After 50 different rigorous at the Consumer Reports test track, the evaluations have been done and the results are in. Additionally, the Consumer Reports staff drove these cars for months to make sure that the experience would match that of the consumer.
The top eight are as follows: the Volkswagen Golf and GTI, the Ford F-150, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Porsche Macan, the Subarus Legacy and Outback, and the Kia Sorento.
The question already surfacing on social media is, how spot on is Consumer Reports here? Many have already taken issue with Volkswagen, Kia and Mercedes making the list as they have had a reputation in the past for not being all that reliable.
Perhaps these companies have handled these issues and this is the end result.
Time will tell. In the meantime, let’s look at each of the eight.
2015 Volkswagen Golf first drive | Consumer Reports
From the moment the Golf’s doors close with that reassuring thunk, this German hatchback exudes a quality feel that you don’t find in your typical econobox. The new 1.8-liter turbo engine delivers effortless power and 28 mpg. Despite its compact size, the Golf provides the ride, handling, and quietness of a more expensive car. Topping the well-trimmed interior is an intuitive infotainment system. The North American Car of the Year jury—of which Consumer Reports is a member—named the Golf its 2015 winner.
2015 Volkswagen GTI first drive | Consumer Reports
With its 2.0-liter, 210-hp turbo engine, the GTI is deliriously fun to drive. Using the Golf’s basic bones, the GTI adds 40 more snarling horsepower, 18-inch wheels, and a suspension that carves corners without pummeling you like competitors such as the Subaru WRX. The interior is very well finished, with above-class materials and comfortable, supportive seats. Starting at $24,785, this “hot hatch” is something of a bargain. Like the Golf, we eagerly await the GTI’s reliability data from our annual survey.
2015 Ford F-150 Review | Consumer Reports
Even though Ford’s new full-sized pickup finished third to Chevrolet and Ram in our Ratings, this truck’s redesign is a major evolution. The F-150 shed 700 pounds of body weight by using aluminum instead of steel, and the stunning new 2.7-liter, V6 turbo engine yields 17 mpg overall while still delivering 325 hp and 375 pound-feet of torque. This is an encouraging sign of where trucks can go.
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Quick Drive | Consumer Reports
The three-pointed star has given a serious challenge to the BMW 3 Series as the perennial champion of the compact luxury sedan segment. The Mercedes’ opulent interior styling and rich materials deliver a more luxurious feel than the BMW. Yet the C300 is just as engaging to drive as its Bavarian rival, with a gratifying balance of cushy ride and agile handling.
2015 Porsche Macan Review | Consumer Reports
The Macan feels like a taller, broader Porsche 911; it has all of the practicality of a compact SUV but retains that sports-car performance. With acceleration, handling, and braking that puts most sports sedans to shame, the Macan is easily the most thrilling SUV we’ve tested—while still delivering a measure of utility, civility, and luxury. Pricing starts at $50,000, but typically equipped, a Macan lands in the mid-$60,000s.
2015 Subaru Outback and Legacy | Consumer Reports
Most family sedans are bland pieces of machinery. But the Legacy injects some personality into a great all-around sedan, with roominess, functionality, and a reasonable price. It effectively blends a comfortable ride, responsive handling, all-wheel drive, a roomy and quiet interior, great visibility, intuitive controls, and commendable fuel economy.
This high-riding wagon version of the Legacy is our choice for a capable, winter-ready vehicle that can carry the kids and all of their gear. Its extra ground clearance helps when the snowplow misses its mark.
2016 Kia Sorento Quick Drive | Consumer Reports
This “tweener”—it bridges small crossovers such as the Honda CR-V and midsized ones such as the Toyota Highlander—has a comfortable ride, a quiet cabin, an excellent infotainment system, and solid handling. Straddling segments that way allows the Sorento to blend city-friendly size with family-friendly accommodations, storage, and functionality—while still having room for seven. You can stop thinking of Kia as a “budget” brand.