controls were made more
complicated. The lively 268-hp V6 is teamed with a smooth six-
speed automatic and delivers a commendable 24 mpg overall. The
hybrids 200-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder and electric motor is teamed
with a CVT and gets an impressive 36 mpg overall.
Tested model: 2013 Limited sedan,
3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
85
Large cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Limited V6 85
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Toyota Avalon (V6)
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Base price: $35,555-$41,400
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: Premium, Touring,
Limited
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 hybrid
(200 hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . .111
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,640
% weight front/rear . . 58/42
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 930
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 14.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 40/39
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o
Engine Minor o
Engine Cooling o
Trans. Major o
Trans. Minor o
Drive System o
Fuel System o
Electrical o
Climate System o
Suspension o
Brakes o
Exhaust o
Paint/Trim o
Body Integrity o
Body Hardware oO
Power equip. o
Audio System oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Toyota Avalon Hybrid
T
he new Avalon Hybrid is an excellent vehicle overall, and
wed choose it over the regular V6 version. It has a spacious,
comfortable, and well-equipped interior. The ride of the Hybrid
on 17-inch wheels and tires is better than that of the V6 version
on 18-inch wheels. Handling is secure overall, but steering lacks
feedback. The 200-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder and electric motor
is teamed with a CVT, and fuel economy is an excellent 36 mpg
overall. The controls have been made more complicated, with
fush-mounted buttons that are easy to activate inadvertently, and
the limo-like rear seat lost some room.
Tested model: 2013 Hybrid Limited
sedan, 2.5-liter 4-cyl. hybrid, CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
86
Large cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Hybrid Limited 4 86
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Toyota Avalon Hybrid
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Base price: $22,235-$30,465
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: L, LE, SE, XLE
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 (173 hp);
2.5-liter 4 (178 hp); 3.5-liter
V6 (268 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 109
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,155
% weight front/rear . . 62/38
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 905
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 25/35
PREDICTED RELIABILITY
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE
FUEL ECONOMY
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Toyota Camry
T
he latest Camry is refned, comfortable, and roomy. Handling is
now more responsive, and the interior is nicer, with upgraded
materials. The three impressive powertrain choices are the base
2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine; a 3.5-liter V6; and the Hybrid, which
gets an amazing 38 mpg overall. The four-cylinder engine returned
an excellent 27 mpg overall in our tests. The V6 version is very
quick and delivers 26 mpg overall. Drawbacks include touch-screen
radio controls that are not so user friendly. Reliability for all versions
is average or better.
Tested model: 2012 LE sedan, 2.5-
liter 4-cyl., 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
88
Midsized cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
LE 4 88
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Toyota Camry
(4-cyl.)
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Base price: $26,140-$27,670
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: LE, XLE
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 hybrid
(200 hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 109
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,430
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 905
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 13.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 40/38
PREDICTED RELIABILITY
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE
FUEL ECONOMY
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much better than average
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Toyota Camry Hybrid
T
he Camry Hybrid received a nicer interior and slightly more
responsive handling in the last update. It gets amazing fuel
economy for its size and roomy interior: 38 mpg in mixed driving,
four mpg better than the previous version. It also rides well, and is
quiet. All of these changes add up to the Camry scoring among
our top-rated family sedan. Annoyingly, the touch-screen radio
controls arent so user friendly. Reliability of the hybrid is much
above average.
Tested model: 2012 Hybrid XLE
sedan, 2.5-liter 4-cyl. hybrid, CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
93
Midsized cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Hybrid XLE 4 93
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Toyota Camry Hybrid
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Vehicle Proles
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Base price: $16,800-$21,300
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: L, LE, LE Plus, LE
Premium, LE Eco, S
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.8-liter 4 (132 hp);
1.8-liter 4 (140 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed man-
ual; CVT; 4-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,900
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 865
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 13.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 29/38
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION New
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o o o o o o o o
Engine Minor oC oC oC oC oO oC o o o o
Engine Cooling o oC oC oO oO o o o o o
Trans. Major oC oC o o o o o o o o
Trans. Minor o o o o o o o o o o
Drive System o o o o o oC o o o o
Fuel System oC oC oO oO oC oC o o o o
Electrical o o oC oC oC oO oC oC o o
Climate System o o o o o oC o o o o
Suspension o o o o o oC oC o o o
Brakes oO oC oO oC oO oO oO oC oC o
Exhaust oC oO oC oC o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oO oO oO oO o oO oC oC oC o
Body Integrity oO oO oO oC o+ oC oC oC oC oC
Body Hardware oC o o o o oC oC oC oO o
Power equip. oC oO oC o oC oC oC o o o
Audio System o oC o o o oC oC o o oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o o o oC oO o o o oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Toyota Corolla
R
edesigned for 2014, the Corolla gets a four-inch longer wheel-
base, improved ride, and a quiet, spacious interior. A new con-
stantly variable transmission replaces the old four-speed automatic
on all but base models. Fuel economy remains excellent at 32 mpg
overall with the CVT, and gets a signifcant boost to 43 mpg on the
highway. Interior upgrades include standard Bluetooth connectivity
and a touch-screen radio with simple controls. The updated interior
combines nicely padded and stitched surfaces with drab, hard plas-
tic bits. Handling is lackluster, but very secure. A sportier S version
has a tauter suspension, and is more responsive than our tested LE.
Tested model: 2014 LE Plus sedan,
1.8-liter 4-cyl., CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
72
Small sedans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
LE Plus 4 72
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Toyota Corolla
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Base price: $27,680-$29,270
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines:
Drive wheels: Rear, part-time,
or permanent 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 4.0-liter V6 (260 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 5-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,350
% weight front/rear . . 53/47
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,190
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 34.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 5,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/20
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o

