Here's a list of the top vehicles we tested in 2012. Rankings measure traits such as affordability, fuel economy, functionality, looks and predicted reliability.
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No. 10 Acura RDX
The Acura RDX small crossover has been one of the sportiest little SUVs, when it comes to driving dynamics, since it first hit the market. It had a recent makeover, and while its looks have changed a bit, the snappiness of the ride is as present as ever.
No. 9 Subaru XV Crosstrek
Subaru seems to consistently fly beneath the radar screen in the U.S. auto market, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still producing great vehicles that are famously reliable. The new XV Crosstrek is a compact crossover that can ride smoothly over streets or take on some light off-roading.
No. 8 Ford F-150
The Ford F-150, the world's most popular truck, picks up an enhanced four-wheel drive system, better performance in the SVT Raptor off-road edition and a gas tank that has been expanded to 36 gallons on the EcoBoost models.
No. 7 Lexus ES
The Lexus ES sedan has been one of the luxury brand's standard bearers for the past few years. The 2013 version gets a fresh look and a few styling tweaks.
No. 6 Toyota Yaris
The latest version of the Toyota Yaris subcompact restores the luster of this small economy car, giving it sporty new looks and better driving quality.
No. 5 Buick Regal
Attractive styling, good fuel economy and a nice list of standard features make the Buick Regal a great midsize sedan.
No. 4 Nissan Maxima
Nissan has long referred to its Maxima sedan as the “four-door sports car,” and if you’ve ever driven this model, it’s quite possible you see why. In the recent model year, the Maxima has a few changes in appearance and a few added features, yet its sportiness endures.
No. 3 Lexus GS 450h
The style and fuel economy of the Lexus GS 450h make it a wonderful choice for those seeking a hybrid luxury sedan. Lexus put the GS 450h on the sidelines for the 2012 model year so that it could reinvent them, and the results were brilliant.
No. 2 Acura ILX Hybrid
Acura's ILX Hybrid is a four-door sedan with a sporty but not over-the-top design. It's very affordable and has a small appetite for gasoline.
No. 1 Kia Rio
No vehicle symbolizes the remarkable turnaround of Korean automaker Kia more than the 2013 Kia Rio. This subcompact offers tremendous value with great styling, outstanding fuel economy and an impressive list of features.