Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler need to up their game.
Consumer Reports has released its annual Top Picks list representing the best cars of 2020 based on factors such as road tests, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety. Using this criteria, the 2020 Top Picks list highlights the best car in just about every segment you can think of, from small cars, to midsized SUVs and electric cars.
To be eligible for a Top Pick, tested cars must come with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection as standard. This is also the first year standard pedestrian detection has been a requirement.
Tesla has had a rocky relationship with Consumer Reports in the past. Last year, the organization lowered its rating for the Tesla Model 3 citing reliability issues. By contrast, this year the Model 3 is rated as the best electric car by Consumer Reports and has been awarded a Top Pick for 2020. As bragging rights for Tesla go, this one is significant for several reasons.
Consumer Reports praised the Model 3's "rapid acceleration," "superb handling," and "precise steering" that make it feel like a sports car, as well as the electric sedan's "excellent visibility." The Model 3 is also one of the safest cars on the market, having received top safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
If that wasn't already impressive, the Tesla Model 3 is the only American car out of the ten cars that make up the Consumer Reports Top Picks of 2020, as all every other acclaimed model is manufactured by Toyota, Subaru, Honda, Kia or Lexus.
The 2020 Toyota GR Supra, for example, is considered the best sports car by Consumer Reports, while the Lexus RX was named the best midsize SUV and the Toyota Corolla won the Top Pick for best small car. It's a clear sign that Ford, GM, and Fiat Chrysler need to up their game.