‘Consumer Reports’ names best vehicles of 2014

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Consumer Reports has issued its list of its top vehicles of 2014.

The list of best all-around vehicles by category is the highlight of the much-anticipated list from Consumer Reports annual auto issue, which includes the top used cars, safety rankings and more.

New vehicles that break into the coveted “Top Picks” list in their categories are the Hyundai Santa Fe for large SUV, the Ram 1500 among pickups, Subaru Forester for small SUV and the Tesla Model S luxury sedan as best overall vehicle.

The top picks scored at or near the top of Consumer Report’s testing of 260 vehicles and also rated well in Consumer Reports’ surveys of 1.1 million vehicle owners..

Here are the 10 Top Picks in the categories (view full list at ConsumerReports.org).

Best overall
Tesla Model S
“The Tesla is brimming with innovation. Its massive, easy-to-use 17-inch touch screen controls most functions. And with its totally keyless operation, full Internet access, and ultra-quiet, zero-emission driving experience, the Tesla is a glimpse into a future where cars and computers coexist in seamless harmony.” Read more.
Price as tested: $89,650

Small SUV
Subaru Forester
“The Forester climbed to the top of its class after its 2014 redesign. With a space-efficient design and large windows and doors, this user-friendly SUV provides the easiest access and best visibility in its category.” Read more.
Price as tested: $26,814

Midsized sedan
Honda Accord (4-Cyl.)
“The four-cylinder Accord occupies a true sweet spot in today’s auto market. It’s a roomy, well-equipped, and competitively priced sedan that gets a lot right.” Read more.
Price as tested: $23,270

Compact car
Subaru Impreza
“The all-wheel-drive Impreza gives you a lot for its affordable price. Both sedan and hatchback versions are well-rounded packages, with nimble handling and an impressively compliant, absorbent ride that’s among the best in its class.” Read more.
Prices as tested: Sedan $21,345, hatchback $22,345

Midsized SUV
Hundai Santa Fe
“Redesigned for 2013, the seven-passenger Santa Fe is one of the most pleasant and well-rounded SUVs. This spacious vehicle provides a comfortable ride, a quiet interior, a limolike rear seat, and generous cargo area.” Read more.
Price as tested: $36,290

Green car
Toyota Prius
“Today’s showrooms have no shortage of hybrids. But none can match the combination of affordability, practicality, and fuel efficiency that the Prius delivers.” Read more.
Price as tested: $26,750

Pickup truck
Ram 1500
“With its 2013 freshening, the Ram is surprisingly refined and inviting. A coil-spring rear suspension—unique for full-sized pickups— makes it the most comfortable-riding truck.” Read more.
Price as tested: $42,810

Luxury car
Audi A6
“Simply put, the A6 is a joy to drive. Its potent, supercharged V6 engine and super-smooth eight-speed automatic transmission deliver invigorating power. Its agile handling is complemented by a comfortable ride.” Read more.
Price as tested: $56,295

Sports sedan
BMW 328I
“The 3 Series has long set the standard for sports sedans. And the current model delivers excellent handling and a high fun-to-drive factor.” Read more.
Price as tested: $43,195

Minivan
Honda Odyssey
“The Odyssey is the most complete family vehicle you can buy. It can easily carry up to eight people, and the comfy second- and third-row seats can be configured in myriad ways to accommodate a wide range of cargo- and passenger-carrying needs.” Read more.
Price as tested: $36,830

View the full list at ConsumerReports.org.

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