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Subaru And Toyota Score Big In Consumer Reports Best Cars List

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On: Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 2:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

Subaru And Toyota Score Big In Consumer Reports Best Cars List

If you hadn't heard, Toyota is back. Not that it ever really went anywhere, but a short misstep in its history that we'll call the Unintended Acceleration Debacle of 2009-10 had people questioning whether it was still a leader in quality automobiles. The Japanese automaker and its familia (Lexus and Scion) have rebounded back with such recent accolades as most dependable vehicles around. While it doesn't take the top score overall, Toyota does occupy half of the spots on Consumer Reports' Top Picks list.

In its April automotive issue, Consumer Reports analyzes and ranks cars of all makes, models and styles. The automaker with the best overall score is Subaru, replacing Honda at the very top of the pack. It receives a score of 75, including a road-score of 82, the highest in testing. Subaru benefits from improved scores for the 2012 Impreza, Legacy and Outlook models to jump two points and top this year's list. The Impreza takes home the Top Pick for "small car."

Toyota may only be number 3 overall, but it dominates the individual selections in the Top Picks list. Toyota has five out of 10 spots: the Camry Hybrid (family sedan), RAV4 (small SUV), Sienna (family hauler), Prius (green car) and Highlander (family SUV).

Mazda takes home the number 2 spot to become the most improved automaker in the list. It adds nine points over last year's 7th place finish.

Once again, Chrysler is the lowest ranked automaker on the list (#13), but on the bright side, it is the second most improved, adding eight points over last year's score (it's hard to tell if that's good news for this year or just really bad news for last year).

Ford drops the most, falling from 5th to 10th. GM comes in second to last, and Consumer Reports says that while it saw improvement in redesigned vehicles, some GM vehicles struggle with reliability issues.


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