PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Consumer Reports suggests that if you’re looking for a sporty car, the Ford Mustang should be on your list, especially for its powerful V8 engine that still nets about 24 miles per gallon. The price tag is anywhere between $29,000 and $44,000.

It’s one of the top 10 cars testers and researchers came up with in their annual issue, due out on March 8.

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Just a few months ago, the Hyundai Elantra was ranked one of the best cars under $15,000.

Consumer Reports said the new version is reliable, stylish, stingy on gas and the best small car on its list for the third year in a row. However, the newer models push the list price to about $18,000.

If you’re looking for a family sedan, the Nissan Altima got high marks for comfort and performance. Whether it’s the standard four-cylinder, V6, or the hybrid, you’ll pay between $24,000 and $30,000.

Also making the list: for budget car, the Honda Fit; for family SUV, the Kia Sorento; for sports sedan, the Infiniti G37; and for best pickup truck, the Chevy Avalanche.

One company that hasn’t had a great run of it recently is Toyota. Just last week, it recalled another two million vehicles to repair those stuck accelerator problems.

Consumer Reports still says the company is good enough to make the list three times, including the Toyota RAV4 for best small SUV, and namely because of fuel economy.

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A four-cylinder will get you 23 miles to the gallon, while the six-cylinder will get 22 miles to the gallon.

The Toyota Sienna wins the award for best family hauler. In fact, it’s the only minivan on the market with all-wheel drive.

For the eighth year in a row, best green car goes to the Toyota Prius hybrid.


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