Consumer Reports reveals best/worst vehicles of 2016

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo, the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg TDI R-Line is on display during the media preview of the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago. The U.S. government says Volkswagen cheated a second time on emissions tests, programming about 10,000 cars with larger diesel engines, including the 2014 Touareg, 2015 Porsche Cayenne and the 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8 and Q5, to emit fewer pollutants during testing than in real-world driving conditions. (AP photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – If you are thinking about making 2016 your year to get a new set of wheels, we have your back with what’s hot this year. Consumer Reports released their list of the best cars of the year and Audi came out on top.

Audi is number one this year, according to Consumer Reports’ list of annual rankings. They pick their winners based on buyer feedback on reliability and road test. They placed Audi in the top spot despite an emissions test cheating scandal.

Rounding out the top five were Subaru, Lexus, Porsche and BMW. The lowest ranking brands were Fiat, Jeep, Mitsubishi, Land Rover and Chrysler.

Audi of Wallingford’s Ray Angle says there’s more to car buying than a survey. It’s important you ask the right questions to get what works best for you.

“Where do you live, where do you work, how many miles do you want to drive a year, what are your needs,” he suggested you ask.

He also suggests you research dealers near you to see how satisfied customers have been and ask if you’re a better candidate to lease or buy. We also wanted to find out what’s new this year. He said you’ll notice a trend on many lots.

“A lot of our products are going to a blend of electric. It’s a big push for not only Audi but a number of other premium brands out there,” Angle said.

Consumer reports says their rankings are based solely on who’s making the best cars and doesn’t evaluate a company’s honesty or labor conditions.

Here’s a look at more car-buying advice from Consumer Reports.

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