Consumer Reports Best and Worst in Class 2016

Apr 14, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

Consumer Reports is a well-respected third party when it comes to evaluating popular products, including vehicles. As such, its annual list of the best and worst vehicles in each class is a great way to get an unbiased opinion about which cars you should consider driving. The ratings consider performance, safety, owner satisfaction, and reliability, and they are a good indication of whether you should buy a particular vehicle.  We have looked into Consumer Report’s best and worst in class for subcompacts, compacts, midsize, luxury SUVs, and minivans. Find out who made the cut.

Best Subcompact Car: Honda Fit


Honda

According to Consumer Reports, the Honda Fit is the Best Subcompact Car for its great combination of nimble handling, fuel efficiency, and interior space. The Fit gives drivers 33 mpg on a single tank. It also lets you take full advantage of its small footprint by flipping up or stowing away the rear seats. The few disadvantages of the Honda Fit include the lack of full Android integration for the touchscreen, the braking performance, and the amount of road noise. Despite this, the Honda Fit delivers an affordable vehicle that gives drivers all the features they need in a subcompact. The safety scores for the Honda Fit are also great, with a 5-star overall rating from the NHTSA and multiple top “Good” ratings from the IIHS. It also comes standard with a rearview camera. Higher trims give drivers the LaneWatch blind-spot system, something that is still hard to find on other budget-friendly subcompacts.

Lowest-Rated Subcompact Car: Mitsubishi Mirage


Mitsubishi Motors Canada

At a glance, the Mitsubishi Mirage looks like a well-rounded subcompact car. It gets 37 mpg combined and has an incredibly low price, starting at just $12,995 for the upcoming 2017 model. Despite its affordable appeal, the current Mirage has lackluster performance, although there are hopes for minor improvements for the next version. The Mirage’s current 3-cylinder engine can best be described as sluggish. To make the Mitsubishi Mirage even less appealing, the interior matches the price tag, feeling insubstantial and cheap. The engine noise also enters the cabin, causing some annoyance.

On the other hand, the interior may feel low quality, but it is easy to reach and use all of the controls, and taller drivers will have enough legroom and headroom. The car has good cargo space, up to 47 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. While most of the Mirage’s crash-test ratings were reasonable, including several top ratings of “Good” from the IIHS, it received a “Poor,” the lowest possible rating, for the small-overlap frontal-offset test, making it less safe than the competition. Overall, the Mirage earned a 4-star safety rating from the NHTSA.

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