Engine Minor o o

Engine Cooling oC o

Trans. Major oC o

Trans. Minor oC o

Drive System o+ oC

oC

Fuel System o o

Electrical o o

Climate System o oC

oC

Suspension o oC

Brakes oC o

oC

Exhaust o o

Paint/Trim oC oO

oO

oC

Body Integrity oC oC

oC

Body Hardware o o

o+

oO

Power equip. o o

oC

Audio System o o

oO

USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o

oO

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Toyota FJ Cruiser
T
he FJs off-road prowess is superb, but otherwise this SUV is
very fawed. Visibility is horrendous, and the rear-hinged rear
doors provide poor cabin access and are diffcult to close. The
FJ has clumsy handling and can be disconcerting at its limits,
although the stability control keeps it secure enough. The ride is
compliant but jiggly. The V6 powertrain is smooth and punchy
but returned just 17 mpg overall. Reliability is average, but the FJ
scores too low in our testing to be recommended.
Tested model: 2007 4-door SUV
4WD, 4.0-liter V6, 5-speed auto-
matic
ROAD TEST SCORE
36
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
4-door SUV V6 36
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
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Base price: $29,215-$49,790
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: LE, LE Plus, XLE,
Limited, Hybrid Limited
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 3
third
Engines: 2.7-liter 4 (187 hp);
3.5-liter V6 (270 hp); 3.5-liter
V6 hybrid (280 hp)
Transmissions: CVT; 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 110
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,490
% weight front/rear . . 55/45
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,385
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 5,000
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .18/24
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC oO oC o o o o o o o
Engine Minor oC oC o o oC o o o o o
Engine Cooling oC oC oC oC o+ oC o o o o
Trans. Major o o o o o o o o o o
Trans. Minor oC oC oC o o o o o o o
Drive System oC oC o o o o o o o o
Fuel System o oC o o o o o o o o
Electrical o oC oC o oC o o o o o
Climate System oO oO o o o o o o o o
Suspension oC oC o o oC o o o o o
Brakes oO oO oC oC oC o o o o o
Exhaust oC o o o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim o oC oC oC oC oC oO oO oC o
Body Integrity oC oC oC oC oC oC oO oO oC oC
Body Hardware oC oC o o oC oO o oO oC o
Power equip. oC oC oC oC oC oC oC oC oC o
Audio System oC o oC o oC o+ oO oC oC oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o oC o o oC o oC oC o o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Toyota Highlander
T
oyotas midsized SUV is redesigned for 2014. Power comes from
a 2.7-liter four cylinder or the smooth and punchy 3.5-liter V6,
both mated to a six-speed automatic. The hybrid uses the V6 paired
with an electric motor and a CVT. Front- and all-wheel drive versions
are available. Handling is more responsive and the ride is steady
and compliant. The new Highlander is roomy and can be had with
a second-row bench seat or captains chairs. Toyotas infotainment
system uses a standard 6.1-inch touchscreen, but some functions
are a far reach away. The Entune systems suite of apps has a larger
eight-inch touchscreen. A backup camera is standard.
Toyota Highlander (V6)
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Base price: $79,605
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines:
Drive wheels: Permanent 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 3
third
Engines: 5.7-liter V8 (381 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 112
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 5,855
% weight front/rear . . 52/48
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,230
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 43.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 8,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 13/18
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Toyota Land Cruiser
T
oyotas fagship SUV has the same powerful 5.7-liter V8 that
the Tundra pickup uses. It is quick, quiet, comfortable, and
refned, but is neither agile nor sparing with fuel at 14 mpg overall.
It rides very comfortably and the interior is roomy and well fnished.
The Land Cruiser showed terrifc off-road performance in our tests,
partly because of its crawl mode to help ascend and descend
steep slopes. A 50/50-split third-row seat folds up against the side
of the cargo area rather than into the foor, which takes up cargo
room. The permanently engaged four-wheel-drive system.
Tested model: 2008 4-door SUV
4WD, 5.7-liter V8, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
69
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
4-door SUV V8 69
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Toyota Land Cruiser
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $24,200-$34,905
Body styles: 4-door hatchback
Trim lines: Two, Three,
Four, Five, Plug-in, Plug-in
Advanced
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.8-liter 4 electric
(134 hp); 1.8-liter 4 hybrid
(134 hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .176
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 106
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,115
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 22.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 51/48
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o o o o o o o o o
Engine Minor o o o o o o o o o o
Engine Cooling oO o+ o+ o o o+ o o o o
Trans. Major o o o o o o o o o o
Trans. Minor o o o o o o o o o o
Drive System o o o o o oC o o o o
Fuel System o o o o oC oC o o o o
Electrical oO o+ o o+ o o oC o o o
Climate System o o o oC o o o o o o
Suspension o oC oC oC oC oO o o o o
Brakes o o o o o o o o o o
Exhaust o o o o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim o oC o oC oC oC o o o o
Body Integrity o o oC oC oC oC oC oC oC o
Body Hardware o o o oC o o o o o o
Power equip. oC oC oO oO oO oC oC o o o
Audio System o+ oC oO oC oC oC oC oC oC oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o o oC oC oC o o o o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much better than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Toyota Prius
T
he Prius is extremely economical, averaging 44 mpg overall, and
55 mpg on the highway in our tests. With light throttle input it
can quietly drive on electric power up to 25 mph. The ride is frm yet
steady, and handling is sound and secure, but not particularly agile.
Road noise is pronounced. The interior is roomy, but ft and fnish is
just so-so and some controls take a bit of getting used to. The plug-in
version typically delivers around 12 miles on electricity, boosting mile-
age to the equivalent of 67 mpg. When the electric range is depleted,
the car reverts to regular Prius performance, averaging 43 mpg overall.
Reliability for the Prius is outstanding but the plug-in is just average.
Tested model: 2010 IV 4-door hatch-
back, 1.8-liter 4-cyl. hybrid, CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
79
Fuel efficient
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
IV 4 79
Lowest Rated 31
0 100
Toyota Prius
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Base price: $19,080-$23,360
Body styles: 4-door hatchback
Trim lines: One, Two, Three,
Four
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.5-liter 4 hybrid
(99 hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .157
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 100
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,545
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 845
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 19.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 53/46
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o
Engine Minor o o
Engine Cooling o o
Trans. Major o o
Trans. Minor o o
Drive System o o
Fuel System o o
Electrical o o
Climate System oC o
Suspension o o
Brakes o o
Exhaust o o
Paint/Trim oC o
Body Integrity oC o
Body Hardware oC o
Power equip. o o
Audio System oC o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much better than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Toyota Prius C
S
tarting at about $20,000, the Prius C is a smaller and less-expen-
sive alternative to the regular Prius. But its harsh ride, noisy engine
and cabin, and slow acceleration make it feel more like a rudimentary
subcompact than a sophisticated hybrid. The interior looks and feels
cheap, the driving position and rear seats are cramped, and theres
little cargo space. However, the C does get the best city fuel economy,
37 mpg, of any car weve tested, and its 43 mpg overall is just 1 mpg
less than the regular Prius. Reliability is well above average, but the
Prius C scores too low in our testing to be recommended. Plus, the
Prius C scored a poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.
Tested model: 2012 Two 4-door
hatchback, 1.5-liter 4-cyl. hybrid, CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
53
Fuel efficient
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Two 4 53
Lowest Rated 31
0 100
Toyota Prius C
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Base price: $26,750-$30,395
Body styles: wagon
Trim lines: Two, Three, Five
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.8-liter 4 hybrid
(134 hp)
Transmissions: CVT
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 109
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,280
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 915
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 32.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 44/40
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o
Engine Minor o o
Engine Cooling o o
Trans. Major o o
Trans. Minor o o
Drive System o o
Fuel System o o
Electrical o o
Climate System o o
Suspension o o
Brakes o+ o
Exhaust o o
Paint/Trim o o
Body Integrity oO oC
Body Hardware o o
Power equip. o o
Audio System oO oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Toyota Prius V
T
his wagon version of the Prius offers a very roomy rear seat and a
generous cargo area. Its about the size of the Mazda5 microvan
but seats fve. The extra weight and a less aerodynamic shape take
a small toll on fuel economy, but the V still got an excellent 41 mpg
overall in our tests. Despite lower gearing, the electric motor and
engine have to work fairly hard, especially when the car is loaded with
cargo. It drives similarly to the standard Prius, but rear visibility is bet-
ter in the V. A weight-saving plastic moon roof is optional. Reliability is
above average. We can no longer recommend the Prius V because it
scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.
Tested model: 2012 Three wagon,
1.8-liter 4-cyl. hybrid, CVT
ROAD TEST SCORE
80
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Three 4 80
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Toyota Prius V
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Base price: $23,550-$49,800
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: LE, XLE, Limited
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.5-liter 4 (176 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 105
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,535
% weight front/rear . . 58/42
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 900
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 37.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 22/29
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o o oC oO oC o o o o o
Engine Minor o o oC oC oC o o o o o
Engine Cooling oC oC oO o o oC o o o o
Trans. Major o oC oC o o o o o o o
Trans. Minor o o oC o o o o o o o
Drive System o o oO oO oC oC oC o o o
Fuel System oC o oC oC oC oC oC o o o
Electrical oC oC oC oC oC oC oC o o o
Climate System o o o o oC o o o o o
Suspension o oC o+ oO oC oO oO o o o
Brakes oC oO oO oO oO oO oC oC oC o
Exhaust oC oC oO oC o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oC oC o oC oC oC o o o o
Body Integrity oC oC oO o+ oO oC oO oC oC oC
Body Hardware oC oC o oC o o o o o o
Power equip. oC oC oO oC o o o o o o
Audio System o o oO oC o oC oC oC o oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o oC oO oC oC o o o o
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much better than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Toyota RAV4
T
he RAV4 offers just one powertrain, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and
six-speed automatic that got 24 mpg overall in tests of the AWD
version. The new RAV4 handles nimbly and is very secure, with a frm
and well-controlled ride. Inside the cabin are clear, intuitive controls
and some upgraded materials. But a number of cheap details are still
apparent. Access is very easy and the rear seat is roomy. A rear-view
camera is standard and the rear hatch is now top-hinged. The Limited
trim features a power liftgate. An electric version with a 103-mile range
is available in some markets. We can no longer recommend the RAV4
because it scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.
Tested model: 2013 XLE 4-door
SUV AWD, 2.5-liter 4-cyl., 6-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
75
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
XLE 4 75
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Toyota RAV4 (4-cyl.)
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $43,595-$63,520
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: SR5, Limited,
Platinum
Drive wheels: Rear or select-
able 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 3
third
Engines: 5.7-liter V8 (381 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 205
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 122
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 6,025
% weight front/rear . . .51/49
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,230
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 61.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 7,300
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 13/17
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oO oC oC oC o o o o o
Engine Minor oC o o o oC oC o o o
Engine Cooling o oC oC oO o+ o o o o
Trans. Major o o o o o o o o o
Trans. Minor oC o o o o o o o o
Drive System o+ oC oC oC oC oC o oC o
Fuel System oC oC oC o o o o o oC
Electrical oC o oC oC o o o o oC
Climate System o o o o oC oC oC o o
Suspension oC oC o o o oO o o o
Brakes o+ oO oC oC oO oO o+ o o
Exhaust o o o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim o+ oO o+ oO oO o oO oO oC
Body Integrity oC oC oC oC o oC oC o o
Body Hardware o o o o oO oC oC oC o
Power equip. o+ o o+ oC oC oC oC oC o
Audio System o+ oO oO oO o o oC o oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO oO oC oC oC oC oC oC oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Toyota Sequoia
T
he big, eight-passenger Sequoia has a strong and refned
5.7-liter V8 paired to a six-speed automatic. This combination
returned 15 mpg overall in our tests. Rear- and selectable full-time
four-wheel drive are available. The ride is frm, and handling is
clumsy but secure, and the independent rear suspension allows
the third-row seat to be folded into a well, improving cargo space.
The power-retractable rear window is another nice touch. Its a high
step-in to get into the cabin, but once inside passengers will fnd
the interior very roomy. Reliability has been above average.
