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The latest “top pick” list by Consumer Reports has five out of 10 Toyotas on it, including the Camry Hybrid and Prius.
The last time domination by a single brand of this magnitude happened was by Honda in 2003, according to USA Today, which observed also that no Hondas were found on this year’s CR list.
Note that the updated 2012 Camry Hybrid was named best “family sedan,” not green family
sedan or hybrid family sedan. It edged out all the other Camrys in doing so.
Of it, CR said:
FAMILY SEDAN: Toyota Camry Hybrid ($29,052). In addition to its impressive 38 mpg overall fuel economy, other high points include a comfortable ride; a roomy, quiet, cabin; fairly quick acceleration; and for 2012, a nicer interior and somewhat crisper handling (although the Camry is still no sports sedan).
Perhaps many of you are not surprised, and just as likely, it will not seem a stretch that the Prius won best “green car,” as CR noted:
GREEN CAR: Toyota Prius ($26,750 to $28,217). The Prius sets the standard for fuel efficiency, practicality, and affordability with its overall 44 mpg. Its roomy interior, comfortable ride, and hatchback versatility make it easy to live with. The 41 mpg of the new Prius V wagon easily tops its class.
The other three categories and models won by Toyotas are: Small SUV: Toyota RAV4; Family Hauler: Toyota Sienna; Family SUV: Toyota Highlander.