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Changes in car rankings at Consumer Reports

Los Angeles Times

The dominance of Japanese automakers in Consumer Reports’ annual auto reliability ratings is starting to fade, with two European automakers and one U.S. brand securing places in the top 10 of the 2013 rankings.

Lexus — the luxury division of Toyota — scored the top spot this year, followed by Toyota and Acura. Audi — the luxury division of Volkswagen — came in fourth, followed by Mazda, Infiniti, Volvo, Honda and then the sole U.S. brand, the GMC division of General Motors. Subaru was 10th.

Consumer Reports revoked its recommendations for Toyota’s Camry, RAV4 and Prius V hybrid station wagon. Audi’s A4 also lost its recommended status.

Buick, another GM brand, leaped nine slots to 12th place this year. But Chevrolet came in 17th out of the 28 car brands ranked, dragged down by the below-average Camaro and Cruze, made in Lordstown.


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