Tested model: 2008 Limited 4-door
SUV 4WD, 5.7-liter V8, 6-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
66
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
Limited V8 66
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Toyota Sequoia
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Base price: $26,920-$41,710
Body styles: minivan
Trim lines: Base, LE, SE, XLE,
XLE AWD, Limited
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 3
third
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 (266 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 119
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,445
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,390
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . .70.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 18/25
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC oO oC o o o o o o o
Engine Minor oC oC oC oC oC o o o o o
Engine Cooling oC oO oC oC o o o o o o
Trans. Major o o o oC o o oC o o o
Trans. Minor oC oC oC oC o o o o o o
Drive System oC oC o o oC o o o o o
Fuel System o o o oC oC oC oC o o o
Electrical oC o oC oO oC oC oO oC o o
Climate System oO oC oC oC oO oO oC o o o
Suspension oC oO oO oC oO oO oC o o o
Brakes oC oO oO oO oO oO oO oC o o
Exhaust oO o o o o o o o o o
Paint/Trim oC oC oO oO oO oO oC oO o o
Body Integrity oO oO oO oO oO oC oO oO o+ oO
Body Hardware o o o o+ oO oO o+ o o+ oO
Power equip. oC oC oC oO oC oC oO oC o o
Audio System oO oO o+ o o oC oC oC oC oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oC oC oC oO oC oC oC oC oC oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Better than average o C
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Toyota Sienna
T
he Sienna is a sensible choice, but in some ways it isnt as nice
as the previous generation. Interior ft and fnish is mediocre,
and the cabin is a bit noisy. The Sienna rides very comfortably,
but handling is lackluster. The 3.5-liter V6 is lively and returns a
respectable 20 mpg. The all-wheel-drive version sacrifces just
1 mpg. An eighth seat cleverly stores in the back when it isnt
installed in the center of the middle row. The Sienna is the only
minivan on the market that offers an all-wheel-drive version. Reli-
ability has been above average.
Tested model: 2011 XLE minivan,
3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
80
Minivans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 86
XLE V6 80
Lowest Rated 74
0 100
Toyota Sienna (FWD)
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Base price: $18,125-$28,385
Body styles: regular cab;
extended cab; crew cab
Trim lines: Base, PreRunner,
V6
Drive wheels: Rear or part-
time 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.7-liter 4 (159 hp);
4.0-liter V6 (236 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
manual; 6-speed manual;
4-speed automatic; 5-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 128
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,325
% weight front/rear . . 56/44
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . .1,050
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 6,400
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 16/21
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REPORT CARD
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Toyota Tacoma
T
he Tacoma remains a workhorse compact pickup. Fuel econ-
omy is competitive, but clumsy handling makes it a chore to
drive long distances. The 4.0-liter V6 provides strong performance
but is noisy. However, the Tacomas incessantly jiggly ride grows
fatiguing and its particularly stiff with the TRD suspension package.
The cabins high foor and low roof makes access tricky and the
driving position is too low and uncomfortable. Towing and off-road
capabilities are impressive. Reliability has been above average, but
the Tacoma scores too low to be recommended.
Tested model: 2012 Base crew cab
4WD, 4.0-liter V6, 5-speed auto-
matic
ROAD TEST SCORE
50
Pickups P F G VG E
Highest Rated 81
crew cab V6 50
Lowest Rated 50
0 100
Toyota Tacoma
(V6, 4WD)
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $26,200-$47,600
Body styles: regular cab;
extended cab; crew cab
Trim lines: Base, SR5, Limited,
Platinum, 1794 Edition
Drive wheels: Rear or part-
time 4WD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 4.0-liter V6 (270 hp);
4.6-liter V8 (310 hp); 5.7-liter
V8 (381 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed auto-
matic; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 229
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 146
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . .5,740
% weight front/rear . . 58/42
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,395
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 9,700
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 13/17
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OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Toyota Tundra
T
he Tundra offers a standard two-door regular cab and two sizes
of crew cabs. Three engines are available, including a very
powerful 5.7-liter V8 and a 4.6-liter V8. The six-speed automatic is
very smooth and responsive. Handling is relatively responsive, but
the ride with the TRD package is stiff. The cabin is very roomy, but
its a long reach to some controls. Towing performance is extremely
capable. Reliability has been above average. A freshened 2014
Tundra has the same powertrains and a number of exterior and
interior updates, including improved ergonomics for the controls.
However, no major changes are in the cards.
Tested model: 2007 SR5 crew cab
4WD, 5.7-liter V8, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
69
Pickups P F G VG E
Highest Rated 81
SR5 V8 69
Lowest Rated 50
0 100
Toyota Tundra
(V8, 4WD)
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Vehicle Proles
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Base price: $27,950-$39,570
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: LE, XLE, Limited
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.7-liter 4 (181 hp);
3.5-liter V6 (268 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 109
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 4,125
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 825
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . .33.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,500
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 18/25
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oC
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
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PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Toyota Venza
B
ased on the outgoing Highlander, the Venza is a combination
of a traditional wagon and an SUV. Assets include easy cabin
access, a quiet interior, and a roomy rear seat. The rear hatch and
large cargo foor aid cargo fexibility. The strong 268-hp, 3.5-liter V6
engine gets 20 mpg overall. Handling is secure, but the steering is
short on feedback and the ride is stiff. All-wheel drive is available.
The styling impairs visibility. Unless you get the optional navigation
system the rear-view cameras image is relegated to a very small
dashboard screen.
Tested model: 2009 V6 4-door SUV
AWD, 3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
77
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
V6 V6 77
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Toyota Venza (V6)
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $14,430-$17,340
Body styles: 2-door hatchback;
4-door hatchback
Trim lines: L, LE, SE
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.5-liter 4 (106 hp)
Transmissions: 5-speed
manual; 4-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 99
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 2,385
% weight front/rear . . 62/38
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 845
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 30/35
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
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NEW CAR
PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Toyota Yaris
T
oyotas least expensive car is available as a two- or four-door
hatchback. Despite excellent fuel economy of 32 mpg overall
in our tests and a relatively roomy rear seat, it remains rough and
very Spartan in this increasingly competitive segment. Handling is
ho-hum, and acceleration is slow. The cabin is noisy, the ride is
busy ride, and the driving position is awkward. On top of all that,
the radio is needlessly complex to operate. Reliability is likely to be
very good, but the Yaris scores too low to be recommended.
Tested model: 2012 LE 4-door
hatchback, 1.5-liter 4-cyl., 4-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
41
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
LE 4 41
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Toyota Yaris Hatchback
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Base price: $20,295-$34,895
Body styles: 2-door hatchback;
convertible
Trim lines: 2.5L, TDI, R-Line,
GSR
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbodiesel (140
hp); 1.8-liter 4 turbo (170 hp); 2.5-liter
5 (170 hp); 2.0-liter 4 turbo (210 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
sequential; 5-speed manual;
6-speed manual; 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 100
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,040
% weight front/rear . . 63/37
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 820
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 11.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Regular or diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .22/31
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
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Engine Minor oO o+ o+ oC o oC oC o o
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VERDICTS
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PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Volkswagen Beetle
T
he Beetle is roomier than the frst generation and drives decently,
but VW skipped on a few details. While the ride is compliant, its
a bit unsettled. Handling is responsive but not sporty, and can get
sloppy in demanding conditions. The standard fve-cylinder engine
delivers enough thrust but sounds gruff and unrefned. We got a less-
than-stellar 26 mpg overall with the fve-speed manual. A new 1.8-liter
turbo four-cylinder will replace the 2.5-liter engine in 2014. Wind noise
is excessive, rear visibility is limited, and the long clutch-pedal travel
and wide center console compromise the driving position. A convert-
ible is also available. Reliability has been well below average.
Tested model: 2012 2.5L 2-door
hatchback, 2.5-liter 5-cyl., 5-speed
manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
60
Sporty cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 97
2.5L 5 60
Lowest Rated 54
0 100
Volkswagen Beetle,
New Beetle
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $33,595-$42,895
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: Sport, R-Line,
Executive, V6 Executive
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(200 hp); 3.6-liter V6 (280
hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
sequential; 6-speed manual;
6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 107
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,420
% weight front/rear . . . 59/41
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 925
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 13.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 2,000
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .22/31
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o+
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oO oC o o o
Engine Minor o+ oC o o o
Engine Cooling o oO oC oC o
Trans. Major o oO o o o
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Electrical o+ o oO oO o
Climate System o oO o o o
Suspension oC o+ oO o o
Brakes oC o o o+ oC
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USED CAR
VERDICTS
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NEW CAR
PREDICTION
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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Volkswagen CC
S
tyle trumps function in the CC, bringing a snug interior, com-
promised visibility, and diffcult cabin access. But the CC is
enjoyable to drive, with agile and responsive handling and a taut,
composed ride. The 200-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is
strong and returns 26 mpg overall with the six-speed automated
manual transmission. A stronger 280-hp, 3.6-liter V6 and AWD are
optional. The interior is very well-fnished, with comfortable seats
up front and, in a pinch, rear seating for three. Some features, like
a sunroof and rear-view camera, are only available on higher-trim
models. Reliability has been below average.
Tested model: 2013 Sport sedan,
2.0-liter 4-cyl. turbo, 6-speed
sequential
ROAD TEST SCORE
81
Compact sports
cars
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Sport 4 81
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Volkswagen CC
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $35,595-$42,095
Body styles: convertible
Trim lines: Komfort, Sport,
Executive
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 2 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(200 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
sequential
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 102
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,580
% weight front/rear . . 58/42
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 885
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 11.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,500
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 22/30
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oC
REPORT CARD
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SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Volkswagen Eos
T
his four-seater convertible rides comfortably and handles with
agility. Its folding metal hardtop includes a clever sunroof set-
ting. Open-top motoring is relatively free of wind buffeting. Interior
ft and fnish are impressive, and the seats are comfortable. Wind
noise is pronounced with the top up. Power comes from a vigorous
2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder, which delivers a good 25 mpg overall.
The automated manual transmission is smooth and shifts quickly.
Reliability has been average.
Tested model: 2008 Lux convert-
ible, 2.0-liter 4-cyl. turbo, 6-speed
sequential
ROAD TEST SCORE
78
Convertibles P F G VG E
Highest Rated 97
Lux 4 78
Lowest Rated 54
0 100
Volkswagen Eos
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $24,000-$32,000E
Body styles: 2-door hatchback;
4-door hatchback
Trim lines: Base, Wolfsburg,
Autobahn
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(210 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
sequential; 6-speed manual
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 102
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,175
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,075
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . . . NA
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST oC
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
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o o

