April is here, which means it’s time for Spring cleaning, starting with the garage. Specifically, what’s parked in the garage. If you’re looking for a new vehicle in the new year, the search should always begin with research. Consumer Reports just released its list of Top Picks for 2015 based on performance, reliability and safety. Here’s a quick look at the winners with a little insight into why they’re the ones to watch in 2015.
Best Overall: Tesla Model S
The best overall pick for the second year running, the Model S, which runs on electricity, boasts 84 MPGe (Miles-Per-Gallon equivalent) and all-wheel drive. Plus, it has the highest safety rating in America thanks to its Autopilot features, like a forward looking camera, radar, and 360-degree sonar sensors.
Compact Car: Subaru Impreza
The Impreza is a compact car with all-wheel drive and a rear-vision camera, keeping you prepared for anything when you’re on the road. It rides more comfortably than some pricier cars, and upgrades have been made so it’s a quieter ride than previous models.
Midsized Sedan: Subaru Legacy
Quiet, comfortable and roomy, the Legacy is a great option in its category that gets the job done and has fun doing it. Plus, its EyeSight® driver assist technology**provides adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane departure and sway warning features that keep you feeling secure behind the wheel.
Large Car: Chevrolet Impala
The 2015 Impala is not the Impala you’ve come to know. It rides as well as if not better than cars in its class and above, with a suspension that’s responsive without sacrificing safety. Two things to look out for: The high rear deck does slightly hinder visibility, and only the V6 meets Consumer Reports’ reliability standards.
Luxury Car: Audi A6
Impressive power, elegant design and a smooth ride all make the A6 a luxury experience. This model maintains the Audi heritage of driver-focused machines that deliver precise handling no matter the conditions. Corner-view cameras making pulling out into traffic a breeze, and the top view camera helps you see all possible angles when parking. There’s even an infrared camera that helps you see farther down the road in low light, alerting you to pedestrians and larger animals you may not see.
Green Car: Toyota Prius
Staking its claim as the “hybrid that started it all,” the Prius remains top of the list in terms of affordability, fuel economy, smart packaging and blue-chip reliability. It’s a great economical solution that includes the Star Safety System™, a suite of six advanced safety features that has our heads nodding in approval.
Sports Sedan: Buick Regal
An American-made vehicle at the top of a vehicle sporting category will turn some heads, but the Regal’s agile, responsive driving experience makes it this year’s top pick. Its 5-Star safety rating makes it a practical pick too, so you can have fun and stay safe.
Minivan: Honda Odyssey
It’s a minivan that rides like a sedan, with handling that will put your mind at ease no matter where you and the kiddos are headed. It scores well in crash tests and even has an optional built-in vacuum that makes sure no crumb is left behind. It’s definitely a vehicle built with your family in mind
Small SUV: Subaru Forester
At the intersection of practicality, safety, fuel economy, value, and interior accommodations, there’s the Subaru Forester. It has great visibility and better crash-test results than most of the field, making it an easy choice for best in class.
Midsized SUV: Toyota Highlander
A minivan in SUV’s clothing, the Highlander is ready to haul everything from kids to cargo and look stylish doing it. Plus, its new all-wheel drive setup and Star Safety System™ helped make it an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, so peace of mind is built right in.
These picks are this year’s best options if you’re looking to upgrade your ride. Not only will they help you stay stylish and comfortable on the road, they’re also equipped with safety features that help you maintain the rhythm of your life.