By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES – Consumer Reports released its annual auto choices Monday, giving high marks to such vehicles as the Honda Fit, the Hyundai Elantra and the Chevrolet Avalanche.
In its annual “automakers report card,” the consumer magazine said Honda and Subaru make the best vehicles overall, while Ford posted the largest quality gains among the major automakers. Ford improved in both the road tests of its vehicles and in its reliability scores.
Ford has made more strides than rival American automakers General Motors and Chrysler in recent years, according to Consumer Reports. With a score of 67 based on combined road tests and reliability, it was ranked the top U.S.-based auto company.
“Current offerings such as the Fusion, Flex, and Mustang have been impressive, and even the new Fiesta scored well in tests,” the magazine said.
Honda, including its Acura division, had the highest overall score, 74, and the best reliability record of any manufacturer, the magazine said.
Subaru was just behind in second place with a score of 73.
Despite a year of big recalls for unintended acceleration, sticking gas pedals and other problems, Toyota still did well in the Consumer Reports tests, finishing in third place with 71 points.