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Nov
16

The Volkswagen Tiguan is Consumer Guide’s top-rated 2013 compact SUV.

Each year, Consumer Guide Automotive editors test drive and evaluate nearly every vehicle sold in the United States. Together, the editors rate each vehicle 1–10 in the following categories: Acceleration, Fuel Economy, Ride Quality, Steering/Handling/Braking, Quietness, Controls, Details, Room/Comfort/Driver Seating (front), Room/Comfort (rear), Cargo Room, and Value Within Class.

The editors add those numbers to produce a total CG Rating score for each vehicle. Below are the total rating scores for all 2013 compact SUVs (excluding luxury vehicles). Click the name of the SUV for a detailed review of that vehicle.

Note that the Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Awards are not entirely based on the CG Rating scores. A vehicle may be rated a few notches lower than No. 1, but if its pricing is attractive, it could be dubbed a Best Buy. Also, Best Buy selections are based on personal, informed judgments, not just rating numbers.

1) Volkswagen Tiguan
Base MSRP: $22,995; Consumer Guide Rating: 77
Tiguan’s prices are higher than most compact sport-utility competitors, with loaded versions crossing into premium-compact-SUV territory. However, sporty-for-the-class road manners, a comfortable interior, and three years of no-cost scheduled maintenance help offset the difference.

Nov
15
2013 Nissan Altima

The 2013 Nissan Altima is Consumer Guide Automotive’s No. 1-rated midsize car.

Each year, Consumer Guide Automotive editors test drive and evaluate nearly every vehicle sold in the United States. Together, the editors rate each vehicle 1–10 in the following categories: Acceleration, Fuel Economy, Ride Quality, Steering/Handling/Braking, Quietness, Controls, Details, Room/Comfort/Driver Seating (front), Room/Comfort (rear), Cargo Room, and Value Within Class.

The editors add those numbers to produce a total CG Rating score for each vehicle. Below are the total rating scores for all 2013 midsize cars (excluding luxury cars). Click the name of the car for a detailed review of that vehicle.

Note that the Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Awards are not entirely based on the CG Rating scores. A car may be rated No. 4, but if its pricing is pleasingly low, it could be dubbed a Best Buy. Also, a car’s maximum rating for an individual category is 10. A car could be “off the charts” in a particular category—such as the Toyota Prius with fuel economy (it gets 50 mpg)—which adds to its Best Buy value. Finally, Best Buy selections are based on personal, informed judgments, not just rating numbers.

May
10

Consumer Guide Automotive presents its Best Buy Awards to three 2012 minivans. These Best Buys represent the best balance of attributes and price within the minivan class. Also check out our 2012 Best Buy and Recommended selections for the 17 other vehicle classes.

1. 2012 Chrysler Town & Country
Base MSRP: $29,995; Consumer Guide Rating: 80

2012 Chrysler Town & Country

 

1. 2012 Honda Odyssey
Base MSRP: $28,225; Consumer Guide Rating: 80

2012 Honda Odyssey

 

3. 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
Base MSRP: $20,995; Consumer Guide Rating: 79

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan

May
09

Each year, Consumer Guide Automotive editors test drive and evaluate nearly every vehicle sold in the United States. Together, the editors rate each vehicle 1–10 in the following categories: Acceleration, Fuel Economy, Ride Quality, Steering/Handling/Braking, Quietness, Controls, Details, Room/Comfort/Driver Seating (front), Room/Comfort (rear), Cargo Room, and Value Within Class.

The editors add those numbers to produce a total rating score for each vehicle. Below are the total rating scores for all 2012 Subcompact Cars. Click the name of the car for a detailed review of that vehicle. Or simply check out The Consumer Guide to 2012 Subcompact Cars.

