Photo of 2015 Golf courtesy of Volkswagen.

Photo of 2015 Golf courtesy of Volkswagen.

Consumer Reports has released its list of its best and worst cars from the 2015 model year that includes Ford's aluminum-heavy F-150 pickup among the top models.

The publication, which is known for its independent testing and purchases vehicles to evaluate on a longer-term basis, named eight nameplates to its best list, including the Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen GTI, F-150, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Porsche Macan, Subaru Legacy, Kia Sorento, and Subaru Outback.

Consumer Reports called the revamped F-150 "a major evolution" with its reduction of 700 pounds by heavily incorporating aluminum into the body and said the 2.7-liter V-6 turbo is "stunning."

Mercedes-Benz also won plaudits for its C-Class redesign, saying the "opulent interior styling and rich materials" deliver a luxurious feel. The C300 is a "gratifying balance of cushy ride and agile handling."

The Legacy mid-size sedan "injects some personality into a great all-around sedan" and offers "roominess, functionality, and a reasonable price," according to Consumer Reports. The outlet singled out the Outback as "our choice for a capable winter-ready vehicle."

Consumer Reports also named four vehicles it considers the worst cars of 2015, including the Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan, Land Rover Discovery Sport compact SUV, Lexus NX 200t/300h compact SUV, and Kia Sedona minivan.

The outlet singled out the Chrysler 200 for "a raspy four-cylinder engine" among other elements. The Lexus NX includes "some interior bits [that] feel cheap." Evaluators didn't like the Sedona's "stiff, pounding ride," while the Discovery Sport offers an engine that "seems flat-footed."

Read the outlet's full report here.