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Consumer Reports: top new cars of 2013

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(WMC TV) - Being named a Consumer Reports Top Pick vehicle doesn't come easy.

In addition to how well a car handles an emergency situation, accelerating and braking are also tested.

But that's not all.

A car has to be reliable. Owners help by telling Consumer Reports about their
experiences with 1.2 million vehicles.

Consumer Reports said the European vehicles traditionally don't have very good reliability, and that often keeps them off the top pick list. But this year two make the list, including the Audi A6 as the Top Pick Luxury Car. It's a very comfortable car. It has an amazing interior, a nice ride and agile handling.

The BMW 328i is the Top Pick Sports Sedan. It's always been a really sporty,
fun-to-drive car. But now with a new two-liter, turbo-charged engine, it's actually very
efficient, too.

Honda makes a comeback as well. The newly redesigned Honda Accord is the Top Pick
Mid-sized Sedan
. The CR-V is tops in the Small SUV class. The Honda Odyssey has
regained the Top Pick Minivan

If sports cars are more your speed, the Subaru BRZ and the Scion FR-S lead the pack. The almost-identical vehicles, co-developed by Toyota and Subaru, are exhilarating to drive, with sticker prices that are tough to beat.

Looking for a car for under $20,000? The Hyundai Elantra is Consumer Reports Top
Pick Budget Car

The all-wheel-drive Subaru Impreza earned Top Pick for compacts.

The Toyota Highlander stayed on top in mid-sized SUV's.

Despite growing competition, the Toyota Prius remains the Top Pick Green Car. It has earned that award for each of the last 10 years.

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