Yonkers, New York – Although it defeated the BMW X3 for North American Truck of the Year at the 2012 Detroit  Auto Show, the Range Rover Evoque scored much lower than its rival in road tests by Consumer Reports. The magazine also gave the new Toyota Prius v an “Excellent” road test score.

While the X3 scored 80 in the road test, the Evoque only achieved a score of 60, near the bottom of its category. The magazine said that the Evoque’s styling “turns heads, but it has many shortcomings, including a cramped cabin, stiff ride, artificial-feeling steering, and troubling emergency handling.”

When describing the Prius v, the wagon version of Toyota’s hybrid family, the editors said that “no other vehicle comes close to its blend of versatility and fuel economy.”

For its March issue, Consumer Reports also tested the Volkswagen Tiguan, which scored “Very Good,” and the Jeep Wrangler, which remains the magazine’s lowest-ranked vehicle with a road test score of 20, despite some recent improvements.

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