Cars are ranked based on how they perform in Consumer Reports’ road-tests, on its predicted-reliability score from the magazine’s latest Annual Auto Survey and on a score based on depreciation, fuel, insurance premiums, maintenance, sales tax and repairs costs over five years.
The 10 vehicle categories included compact/subcompact, mid-sized, large, luxury, sports/convertibles, wagons/minivans, small SUVs, mid-sized SUVs, luxury/large SUVs and pickups. The Prius came in first place for the compact/subcompact category and topped the overall ranking.
Toyota and Lexus models topped three of 10 categories. Subaru and Mazda models each led in two segments.