Consumer Reports Names Their Best Cars Of 2016

Consumer Reports has released a list of it’s Best cars for each segment.  There were the obvious choices, The Toyota Camry won best mid-size sedan like it has since the beginning of time. The Mazda Miata won Best Sub $40k Sportscar. The Miata may be a chick car but it still carves up corners thus making it heaps of fun. It does everything you want a small sportscar to do. The Ford F-150 won Best Pickup Truck because that’s what Ford gets what Americans want in their Pick Ups. The Subaru Forrester won Best Small SUV because if you want small, economical, practical you end up with a Forrester every time. Toyota took home best Minivan honors because the Sienna does everything you want in a minivan, not that you should ever want a minivan but if you do you should get one of these.


Then there were the interesting choices but when you think about it not all that surprising. Best Compact Car was won by the Subaru Impreza, which will make Subaru fanboys happy. Beyond that it is a really solid car, it may not look as good or interesting as Imprezas of the past but it isn’t unattractive either. Plus it’s a Subaru so it will go anywhere do anything for as long as you want. Lexus won Best Luxury SUV with their RX. This is an ever increasing market yet Lexus manages to win with regularity. Frankly, you could have thrown any of a dozen Luxo SUV’s here and it wouldn’t be wrong. Best Midsize SUV honors went to the Kia Sorrento. Make absolutely no mistake Kia is coming. They are no longer the joke car, suited best for rental fleets and people with little money and even less sense. Kias are good cars and the Sorrento does everything a family wants. It manages to fit midsize space in a smaller package. Helping with economy and performance. Combine that with the fact that it offers more to customers than others do at its price point and you have an excellent car for excellent value. Chevy once again took top Fullsize Sedan honors with the Impala. The Impala manages to beat some luxury sedans in its combination of comfort and responsiveness.


Lastly, we have Consumer Report’s Best Sub-Compact, the Honda Fit. This conclusion I do not agree with. Sure the Fit is peppy, handles well and is practical, but did their testers not drive a Ford Fiesta? First off the Fit manages to pull off boring and ugly. The Fiesta looks good and it’s great to drive. The Fit may be good, but the Fiesta is in another league. Ask anyone who has driven a Fiesta and they will tell you, it is a phenomenal car to drive.

What say you people of the internet, agree or disagree? Let us know!


Written by Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.


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