After being shut out in last year’s competition, Honda rebounded with three segment leaders on the Consumer Reports 2013 Top Picks list, as well top-10 finishes for both Honda and Acura in CR’s latest Car Brand Report Cards; meanwhile, Toyota’s Lexus luxury division had the best Report Card grades in the industry, and Toyota itself had a top-five score and two Top Picks. (Scion also contributed one Top Pick winner and a top-10 Report Card grade.)
It was a standout showing for the two automakers in two of the most closely watched automotive-quality reports in America, both of which rely on Consumer Reports’ independent and in-depth testing procedures. Subaru and Mazda put up surprisingly strong marks as well, and although the Europeans were hampered by “inconsistency,” BMW and Audi managed their first Top Pick winners in more than a decade.
On the other hand, the domestic brands didn’t fare quite so well, with zero Top Picks and a similar number of companies among the Report Card top 10. But CR did have praise for “several promising models” from GM, and noted that “many of Ford’s new models ride and handle as well as European luxury cars costing much more.” Singled out for praise from the Blue Oval were some of its newest hybrid products, including the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2013 Ford C-MAX.
The final standings in both the Top Pick and Brand Report Card evaluations are below.