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Top Picks for '05

It's hard to imagine test driving vehicles a total of 250 thousand miles, but that's what Consumer Reports' testers do.

Call for Action's Betty Sexton reports on their top picks.

At the Consumer Reports Auto Test Track in Connecticut, director David Champion spends a lot of time behind the wheel. He and his auto engineers put nearly 200 vehicles through their paces to determine this year's top picks.

The top pick is a car that's excelled in our testing on the track. It's worked really well in everyday life. It's got average or better reliability from our annual questionnaire that goes out to our five million subscribers.

In the mini van category there was stiff competition between the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna.

The new Sienna came out last year and beat the Odyssey. But the Odyssey's come out with a redesigned model that's beaten the Sienna.

So testers named the Odyssey the top pick. It starts at $26,000, has good handling, and is now available with stability control, an excellent safety feature.

The family sedan top pick is a familiar name, the Honda Accord again leads the way. But there's a twist. It's the brand new Accord Hybrid that outperformed all the other family sedans. It's very quick, and overall gets 25 miles per gallon.

The Subaru STI drove away with this year's top pick distinction in the fun to drive category. And at $33,000, it proves you don't have to spend top dollar for a great sports car.


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