Japanese automakers dominated Consumer Reports' annual survey of the best cars, with Toyota Motor Corp. taking five of the "Top Picks" and Subaru Motor Co. taking the top score as best-overall automaker. Subaru ousted Honda Motor Co. as the top overall, and Honda fell to fourth place. Japanese automakers held the top five spots, with Nissan Motor Co. in fifth.
"While Japanese automakers still hold the top five spots, their lead is shrinking. In some of Honda's and Toyota's recently designed models, cost-cutting has become more noticeable," said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports' automotive test center.