Monday could be called the day Consumer Reports told America to put the brakes on buying some of the most popular cars built by Japanese automakers. In two separate announcements, the auto team at Consumer Reports said they would no longer recommend people buy the top selling cars from Toyota, Nissan and Honda.
Any time Consumer Reports says it no longer recommends a particular model, the question is how much it will hurt sales of that vehicle. In this case, the five Japanese nameplates are responsible for more than one million vehicles sold in the US this year, out of 11.7 million in total vehicle sales.
Given that the Camry came through the sudden acceleration crisis and remained the best-selling car in the US, many believe being dropped from the CR recommended list is unlikely to have a huge impact on sales.
No Longer Recommended
Toyota Prius V
Honda Accord (6 cylinder)
The Toyota Camry, RAV-4 and Prius-V were all dropped from the Consumer Reports recommended list because of their "poor" performance in crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The small overlap front crash tests simulate how well vehicles protect occupants when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another object, such as a tree or utility pole.
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