1. Nissan Cube
Base MSRP: $14,980; Consumer Guide Rating: 69

2012 Nissan Cube

 

2. Kia Soul
Base MSRP: $13,900; Consumer Guide Rating: 67

2012 Kia Soul

 

3. Honda Fit
Base MSRP: $15,175; Consumer Guide Rating: 65

2012 Honda Fit

 

3. Kia Rio
Base MSRP: $13,400; Consumer Guide Rating: 65

2012 Kia Rio

 

5. Hyundai Accent
Base MSRP: $12,445; Consumer Guide Rating: 64

2012 Hyundai Accent

 

6. Ford Fiesta
Base MSRP: $13,200; Consumer Guide Rating: 63

2012 Ford Fiesta

 

6. Mazda 2
Base MSRP: $14,370; Consumer Guide Rating: 63

May
04

Each year, Consumer Guide Automotive editors test drive and evaluate nearly every vehicle sold in the United States. Together, the editors rate each vehicle 1–10 in the following categories: Acceleration, Fuel Economy, Ride Quality, Steering/Handling/Braking, Quietness, Controls, Details, Room/Comfort/Driver Seating (front), Room/Comfort (rear), Cargo Room, and Value Within Class.

The editors add those numbers to produce a total rating score for each vehicle. Below are the total rating scores for all 2012 Large Pick Up Trucks. Click the name of the car for a detailed review of that vehicle. Or simply check out The Consumer Guide to 2012 Large Pick Up Trucks.

1. Chevrolet Avalanche
Base MSRP: $36,720; Consumer Guide Rating: 70

2012 Chevrolet Avalanche

 

2. Ram 1500
Base MSRP: $21,475; Consumer Guide Rating: 67

2012 Ram 1500

 

3. GMC Sierra 1500
Base MSRP: $21,945; Consumer Guide Rating: 62

2012 GMC Sierra 1500

 

4. Ford F-150
Base MSRP: $22,990; Consumer Guide Rating: 60

2012 Ford F-150

 

5. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Base MSRP: $21,945; Consumer Guide Rating: 59

2012 Chevrolet Silverado

 

6. Nissan Titan
Base MSRP: $27,710; Consumer Guide Rating: 55

2012 Nissan Titan

 

May
02

Each year, Consumer Guide Automotive editors test drive and evaluate nearly every vehicle sold in the United States. Together, the editors rate each vehicle 1–10 in the following categories: Acceleration, Fuel Economy, Ride Quality, Steering/Handling/Braking, Quietness, Controls, Details, Room/Comfort/Driver Seating (front), Room/Comfort (rear), Cargo Room, and Value Within Class.

The editors add those numbers to produce a total rating score for each vehicle. Below are the total rating scores for all 2012 midsize SUVs (excluding luxury cars). Click the name of the car for a detailed review of that vehicle. Or simply check out The Consumer Guide to 2012 Midsize SUVs.

1. Chevrolet Traverse
Base MSRP: $29,430; Consumer Guide Rating: 76

2012 Chevrolet Traverse

 

1. Ford Flex
Base MSRP: $29,220; Consumer Guide Rating: 76

2012 Ford Flex

 

3. GMC Acadia
Base MSRP: $32,605; Consumer Guide Rating: 74

2012 GMC Acadia

 

4. Chevrolet Equinox
Base MSRP: $23,450; Consumer Guide Rating: 73

2012 Chevrolet Equinox

 

4. Ford Edge
Base MSRP: $27,640; Consumer Guide Rating: 73

2012 Ford Edge

 

4. GMC Terrain
Base MSRP: $25,480; Consumer Guide Rating: 73

2012 GMC Terrain

7. Kia Sorento    Base MSRP: $21,250; Consumer Guide Rating: 72

May
01

Each year, Consumer Guide Automotive editors test drive and evaluate nearly every vehicle sold in the United States. Together, the editors rate each vehicle 1–10 in the following categories: Acceleration, Fuel Economy, Ride Quality, Steering/Handling/Braking, Quietness, Controls, Details, Room/Comfort/Driver Seating (front), Room/Comfort (rear), Cargo Room, and Value Within Class.

The editors add those numbers to produce a total rating score for each vehicle. Below are the total rating scores for all 2012 compact SUVs (excluding luxury cars). Click the name of the car for a detailed review of that vehicle. Or simply check out The Consumer Guide to 2012 Compact SUVs.

