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Consumer Reports ranks top 10 new cars of 2017
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If you’re shopping for a new car, Consumer Reports is out with a list of the best cars and trucks to buy in 2017! 

All of the vehicles on this list got high marks in key categories that matter most to new car buyers: road tests, predicted reliability, owner satisfaction and safety. 

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These are the top 10 cars and trucks of 2017 

‘The best new cars of 2017 are outstanding all-around performers—shown to be reliable, safe, and satisfying. They have won our admiration, and we recommend them with confidence,’ Consumer Reports said. 

Six of the 10 recommended vehicles cost less than $30,000, including two American cars — both Chevrolets. 

‘To be a Top Pick, a model has to have an exemplary Overall Score in its category,’ Consumer Reports said. ‘A car that bests the competition by these measures is truly extraordinary.’ 

Here are the top 10 cars and trucks of 2017, plus the price of the model tested: 

Subcompact Car: Toyota Yaris iA, $17,570 

Consumer Reports said: ‘If you’re on a budget, the subcompact Toyota Yaris iA fits the bill.’ 

Consumer Reports ranks top 10 new cars of 2017

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Compact Car: Chevrolet Cruze, $23,145 

Consumer Reports said: ‘Roomy, smooth riding and fuel efficient.’ 

Consumer Reports ranks top 10 new cars of 2017

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Compact Hybrid: Toyota Prius, $27,323

Consumer Reports said: ‘At 52 miles per gallon overall, it gets the best fuel economy of any car you don’t plug in.’ 

Consumer Reports ranks top 10 new cars of 2017

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Sports Car: Mazda MX-5 Miata, $29,905 

Consumer Reports said: ‘The Miata is responsible fun with great reliability to boot.’ 

Consumer Reports ranks top 10 new cars of 2017

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Midsized Sedan: Kia Optima, $25,860

Consumer Reports said: “Stylish, substantial and packed with goodies like an optional heated steering wheel. It’s like getting steak for the price of hamburger.’ 

Consumer Reports ranks top 10 new cars of 2017

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Large Sedan: Chevrolet Impala, $39,110 

Consumer Reports said: ‘Spacious and quiet inside, it handles and rides better than some fancy pants luxury cars.’ 

Consumer Reports ranks top 10 new cars of 2017

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Small SUV: Subaru Forester, $27,145 

Consumer Reports said: ‘Top-class fuel economy, fantastic visibility, easy access and a very capable standard all-wheel drive system make it stand out in our ratings.’ 

Consumer Reports ranks top 10 new cars of 2017

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Midsized SUV: Toyota Highlander, $41,169

Consumer Reports said: ‘Credit goes to its strong reliability and a long list of standard safety features.’ 

Consumer Reports ranks top 10 new cars of 2017

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Luxury SUV: Audi Q7, $68,695

Consumer Reports said: ‘Yes, it’s expensive. But the price brings a rich payoff.’ 

Consumer Reports ranks top 10 new cars of 2017

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Compact Pickup: Honda Ridgeline, $36,480 

Consumer Reports said: ‘During the daily grind, it drives like a car, with a quiet cabin and solid ride of a luxury SUV. And when the weekend comes, it hauls a load of mulch or tows a 5,000 pound trailer.’ 

Consumer Reports ranks top 10 new cars of 2017

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Buying new vs. used

To do a good job for your money, Clark suggests only buying a brand new car if you plan to keep it for 8 to 10 years. Otherwise, you’re better off buying something slightly used. 

And if you’re not paying cash for the car, arrange financing with your bank before you go to the dealer. 

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Mike Timmermann About the author:
Michael Timmermann paid off his mortgage in two years. Now, he shares his money-saving tips on his blog, Save on Almost Everything.
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