March 10, 2005

Consumer Reports removes six more vehicles from “Recommended” list

Yonkers, New York – Consumers Reports Magazine has removed six more vehicles from its “Recommended” list, following the removal of the Ford Focus as its “Top Pick” for small sedans, due to poor performance in insurance industry crash tests announced Sunday.

The consumer products test group removed the Hyundai Elantra and Mazda3 from its list of recommended small cars. In the small SUV category, Consumer Reports removed the Honda Element, Mitsubishi Outlander and Suzuki Grand Vitara/XL-7; in the sedan category, it removed the Nissan Altima, which was tested without its optional side- and head-protection air bags.

The company reports that 14 of 16 small sedans received poor ratings in the crash tests, and recommends the Toyota Corolla with optional side air bags. “With the optional air bags, the Corolla achieved acceptable results in the new crash tests; without the air bags, the Corolla performed poorly,” the company reported. “The Corolla earned a very good score in our road tests, and has had excellent reliability and excellent overall ratings in other crash tests.”

The Ford Focus marks the first time Consumer Reports has stripped a vehicle of its “Top Pick” rating. According to Forrester Research of Cambridge, Massachusetts, one-third of all U.S. auto shoppers consult Consumer Reports magazine.

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