Consumer Reports: Some Japanese cars disappoint
While Japanese carmakers take top ratings, some models did not deliver
Japanese carmakers took all five top spots in Consumer Reports' list of "who makes the best cars."
Those winning companies were Acura, Lexus, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota. However, not all Japanese cars earned accolades at the Consumer Reports test track.
One car that really disappointed Consumer Reports was the Acura RLX. The luxury sedan costs $55,000.
For $16,000 less, Consumer Reports said the Chevrolet Impala delivers a much more comfortable ride and handles better.
Another Japanese car that Consumer Reports did not 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 that well," said Consumer Reports' Tom Mutchler.
Some small Nissans also scored too low for a Consumer Report's recommendation.
"The Nissan Sentra is good on gas, but handling isn't agile, it's noisy inside, and the front seats are uncomfortable," Mutchler said.
The subcompact Nissan Versa has those same drawbacks, and it hasn't proved very reliable, according to testers.
Consumer Reports also doesn't recommend Toyota's least-expensive car, the Yaris.
"The Yaris is very reliable and fuel efficient, it just feels extremely cheap and unpleasant to drive," Mutchler said.
For the same money, about $16,000, Consumer Reports says you're better off with the Hyundai Accent.
Two other Japanese carmakers, Mazda and Subaru, have an excellent record at Consumer Reports' test track. Almost all of their models are recommended.
Though Japanese cars often earn top scores and are often quite reliable, Consumer Reports says it's not a sure thing.
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