Vehicle Performance, Safety, Reliability: Does Your Car Make the Consumer Reports List of Top Picks in 2010?

Why: This sedan tops this category for the fourth straight year, and with a score of 95 out of 100, it's one of the highest-rated sedans tested, the magazine said. The G37 provides agile handling, "blistering acceleration, a refined power train" and a fairly comfortable ride, plus a luxurious interior, Consumer Reports added.

Best Green Car, Family Hauler, Pickup Truck

Category: Family hauler

Top Pick: Mazda5 ($23,805)

Why: This vehicle combines the convenience of a minivan with the maneuverability and "stingy fuel economy -- 24 mpg overall -- of a wagon," the magazine found. Fun to drive, the Mazda5 is practical and comfortable.

Category: Green car

Top Pick: Toyota Prius ($26,950)

Why: The Prius was redesigned for 2010. It leads the category for the seventh straight year. The Prius is still the most fuel-efficient car in the magazine's ratings, getting 44 mpg overall. Consumer Reports said this car is pleasant car to drive, with a roomy interior, a steady ride, hatchback versatility, and excellent reliability and crash-test results.

Category: Pickup truck

Top Pick: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ($37,235)

Why: The Silverado 1500 returns to the top of the list after a year off. The crew-cab 4 wheel drive model is a "well-rounded pickup" with a roomy cabin, generous payload capacity and decent ride quality, the magazine said.

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