Yonkers, New York – Toyota has taken five spots on Consumer Reports’ annual Top Picks list, the first brand to earn half of the top ten spots in nearly a decade.
The Toyota Camry Hybrid and Highlander edged out their competition to join the incumbent Prius, RAV4 and Sienna as the best in their individual categories.
“Every year the competition grows tighter,” said automotive editor Rik Paul. “In recent years as many as nine different brands have taken the top spots. Combined with the improved Camry, Toyota’s ability to maintain a competitive lead among hybrids and SUVs is a big factor in its strong presence on this year’s list.”
The last time a single brand did so well in the Top Picks was Honda in 2003. This year, no Honda models made the list, for the second time in three years.
The Top Picks are the best all-around models in their categories, chosen from more than 275 vehicles the organization has recently tested. They must meet stringent criteria in road tests, reliability and safety to be chosen.
The top ten picks by category are:
Family Sedan – Toyota Camry Hybrid
Sporty Car – Ford Mustang
Small SUV – Toyota RAV4
Affordable Family Sedan – Hyundai Sonata
Family Hauler – Toyota Sienna V6
Sports Sedan – Infiniti G
Green Car – Toyota Prius
Small Car – Subaru Impreza
Pickup Truck – Chevrolet Avalanche
Family SUV – Toyota Highlander