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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