The 2012 Automotive Report Card: Which Brands Are The Best?
The results of the annual Consumer Reports automotive report card caught a lot of people by surprise when they were released Tuesday – not necessarily because of which automaker claimed top honors, but because of which automaker did not.
A wave of redesigned vehicles helped catapult Subaru into the top position for the first time. It had finished second in last year’s ranking, and buoyed by recent successes with the Outback and Impreza, it improved two points this year to finish with an overall score of 75.
Subaru’s rise to the top meant that Honda’s four-year run as the top automaker among the 13 ranked was over. Honda drifted into fourth-place overall, and the problems caused by last year’s Japanese catastrophes didn’t seem to play much of a factor.
David Champion, Consumer Reports director of research, gave a blunt assessment of the automaker’s chief problem.
“They seem to be cheapening vehicles," he told The New York Times. "It's almost like a role reversal of where the domestics were 10 to 15 years ago."
Mazda showed the most dramatic improvement in this year’s rankings, rising from seventh place to second. Toyota finished in third place.
Overall, Consumer Reports editors and researchers tested 275 models from 13 automakers in reliability and road-test performance. Here’s a more in-depth look at what they found:
Courtesy: Consumer Report