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Cliffnotes: Tesla won, Lexus and Honda still top dogs.

Consumer Reports: Tesla electric car is 2014′s top auto pick | New York Post

WASHINGTON – US electric luxury car Tesla Model S was named by Consumer Reports magazine on Tuesday as its overall top pick for 2014, while Japanese models took five spots in the annual rankings, their worst showing in the 18-year history of the ratings.

Honda and Subaru were the only automakers with more than one model in this year’s top picks. Honda’s Accord won best midsize sedan, and its Odyssey was named top minivan. The best compact car went to Subaru’s Impreza, and its Forester model was picked as the top small SUV.
Toyota’s Prius hybrid, with its 44 miles-per-gallon overall fuel efficiency, was named best green car for the 11th consecutive year.


Japanese automakers, which historically have taken more than 70 percent of the top picks, managed to win only five of the 10 categories, the worst showing since Consumer Reports began publishing the list in 1997.


Lexus, Toyota’s luxury brand, came out on top for the second straight year, with a score of 79. Honda’s Acura was second with 75, followed by Audi with 74.
 

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Consumer Reports Magazine’s Brand Rankings
(1) Lexus
(2) Acura
(3) Audi
(4) Subaru
(5) Toyota
(6) Mazda
(7) Honda
(8) Infiniti
(9) Mercedes-Benz
(10) BMW
(11) Volvo
(12) Buick
(13) GMC
(14) Chrysler
(15) Kia
(16) Hyundai
(17) Volkswagen
(18) Nissan
(19) Chevrolet(20) Cadillac
(21) Dodge
(22) Ford
(23) Jeep
 

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Darn.. someone got it first. Anyway, this is the same article but it has chart/quadrant that you can view it.

At least Infiniti is doing better score than Lexus and bmw.

Yahoo!

Interesting that audi is the only german cars among japanese in the top. They used to be very back back then. Probably Johan did something right!
 

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Consumer Reports Magazine’s Brand Rankings
(1) Lexus
(2) Acura
(3) Audi
(4) Subaru
(5) Toyota
(6) Mazda
(7) Honda
(8) Infiniti
(9) Mercedes-Benz
(10) BMW
(11) Volvo
(12) Buick
(13) GMC
(14) Chrysler
(15) Kia
(16) Hyundai
(17) Volkswagen
(18) Nissan
(19) Chevrolet(20) Cadillac
(21) Dodge
(22) Ford
(23) Jeep
For those who may be confused, this is not the reliability ranking (Infiniti was #6 in that), this is the combined test score and reliability chart. Note how quickly and how far the Germans have risen. Audi may be above MB because their last three model years have been impressively solid, but Mercedes has the edge in mid- and long-term reliability. Japan needs to stay on their toes because Germany is not building unreliable cost-cut crap like they were 1996-2006.
 

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Yawn. Consumer Reports legitimacy begins with toasters, and ends at dishwashers. Their neutered reporting lacks any passion for finer things. I wonder how they even reproduce.
 

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Yawn. Consumer Reports legitimacy begins with toasters, and ends at dishwashers. Their neutered reporting lacks any passion for finer things. I wonder how they even reproduce.
The thing that makes Consumer Reports stand out, is the reliability ratings which come from the annual surveys from REAL OWNERS of the products. As far as the car ratings are concerned, they are going to be different from Motor Trend, Car and Driver, etc., simply because they aren't going to stress the same attributes of the "fan-boy" magazines(CR is not concerned with the g-forces that a car will have, but is concerned about the handling). What a person should do when evaluating a car with publications, is to compare the many different reviews, and see for oneself what is real and what isn't. In other words, take all of the information(contradictory as it may be), and use it to help evaluate the car for yourself when you actually get in one. Anyone who buys a car based solely on what a magazine says about it(ANY magazine) is an idiot, and deserves to be disappointed if the car isn't to his liking.
 

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The thing that makes Consumer Reports stand out, is the reliability ratings which come from the annual surveys from REAL OWNERS of the products. As far as the car ratings are concerned, they are going to be different from Motor Trend, Car and Driver, etc., simply because they aren't going to stress the same attributes of the "fan-boy" magazines(CR is not concerned with the g-forces that a car will have, but is concerned about the handling). What a person should do when evaluating a car with publications, is to compare the many different reviews, and see for oneself what is real and what isn't. In other words, take all of the information(contradictory as it may be), and use it to help evaluate the car for yourself when you actually get in one. Anyone who buys a car based solely on what a magazine says about it(ANY magazine) is an idiot, and deserves to be disappointed if the car isn't to his liking.
I'll grant you that their reliability reports are legitimate, but they don't write them.
 
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