The magazine issues the report every year to give car buyers an idea of which cars to choose.
Jake Fisher,director of auto testing at Consumer Reports,said U.S. car makers have improved on the quality and reliability over the last few years. He said U.S. automakers are beginning to turn things around,redesigning models and making sure that they stay in the ever-challenging auto competition.
“Reliability has been a big challenge for U.S. cars,but over the last few years,they have improved and the future looks very bright,” he said.
The report ranked the cars in 10 categories and three criteria: road test,reliability and road safety. The April magazine with the ratings went on sale Tuesday.
Toyota’s Highlander was ranked the best midsized SUV for the third year in a row. Toyota and Subaru tied for the best sports car – Toyota’s Scion FRS and Subaru’s BRZ.
Hyundai’s Elantra was judged top budget car. This car is ranked the best car under $20,000,with a price of $18,445. Audi’s A6 was the top pick for luxury car for 2013 with a price to match – $56,295. BMW 328i was the top pick for sports sedan.
The Ford Escape Titanium (2.0T) was rated high in the small SUV category,while the Chevrolet Traverse LT scored high marks in the large SUV categories.
Rik Paul,automotive editor of Consumer Reports,said that,though American cars were not the top picks,they are improving. He said the report is not a way to force choices of cars on customers but to help them figure out which cars are affordable and what qualities to look for when buying cars.
“This report is to serve as a good starting point for anybody who wants to buy a car,” Paul said.
Lexus was ranked the best brand overall. Subaru,Mazda,Toyota and Acura in that order completed the top five brands of cars. Cadillac was the highest-rated U.S. brand,ranking 14 out of 26 brands.
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