Honda, Toyota dominate Consumer Reports’ Top Picks for 2013

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 27, 2013

Consumer Reports, the New York-based consumer testing organization, has announced its Top Picks for the year. Honda and Toyota are the big winners with three models each. It’s also worth noting that the top 10 doesn’t have any American model. The best midsized sedan is the redesigned 2013 Honda Accord.

The best minivan is the Odyssey while the best small SUV is the CR-V. For the tenth consecutive year, the Top Green Car recognition went to Toyota Motor Corp's Prius hybrid. Meanwhile, the Highlander was chosen as the best midsized SUV.

For best sports car, there was a tie between two Japanese cars -- Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ. Over 280 models were tested by Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports said that to qualify as one of the Top Picks, the model has to score high in reliability, safety and road-test performance.

The top ten list for the year doesn’t have even one U.S. domestic car. The best compact car is the Subaru Impreza while the best budget car is the Hyundai Elantra. The only non-Asian models that were named in the top ten list are the German cars -- Audi A6 and the BMW 328i.

The Audi A6 was named as the best luxury car while the BMW 328i was determined to be the best sports sedan. In the annual Car Brand Report Cards, also from Consumer Reports, the cars built by Detroit automakers also performed poorly.

Consumer Reports places a rating on the individual brands of every automaker. It comes up with a composite score that’s based on reliability and road testing. The overall winner is Toyota's Lexus, with a score of 79. This was followed by Subaru and Mazda, which both scored 76. Audi was determined to be the best brand in Europe, with a No. 8. Among the domestic brands, Cadillac (of GM) had the highest score.

At the bottom of the survey, Consumer Reports listed the individual brands of Ford Motor Co and Chrysler Group from Fiat. Consumer Reports said that it recommends less than 50% of the domestic models that it subjects to testing, with majority of these recommendations going to Chevrolet and GMC

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