SUVs and crossovers tend to score lower as a group. Only five earned Consumer Reports' best Rating: the Subaru Outback, Mazda CX-5, V-8-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango and Porsche Cayenne. Three of the five pickup models that earned the highest rating are turbodiesel-powered, three-quarter-ton models: the Chevrolet Silverado 2500, GMC Sierra 2500 and Ford F-250. The other two are the Chevrolet Avalanche and Ford F-150 with an EcoBoost engine.
At the other extreme, the redesigned subcompact Nissan Versa Sedan came in with the lowest score in the survey, with fewer than half of its owners saying they would definitely buy it again. Other low scorers include the V-6 versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, and the Nissan Armada, Suzuki SX4 and Mitsubishi Outlander SUVs.
Of course, owner satisfaction shouldn't be the only thing you consider. Based on its road test results and reliability survey data, Consumer Reports suggests the following: If you want a great all-around sedan with excellent fuel economy, the 38 mpg Toyota Camry Hybrid is hard to beat. For an efficient economy car, the Honda Fit trumps all.
Among affordable fun-to-drive sports cars, the Mazda MX-5 Miata leads its class. And for a spirited luxury sedan, Consumer Reports suggests the Audi A6 or the less-expensive Infiniti G37.
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