In what is a yearly Washington Automotive Press Association tradition, Consumer Reports unveiled its 2017 Top Picks at WAPA’s February meeting. The findings were presented at the National Press Club and disseminated to national news outlets as well as on social media including Facebook Live on WAPA’s Facebook page.
Jake Fisher, head of Consumer Report’s Automotive Testing, began the session with a listing of CR’s Top Ten Picks by categories. The Toyota Yaris iA, Chevrolet Cruze, Kia Optima, Toyota Highlander, Audi Q7, Toyota Prius and Honda Ridgeline were the leaders in each of the categories. The 10 leading brands overall included Audi, Porsche, BMW, Lexus, Subaru, Kia, Mazda, Tesla, Honda, and Buick.
More than fifty WAPA members joined together to be the first to get the news on Consumer’s Reports Annual Autos Issue. New for 2017 is the evaluation of automatic transmission selectors, which have become a concern for drivers as they differ between manufacturers. An overall road test score has been revised to include more day-to-day usage information from CR subscribers. A WAPA Member asked why CR reports different fuel mileage than is reported on the window sticker. Fisher responded that they use actual on-highway usage data as they perform their road tests.
A lively Q&A session followed the formal presentation. Full information can be found at consumerreports.org/april.
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WAPA meets monthly in and around the Washington DC metropolitan area learning about the latest in the automotive industry. Join WAPA members for the next monthly luncheon on April 19 at Volkswagen US Headquarters for a presentation on the 2018 VW Atlas. The May meeting will feature the Jeep Compass, June Hyundai will present. Membership in WAPA is for automotive journalism professionals engaged in the industry, contact a WAPA Board Member for more information about qualifications to join the Washington Automotive Press Association.