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Annual Car Rankings:Japanese Models Get the Top Nod

Consumer Reports, which has lots of sway with American car shoppers, has given 10 Japanese brands the top honors in its annual, closely watched survey of Best and Worst Cars.

As for reliability, nine of the top 10 are also Japanese, with Lexus heading the ratings, followed by Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Subaru. Mercury was the only American car on the top 10 list. The three least reliable models: Land Rover, Hummer and Porsche.

The Consumer Report rankings come as another blow to the already trouble-plagued Detroit carmakers. For more details on the report and the industry, please read today's story by my colleague Sholnn Freeman.

By  |  March 2, 2006; 7:00 AM ET Consumer News
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Since the results are based on questionaire responses from CR subscribers, I would suggest that A) this is a self-selected grouping not representatuve of the car-buying population at large and B) it's already heavily skewed towards Japanese brands. Based on my personal experience, I've had 0 problems with my new F-150 in the 2 years I've owned it.

Maybe they should survey their subscribers on the trade deficit.

Posted by: Stick | March 2, 2006 10:22 AM

I've bought Honda's for the past 17 years waiting for Detroit to get it's head out of it's ass with no luck. I guess they'll wait for a complete collapse of their businesses before getting rid of the union and many other problems they have.

Posted by: Detroit has done NOTHING! | March 3, 2006 1:56 PM

I have a 1996 Ford Ranger, and Ford has done absolutely nothing to update the design of this vehicle. While Ford and GM are stagnating, Japanese companies are innovating. My next pickup truck will be a Honda Ridgeline, which racked up a number of Truck Of The Year awards, and for good reason

Posted by: John Johnson | March 3, 2006 6:23 PM

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