Like I said, fiction. CR is all self reporting by people who hate
American cars just because they are American cars. As people have
noted in the past, when there are "imports" that are sold under both
an imported name plate and an American Nameplate, the ratings for the
imported version typically are noticeably higher then for the American
version. Same car, same assembly line, only difference is a few trim
pieces yet the American version somehow isn't as good..... If you
look at teh JD power ratings there isn't a dimes worth of difference
between any of the cars in the top half to 2/3rds of the list.
Perhaps when they start making cars people want, and with good parts, I'll
give up my Toyotas and buy US. The only thing I ever considered buying
from an American dealer was an Escort and an HHR. The Escort was
uncomfortable (same size as a Coroola? Hmmm...) and the HHR couldn't get
out of it's own way. I asked the dealer to round up one with a 5-speed and
the HO engine. That was in '06...I'm still waiting...
So I bought a Scion tC. 5-speed. 165HP VVTi engine. Can much more than get
out of it's own way.
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