Each year, Consumer Reports sifts through its data to find the ten best vehicles for sale in America. This year, the Toyota RAV4 Prime and Prius Prime plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) both earn a spot in their respective price categories. The Prius and Prius Prime earn a place in the “Hybrid” segment. The RAV4 Prime takes the top spot in the $35,000-$45,000 two-row SUV segment. Each is a “green choice” and also a “recommended” vehicle by Consumer Reports.
The Tesla Model 3 is scratched from Consumer Reports’ 2022 list, but it wasn’t the Toyota that kicked it off. On the contrary, the Ford Mustang Mach-E took the No. 1 spot in the $45,000+ EV category. Feel free to write things about Consumer Reports in the comments below if you like. However, it’s important to remember that the Model 3 remains a “green choice” and is still “recommended” by Consumer Reports. The Tesla Model 3 took the top spot and was ranked in the top 10 by Consumer Reports three years in a row before this year.
Consumer Reports has this to say about how it comes down to ranking the top ten vehicles each year: “To be in this group, a vehicle must have one of the highest overall ratings in its class, taking into account road tests, predicted reliability, owner satisfaction and safety. Top Picks should also come standard on all trims with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection – safety features we consider essential as they have proven they save lives.
Commenting on the RAV4 Prime, Consumer Reports listed these accolades:
– The RAV4 Prime has a more premium feel than a regular RAV4.
– It can sprint to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.
– It has an impressive electric range of 42 miles, which means errands and local trips can be accomplished without turning on the gas engine.
Among the many reasons Consumer Reports loves the Prius and Prius Prime, the consumer group lists:
– The Prius Prime has an electric range of 25 miles before switching to hybrid operation.
– It achieves a phenomenal total of 52 mpg in real-world testing.
– Shines for its consistent reliability and owner satisfaction.
If you’d like to see the full list of vehicles earning a spot on Consumer Reports’ Top 10 list, you can subscribe or give this link a shot. The publication is members-only and subscription-based, but occasionally features review articles for all to see.
Comment below on your thoughts on the price of the Toyota RAV4 Prime and Prus Prime. If you want to explain why the Tesla Model 3 was stolen, feel free, but please add the trim from the Mustang Mach-E you tested.
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John Goreham it’s been a long time New England Automotive Press Association member and recovery engineer. John’s interest in electric vehicles dates back to 1990 when he designed the thermal control system for an electric vehicle battery as part of a university team. After graduating in mechanical engineering, John completed a marketing program at Northeastern University and worked with automotive component manufacturers, in the semiconductor industry, and in biotechnology. In addition to Torque News, John’s work has appeared in dozens of US media outlets and provides reviews for numerous vehicle-buying sites. You can follow John on TikTok @ToknCarsto Twitterand check his credentials on LinkedIn
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