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I can't believe Honda only has the minivan on the list, and not a Toyota among them!

http://www.mpt.org/motorweek/dc2011/

I don't agree with all of these while I can understand some of the others. I guess it's hip to hate Toyota now? The magazines are really beating on them for not spending enough advertising money with them.

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What are their decisions based on? Reliability? Performance?

My guess is that reliability wasn't taken into account as they picked a VW and the Chevy Volt. The VW was just ranked poorly on JD's 2011 Reliability report and the Chevy Volt is too new to determine how unreliable it'll be.

It looks as though overall "ride" was the basis for their choices, and i'd have to agree with them... Although i don't agree the Infiniti M is the best "luxury" sedan. How could they have skipped the LS460 and the BMW 7? What category do they consider these to be in if not luxury?

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I think decisions were taken based on the number of beers the writer(s) had consumed... ;)

FWIW, Consumer Reports has the following top models that give you most for your money:

SMALL CARS: 1) Honda Fit 2) Volkswagen Golf TDI (manual)

FAMILY CARS: 1) Toyota Prius IV 2) Hyundai Sonata GLS

UPSCALE SEDANS: 1) Acura TSX (4cyl) 2) Infiniti G37 Journey 3) Lexus ES 350 4) Acura TL (base) 5) Lexus IS 250

LUXURY SEDANS: 1) Hyundai Genesis 4.6 2) Infiniti M37

SPORTY CARS: 1) Mini Cooper (base) 2) Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

WAGONS/MINIVANS 1) Mazda5 Grand Touring 2) Volkswagen Jetta TDI (manual)

SMALL SUVS: 1) Toyota RAV4 (base 4cyl) 2) Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium

MIDSIZED SUVS: 1) Hyundai Santa Fe GLS (4cyl) 2) Hyundai Danta Fe Limited (V6)

For TOP PICKS in 10 categories:

BUDGET CAR: Honda Fit

SMALL CAR: Hyundai Elantra

FAMILY SEDAN: Nissan Altima

SMALL SUV: Toyota RAV4

GREEN CAR: Toyota Prius

FAMILY SUV: Kia Sorento

SPORTY CAR: Ford Mustang

SPORTS SEDAN: Infiniti G37

FAMILY HAULER: Toyota Sienna

PICKUP TRUCK: Chevrolet Avalanche

Best based on CR's tests and surveys:

Road-test scores: Lexus LS 460L 99/100

Overall fuel Economy: Toyota Prius 44 MPG (best)

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It looks as though overall "ride" was the basis for their choices, and i'd have to agree with them... Although i don't agree the Infiniti M is the best "luxury" sedan. How could they have skipped the LS460 and the BMW 7? What category do they consider these to be in if not luxury?

Have you driven the M37? Its a great car, very underrated. I wouldn't even consider a Lexus GS compared to this car. The LS is pretty old at this point, and the 7 is really expensive...

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