Growing recalls, loss of customers’ confidence, questions about their management, falling stock price and congressional hearings. 2010 hasn’t been kind to Toyota, so any good news now would be welcome. Consumer Reports is here to help. Yes, Consumer Reports.
Sun Times reports that the Toyota Prius has retained its title as Consumer Reports’ top pick for environmentally friendly vehicles (I’ll leave you to debate how environmentally friendly it actually is), the recalls be damned. Not only did Toyota win that category, but the Lexus LS460L was named best overall vehicle. The ratings where based on average road test scores and predicted reliability (apparently, uninterrupted by any ghosts in the machine). CR names Honda (also subject to global recalls) and Subaru as best all round vehicle makers, with Toyota and Hyundai tying for second place. The maker which came bottom of the survey was, no prizes for guessing, Chrysler. Though CR does recommend the Ram pick up.
CR still seems to love Toyota, but not as much, like a seven year itch. It only recommended half as many Toyota vehicles as the previous year. Well, it wouldn’t be wise have an unabashed Toyota love-fest, given the circumstances.