Consumer Reports 2012 Automaker Report Cards: Subaru takes top spot, Honda slips

Subaru for the first time has earned the top score in Consumer Reports automaker report cars for 2012 with the help of impressive redesigned models in the last couple of years.

The brand scored 75, two points higher than last year with the help of better test scores for the redesigned Impreza, Legacy, and Outback over the last few years. The 2012 Impreza now tops the small-sedan class and is the Consumer Reports Top Pick in that category. Subaru’s average road-test score of 82 is the highest in Consumer Reports analysis.

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Who did Subaru dethrone? Honda, which has been the winner for the past four years. The maker of the Civic slipped to fourth place ending up behind Mazda and Toyota. Honda was drastically hurt by the new Civic, which we already know is not a Consumer Reports favorite.

Toyota keeps its top three spot for the fifth straight year.

“While Japanese automakers still hold the top five spots, their lead is shrinking. In some of Honda’s and Toyota’s recently redesigned models, cost-cutting has become more noticeable,” said David Champion, senior director, Consumer Reports Automotive Test Center.

– By: Omar Rana