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o+ o

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oC o

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TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Volkswagen GTI
T
he redesigned GTI will use a 210-hp, 2.0-liter turbo, driving
through either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch
automatic transmission. New Infotainment systems include 3D
navigation and a touch screen that uses swipe motions like a smart
phone and has a proximity sensor that can detect when your hand
is near. The new GTI continues to feature high-quality soft-touch
plastics through out the interior. Like the outgoing version, this
GTI promises to be one of the best performing and most practical
choices among affordable sporty cars. It is fun to drive but not at
the expense of comfort or practicality.
Volkswagen GTI
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Base price: $18,000-$27,000E
Body styles: 2-door hatchback;
4-door hatchback
Trim lines: 1.8, TDI
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbodie-
sel (150 hp); 1.8-liter 4 turbo
(170 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
sequential; 6-speed manual
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,165
% weight front/rear . . 62/38
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 25.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NA
Fuel
Regular or diesel
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 30/40
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
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oC o o o
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o oC o o
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TROUBLE
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Volkswagen Golf
T
he redesigned Golf is slightly larger, yet lower and lighter than
the outgoing model, and should get better fuel economy. VW
has mercifully dropped the base 2.5-liter fve-cylinder in favor of a
170-hp,1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder, like in the 2014 Jetta and Pas-
sat. The Golf TDI gets an all-new 150-hp, 2.0-liter diesel engine.
Transmission choices are a six-speed manual and six-speed dual-
clutch automatic. In our brief experience with a press car we found
the ride comfortable and handling responsive.The cabin still has a
solid and upscale feel, and the new Infotainment systems include
3D navigation and a touch screen that responds to swipe inputs.
Volkswagen Golf TDI
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Base price: $16,895-$31,895
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: S, SE, SEL, TDI
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 (115 hp);
2.0-liter 4 turbodiesel (140
hp); 1.8-liter 4 turbo (170 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
sequential; 5-speed manual;
6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,225
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,070
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Regular or diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 30/42
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o

