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'Consumer Reports' Announces its Top Picks for Cars in 2011

Toyota Prius. Photo Courtesy - Toyota(YONKERS, N.Y.) -- Consumer Reports announced its annual Top Picks for cars Monday, which lists the best models in 10 distinct categories as chosen by the magazine.

Two of the top choices for 2011 include models from American automakers Ford and Chevrolet -- the Mustang and Avalanche, respectively.  Both vehicles are among six new models named to the magazine's list.

Meanwhile, for an eigth consecutive year, the Toyota Prius was chosen as the top "Green Car" for getting the best fuel economy -- 44 mpg overall -- of any car tested by Consumer Reports.

The magazine selects its Top Picks after running dozens of tests on each individual vehicle to evaluate its braking, handling, comfort, convenience, safety, and fuel economy, among other things.

Here are Consumer Reports' Top Picks for 2011:

-- Budget Car: Honda Fit

-- Small Car: Hyundai Elantra

-- Family Sedan: Nissan Altima

-- Small SUV: Toyota RAV4

-- Green Car: Toyota Prius

-- Family SUV: Kia Sorento

-- Sporty Car: Ford Mustang

-- Family Hauler: Toyota Sienna

-- Sports Sedan: Infiniti G37

-- Pickup Truck: Chevrolet Avalanche´╗┐

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