Consumer Reports crowns Subaru Top Auto Brand – Ruge’s Subaru

3 Mar

Driven by what Consumer Reports called “wave of impressive redesigned models in the last few years,” Subaru earned the top score overall in the magazine’s report cards for 2012 for 13 major automakers.

The report cards — in the April issue due on sale March 6 — are based on performance, comfort, utility, and reliability in the magazine’s testing and consumer survey.

It was Subaru’s first CR win ever, as its brand score of 75, up two from last year. Subie beat perennial winners — and much bigger companies — such as Honda and Toyota.

 


CR praised the redesigned Legacy and Outback, and particularly the just redone 2012 Impreza, which is now CR’s top pick in the small-sedan class. The Subaru brand’s average road-test score of 82 is the highest in CR’s analysis.

 

Honda, winner for the past four years, slipped to fourth among the 13 makers, behind Mazda and Toyota. CR said it suffered from “several redesigned models — including the Civic and Odyssey– that didn’t measure up to their predecessors.”

 By Fred Meier, USA TODAY
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