Subaru earns top score in Consumer Reports automaker report cards for 2012

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 29, 2012

Subaru was named by Consumer Reports magazine as the most reliable automaker based on road tests. Thirteen automakers were ranked. Subaru got the highest score, winning convincingly against Mazda, Toyota and Honda. But when it came to the product segments, Toyota came out triumphant with being the top pick in 10 segments.

It’s the first car company to reach this achievement in almost a decade. Subaru got an overall score of 75, which is two points higher than last year. Its score was boosted up by the redesigned Impreza, Legacy and Outback models during the last several years. Trailing Subaru were the following automakers: Mazda, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Volvo, Hyundai, BMW and Volkswagen. Just one point separated the top four automakers.

Mazda came in second with an overall score of 74, Toyota got the third place with 73 and Honda took fourth with 72. Chrysler got a score of 51, placing it last. Automakers are ranked by the magazine depending on their performance, comfort, utility and reliability of over 275 vehicles tested recently.

This report is considered as part of a guide for manufacturers about the best all-around models. The full report and description about the rankings will be revealed in the April issue of Consumer Reports. These overall scores are taken from the average road test scores and reliability ratings of models that the magazine tested.

In a statement, David Champion, senior director of the magazine's automotive test center, said that the top five spots are still held by Japanese automakers but the gap is narrowing. He said that cost-cutting measures have become more obvious in several of the newly redesigned models from Honda and Toyota. Ford had the steepest drop, from No. 5 to No. 10. Ford was trailed by Mercedes-Benz, General Motors and Chrysler.

Subaru's average road-test score of 82 is considered to be the highest in the analysis of Consumer Reports, which recommends all of the Subaru models it had tested. For the past four years, Honda had been the winner but its latest redesigned vehicles such as the Civic and Odyssey minivan didn’t favorably compare against the older models.

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