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Toyota leads the way on annual list of 'Top Cars'

Posted at 7:42 PM, Feb 21, 2019

Nonprofit research publication Consumer Reports released on Thursday its annual list of the 10 best cars on the market for 2019, with Toyota vehicles holding four of the list's 10 spots.

Consumer Reports rated cars based on four criteria: road-test performance, predicted reliability, owner satisfaction and safety. For this year's ranking, Consumer Reports required cars to have automatic emergency braking as a standard feature to qualify.

“Safety should always be standard, not a luxury reserved only for those who can afford it,” said Marta Tellado, President and CEO of Consumer Reports. “Automatic emergency braking has proven to reduce crashes and save lives. We believe it should be standard in all new cars, just as backup cameras are today.”

Besides the four Toyota vehicles picked, Subaru made the list twice. BMW, Ford, Audi and Hyundai all had a car break the Top 10.

The BMW X5 ranked as one of the top SUVs the group has ever tested, Consumer Reports said.

“The Ascent really impressed in our rigorous tests and is a great all-around performer,” said Jake Fisher, Senior Director of Automotive Testing at Consumer Reports. “It’s a highly functional and comfortable three-row vehicle that will appeal to many families.”

The most affordable car that made the list was the Toyota Yaris at a retail value of $17,570.

Here are the 10 best cars of 2019, according to Consumer Reports:

LARGE CAR: Toyota Avalon Hybrid ($38,643 as tested).
SUBCOMPACT CAR: Toyota Yaris ($17,570 as tested).
HYBRID/ELECTRIC CAR: Toyota Prius ($27,323 as tested).
COMPACT SUV: Subaru Forester ($29,341 as tested).
MIDSIZED CAR: Toyota Camry Hybrid ($28,949 as tested).
MIDSIZED SUV: Subaru Ascent ($43,867 as tested).
SUBCOMPACT SUV: Hyundai Kona ($25,025 as tested).
FULL-SIZED PICKUP TRUCK: Ford F-150 ($52,535 as tested).
COMPACT LUXURY CAR: Audi A4 ($48,890 as tested).
LUXURY SUV: BMW X5 ($68,730 as tested).

To read more about Consumer Reports' Top 10 list, click here .

Justin Boggs is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @jjboggs or on Facebook .