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Audi A6 3.0 TDI quattro (C7) – Frontansicht, 2. April 2011, Hilden

Each year, Consumer Reports puts out a list of the best and worst cars. The company tests each car numerous times, and grades according to a few different criteria. Some people rely heavily on this report when it comes to buying a new car, and others take what Consumer Reports notes with a grain of salt. What you decide to do with this list is up to you, but it’s interesting to note what the company believes are the best and worst options anyway!

 

The Cars that Ranked the Worst

Let’s begin with the worst cars on this list because it’s always interesting to find out if your car is one of those worse options, right? The two cars that made the top of this list are Fiat and Jeep. Want to hear something odd about those two listings? Consumers noted that Fiat is one of the most popular cars, and most consumers that own a Fiat would buy one again! Considering that Consumer Reports lists Fiat as unreliable, it’s pretty remarkable that consumers love the Fiat no matter what kind of reliability score it gets!

The cars that consumers wouldn’t buy again (or aren’t happy with) include the Infiniti Q50, Nissan Versa, VW Passat V6, Nissan Sentra, and the Buick LaCrosse. Owners cited various reasons why they did not like these cars, but none would buy one again, and that’s saying a lot! Now let’s move on to those cars that Consumer Reports listed as some of the best options out there.

 

The Top Ranked Cars

The cars that Consumer Reports found to be the best available are as follows:

-Best Green Car: the Toyota Prius (Tesla also made this list, but who can afford a Tesla, really?)

-Best Large Car: Chevrolet Impala

-Best Sports Sedan: Buick Regal

-Best Midsize Sedan: Subaru Legacy

-Best Small SUV: Subaru Forester

-Best Luxury Car: Audi A6

-Best Minivan: Honda Odyssey

Keep in mind that any car you purchase is only as good as the repairs and maintenance that you provide for that car. Even if you do buy the best luxury car, it still has to be taken care of properly! That’s why it’s vital to bring your car, any kind of car, to your trusted Fort Collins automotive shop for repairs and tune-ups. You can have the best car in the world, but if you don’t take care of that car it won’t last very long!

 

How Consumer Reports Tests Cars

You’ve probably seen more than a few Consumer Reports lists over the years, but do you know how this company actually tests cars? According to Consumer Reports, each car goes under 50 different tests. Testers look at things like accident avoidance options, braking time, how much fuel consumption a car uses, and how a car performs under various conditions. All of these factors play into the company’s ultimate list.

More than 28 different staffers test out cars for Consumer Reports, and the company purchases all of the cars that they test in order to ensure that the playing field is fair. So, this is how the Consumer Reports list is created, but sometimes the choices aren’t all that realistic (for example, the company listed the Tesla Model S the best car available, but it’s not exactly affordable!). So, take some and leave some, but using Consumer Reports as a guideline does make a lot of sense.

 

Finding a Mechanic in Fort Collins

It’s important that you bring your foreign or domestic car to the right place for repairs and tune-ups. Call Fort Collins Foreign Car Service today to book an appointment, and to find an auto technician in Fort Collins that you can trust!

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