We often mock Toyota for building boring, soulless cars, but a new study by Consumer Reports suggests that regardless of whether that's true, the company has some of the best used cars on the market. In its report on used cars from 2004-2013, the Japanese automaker had 11 vehicles among its brands on the list – more than any other automaker.

CR breaks the list down by cost and vehicle size, and Toyota has at least one entry at every price point and in nearly every segment. To score a recommendation, a vehicle had to perform well in the magazine's initial tests and score above-average reliability results. It also tried to only suggest cars with electronic stability control. Of the 28 recommended vehicles, Honda/Acura had the second most mentions at six, and Ford, Hyundai and Subaru managed two each.

The Detroit brands also made it to the list, but not in a positive way. Consumer Reports compiled a list of 22 vehicles it wouldn't recommend because "they have multiple years of much-worse-than-average overall reliability." General Motors had the most unrecommended models on the list at six, but Chrysler and Ford weren't far behind, with five cars each from their brands not making the grade. The full list of recommendations is available on CR's website.


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      TBN27
      • 9 Months Ago
      The reason why I never take their list seriously is because after studying their data, doesn't mean that poorly rated vehicles are not as reliable as the top rated vehicles in their lists. Just because used car model a has 120/100 PPV Doesn't mean that that I am going to have a crap load of problems or actually have a problem. I am gonna have a problem or two because it is a used car after all so I am not worried especially when it is a certified pre-owned vehicle with a warranty. On top of that I will already put money away to combat any problems that arise out side of the warranty period. So therefore whatever to their reports and three years of data.
        normc32
        • 9 Months Ago
        @TBN27
        How do they do their fuel economy reporting? What course?
      • 9 Months Ago
      [blocked]
      suzane
      • 4 Months Ago

      I just bought a used Toyota here http://www.johnhughes.com.au/ and I love it so much 

      Chsutera
      • 9 Months Ago
      New flash: American cars are absolute garbage.
        Adrian Elliot
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Chsutera
        Fact.
        normc32
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Chsutera
        New Toyotas are the worst buy: http://autos.yahoo.com/news/disappointing-dozen--12-cars-that-fail-to-measure-up-023648565.html
      normc32
      • 9 Months Ago
      Toyota has 1/3 of worst new cars, GM has one: http://autos.yahoo.com/news/disappointing-dozen--12-cars-that-fail-to-measure-up-023648565.html
        NightFlight
        • 9 Months Ago
        @normc32
        Seriously, how many more times are you going to post that same link? Want me to post links about how GM garbage has recalled over three million vehicles in less than two months??? No one cares about your love affair with GM. STOP SPAMMING!
        fran
        • 9 Months Ago
        @normc32
        Wow normc32. Why am I not surprised to see you here?
      Anthony M
      • 9 Months Ago
      The new RAV 4, Corolla, and Camry all got poor crash test ratings but they are tops? Please consumer reports you've been getting paid off from these guys forever.
        Mbukukanyau
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Anthony M
        the corolla is still on a heavily modified 1990's platform, and the RAV4 is off of that. There is nothing all new about that.
          Kit
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Mbukukanyau
          The current Corolla's platform does not date to the 1990s. Get your facts right.
        Kit
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Anthony M
        The Camry's recommendation was pulled and is now re-instated as Toyota modified it to do better. And this is for used cars from a few years ago and the Toyotas in question did well on the safety tests from the time.
      ChemicalNBC
      • 9 Months Ago
      Consumer reports has no credibility, everybody knows this. But the more Autoblog post CR stories, the more Autoblog is losing credibility with me.
      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      >taking CR seriously for car advice >2014 Seriously...
      churchmotor
      • 9 Months Ago
      But wait, carguy1701 also known as yonomo200 is constantly telling us all Acuras and Hondas are $hit.
      Adrian Hosein
      • 9 Months Ago
      So i guess this mean American made cars are right above Chinese made cars then? :O
        mbukukanyau
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Adrian Hosein
        No, right above arab cars, oh, wait, arabs do not have cars.
      Harry R. Sole
      • 9 Months Ago
      We all know how much CR loves to coddle the rice rocket manufacturers.
      owen brown
      • 9 Months Ago
      You guys are so comical or stupid. Every time there is a survey or poll it's always the same result and it's always the same reaction. Seriously , who is really surprise at the results?
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