Toyota has always been one of the most reliable brands in the automotive industry, and thanks to some new technological advances, they are quickly running away from the competition. Each year Consumer Reports puts out their list of top picks for the year. Models from many different brands compete against one another in their respective categories, and Consumer Reports picks one winner in each segment. This year Toyota was able to secure 5 of the top 10 spots overall.
On the heels of the Camry redesign, the significantly improved Toyota Camry Hybrid took home top honors as the best Family Sedan. Consumer Reports praised the 38 mpg overall fuel economy, the best in class and even better than some smaller hybrids. The magazine also noted the Camry Hybrid’s comfortable ride, roomy, quiet cabin, and crisper handling.
For those that need something with a little more height, look no further that Small SUV category winner – the Toyota RAV4. Consumer Reports mentioned the RAV4’s unique blend of performance, fuel economy, and versatility as main reasons for choosing the RAV4. They also made note that the upgraded V6 engine provides a much sportier ride, and buyers only have to sacrifice 1 mpg with the larger engine.
For families and/or soccer moms and dads, the Toyota Sienna V6 took home the award for best Family Hauler. Among the high points of the Sienna were its lively performance, decent fuel economy, and comfortable ride. What might be considered the tipping point is the Toyota Sienna is the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive.
To satisfy the environmentalist in all of us, Consumer Reports recently started giving an award to the best Green Car on the market. No surprise here, the Toyota Prius won this category hands down. The 44 mpg fuel economy of the Prius hatchback was the highest of any five passenger, non-plug-in vehicle that was tested and the 41 mpg of the Prius V wagon easily tops its class. Consumer Reports also made note of the excellent crash-test results making the Prius, not only affordable and fun to drive, but safe as well.