• Mar 3, 2011
Ford Fusion Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

For the second year running, the Ford Fusion has not only come out as the top family sedan pick in Consumer Reports' list of the 2011 American Top Picks, once again eclipsing the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry in reliability.

Topping the list in the budget car segment is the Ford Fiesta, though CR admits they aren't sure how reliable the car will be, given that it's a clean-sheet design. The Chevrolet Cruze takes the small car category.

Ford captures CR's small SUV category with the Escape, and Chevrolet has nailed down the family SUV category with its Equinox 2LT. The funky Ford Flex takes the family hauler category, and the Mustang is the top pick among sporty cars.

The only non-Ford or Chevrolet product on the list is the Buick Regal, which takes top honors for CR's sports sedan category. The Ford Fusion Hybrid (above) garners the American green car pick for 2011, and the Chevrolet Avalanche rounds out the list in the pickup truck category.

It should be noted that some categories in CR's list only have a top-scoring American vehicle, not a top pick. In the budget car segment, the sports sedan segment and the small car segment, CR passes on picking a favorite because there are models in the segment that are too new to have reliability data yet.



Photos Copyright ©2009 Chris Shunk / AOL

[Source: Consumer Reports]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      So the best Detroit can do is
      Import the Mazda based Fusion
      The Euro Fiesta that's built in Mexico
      The Korean Cruze
      The German built Regal
      Volvo based Flex


      • 3 Years Ago
      att : John H - Don't worry about it because according to D3 supporters, CR has no credibility as they have historically highlighted.

      Thank God this latest report has no relevance.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Tom Albanese is my boss ... CEO of Rio Tinto.

        • 3 Years Ago
        att : Stang - First of all, i am an Aussie and defantly not an America.

        Secondly, you commented about give credit where it is due ... my thoughts exactly so what D3 supporters need to start doing is accepting many Japanese car makers particuarly Toyota and Honda (aswell as Mazda, Nissan and Subaru) engineer very good cars (albiet generally bland) and stop hating upon them.

        It is about mutal respect but clearly most D3 fanboys are unable to demonstrate such qualities therefore many in society throughout the world and not just in North America offer very little respect in return.

        Personally ... i believe D3 hatred towards Toyota doesn't stem from the quality, design or handling characteristics of Toyota vehicles but more-so the fact the 'BIG T' put to shame the Detroit car manufactuers in so many ways. Infact, Detriot was so embedded in thier 'old ways' they only changed when they 'had' to not because they 'wanted' to so why hate upon Toyota for the many years of corporate incompetance from Ford, GM and Chrysler.

        There is name for it ... ARROGANCE !!

        Now ... i'm still waiting for D3 fanboys to answer my question - are Quality / Customer Satisfaction Surveys and Consumer Reports credible or not ?

        Judging by historic critism by D3 supporters, they are not therefore it would be justified to say the latest publishing from CR is worthless.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You said it yourself, bludger, you don't want our cars. So stick to your bizzo and we'll keep on ruling in north America and China. The reason you come here big noting yourself is because a yob like you is scared of losing his bikkies! Go jump off the coathanger. We're tired of the earbashing, figjam!
        • 3 Years Ago
        att : jsmeagle5 - i support some Japanese car companies because they have historically provided this big, remote country (Australia) with the highest quality, most reliable, dependable, durable and generally much less troublesome motoring vehicles then anything from the American owned car makers. Infact, much like many markets in the world ... some of the most awful, disgraceful, horrid, poorest quality and unreliable cars that have ever graced Australian roads (unfortunately) have come from the Detroit3 car makers and you wonder why many people struggle to have any respect for your local car industry.

        Another reason why respect for the Detriot3 has rapidly erroded over the past few years is because US car makers and fanboys alike have generally offered very little respect towards foreign car makers no matter how good many of thier cars have been. Infact - GM (much like Holden in Australia) has 'arguably' been the most ignorant and arrogant of all.

        The vast majority of Australia exhibits some of the most rugged, hot, humid, dusty, remote and challenging landscape that can be found anywhere on earth (much like Africa and the Middle East) and the more reputable Japanese car makers particuarly Toyota because of thier large selection of rugged 4WD's and commercial vehicles (better known as Pick-ups in North America) have proven for many generations to have some the most sturdy and steadfast selection of cars and 4WD's of any car maker.

        Infact ... Toyota 4WD's and commercial vehicles have long been the favourite amoung our ever-hard working farmers, tradies, industries and mines because of thier rugged, reliable and durable nature not to mention the most popular amoung our 4WD enthusiasts and travelling retirees hauling caravans.

        Japanese car makers rule the roost in Oz with inroads being made by the European and Korean car manufactuers aswell while the market percentage of the D3 have been slowly dwindling for many years - history has lot to do with that.

        On a final note - if you don't need me on autoblog providing a few home truths, then you obviuosly don't need some of the international market buying vehicles from the American owned car makers. Maybe they should mind thier own business aswell and buy more Japanese and European instead ... mmm !!

        • 3 Years Ago
        Most of us, my self included, love cars of makes and models. Give credit where it is due as the domestics are catching up to the Japanese and Germans.

        Clearly you are the only poster I see on here who has revealed himself as a "fanboy" today.

        If you are an American, you should be pulling for your domestic automakers as their viability should concern you.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Get off from Mr Toyoda's computer and finish cleaning his office, you shill!
        • 3 Years Ago
        So shane, you root for the Japanese because Australia is too pathetic to have their own auto industry and you are jealous that the US does. And another thing, since this is about Consumer Reports and the US auto market, why don't you keep your ******* mouth shut? :) We don't need you here. Mind your own business! :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford really seems to be building cars people want with the equipment people want. I purchased my first Ford earlier this year and have been very pleased with it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Fiesta, really? I will admit it is a nice looking car, there are a number of issues with the new transmission based on a few blogs and consumer reviews on edmunds.com. Aside fromt that, I wish Ford sucess, Allan Mullaly is one the best CEO's out there.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Think about the category.
        It was either the AVEO or the Fiesta.

        Honestly considering the already problamatic transmission in the Fiesta, the high price and cramped interior, the AVEO should have won.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The reason ford fiesta is having transmission problems is because it's a European car. It's not designed to be automatic. All my friends from Europe are not surprised it has issues.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Congrats to all the American Car Companies. Consumer Reports are a tough group.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's because ChryCo is owned by the Italians.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How can they pick the Escape? They rate it worse then average on reliability and it has transmission issues. What a joke, Ford must be paying them.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm waiting for the Ford Fusion Hybrid KING RANCH!!!!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        How about a Harley Davidson edition
        • 3 Years Ago
        That there is funny!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Chevy Traverse is one fantastic vehicle. I was in a rental and absolutely fell in love with this vehicle. No doubt what our next vehicle will be. I have driven the flex while it's ok, the Traverse was quiiter, more powerfull, and had a better suspension and the Traverse looks far better. Not to mention the Traverse we rented was not the top of the line. I tell you this is a very impressive vehicle !!!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      After Consumer Reports made themselves irrelevant by the ridiculous way they approached iPhone 4 antennagate nonsense that never was.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That Escape is about to become a fossil and somehow its a top pick?

      Ok, whatever.
        • 3 Years Ago
        A comment on a nearby article (the one with next Escape) said that Escape is still top selling.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jim S,

        Reliability! I agree the Escape is a Dinosaur, but, however, it's scores high with consumer.

        If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Flex is a highly underrated car. Too bad it hardly sells.
      • 3 Years Ago
      FUSION: " The merging of different elements into a union".

      Good for Ford, but how much of Mazda, Volvo or others went into it?
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