o oC o o o o
Engine Minor oC

o o o o o o
Engine Cooling oO

oC o o o o o
Trans. Major o

o o o o o o
Trans. Minor o

oC oC oC oC o o
Drive System oC

oC o o o o o
Fuel System oO

oC o o o oO oO
Electrical o+

oC o oO oC o o
Climate System oO

oO oO oO oC oC o
Suspension oC

o oC oC oC o o
Brakes oO

oC oC oC oC o o
Exhaust oC

o o+ o oC oO o
Paint/Trim oO

o o oC oC oC o
Body Integrity o+

oC oC oC o o oC
Body Hardware o+

o+ oC oC oC o o
Power equip. oO

oO oO oC oO oC o
Audio System oC

oC oC oO o+ o o
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO

oO oO oO oO oO oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Volkswagen Jetta
W
ide ranging improvements for 2014 boosted the Jettas stand-
ing. A little bigger than most compact sedans, the Jetta is
a roomy, comfortable, and practical choice. The new mainstream
engine is smooth and fexible and returns an excellent 30 mpg. But
skip the anemic base four-cylinder. The diesel gets great mileage at
34 mpg overall. Revisions to the steering and suspension give the
Jetta improved agility and a steady ride. Higher-end versions are
nicely fnished inside. Simple controls and generous visibility make
it easy to live with. Diesels are recommended, with average reliabil-
ity, but the 1.8t is too new for us to have reliability data.
Tested model: 2014 TDI sedan,
2.0-liter 4-cyl. turbodiesel, 6-speed
sequential
ROAD TEST SCORE
75
Small sedans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
TDI 4 75
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Volkswagen Jetta
Sedan TDI
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $24,255-$28,495
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: Base, Autobahn
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(210 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,105
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,120
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,500
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 23/33
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE
FUEL ECONOMY
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Volkswagen Jetta GLI
T
he Jetta GLI is a much better effort than the lower-trim Jettas.
It has a more sophisticated suspension, better brakes, and
grippier tires, as well as a nicer interior. Its spacious rear seat and
large trunk assures a good measure of practicality as well. All of
this adds up to a credible sports sedan thats truly engaging to
drive and easy to live with. The 200-hp, four-cylinder turbo delivers
ample power in any gear. Fuel economy was a respectable 27 mpg
overall with the six-speed manual. The ride is a little stiff and road
noise is pronounced, but thats a small price to pay for the driving
enjoyment the GLI delivers.
Tested model: 2012 Autobahn
sedan, 2.0-liter 4-cyl. turbo, 6-speed
manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
76
Sporty cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 97
GLI Autobahn 4 76
Lowest Rated 54
0 100
Volkswagen Jetta
GLi
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Base price: $27,260-$31,445
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: SE, SEL, SEL
Premium
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 1.4-liter 4 hybrid
(170 hp)
Transmissions: 7-speed
sequential
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 104
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 3,190
% weight front/rear . . 54/46
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . .1,050
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . . . . NR
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 42/48
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST
OWNER SATISFACTION NA
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE
FUEL ECONOMY
REPORT CARD
Engine Major
NOT
ENOUGH
DATA
TO
RATE
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Trans. Major
Trans. Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electrical
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power equip.
Audio System
USED CAR
VERDICTS
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
T
he Jetta Hybrid is a smooth and capable full hybrid that gets
37 mpg overall. Its 1.4-liter turbo engine and seven-speed
automated manual work seamlessly, although it has a tendency to
roll backwards on uphill starts. The car can reach about 20 mph on
electric power and cruise with the engine off at moderate speeds.
This most expensive version of the Jetta features some nicer cabin
materials and an independent rear suspension, giving it responsive
cornering and a better ride. Unfortunately it costs $30,000 for the
SEL trim to get seat heaters. On the plus side, the trunk is fairly
usable despite the lithium-ion battery pack taking some room.
Tested model: 2013 Hybrid SE
sedan, 1.4-liter 4-cyl. hybrid, 7-speed
sequential
ROAD TEST SCORE
79
Small sedans P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
Hybrid SE 4 79
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Volkswagen Jetta
Hybrid
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Base price: $20,995-$30,265
Body styles: wagon
Trim lines: S, SE, TDI
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbodie-
sel (140 hp); 2.5-liter 5 (170
hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
sequential; 5-speed manual;
6-speed manual; 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . .179
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 102
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,430
% weight front/rear . . 58/42
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 980
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 31.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 2,000
Fuel
Regular or diesel
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 30/42
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION oC
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oO
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

oO oC o o o
Engine Minor

o oC o o o
Engine Cooling

oC o o o o
Trans. Major

o o o o o
Trans. Minor

o oC oO oC o
Drive System

oC o o o o
Fuel System

o o o o+ oC
Electrical

oC o oO oC o
Climate System

oO oO oO o o
Suspension

o o o o o
Brakes

o oC o o o
Exhaust

oC o o o o
Paint/Trim

oC o o o oC
Body Integrity

oO oO oC oC o
Body Hardware

o o+ oO o oC
Power equip.

oO oO oO oC o
Audio System

o o+ oC o oC
USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO oO oO oO oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
B
asically a previous-generation Golf wagon, the Jetta Sport-
Wagen has a quiet, taut, and composed ride and responsive
handling. The well-executed interior offers a lot of usable space
in a small footprint. Acceleration is a bit leisurely with the diesel,
but it has strong mid-range thrust. Our manual-shift version got an
outstanding 36 mpg overall and 49 mpg on the highway. The 2.5-
liter gas engine returned 23 mpg overall. The automated manual
works well. Diesel versions get a standard backup camera for 2014.
Reliability of the fve-cylinder and diesel has been average or better.
Look for a Golf Wagon to replace it in the immediate future.
Tested model: 2010 TDI wagon,
2.0-liter 4-cyl. turbodiesel, 6-speed
manual
ROAD TEST SCORE
81
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
TDI 4 81
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Volkswagen Jetta
Wagon TDI
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Base price: $20,845-$34,265
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: S, Wolfsburg, SE,
1.8T Sport, TDI SE, SEL Pre-
mium, TDI SEL Premium
Drive wheels: Front
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbodie-
sel (140 hp); 1.8-liter 4 turbo
(170 hp); 3.6-liter V6 (280 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
sequential; 5-speed manual;
6-speed manual; 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 110
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,450
% weight front/rear . . 60/40
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,130
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 16.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .1,000
Fuel
Diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 30/40
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o
REPORT CARD
Engine Major

o o o
Engine Minor

o+ o o
Engine Cooling

oC o o
Trans. Major

o o o
Trans. Minor

o o o
Drive System

o o o
Fuel System

oO oO oC
Electrical

oC o o
Climate System

oO o o
Suspension

oC o o
Brakes

oC o o
Exhaust

o o o
Paint/Trim

oO oC o
Body Integrity

oC o+ oO
Body Hardware

oC oO oC
Power equip.

