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Consumer Reports’ 10 Best Cars of 2010

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The car market is a veritable buffet with a multitude of makes, models, price points, and body styles. But which vehicles are the best of the best? Which cars are like the prime rib and which are the macaroni salad? This year, Consumer Reports has identified its Top Picks in a variety of categories.

Its 10 Best Cars are based on road tests and owner surveys. These vehicles excel in safety, handling, fuel efficiency, and comfort. And the Best Value Cars are the most affordable options that offer a satisfying driving experience. The winners in this category are a blend of value and quality that appeal to the broadest range of drivers.

A few of the cars that made it to our list include:

Corvette fans will love the Z06, which delivers on the promise of a high-performance sports car. But if you’re not an enthusiast, consider the nimble Honda Civic Si. It’s a great commuter car that’s easy to live with and gets excellent crash test results.

And if you’re shopping for a compact SUV, look no further than the Subaru Crosstrek. This small SUV has bundles of cabin space, is easy to drive, and offers a commanding view of the road. It also scores well in our driver-assistance ratings and is a reliable option for teens. The Nissan Murano is another good choice in the category, and it’s available as a hybrid for those who want to save on fuel costs.

If you’re looking for a luxurious ride that doesn’t break the bank, check out the Mercedes E-Class. This upscale sedan is the Goldilocks of our 10Best lineup — it’s buttery smooth, handles nicely, has plenty of cargo room, and has stellar crash-test results. You can even get it with a manual transmission.

The Honda Accord is another midsized luxury car that deserves a spot on this list. Its redesigned 2022 model is a better overall car than the previous one and offers an impressive amount of amenities for its price point. It’s also easy to live with and boasts one of the more refined interiors in its class.

Finally, we can’t finish this list without a nod to the pint-sized Ford Puma. This coupe might not be able to lap the Nurburgring in seven minutes, but it’s an absolute hoot to drive. Its light weight and nimble chassis make it a joy on the twisty roads and backroads that every sports car lover should experience at least once in their lives.

Check out the complete list of Top Picks and Best Value Cars to learn more about the CR-recommended models that earned these accolades. Then, be sure to see our best deals on these vehicles if you’re ready to start shopping. Our editors have scoured the national deals to find some of the most compelling discounts on good-quality, safe, and reliable models. You could save thousands of dollars on a new car!

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