Thinking of getting a new car? Check out these Consumer Reports top picks

Toyota scores three top pick designations

SAN ANTONIO – If you’ve got the itch for a new car, truck or SUV, Consumer Reports’ annual list of its top picks may help steer you.

Consumer Reports is out with its recommendations on new models based on more than 50 track tests as data on predicted reliability, owner satisfaction and safety equipment.

“We put thousands of miles on each test car and actually evaluate them for how people actually use them in their day-to-day lives,” said Mike Quincy, auto editor. “To make CR’s list, the vehicle must come standard with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.”

Toyota made a strong showing with three on the list. Subaru had two, and Tesla was the only American brand.

Here is their list of top picks in various categories:

  • Toyota Corolla - best small car
  • Mazda CX-30 - best subcompact SUV
  • Toyota Prius - best hybrid
  • Toyota Camry - best mid-sized sedan
  • Subaru Forester - best small SUV
  • Subaru Outback - best SUV/wagon
  • Kia Telluride - best mid-sized three-row SUV
  • Honda Ridgeline - best compact pickup
  • Lexus RX - best mid-size SUV
  • Tesla Model 3 - best electric

About the Author:

As a consumer reporter, Marilyn is all about helping people stay safe and save a buck. Since coming to KSAT in 1985, she’s covered everything from crime to politics, winning awards for her coverage of the Mexican Mafia, Oklahoma tornadoes, children’s transplants, an investigation into voting irregularities and even a hit-and-run Santa Claus.