oO oC o
Audio System

o oC o+
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o oO o+
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Volkswagen Passat
T
he Passat offers lots of room and delivers a comfortable, quiet
ride. Its extra-spacious rear seat is a plus, but ft and fnish isnt
that impressive. A 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder replaced the
rough and lazy fve-cylinder for 2014, and is a big improvement. In
tests of the turbodiesel we got an impressive 37 mpg overall and
51 mpg on the highway. High-end versions use the powerful 3.6-
liter V6 mated to a smooth and quick-shifting automated manual.
Handling is responsive and the car feels solid and substantial. The
trunk is huge. Reliability of the diesel version has been average.
Tested model: 2012 TDI SE sedan,
2.0-liter 4-cyl. turbodiesel, 6-speed
sequential
ROAD TEST SCORE
80
Midsized cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
TDI SE 4 80
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Volkswagen Passat TDI
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Vehicle Proles
>
Base price: $23,305-$38,835
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: S, SE, SEL, R-Line
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(200 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
manual; 6-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 103
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . .3,785
% weight front/rear . . 57/43
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,145
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 30.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 2,200
Fuel
Premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/26
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o oO o o o
Engine Minor oO oO o o o
Engine Cooling o oC o o o
Trans. Major oC o o o o
Trans. Minor oC o o oC o
Drive System oC oC o o o
Fuel System o o o oO o
Electrical o o oC oC o
Climate System oO oO oC oC o
Suspension oO o o o o
Brakes oO o+ o+ oO o
Exhaust oC o o o o
Paint/Trim o o oC o o
Body Integrity oO oO oC oC oC
Body Hardware oO o+ oO oO oC
Power equip. o o+ o+ oC o
Audio System o+ o o+ oO oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o o oO oO oC
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Average o O
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Volkswagen Tiguan
T
he Tiguan is a solid and agile small SUV. Pluses include high-
end ft and fnish and spacious rear seating. Handling is very
responsive and enjoyable, with sharp steering, and the Tiguan stays
secure at its limits. With its 19-inch tires the SEL rides stiffy; lower
trims, with 17-inch tires, ride more comfortably and quietly. The
2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine is smooth and purpose-
ful and yielded 21 mpg overall in our tests. A well-equipped Tiguan
can easily climb into the mid-$30,000 range. Reliability has been
average.
Tested model: 2012 SEL 4-door SUV
AWD, 2.0-liter 4-cyl. turbo, 6-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
76
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
SEL 4 76
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Volkswagen Tiguan
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Base price: $44,570-$64,745
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: V6, TDI, Hybrid
Drive wheels: AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.0-liter V6 turbod-
iesel (240 hp); 3.6-liter V6
(280 hp); 3.0-liter V6 hybrid
(380 hp)
Transmissions: 8-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 114
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 5,060
% weight front/rear . . 53/47
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,105
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 34.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . .7,700
Fuel
Diesel or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/29
PREDICTED RELIABILITY o
OWNER COST o
OWNER SATISFACTION o
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o+

o o o
Engine Minor oC

o oC o
Engine Cooling o+

oC o o
Trans. Major o+

o o o
Trans. Minor oO

o oC o
Drive System o

oC o o
Fuel System o

o o o
Electrical oO

oO oC oC
Climate System o+

oO o o
Suspension oC

oC oO o
Brakes oO

oC o+ o
Exhaust o

o o o
Paint/Trim o

oC o o
Body Integrity o

o oC oC
Body Hardware oO

o o+ oC
Power equip. o

oO o o
Audio System o

o o+ o+
USED CAR
VERDICTS
o

o o oO
NEW CAR
PREDICTION
Much worse than average o
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Volkswagen Touareg
T
he Touareg is an agile, solid, well-fnished SUV with comfort-
able seats and a plush interior. The V6 turbodiesel, mated to an
eight-speed automatic transmission, pulls effortlessly and returned
24 mpg overall in our tests. Its towing capacity is generous. The
low-speed ride is overly frm, but its steady on the highway. At its
handling limits some body lean is evident. The cabin is quiet and
access is easy, but our nearly-$50,000 Touareg lacked some com-
mon luxury features, such as a sunroof. The hybrid is the top-of-
the-line version. It is quick and shuts off the engine when coasting,
even at highway speeds. Reliability has been well below average.
Tested model: 2011 TDI 4-door
SUV AWD, 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel,
8-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
82
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
TDI V6 82
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Volkswagen Touareg
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Base price: $32,400-$45,700
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: T5, T6, R-Design
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(240 hp); 2.0-liter 4 turbo
& supercharged (300 hp);
2.5-liter 5 turbo (250 hp);
3.0-liter 6 turbo (300 hp);
3.0-liter 6 turbo (325 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed auto-
matic; 8-speed automatic)
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 109
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,560
% weight front/rear . . 62/38
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,025
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 12.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,300
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 21/30
PREDICTED RELIABILITY oO
OWNER COST oO
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE o
FUEL ECONOMY oO
REPORT CARD
Engine Major oC o oO oC o

o o
Engine Minor oC oC o oC o

o o
Engine Cooling oC oC o o+ o

o o
Trans. Major oC oC oC o o

o o
Trans. Minor oC o+ o+ oC o

oC o
Drive System oC oO oO o o

o o
Fuel System oC o+ o+ o+ oC

oC o
Electrical oC o oC oO oO

o o
Climate System oC oC oC oC oC

oC o
Suspension oO oO oO o+ o+

o o
Brakes oC oC oC oO o+

o o
Exhaust oC oC oC oC o

o o
Paint/Trim oC oO o+ oC oC

oC o
Body Integrity oO oC o oO o

oC o
Body Hardware oC oC oO oC oC

oO o
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oC oC
Audio System o+ oO o+ oC o

oC oO
USED CAR
VERDICTS
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oO oC
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PREDICTION
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SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Volvo S60
T
he S60 is one of the best Volvos ever, with agile handling, a
taut and steady ride, and a suite of advanced safety systems.
The fve-cylinder provided lively acceleration and respectable fuel
economy. The top-level T6 trim with AWD is quick and refned. The
interior is quiet and nicely laid out, and the front seats are very
comfortable. But the rear is tight, and the trunk is small. Safety
features include City Safety, which can automatically brake the car
to prevent a collision, and an optional pedestrian-detection system
that intervenes to avoid hitting a person. The V60 wagon and a new
four-cylinder turbo engine are new.
Tested model: 2012 T5 sedan, 2.5-
liter 5-cyl. turbo, 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
77
Compact sports
cars
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
T5 5 77
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
Volvo S60
04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
Base price: $39,900-$48,150
Body styles: sedan
Trim lines: 3.2, T6
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.2-liter 6 (240 hp);
3.0-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 112
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,850
% weight front/rear . . .61/39
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 905
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . 15.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,300
Fuel
Regular or premium
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .19/28
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
OWNER COST o+
OWNER SATISFACTION oO
ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE oC
FUEL ECONOMY o+
REPORT CARD
Engine Major o+ oC

