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Best Cars of 2010

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The best cars are comfortable, efficient, spacious, reliable and safe. They’ll stand up to the test of time and keep you and your family safe, regardless of what happens on the road.

The Top Picks list is based on vehicles that earn the highest Overall Scores from Consumer Reports’ road-test and owner satisfaction results. These models also have a strong performance in safety, reliability and green emissions tests, and are affordable with key features that consumers can count on.

Hybrids and EVs dominate the Top Picks this year.

These new hybrids and EVs earned high marks from Consumer Reports for their performance, affordability, and safety features, as well as for their efficiency. They also scored a spot on the Top Picks list by earning the nonprofit organization’s Green Choice designation, which places them among the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the market.

They also have a solid mix of powertrain options, so they appeal to many drivers. And they all have the latest driver-assistance and safety technology that makes driving safer for everyone.

BMW, Subaru, Lexus, and Honda all have model lineups that excel in our evaluations of road-test performance, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety. These brands consistently make our Best Cars lists because they provide a variety of options, from entry-level sedans to high-end sports cars.

The Genesis G70 is a tremendous value in the luxury sport sedan segment. It delivers excellent looks, a luxurious cabin, sporty handling and serious engine pop for a fraction of the price of its big-name rivals.

Volkswagen’s Jetta is one of the most popular compact sedans on the market. The German brand’s latest generation is an impressive performer, too.

It’s available with a manual transmission, which is rare for a compact car these days. It has the room to seat five and has an ample cargo area.

This is a great option for families looking for a practical and spacious sedan that offers an ample list of standard features. It also has across-the-lineup all-wheel drive, which makes it an ideal choice for those living in snowy climates.

Toyota Corolla Hybrid: This small sedan stands out for its 48 mpg average in Consumer Reports’ fuel-economy tests. It also comes with the latest active driver-assistance and safety features.

Hyundai Sonata: This midsize sedan has a wide range of trims and engine choices, with the base engine delivering decent performance but the N Line offering a more responsive option. It has an expansive infotainment system, and is available with a number of advanced safety features.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class: The Goldilocks of the Mercedes lineup, the E-Class is a buttery smooth entry-level luxury sedan that still provides a lot of performance for its size and price. It has a powerful engine and a roomy cabin that will easily accommodate even taller drivers.

Corvette: For those who want a vehicle that’s more than just another car, the C7 is a must-have. With a 670-hp Z06 version that’s a force to be reckoned with, this new-generation Corvette will put your next exotic-car purchase on notice.

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