Some Surprises in Consumer Reports' Top 10 Cars for 2008
Consumer Reports published their latest top picks for the best cars of 2008, and some of the selections may surprise faithful followers of the magazine. Here’s the list.
Green car: Toyota Prius. This was the same selection as last year, so there’s no surprise here. A co-worker who owns a Honda Fit, who’s happy with the mileage he gets but is unsatisfied with just about everything else, eyes the Prius when we see one.
Small sedan: Hyundai Elantra SE. The Elantra may be the first surprise on the list. This car usually loses to the Honda Civic (which I own). Apparently, electronic stability control in the lower-priced models made the difference in the magazine’s selection.
Family sedan: Honda Accord. The Accord took this prize last year, as well.
Upscale sedan: Infiniti G35 Sedan. The G35 is another repeat winner.
Luxury sedan: Lexus LS 460L. Last year, the winner for luxury sedan was the Infiniti M35. For $77,000, the 460L was the best performing car tested by Consumer Reports.
Fun to drive: Mazda MX-5 Miata. The MX-5 Miata was last year’s winner for the “fun to drive” category. It’s about half the price of the Porsche Boxter but provides the same experience.
Small SUV: Toyota RAV4. My girlfriend is eying this car for her next purchase (when necessary). It was last year’s winner in the same category.
Midsized SUV: Hyundai Santa Fe. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid was last year’s pick, but it lost out to the improved Santa Fe.
Pickup Truck: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab. What’s this? An “American” car on a list from Consumer Reports? Well, they do qualify their choice: “The redesigned Toyota Tundra outscored the Silverado in our tests, but first-year reliability of the 4WD, V8 version was below average.”
Members of Consumer Reports can compare the new ratings they have compiled for 2008 cars.