Consumer Reports released its top picks car list for 2011. According to Consumer Reports, these are the most reliable cars you can (and should) buy. With some notable exceptions, it’s a foreign affair. Out of 10 cars recommended, eight are foreign, or make that Asian: 6 Japanese cars are top picks, followed by two Korean and two American cars. European cars are conspicuously absent.
Most notable: Consumer Reports completely renounced its former fatwa against Toyota and made Toyota the most recommended brand of 2011: Three of the top picks are Toyotas.
Even Detroit flag waver extraordinaire, the DetN, must concede: “Toyota Motor Corp. led all automakers with three top picks from Consumer Reports, rebounding from last year’s sudden acceleration woes that cost it recommendations. “
Two oddities should not remain unmentioned:
The Chevrolet Avalanche is mis-categorized. It should be listed under “Classic Cars”. The first new generation Avalanche showed up at dealers in 2006, and save a little juggling of engine choices, it pretty much remained the same ever since.
The Hyundai Elantra on the other hand is brand new for the U.S. It is amazing how CR could collect all the reliability data on the Elantra in such a short time.
And the winners are:
|BUDGET CAR||Honda Fit|
|SMALL CAR||Hyundai Elantra|
|FAMILY SEDAN||Nissan Altima|
|SMALL SUV||Toyota RAV4|
|GREEN CAR||Toyota Prius|
|FAMILY SUV||Kia Sorento|
|SPORTY CAR||Ford Mustang|
|FAMILY HAULER||Toyota Sienna|
|SPORTS SEDAN||Infiniti G37|
|PICKUP TRUCK||Chevrolet Avalanche|