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.

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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.

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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