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  • personality_less personality_less Oct 29, 2013 2:50 PM Flag

    Consumers Report says that the camry just isn't that good - at all...

    Consumer Reports magazine has dropped its coveted recommendation of the Toyota Camry family sedan, the best-selling passenger car in America, because of the car's performance in an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test.

    The Camry earned a rating of "Poor" in the Institute's "small overlap" crash test. Many cars have fared badly in this new test. In it, a car traveling at 40 miles per hour strikes a crash barrier with just a small part of the front bumper on the driver's side.

    It's a tough test, since it concentrates impact forces into an area which is often outside metal crash-absorbing structures built into many new cars.

    The Insurance Institute announced the test results for the Camry in December. Consumer Reports announced its decision to drop the recommendation in a blog post on the magazine's Web site Tuesday.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

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    • Toyota's RAV4 is no longer recommended by Consumer reports, after poor performance in a new crash test.

      Consumer Reports has published its annual auto reliability rankings, and the big surprise is that several long-loved Japanese cars have lost their "recommended status."

      The magazine no longer recommends you buy the Toyota Camry, Prius V, and RAV4, after each fared poorly in a new IIHS crash test.

      The Honda Accord V6 and Nissan Altima also lost recommended status, due to poor reliability.

      In an email, Kelley Blue Book senior analyst Alec Gutierrez pointed out that Consumer Reports has made its standards more stringent as cars improve with time.

      "As standards grow tougher, it is becoming increasingly difficult for even brands such as Toyota to remain in the upper echelon tested vehicles in regards to safety and durability," he said. "That’s not to say that these vehicles are any worse than vehicles that previously held Consumer Report’s recommended rating, rather, it just shows just how difficult it has become to keep up with advancing safety standards."

      Sentiment: Strong Sell

    • Do you think Americans are stupid?#1 selling car in America is the #1 choice of Americans.Do they still build the Volt.Rumour is the morpho could be going away.What a blessing that would be.

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