Yonkers, New York – Consumer Reports has named its Top Picks for 2010, the best all-around models in their categories based on performance, reliability and safety.

The Top Picks are part of the magazine’s April 2010 automobile issue, which also lists the company’s choices for best and worst vehicles, carmaker ratings, used-car reliability and “Recommended” vehicles from the 280 models tested for 2010.

Six new models made the Top Picks for 2010: the Chevrolet Silverado and Traverse, Mazda5, Nissan Altima, Subaru Forester and Volkswagen GTI. This marks the first time in six years that two domestic models earned top spots, or that a European car made the list.

Consumer Reports said that it passed over two of last year’s picks, the Toyota Highlander and RAV4, as sales of certain versions had been halted at the time of publication. The magazine has suspended its recommendation until a problem for potential unintended acceleration is fixed.

To be a Top Pick, each vehicle must rank at or near the top of its category in an overall test score based on more than 50 tests and evaluations; have an average or better predicted reliability rating based on the magazine’s annual auto survey; and perform adequately in overall safety if crash-tested in government tests.

The 2010 Top Picks are:

Family sedan – Nissan Altima

Small sedan – Hyundai Elantra SE

Sporty car – Volkswagen GTI

Small SUV – Subaru Forester

Best car overall – Lexus LS 460L

Green car – Toyota Prius

Family SUV – Chevrolet Traverse

Sports sedan – Infiniti G37

Family hauler – Mazda5

Pickup truck – Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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