1. Volkswagen Tiguan
Base MSRP: $22,840; Consumer Guide Rating: 77

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

 

2. Honda CR-V
Base MSRP: $22,295; Consumer Guide Rating: 72

2012 Honda CR-V

 

2. Hyundai Tucson
Base MSRP: $19,045;  Consumer Guide Rating: 72

2012 Hyundai Tucson

 

4. Subaru Forester
Base MSRP: $20,595; Consumer Guide Rating: 70

2012 Subaru Forester

 

5. Suzuki Grand Vitara
Base MSRP: $19,499; Consumer Guide Rating: 68

2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara

 

5. Toyota RAV4
Base MSRP: $21,925; Consumer Guide Rating: 68

2012 Toyota RAV4

7. Kia Sportage    Base MSRP: $18,500; Consumer Guide Rating: 65

May
01
2012 Lexus LS

Acceleration, Fuel Economy, Ride Quality, Steering/Handling/Braking, Quietness, Controls, Details, Room/Comfort/Driver Seating (front), Room/Comfort (rear), Cargo Room, and Value Within Class.

Drivers who “want it all”—for under $70,000—have one option: the Lexus LS. The 2012 LS earned a Consumer Guide Automotive score of 83, just one point lower than the Bentley Continental Flying Spur and Rolls-Royce Phantom Sedan. Those vehicles, of course, are prohibitively expensive. The LS even outscored the revered and costlier Mercedes-Benz S-Class, a fellow premium-large sedan that scored an 81.

LS earned perfect 10s for quietness and details, and it scored 9s for ride quality, room and comfort front, and room and comfort rear. Power is abundant, too, as LS’s three V8 engines generate 357 to 438 horsepower.

Check out Consumer Guide’s detailed review of the 2012 Lexus LS.

 

Apr
26

Each year, Consumer Guide Automotive editors test drive and evaluate nearly every vehicle sold in the United States. Together, the editors rate each vehicle 1–10 in the following categories: Acceleration, Fuel Economy, Ride Quality, Steering/Handling/Braking, Quietness, Controls, Details, Room/Comfort/Driver Seating (front), Room/Comfort (rear), Cargo Room, and Value Within Class.

The editors add those numbers to produce a total rating score for each vehicle. Below are the total rating scores for all 2012 compact cars (excluding luxury cars). Click the name of the car for a detailed review of that vehicle. Or simply check out The Consumer Guide to 2012 Compact Cars.

1. Scion xB

Base MSRP: $16,300; Consumer Guide Rating: 73

2012 Scion xB

 

2. Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Base MSRP: $19,995; Consumer Guide Rating: 72

2012 Jetta SportWagen

 

3. Volkswagen Golf

Base MSRP: $17,995; Consumer Guide Rating: 71

2012 Volkswagen Golf

 

4. Ford Focus

Base MSRP: $16,500; Consumer Guide Rating: 67

2012 Ford Focus

 

4. Nissan Leaf

Base MSRP: $35,200; Consumer Guide Rating: 67

2012 Nissan Leaf

6. Mazda 3    Base MSRP: $15,200; Consumer Guide Rating: 66

6. Subaru Impreza    Base MSRP: $17,495; Consumer Guide Rating: 66

Apr
24

Each year, Consumer Guide Automotive editors test drive and evaluate nearly every vehicle sold in the United States. Together, the editors rate each vehicle 1–10 in the following categories: Acceleration, Fuel Economy, Ride Quality, Steering/Handling/Braking, Quietness, Controls, Details, Room/Comfort/Driver Seating (front), Room/Comfort (rear), Cargo Room, and Value Within Class.

The editors add those numbers to produce a total rating score for each vehicle. Below are the total rating scores for 2012 midsize cars. Click the name of the car for a detailed review of that vehicle. Or simply check out The Consumer Guide to 2012 Midsize Cars.

1. Mazda 5

Base MSRP: $19,195; Consumer Guide Rating: 74

2012 Mazda 5

 

2. Hyundai Sonata

Base MSRP: $19,795; Consumer Guide Rating: 73

2012 Hyundai Sonata

 

2. Subaru Outback

Base MSRP: $23,295; Consumer Guide Rating: 73

2012 Subaru Outback

 

4. Kia Optima

Base MSRP: $19,500; Consumer Guide Rating: 72

2012 Kia Optima

 

5. Nissan Altima    Base MSRP: $20,410; Consumer Guide Rating: 71

5. Toyota Camry    Base MSRP: $21,955; Consumer Guide Rating: 71

5. Toyota Prius v    Base MSRP: $26,400; Consumer Guide Rating: 71

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