Consumer Reports announced its automotive Top Picks for 2013 today, a list that excluded all domestic automakers.
Honda and Toyota each counted three cars in the list while Subaru had two. Hyundai, Audi and BMW each had one. If your elementary-level math is up to snuff, you’ve probably already realized that adds up to 11. That’s because the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S were both included to tie in the sports car category — a slot the Ford Mustang occupied in 2012.
Both BMW and Audi made a return this year after long absences — 10 and 13 years respectively.
Cars need to meet three criteria. They need to rank at or near the top of their category in their overall test score, earn an average or better than predicted reliability rating based on Consumer Reports subscriber survey feedback, and they must perform adequately, if tested, in government and insurance industry crash or rollover tests.
See the complete list below:
Midsize sedan: Honda Accord
Sports car : Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ
Budget car: Hyundai Elantra
Green car: Toyota Prius
Compact car: Subaru Impreza
Luxury car: Audi A6
Small SUV: Honda CR-V
Midsized SUV: Toyota Highlander
Sports sedan: BMW 328i
Minivan: Honda Odyssey