Despite the fact that it has been the top selling automobile in the US for the past 11 years, Consumer Reports has dropped all endorsements for Toyota Camry for the first time since the automaker’s sudden-acceleration debacle in 2010, according to the magazine’s director of automotive testing Jake Fisher.
He also announced that CR has axed endorsements for Toyota’s RAV4 SUV, as well as the Prius V hybrid wagon and Audi’s A4 sedan following poor ratings by the Insurance Institute for Safety. Sub-standard reliability has also been attributed to Toyota’s Scion FR-S and Fuji Heavy Industries :TD Subaru BRZ sports car, as well as the Altima sedan and Pathfinder manufactured by Nissan Motor Co.
“A lot of people do buy these vehicles just banking on their quality—I am going to buy a Honda or Toyota because I know it is going to be trustworthy. But our data shows that this is not the case with these vehicles,” added Fisher.
Cars that did make the grade, however, include Lexus (with captured the top two spots for reliability), followed by Honda Acura (number 3), Audi and Mazda. The only two American brands to make the top 12 were GMC (9th) and Buick (which climbed from 19th to 12th this year).