o o

oO

Engine Minor oC oC

oC oC

Engine Cooling oO oC

oC oO

oC

Trans. Major oO oO

o o

Trans. Minor oO oC

o oO

Drive System oC oC

o oC

Fuel System oC oO

oC oO

oC

Electrical oO oC

oC o

Climate System o oC

oC o

oC

Suspension o oO

oO oC

Brakes oC o

oC o

oO

Exhaust o o+

o o

Paint/Trim oO o

oO oC

Body Integrity oO oO

oO o+

Body Hardware oC oC

o oO

o+

Power equip. oC o

oO o+

oC

Audio System oC oO

oO oO

o+

USED CAR
VERDICTS
oO oC

o oO

oO

NEW CAR
PREDICTION
NA
TROUBLE
SPOTS

RELIABILITY HISTORY
Volvo S80
U
nfortunately, the S80 is OK but doesnt deliver the level of perfor-
mance or luxury expected in this class. Front-wheel-drive versions
get a 3.2-liter six-cylinder, which delivered 20 mpg overall in our testing.
That engine will be replaced by a four-cylinder turbo for 2014 A turbo
six-cylinder with all-wheel drive is available. Handling is sound and
predictable, but the ride feels a bit stiff. For a sedan of its size rear seat
room is cramped and rear access is compromised. The interior is well
fnished, and the front seats are comfortable. The optional blind-spot
monitoring system works well. A collision-warning system is available.
Other 2014 updates include exterior and interior styling changes.
Tested model: 2007 3.2 sedan,
3.2-liter 6-cyl., 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
70
Luxury cars P F G VG E
Highest Rated 99
3.2 6 70
Lowest Rated 43
0 100
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Vehicle Proles
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Base price: $35,300-$47,400
Body styles: wagon
Trim lines: T5 Drive-E, T5, T6
R-Design
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
(240 hp); 2.0-liter 4 turbo
& supercharged (300 hp);
2.5-liter 5 turbo (250 hp);
3.0-liter 6 turbo (325 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed auto-
matic; 8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 109
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 3,600
% weight front/rear . . . . . NA
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . NA
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . . . NA
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,300
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . 20/29
PREDICTED RELIABILITY New
OWNER COST o+
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ACCIDENT AVOIDANCE NA
FUEL ECONOMY NA
REPORT CARD
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Body Hardware
Power equip.
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VERDICTS
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PREDICTION
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Volvo V60
T
he new V60 is the wagon version of the S60, one of the best
Volvos in a long time thanks to its agile handling, taut and steady
ride, and suite of advanced safety systems. The base engine on the
FWD T5 will eventually be Volvos new turbo four-cylinder, while the
fve-cylinder we tested in the S60 will, for now, be on the AWD T5. In
the S60 the interior is quiet and nicely laid out, with comfortable front
seats but a tight rear seat. Safety features include City Safety, which
can automatically brake the car to prevent a collision, and an optional
pedestrian-detection system that intervenes to avoid hitting a person.
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Base price: $34,850-$49,800
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: 3.2, T6, T6
R-Design
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
& supercharged (300 hp);
3.2-liter 6 (240 hp); 3.0-liter
6 turbo (300 hp); 3.0-liter 6
turbo (325 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed auto-
matic; 8-speed automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . 109
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,275
% weight front/rear . . 58/42
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 950
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 32.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,300
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . . 17/23
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Volvo XC60
A
good choice in the upscale compact SUV class, the XC60 isnt
as involving or sporty as the Audi Q5 or BMW X3. The ride is
a little stiff, but handling is responsive and secure at its limits. The
3.0-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder performs well but fuel economy
is mediocre at 17 mpg overall. For 2014 the 3.2-liter six-cylinder is
replaced by a new turbocharged four-cylinder. Wind and road noise
are well suppressed. The interior is nicely fnished with high-quality
materials. The seats are well-shaped and comfortable, but rear leg
room is a bit tight. Lots of cutting-edge safety gear is available but
opting for it can get fairly expensive.
Tested model: 2010 T6 4-door SUV
AWD, 3.0-liter 6-cyl. turbo, 6-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
70
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
T6 6 70
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
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Base price: $34,500-$45,650
Body styles: wagon
Trim lines: 3.2, T6
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear
Engines: 3.2-liter 6 (240 hp);
3.0-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 110
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . . 4,170
% weight front/rear . . 58/42
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . . 900
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 36.5
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,300
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .18/24
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Volvo XC70
T
he XC70 is a wagon version of the S80 with a raised ride
height. It features many of Volvos safety features, including
collision-avoidance systems and a blind-spot warning system that
works well. The powertrain is a pleasant 3.2-liter six-cylinder mated
to a six-speed automatic, with available AWD, but it returns just 18
mpg overall. That engine will be replaced by a new turbocharged
four-cylinder in early 2014 . A more powerful, turbocharged six
comes with the T6 trim. The ride is fairly stiff but handling is
secure. Inside, the cabin is quiet and nicely trimmed, and the seats
are comfortable. Reliability has been above average.
Tested model: 2008 3.2 wagon AWD,
3.2-liter 6-cyl., 6-speed automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
77
Wagons/
hatchbacks
P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
3.2 6 77
Lowest Rated 28
0 100
Volvo XC70
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Base price: $39,700-$47,400
Body styles: 4-door SUV
Trim lines: 3.2, 3.2 R-Design
Drive wheels: Front or AWD
Seating: 2 front, 3 rear, 2
third
Engines: 3.2-liter 6 (240 hp)
Transmissions: 6-speed
automatic
FACTS & FIGURES
Exterior dimensions
Length (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Width (in.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Height (in.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Wheelbase (in.) . . . . . . . . . 113
Weight (lb.) . . . . . . . . . . 4,830
% weight front/rear . . 53/47
Cargo measurement
Max. load (lb.) . . . . . . . . 1,210
Cargo volume, cu.ft. . . . 38.0
Towing capacity (lb.) . . 3,970
Fuel
Regular
EPA city/hwy, mpg . . . .16/23
PREDICTED RELIABILITY NA
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RELIABILITY HISTORY
Volvo XC90
T
he aging XC90 is outdated and outclassed. Its best features
include a fexible interior, seven-passenger seating, and high-
tech safety gear. The 240-hp, 3.2-liter six-cylinder feels underpow-
ered, and fuel economy of 17 mpg overall is not impressive. The
ride is stiff and unsettled, and handling lacks agility, although it
is ultimately secure. The cabin is quiet, but the backup cameras
display is very slow to rise out of the dashboard, and by the time it
shows an image you may be fnished reversing. The radio controls
are convoluted and folding the third-row seat is more of a chore
than it should be. A redesigned XC90 arrives in fall 2014.
Tested model: 2013 3.2 4-door
SUV AWD, 3.2-liter 6-cyl., 6-speed
automatic
ROAD TEST SCORE
58
SUVs P F G VG E
Highest Rated 88
3.2 6 58
Lowest Rated 20
0 100
Volvo XC90 (6-cyl.)
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HOW TO CHOOSE THE
BEST TIRES
Look for the best grip and handling, and then longest tread life
T
ires with good grip can
make all the difference
between an accident and a
close call. Yet tires are a blind
item; when youre standing in
the showroom theres no way to tell which
provides the best grip by looking at them.
Thats why we test hundreds of tires each
year at our Connecticut test track, evaluate
stopping on ice at a local ice rink, and run
thousands of miles on Texas roads to
assess tread wear. Each tire undergoes up to
14 different evaluations, ranging from brak-
ing, handling, and hydroplaning resistance
to rolling resistance and tread wear tests.
In recent years, weve found that at least
to some extent you get what you pay for. No
matter the vehicle type they are designed
for, tires that combine the best grip with
the longest life may cost a little more, but
theyre worth the extra money.
Given the expense of new tires, choosing
one with longer tire life can be a big money
saver. More important, however, it can also
give you a wider margin of safety by letting
you drive more miles before the tires
performance degrades notably from wear.
In our tests, for instance, the best all-season
tires for cars showed a wear potential of
more than 97,000 miles; the worst would
need replacing after 55,000 miles. Its
pretty straightforward: a $130 tire that will
last twice as long as a $87 tire is a better bet,
assuming other factors are equal. In some
cases, the tires could last the life of the car,
though your actual mileage will depend on
how, where, and what you drive. Many
SELECT TIRE RATINGS
Every tire we test
gets put through our
dry and wet cornering
tests at our Auto
Test Center.
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tires have a prorated tread-wear warranty,
but you still have to shell out money for
the balance in mileage not received and add
in the cost of installation for the new tires.
A number of tires advertise improved
fuel economy through lower rolling
resistance. Weve found some of these
tires allowed our test cars to get 1 to
3 more mpg than those with the highest
rolling resistance with little or no perfor-
mance penalty. However, rolling resis-
tance decreases as tires wear. So new low
rolling-resistance tires may not match
the fuel economy of the old tires youre
replacing. And proper inflation can have
a bigger impact on fuel economy regardless
of which tires you use.
What we test
We have ratings on five main varieties
of tires: regular all-season, performance
all-season, ultra-high performance
all-season, ultra-high performance
summer-only tires. Additional Ratings
for truck and winter tires can be found
on ConsumerReports.org.
We recommend sticking to the same
type and size tire that originally came on
your car. Use our Ratings to find the best
tires for your driving style and conditions.
First, check for tires that provide good
braking and handling capabilities as well
as hydroplaning resistance because that
can help you avoid an accident. Once
youve shortened your list, look for models
that are rated highly in other areas that are
important to you, such as winter grip, tread
life, ride comfort, and rolling resistance.
Tires for most cars
All-season replacement tires fit most
modern cars and quite a few car-based
small and midsized SUVs. They run
the gamut from standard S- and T-rated
all-season tires to high-performance
H- and V-rated models.
Many more models today come standard
with performance all-season tires, which
deliver better grip at the cost of some tread
life. Most, however, arent significantly
more expensive, and there are some
bargains available, which is why you should
shop around.
Quite a few of the tires in these catego-
ries also offer good snow and ice traction
for those who need it.
Where & when to buy
replacement tires
What tires you buy may also be determined
by the selection local retailers carry. You
can find tires at local car dealers, indepen-
dent tire stores, regional chains, club stores
such as Costco and Sams, tire-company
stores like Goodyear and Firestone,
and online outlets such as Tire Rack and
Discount Tire Direct.
Sales and rebates are common, and
prices can vary dramatically. Any of those
outlets might offer the lowest price on
a given day. The key is to shop around and
compare the installed, out-the-door price
when shopping for tires.
Because tire prices can vary significantly
among outlets, we recommend that you
start shopping before your current tires are
worn out and that you keep an eye on sales
and other discounts. Begin your hunt when
the tread depth of your tires reaches 4/32
of an inch. You can easily check this by
inserting a quarter into each tread groove,
with George Washingtons head pointed
down. If you can see the top of his head, its
time to start shopping.
Some tire stores also push extras
like road-hazard insurance, although it
probably isnt worth the cost unless you
have to replace tires often because of
road-induced damage. In some areas, you
might also have to pay a disposal fee for
your old tires.
Bottom line. If you can get a good price
online, call your local shops to find the best
price for installing them. Web retailers can
often ship directly to a local tire store. But
asking if the local store would meet or beat
the quote could be the best route of all.
Among all-season tires,
the Michelin Defender pulled
ahead. It has excellent tread
life and scores highly in our
three-season driving tests
(dry braking, wet braking,
handling, and hydroplaning).
A close second is the Con-
tinental ProContact EcoPlus,
which is excellent for braking
on wet roads.
In the performance
all-season H speed-rated
category, the Michelin
Primacy MXV4 was our
top-rated model with the
Continental PureContact close behind.
The Michelin performed well in most
weather tests; offers a comfortable, quiet
ride; and has low rolling resistance. The
Continental was impressive in our wet
braking test and has a good balance
of all weather performance and tread life.
Another Continental PureContact
model led the performance all-season
V speed-rated group, followed closely by
the Pirelli P7 Cinturato All Season. Both
are excellent for wet braking, and the Con-
tinental is an all-around good performer.
The Pirelli gets top marks for handling, but
the tread-life rating was just fair.
In general, sportier tires such as the
Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 and GT Radial
Champiro 228 have plenty of grip on dry
and wet roads, but they sacrifice winter
grip and tread life. By contrast, less sporty
models such as the Goodyear Assurance
ComforTred Touring offer outstanding
snow traction and tread life but just average
grip on dry and wet roads.
The Michelin Energy Saver A/S has the
lowest rolling resistance of any all-season
tire we tested.
Ultra-high-performance tires
Automakers are rolling out more models
We evaluate tires
all-year long,
buying, installing,
and testing more
than 173 models.
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Falken Sincera Touring SN211 62

