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Best Cars 3/5/12

Subaru now tops Consumer Reports' list. Consumer Reports recommends all of the
Subarus it's tested, including the Impreza, Outback, Forester, and Legacy.

Consumer Reports named Mazda the second-best automaker, a dramatic improvement.
Its reliability has gotten better, and the Mazda3, along with other Mazdas, is fun to drive.
Toyota maintains its third-place spot, with quality cars such as the redesigned Camry.


Honda has slipped to fourth place. Its redesigned Civic and Odyssey are
disappointments. Consumer Reports says that Honda has cut costs on some recently
redesigned models, sometimes getting rid of handy features and using cheaper
materials. In some cases, braking and handling performance have also gone down.
Chrysler is still in last place but is scoring higher than before. Consumer Reports has
seen big improvements in many of Chrysler's redesigned models, including the Jeep
Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300.

General Motors and Ford did better in Consumer Reports' auto scorecard than Chrysler,
but only slightly. Out of 13 carmakers, Ford came in tenth and General Motors twelfth.

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances,
cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports' website.
Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org.

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