Toyota dominates Consumer Reports' Top Picks

February 29, 2012 12:00 AM

Consumer Reports has revealed their annual list of the top vehicles in each segment, and this year's competition was dominated by Toyota, which took half of the ten available spots.

The Toyota Camry Hybrid, Sienna, Prius, CR-V and Highlander were all named as the best vehicles in their segment. The news source factored in fuel efficiency, performance, value, reliability and several other measurements in making their decision.

This is the first time since 2003 that one automaker has taken up at least five spots on the list. That year, Honda accomplished the feat. No Honda vehicles made the list this year.

"Every year the competition grows tighter; in recent years as many as nine different brands have taken the top spots. Combined with the improved Camry, Toyota's ability to maintain a competitive lead among hybrids and SUVs is a big factor in its strong presence on this year's list," said Rik Paul, Consumer Reports' automotive editor.

Other models recognized included the Chevrolet Avalanche, Subaru Impreza, Hyundai Sonata, Infiniti G and Ford Mustang.

Purchasing reliable cars like the ones on this list can help buyers avoid car repairs, although they should still keep up with routine auto maintenance nonetheless.

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