Toyota sweeps top spots in latest Consumer Reports automobiles survey
Japanese multinational automaker Toyota pushed aside its U.S. and European rivals, to take the top spot in a latest Consumer Reports survey, with its Scion, Lexus and Toyota brands rounding off the top three positions in the list.
The Toyota Prius C, a subcompact hybrid, got the best overall score, while Mazda, Subaru, Honda and Acura were close behind in the Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings.
According to the survey, Ford (F) and Lincoln, once top performers, plummeted to the bottom of this year's rankings because of persistent problems with glitchy touch screens and bumpy transmissions, CBS News reports.
Also near the bottom were Chrysler Group's Chrysler, Dodge and Ram brands, which have been getting a fast makeover since partnering with Italy's Fiat three years ago. The Consumer Reports says models with more features and more powerful engines, like the V-8 versions of the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee had the most issues.
The best-performing U.S. brand was Cadillac, from General Motors (GM), the survey said.
The survey also revealed that Volkswagen AG's luxury Audi brand made the biggest strides in this year's survey, climbing 18 spots to No. 8, and was also the best-performing European brand, the report said.