May 8, 2006

Mazda MX-5 and Volkswagen GTI top Consumer Reports tests

Yonkers, New York – The Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Volkswagen GTI have posted “Excellent” overall scores in Consumers Reports’ tests of five sporty cars for its June 2006 issue. The GTI is now the top-ranked sporty car under US$25,000 among the eleven coupes and sedans tested, while the MX-5 ranks best among three roadsters priced under US$35,000.

The MX-5 also ranked above the Pontiac Solstice, which only posted an overall score of “Good”. Other cars tested were the Honda Civic Si and Ford Focus ST, both of which posted “Excellent” overall scores; the Focus tied with the previously-tested Subaru Impreza WRX.

“The MX-5 Miata and GTI were both standouts in Consumer Reports’ testing,” says David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center. “The Miata is great fun to drive, with extraordinary handling and a slick powertrain. The GTI excels in its refinement, performance and safety equipment.”

The MX-5, Focus and Civic Si are rated as “recommended” by the magazine, which bestows the rating on vehicles that have performed well in its tests, have at least average predicted reliability based on a survey of subscribers, and have performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test. The Solstice and its sister Saturn Sky are new vehicles, and so reliability is unknown. The fifth-generation GTI is also too new for reliability reports, but previous generations of the Golf upon which it is based have had below-average reliability.

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