Javascript is not enabled.

Javascript must be enabled to use this site. Please enable Javascript in your browser and try again.

Skip to content
Content starts here
Leaving Website

You are now leaving and going to a website that is not operated by AARP. A different privacy policy and terms of service will apply.

Top 2019 Cars Rated by ‘Consumer Reports’

Subaru is top brand, Toyota has four models in annual auto recommendations 

spinner image red Subaru Ascent
The 2019 Subaru Ascent received rave reviews.
Subaru of America

Consumer Reports has named Subaru the top overall brand for 2019, with two of its vehicles making the magazine's annual top picks list of recommended cars for the year.

Subaru was touted for its new Ascent, the highest-ranking midsize SUV, and its Forester for compact SUV.

spinner image Image Alt Attribute

AARP Membership— $12 for your first year when you sign up for Automatic Renewal

Get instant access to members-only products and hundreds of discounts, a free second membership, and a subscription to AARP the Magazine.

Join Now

Each year Consumer Reports analyzes 50 new cars on its test track for performance and safety (including industry crash test stats), and the team looks at data from its auto survey to provide consumers’ reviews of the top cars on the market. 

In choosing its “top picks,” CR looks for vehicles that set industry standards. This is the first year that the magazine, published by the nonprofit Consumers Union, has required that any vehicle considered for a top pick have automatic emergency braking as standard equipment.

“Once a technology has been proven to reduce crashes and injuries, we push the industry to make it available to all car shoppers and not leave it as a pricey option,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing for Consumer Reports.

Refresh your driving skills with the AARP Smart Driver™ online course 

Other autos taking honors: The Toyota Camry Hybrid was named top midsize car, with CR noting its “comfortable ride and capable handing”; and Audi’s A4 was the top compact luxury car, with the magazine touting its Virtual Cockpit that “transforms the instrument panel into a high-tech display.”

Rounding out the top 10 picks were:

Luxury SUV: BMW X5

Full-sized truck: Ford F-150

Subcompact SUV: Hyundai Kona

Hybrid/electric car: Toyota Prius

Subcompact car: Toyota Yaris

Large car: Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Discover AARP Members Only Access

Join AARP to Continue

Already a Member?

close up of a gold car parked near the water during sunset

AARP Auto Buying Program Powered by TrueCar

Shop for a car with safety features you want. Buyers can get a free AARP Smart Driver course.

close up of a gold car parked near the water during sunset

Please Select Make

Please Enter ZIP Code

Please Select Make

Please Enter ZIP Code