Honda cleans up in Consumer Reports picks.

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  1. Valleyforge

    Valleyforge *****istrator Staff Member

    All 10 of the magazine's 2006 Top Picks are Japanese nameplates, but half are U.S.-made Honda’s.

    By Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNNMoney staff writer
    March 1, 2006: 6:14 PM EST


    NEW YORK ( - Japanese carmakers -- or, more specifically, Honda followed by Toyota and Subaru -- took all ten spots in this year's Consumer Reports magazine top picks.

    No American or European nameplates are represented in this year's list, which is published in the April issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

    The lone American nameplate model on last year's list, the Ford Focus, was replaced this year by the new, redesigned Honda Civic.

    Of the five Honda vehicles on Consumer Reports' Top Picks, four are manufactured in the U.S. The remaining vehicle, the Honda Ridgeline, was designed and engineered in the U.S. but is built in Canada.

    Of the five other vehicles in the list, two are Toyotas, two are Subarus and one is from Nissan's Infiniti luxury division. The remaining five are all are produced in Japan.

    Consumers Reports buys vehicles anonymously for its test fleet through ordinary retail dealerships and tests them at a specially built facility in Connecticut. Among the tests performed are acceleration, handling, braking, ride quality and visibility.

    In addition to track tests, test engineers also drive the vehicle in ordinary day-to-day situations.

    To gauge reliability, the magazine surveys subscribers to both the magazine and its related Web site. Each respondent can supply data on up to two vehicles and the magazine has received survey data on about a million individual vehicles, Consumer Reports said.

    In order to be considered for a Top Pick a vehicle must have at least average predicted reliability, based on survey results, and good scores in crash tests by the government and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2006
  2. tigerhonaker

    tigerhonaker Platinum Contributor

    I'm not at all surprised by the vehicles in this CR report. Let's face it Hondas do well. It is interesting that the 4-Hondas were made here in the USA.

  3. Chuck

    Chuck just the messenger

  4. tigerhonaker

    tigerhonaker Platinum Contributor

  5. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    Good going Honda!!!
  6. philmcneal

    philmcneal Has it been 10 years? Wow

    feels good to drive one
  7. tigerhonaker

    tigerhonaker Platinum Contributor

    Bragger: :p


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