Consumer Reports recently released its 10 Top Picks of 2015, and while the Tesla Model S won the overall best car award for the second consecutive year, some of the other winners might really surprise you. After years of mediocre product offerings, depressed sales and recall woes, American automaker General Motors saw two of its cars mixing it up with the best of the best.


Chevrolet’s Impala earned the best large car award, beating out longtime favorites such as the Toyota Avalon and Lexus ES 350. While previous generation Impalas have been synonymous with the image of a cheap rental car, the latest generation raises the bar. According to Consumer Reports, “The Impala has comfortable seats and rides like a true luxury car. The suspension is supple, yet responsive, without the body roll that plagues many big cars.” On its report card the Impala scored a 91 and earned an “average” rating (three out of five) in terms of reliability.


Also from GM, Buick’s Regal earned the right to be called the best sports sedan of 2015. That’s right, a front wheel drive GM is the best sports sedan according to Consumer Reports. No, this isn’t a typo.

Consumer Reports describes the Regal as being “surprisingly agile” due in large part to its European-born, Opal heritage. The magazine goes on to say, “It has that Teutonic ride control that provides a Europhile driving experience. Close your eyes, and you’ll think you’re driving an Audi—a very good Audi at that.” In terms of scores, the Regal earned an 83 on its report card and a “very good” rating (four out of five) in reliability.

Now onto the crème de la crème: Tesla’s Model S won the overall “best car” award for the second consecutive year due to its ability to be, “A technological tour de force, a high-performance electric vehicle with usable real-world range, wrapped in a luxury package,” according to Consumer Reports. The Model S scored a 99 out of 100 according to the testing outlet.

Coincidentally, The Wall Street Journal just published an article Feb. 26 in which information sourced from NADA senior automotive analyst, Larry Dixon, points out Tesla’s Model S as retaining its value better than other electric vehicles. According to the most recent NADA Used Car Guide data, a 2013 Model S is worth 71 percent of its original typically-equipped MSRP, compared with 44 percent for a Nissan Leaf and 39 percent for a Chevrolet Volt.

Here’s the full Consumer Reports 10 Top Picks of 2015 list:

  • Best overall: Tesla Model S
  • Compact car: Subaru Impreza
  • Midsized sedan: Subaru Legacy
  • Large car: Chevrolet Impala
  • Luxury car: Audi A6
  • Green car: Toyota Prius
  • Sports sedan: Buick Regal
  • Minivan: Honda Odyssey
  • Small SUV: Subaru Forester
  • Midsized SUV: Toyota Highlander 

Notice anything missing from the list? Hint: it’s one of America’s most popular segments…yes, pickup trucks. Why wasn’t it included?

Consumer Reports says trucks were not included in its list this year, “Because the 2015 Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Colorado are too new to have reliability and testing data, and the Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra and Ram 1500 are not reliable enough. With such a thin field, we decided to pass until next year’s Ratings are in.”