Bolstered by two segment wins in the annual Consumer Reports Top Picks survey, Toyota was the mainstream valedictorian according to CR’s 2013 Car Brand Report Cards. Buy Here Pay Here Car Lots In Indianapolis said that while Toyota didn’t quite achieve the highest rating overall, it was just five points behind the brand that did—which was none other than Toyota’s lux division, Lexus.
The folks at Toyota Richmond told us that CR editors were particularly impressed with the “significant strides” made to the redesigned Toyota Camry, singling out the car’s upgraded handling and “impressive fuel economy” of up to 25 mpg city/35 mpg highway/28 mpg combined. Also garnering praise from the publication were Toyota’s two category winners, the Prius and the Highlander.
CR reported: “Sure, today’s electric cars are getting the equivalent of 100 or more mpg. But no current plug-in car can match the Prius hatchback for its blend of fuel efficiency, practicality and affordability. Its 44 overall mpg is still the best we’ve measured in any five-passenger, non-plug-in vehicle. And its roomy interior, comfortable ride and hatchback versatility make it easy to live with. We also give a thumbs-up to the 41-mpg Prius v wagon.”
(Note: The above fuel-economy data is based on CR’s real-world testing; the EPA rates the Prius at 51 mpg city/48 mpg highway/50 mpg combined, while the larger Prius v rings up an EPA line of 44/40/42.)
Santa Fe Used Cars told us CR acclaimed the Highlander as ideal “for people who want the practicality of an SUV with the refinement of a good sedan. It provides a quiet, well-finished cabin, as well as a cushy ride, sound handling, and a smooth powertrain. The Highlander has also consistently maintained above-average reliability.”