Car News For 7 Best Top Car Picks 2009

Best small sedan

2017 Hyundai Elantra SE

Hyundai Elantra SE.

Top pick: Hyundai Elantra SE
Price: $18,695
Consumer Reports verdict: The Hyundai Elantra SE is a comfortable, roomy small car that provides good fuel economy, a quiet and nicely finished interior, and plenty of features for the money. Only the SE version comes with standard electronic stability control, which is absent on many other small cars.

Best midsized SUV

Toyota Highlander - Best Midsize Suv

Toyota Highlander – Best Midsize Suv.

Top pick: Toyota Highlander
Price: $26,000 to $41,000
Consumer Reports verdict: The Highlander is a very refined and versatile vehicle. It provides a comfortable and quiet ride, a nicely finished interior, three rows of seats, and decent fuel economy for its class. The Highlander Hybrid’s fuel economy, 24 mpg overall, is among the best of any SUV in Consumer Report’s Ratings. First-year reliability has been excellent.

Best pickup truck

Chevrolet Avalanche - Best pickup truck

Chevrolet Avalanche.

Top pick: Chevrolet Avalanche
Price: $36,000 to $47,000
Consumer Reports verdict: The Chevrolet Avalanche full-sized crew cab is one of the most versatile and comfortable pickups that Consumer Reports has tested. Its unified bed and cab helps give it a solid feel and a comfortable, quiet ride. Its innovative partition, between the cab and the bed, can be folded to allow longer cargo to extend into the back of the cab.

Best overall vehicle

Lexus LS 460 - Best overall vehicle

Lexus LS 460.

Top pick: Lexus LS 460
Price: $64,000 to $77,000
Consumer Reports verdict: With a road test score of 99 out of 100, the Lexus LS 460 is Consumer Reports’ highest-scoring vehicle. It provides a luxurious, uncompromising driving environment, with a supremely comfortable ride and a roomy, well-finished, and exceptionally quiet interior. The LS is brimming with electronic amenities, yet the controls are easy to use. Its 380-hp, 4.6-liter V8 and eight-speed automatic transmission deliver smooth, quick acceleration and relatively good fuel economy.

Best family sedan

2017 Honda Accord

Honda Accord.

Top pick: Honda Accord
Price: $21,000 to $31,000
Consumer Reports verdict: The Honda Accord is a roomy, well-rounded sedan that’s easy to live with and enjoyable to drive. It offers a comfortable ride, agile handling, and efficient, refined four- and six-cylinder powertrains. Electronic stability control is standard, and crash-test results are impressive.

Best upscale sedan

Infiniti G 37 - Best upscale sedan

Infiniti G 37.

Top pick: Infiniti G37 (formerly G35)
Price: 33,000 to $36,000
Consumer Reports verdict: One of the highest-rated sedans tested, the G37 (formerly the G35) combines sportiness and luxury in a very appealing package. It has a very lively powertrain, agile handling, a comfortable ride, and a nicely appointed interior. For 2009, it also has a larger, 328-hp, 3.7-liter engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission, which improves fuel economy.

Most fun to drive

2017 Mazda MX 5 Miata

Mazda MX 5 Miata.

Top pick: Mazda MX-5 Miata
Price: $22,000 to $29,000
Consumer Reports verdict: Mazda’s MX-5 Miata is a true sports car at a reasonable price. With quick, precise steering, a crisp-shifting manual transmission, and balanced handling, it virtually tied the Porsche Boxster in test scoring, but it costs about half the price.


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