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SobeSVT
03-03-2007, 10:13 AM
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Toyota was the most reliable brand, with Honda second. Ford fared the best among U.S. cars.
Scott Burgess / The Detroit News

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EAST HADDAM, Conn. -- Japanese automakers again dominated Consumer Reports' ratings of the best vehicles, claiming every spot on the closely watched "Top Picks" list for a second consecutive year.
Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. captured seven of the list's 10 categories; only three American vehicles have been named top picks since 2000.
"The Japanese automakers, particularly Toyota, Honda and Subaru, tend to make well-rounded vehicles that score well in our tests," said Rik Paul, automotive editor at Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports' annual auto issue, which goes on sale Tuesday, includes its list of recommended models and is considered one of the most influential automotive reports.
While Japanese vehicles ranked highest in nearly every measure, Detroit automakers are making progress. Seven domestic models rated among the best in customer satisfaction, up from four last year. And the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ sedans, the Pontiac Vibe (a Toyota, -- Note by SobeSVT) small car and the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs were among the most reliable in their classes.
Of 54 models that earned a top recommendation, eight were built by a Detroit automaker or one of its foreign units. And of the 84 vehicles that got a standard recommendation, 39 were built by a Detroit company. But all Honda models were recommended, along with most Toyotas.
Among Detroit automakers, Ford Motor Co. fared best, with the most recommended models. Overall, however, Detroit is still playing catch-up. "U.S. automakers build some good models," Consumer Reports said in a statement. "But many vehicles are mediocre, and even the best seldom rise to the top against stiff competition."
To compile its report, the magazine analyzed how vehicles performed in a battery of road tests and examined the reliability history of more than 1.3 million vehicles, representing 250 models. It rated models in several areas, including reliability, owner satisfaction and fuel economy.
To qualify as a top pick, a vehicle must test favorably in a number of categories, including reliability, consumer satisfaction and crash test performance.
New vehicles named as top picks for 2007 include the subcompact Honda Fit, Toyota's RAV4 small SUV, Infiniti's G35 luxury sedan, Mazda's MX-5 Miata convertible and Toyota's Sienna minivan.

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ndwariga
03-20-2007, 03:23 PM
This seems like a very balanced piece. Ford newer vehicles seem to be doing better.
I think sooner or later GM and Ford will catch up with the imports. They seem to have long ago overtaken the Europeans whose only redeeming grace now is the myth of "German Engineering"

Mbukukanyau
03-20-2007, 04:57 PM
This seems like a very balanced piece. Ford newer vehicles seem to be doing better.
I think sooner or later GM and Ford will catch up with the imports. They seem to have long ago overtaken the Europeans whose only redeeming grace now is the myth of "German Engineering"
There was a time there that Ford just dropped the ball towards the end of the decade