Consumer Reports just released their 10 Top Picks of 2017 for the Best Cars of the Year category. Toyota was the only brand to receive a nod in three distinct categories, dominating the list when compared to the competition. While our entire 2017 line-up presents a strong contender for each category, Toyota especially excelled on the report for Best Subcompact Car, Best Compact Hybrid, and Best Midsize SUV. Today we offer you a better look at the winning vehicles for each of the three categories.
3 Toyota Vehicles that Topped Consumer Reports' Top Ten Picks for 2017
2017 Toyota Yaris iA - Best Subcompact Car
The new Toyota Yaris compact already has the distinction as being the most fun car of 2017, but with its iA model the brand can now claim overall best subcompact credibility too.
The same independent MacPherson strut front suspension found in the standard (if you can call it that) Yaris carries over to the iA, along with torsion beam rear suspension that has been tuned to deliver a smoother and more agile ride. It delivers an EPA-estimated 32 city and 40 highway mpg (manual).
Expanding upon the core model, this subcompact size version is ready built for the city, providing a spacious cabin that will comfortably fit your friends and favorite toys, gear, and more. The added cabin space allows for even greater attention to detail, including contoured sport seats, steering wheel-mounted controls, a 7-inch touch-screen display, two USB ports, contrast stitching on the dash and carbon fiber-esque trim. Like the Yaris compact, the iA also has remote keyless entry, hands-free phone capability, Bluetooth wireless technology, and convenient 60/40 split rear seats. With the iA Toyota has shown that the Yaris brand dominates both the affordable compact and subcompact market. View more on the 2017 Yaris and contact us to let us know about your interest in the iA.
2017 Toyota Prius - Best Compact Hybrid
The Prius is absolutely killing it in 2017. It tops many lists, including best new cars for couples, the most exciting cars of 2017, and of course best new hybrids for the year ahead. Consumer Reports certainly agrees on the latter.
What's not to love? The new Prius now has a daring and downright edgy new look that has redefined hybrid style. The double-wishbone rear suspension, lower center of gravity, and athletic posture ensures that this vehicle up for adventure on the road. The shark-fin antenna adds a dose of "enjoy the view, but stay out of our way". The updated LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, and enhanced Bi-LED lighting effects complement the overall look and feel of this exciting hybrid. But of course, it really dominates when it comes to efficiency.
The new Prius has been manufactured with three distinctive driving modes. ECO Mode delivers maximize fuel economy. EV Mode allows you to drive solely on battery power, and POWER Mode increases throttle response for added oomph. The custom-set color dual Multi-Information Display provides real-time driving data along with tips to help you improve your ECO savings and driving efficiency.
"Its fuel economy in our tests was a staggering 52 mpg overall-the highest we've ever recorded in a car that doesn't plug in." (Consumer Reports 2017)
Factor in versatile interior seats, a smart-flow climate control system, heated front seats, and a seemingly endless list of high-tech features and you've got the most impressive hybrid of the year. View more on the 2017 Prius.
2017 Toyota Highlander - Best Midsize SUV
The Highlander continues its run as the top midsize SUV. This of course is in addition to its place on unique lists such as the coolest family SUV on the market and top vehicles for dog lovers. Just like household consumers, Consumer Reports loves the Highlander because it does it all.
"In this competitive segment, midsized SUVs have to do it all well, and none do it better than the Toyota Highlander." (Consumer Reports 2017)
Toyota hit refresh when they designed the look of the Highlander for 2017. It shows. The new Highlander is lower, sleeker, with larger allow wheels, redesigned LED taillights, and is fronted by a bold new grille that exudes both sophistication and confidence on the road. Toyota went the extra mile with aesthetics on the Limited Platinum, by adding puddle lights that detect your presence as you approach the vehicle, projecting an illuminated "Highlander" logo onto the asphalt/concrete directly below. How cool is that?
The appeal extends to the driving experience, with an all-new available 3.5-liter V6 direct-injection engine and available Direct Shift-8AT (8-speed Automatic Transmission) that provides you with the power and efficiency to extend your road trips into whole new territories, literally and figuratively. The Highlander also comes standard with the updated active safety package - Toyota Safety SenseT P, which includes highlights such as Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise
Control, and more. View more on the 2017 Highlander.
Contact our Greater Vancouver Toyota dealership to test drive one Consumer Reports Top Picks for 2017.