Consumer Reports puts cars through more than 50 tests - over rough roads, on highways, in braking tests, and emergency handling. While many Japanese cars score very high, a surprising number haven't made the grade recently. Tom Mutchler, "One car that really disappointed us was the Acura RLX. This luxury sedan costs 55,000 dollars, and it's just not competitive." For 16-thousand dollars less, Consumer Reports says the Chevrolet Impala delivers a much more comfortable ride and handles better. Tom Mutchler Consumer Reports Tom Mutchler "Another Japanese car we don't recommend is the Honda Crosstour. It aims to have the comfort of a sedan, the flexibility of an SUV, and the cargo space of a station wagon. The problem is it doesn't really do any of this well." Some small Nissans also score too low for a Consumer Reports recommendation. Tom Mutchler "The Nissan Sentra is good on gas, but handling isn't agile, it's noisy inside, and the front seats are uncomfortable." The subcompact Nissan Versa has those same drawbacks, and it hasn't proved very reliable. Consumer Reports also doesn't recommend Toyota's least expensive car - the Yaris. Tom Mutchler "The Yaris is very reliable and fuel efficient, but it just feels extremely cheap and unpleasant to drive." For the same money - around 16-thousand dollars - Consumer Reports says you're better off with the Hyundai Accent. So while Japanese cars often earn top scores and are often quite reliable, Consumer Reports says it's not a sure thing. . ."
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