Consumer Reports selects the top picks of 2007 using the following criteria:
ConsumerReports.org - Top Picks 2007
Our Top Picks are recommended vehicles that have met our stringent requirements in three key areas:
* Testing: Of the more than 250 vehicles we’ve recently tested, each Top Pick has scored at or near the top of its category.
* Reliability: Each has proven average or better in reliability, which is based on more than 1.3 million responses to our Annual Car Reliability Survey.
* Safety: Top Picks also performed at least adequately in overall crash protection if tested by the government or the insurance industry. The report card accompanying each Top Pick shows how the vehicle fared in those areas. Based on those multifaceted criteria, we’ve judged these vehicles to be the most well-rounded packages in their categories.
Among the top picks are two hybrids along with a special note of one more.
The top Green Car was the Toyota Prius, with its high fuel economy along with 'reasonable performance.' Special mention of the Honda Civic Hybrid. The Honda Civic took home the top pick in the small sedan category.
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid took first prize in the Midsized SUV category. Noted for its 'excellent overall package,' the Highlander gets moderately better fuel economy along with a 'comfortable, quiet ride', and 'excellent fit and finish.'
The Honda Accord was first in the family sedan category, with the hybrid model noted for its higher mpg.
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