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Top cars of 2017

The list of the best new cars for 2017 is now out in Consumer Reports.

Small SUVs are the now most popular cars on the road. Topping the list in that category, the Subaru Forester, which Consumer Reports says "sets the standard for small SUVs" with excellent fuel economy, super-easy visibility, and top-notch safety ratings.

If a midsize sedan is more your style, the Kia Optima beats out the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. It's stylish, responsive and a good value at around $25,000.

"All of our top picks have high scores in road test performance, reliability, owner satisfaction, safety. These are the ones that beat out the competition," said Tom Mutchler with Consumer Reports.

Need a smaller car at a great value? The roomy Chevrolet Cruze has a smooth and quiet ride with very impressive fuel economy -- 47 miles per gallon on the highway! And its overall score in CR's testing beats the popular Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

Looking for a new compact pickup? In Consumer Reports testing, the redesigned Honda Ridgeline handles and rides far better than any other pickup. It also gets impressive gas mileage and has a versatile tailgate and under-bed storage.

"Consumer Reports looks at data across an entire model line to come up with a brand report card. This year, the top-3, they're all German automakers--Audi, Porsche and BMW," said Mutchler.

But at the bottom of that brand report card? Mitsubishi, Jeep and Fiat

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