Consumer Reports cars point out the best and worst choices


Consumer Reports cars leading in reliability include the Honda, which tied Subaru at the top of the list.

Consumer Reports cars that made the magazines “Best 10” list don’t include the government bailout automakers General Motors and Chrysler. The best cars for auto financing are being built by Honda and Subaru, according to Consumer Reports latest automaker rankings. The automaker showing the most dramatic improvement is South Korean carmaker Hyundai,jumping to fourth place from ninth last year. Among American manufacturers, only Ford improved over last year. It scored one point better to pass Mitsubishi for 11th place.

Government bailout bottom dwellers

Consumer Reports cars were rated for performance, comfort, utility, fuel economy and reliability. The magazine tested more than 280 vehicles. It’s unlikely many will be taking out auto loans on vehicles by government bailout automaker Chrysler, which finished dead last. Fellow government bailout recipient General Motors was second from the bottom after axing a third of its models. Asian automakers still lead the pack. Despite bad publicity resulting from braking and unintended acceleration problems, Toyota finished third behind Honda and Subaru, which tied for first.

Subaru/Honda lead automaker rankings

Consumer Reports cars that stood out included Subaru’s redesigned Legacy sedan and Outback wagon–vehicles that raised Subaru into a tie with Honda in the magazine’s automaker rankings. Subaru moved into a tie for first. The redesigned 2010 Legacy sedan and Outback wagon raised Subaru’s overall test score from 78 points to 81. That helped contribute to its tie with Honda in our rankings. Hyundai models that pushed the Korean automaker up in the rankings include the Genesis sedan, Elantra, Santa Fe SUV, and Kia Optima.

American automaker rankings

American products singled out on the Consumer Reports cars list include the redesigned Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, referred to as “excellent overall packages that provide good performance and fuel economy.” Consumer Reports said that the reliability of Ford cars is average or above average. But Ford cars you may want to stay away from include the Taurus, F-250 pickup and Explorer SUV.s New GM models like the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Equinox tested well, but with no track record as of yet, reliability for these cars wasn’t rated. Chrysler managed to squeak in a Consumer Reports recommendation for the Dodge Ram pickup.

European automaker rankings

Consumer Reports cars on the list from Europe include the Mercedes-Benz GLK small SUV. Volkswagen’s Golf was rated as excellent. The Passat and Audi A3 have improved to be merely average. And Volkswagen’s Touareg finished dead last in reliability. For people committing to car loans, reliability should be a primary consideration and Consumer Reports cars are have been a long-respected reliable source for the facts.

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