I am surprised by a few. Pleasantly surprised in a few cases:
Subcompact: Yaris iA. Scion is not dead
Compact Hybrid: Prius. No surprise here
Luxury SUV: Audi Q7
Sports car: Mazda MX-5 Miata. No surprise again
Small SUV: Subaru Forrester. Still no surprise
Midsize SUV: Toyota Highlander. You expected something else?
Compact Pickup: Honda Ridgeline. First surprise
Full size sedan: Chevrolet Impala: second surprise
Midsize sedan: Kia Optima, another surprise. Whither Camry?
Compact car: Chevrolet Cruze: Yuuuge surprise, and it feels so good. For me, anyways.
I drove both the Avalon and Impala, and I like the Impala better. Handling is much better for the Impala. So much better that it overcame the reliability advantage for the Avalon. the Cruze scored big on all counts. Smooth ride, quiet cabin, good reliability and it feels like a larger car. This came in a year when Honda produced a new Civic. Go Chevy! Sometimes we discuss the poor choices that JD Power makes, but this is Consumer Reports! Have they lost their religion? Anyone care to comment?