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Lexus Tops Consumer Reports Ratings, Camry, RAV-4 Lose Recommendation

[Los Angeles Times]

2014 Lexus IS 250

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.

But Consumer Reports didn’t have all good news for Toyota.

Separately, it has decided to revoke its recommendations for Toyota’s Camry, Rav4 and Prius V hybrid station wagon because they have scored low in insurance industry crash tests that measure what happens when the front corner of the car hits a pole or other object. The cars have long been among Consumer Reports’ top picks.

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