Consumer Reports Top Picks are all-round winners, chosen from more than 260 we’ve recently tested. The 2014 picks include models from eight automakers; only Honda and Subaru earned more than one spot. And there are four new winners: the slick, electric-powered Tesla Model S; the impressive Subaru Forester and Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs; and the freshened Ram 1500 pickup truck, which is the first Chrysler model to make the list in 16 years.
What it takes
Top Picks must meet Consumer Reports criteria in three areas:
Test performance. Each must rank at or near the top of its class in our overall test score.
Reliability. Each must have an average or better reliability Rating, based on the problems our subscribers reported on 1.1 million vehicles in our latest Annual Auto Survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.
Safety. Top Picks must perform adequately if included in crash or rollover tests conducted by the government or insurance industry.
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