Cooper CS4 Touring 60

Hankook Optimo H727 60

Firestone FR710 60

Yokohama Avid Touring-S 58

Cooper GFE 58

Kumho Solus KR21 56

Firestone Precision Touring 56

Toyo Extensa A/S 56

Maxxis MA-T1 Escapade 54

Firestone Affinity Touring 54

Sumitomo HTR T4 52

Kelly Explorer Plus 50

Quick Recommendations
ALL-SEASON TIRES
Best for all-weather performance:
> Michelin Defender
> Continental ProContact EcoPlus
Best balance of three-season
performance and long tread life:
> Michelin Defender
> Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season
> Pirelli P4 Four Seasons
> Yokohama Avid Ascend
Michelin Defender
Continental ProContact EcoPlus
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These are high-scoring models that
stand out for the reasons below.
equipped with ultra-high performance
(UHP) tires designed to optimize corner-
ing, grip, and handling. UHP rubber,
which is usually found on sports and high-
performance luxury cars, is now showing
up models from the sporty Mini Cooper S
and Volkswagen GTI to the mainstream
Buick LaCrosse and the Chevrolet Malibu.
These tires have a wide tread to maximize
grip and short, stiffer sidewalls that
minimize flexing while cornering. The
trade-offs are typically a stiffer ride and
shorter tread life. And if UHP models
generally have a warranty no more than
60,000 miles, if they have one at all.
The models we tested have speed ratings
of W, Y, and Z, which means that theyre
capable of sustaining speeds of more than
149 mph. That might seem like overkill
on public roads, but not only do these tires
do a better job of dissipating heat, we have
found tires with higher speed ratings
have better grip at normal highway speeds.
UHP tires come in two varieties:
all-season and summer-only. The summer
tires deliver maximum grip in temperate
conditions, but provide very little grip
on snowy or icy roads. Few UHP summer
tires have any tread-wear warranty.
Michelins Pilot Sport A/S 3 delivers
excellent dry braking and handling
capabilities, as well as very good tread life.
The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All
Season has slightly lower dry braking grip
and handling performance, but it still
offers impressive overall grip, commend-
able handling, and long tread life.
Among summer-only tires, the Pirelli P
Zero and Michelin Pilot Super Sport
received top marks. The P Zero earned
excellent ratings for dry and wet braking,
and handling. The Pilot Super Sport is
impressive for its precise handling on
dry and wet surfaces, and it provides the
longest tread life of any summer tire.
Guide to the Ratings
Overall score is based on up to 14 tests, with braking, handling, and hydroplaning resistance more heavily for most tires. Snow traction tests denote how
far a vehicle has to travel to accelerate from 5 to 20 mph on at, moderately packed snow. Braking tests on ice are from 10 mph; on dry and wet pavement
from 60 mph. Handling for many tires combines how well a tire did in wet and dry cornering grip, steering feel, and an emergency handling maneuver.
For UHP tires, dry handling includes dry cornering grip, avoidance maneuver performance, and subjective steering feeling; wet handling includes wet
cornering grip and handling on our wet circuit. Hydroplaning denotes a tires ability to resist skimming along the surface of standing water and causing loss
of steering ability. Ride comfort and Noise are evaluated subjectively, on rough and smooth roads. Rolling resistance, as measured on a dynamometer, is
a factor in fuel economy. Tread life indicates wear potential from our 12,000- or 16,000-mile mixed vehicle driving test.
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Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S 64

Nokian eNTYRE 64

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Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season 64

Dunlop SP Sport 5000 62

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring 62

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus 62

Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S 60

GT Radial Champiro 228 60

BFGoodrich Advantage T/A 60

Cooper CS4 Touring 60

Sumitomo HTR A/S PO1 60

Yokohama YK580 58

Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum 56

Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring 56

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity 56

Hankook Optimo H426 56

Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS 56

Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 52

Yokohama Avid ENVigor 52

Toyo Versado LX II 52

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