WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) --Consumer Reports "Top Pick" title doesn't come easy.
How well does a car handle in ana emergency, accelerate and brake are just some of the dozens of tests in which vehicles have to excel, but that's not all.
A car has to be reliable. Owners help by telling Consumer Reports about their experiences with 1.2 millon vehicles.
"The European vehicles traditionally don't have very good reliability and that actually held them off the Top Pick lists," says Jake Fisher.
But, this year, two European models did make the list, including the Audi A6 as the Top Pick Luxury Car.
Fisher says, "It's a very comfortable car. It's got an amazing interior, nice ride and agile handling."
And, the BMW 328i is the Top Pick Sports Sedan.
"It's always been a really sporty, fun-to-drive car. But, now with a new two-liter, turbo-charged engine, it's actually very efficient, too," Fisher says.
Honda makes a comeback. It's newly redesigned Accord is the Top Pick Midsized Sedan.
The CR-V tops in the small SUV class, and the Honda Odyssey regained the Top Pick Minivan distinction.
But, if sports cars are more your speed, theSubaru BRZ and the Scion FR-S lead the pack.
The nearly identical vehicles, co-developed by Toyota and Subaru, are exhilarating to drive, and the sticker prices are tough to beat.
Now, if you're looking for a car for under $20,000, the Hyundai Elantra is Consumer Reports' Top Pick Budget Car.
The all-wheel drive Subaru Impreza earned Top Pick for compacts.
The Toyota Highlander stayed on top in midsized SUVs.
And, despite growing competition, the Toyota Prius remains the Top Pick Green Car, a distinction it's held for 10 years running.