Ford Soars, Toyota Stumbles in Consumer Reports Survey

Ford has matched Toyota and outdistanced Honda in a new survey by Consumer Reports that tries to gauge how positively consumers perceive various brands.

“We saw some pretty dramatic movement related to Ford and Toyota,” said Jeff Bartlett, the magazine’s deputy online automotive editor, in a telephone interview. Since the survey’s inception five years ago, Toyota always “dominated by a long shot,” he said.
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Consumer Reports Says Lexus GX 460 Is Unsafe

Toyota announced Tuesday evening that it would temporarily stop selling the Lexus GX 460 while it conducts its own testing of the sport utility vehicle. Earlier in the day, Consumer Reports magazine had said that the GX carried an unusually high risk of a rollover accident during certain types of turns and issued a rare “don’t buy” warning, citing a handling problem that could lead to a rollover and possibly “serious injury or death.”

A “don’t buy” warning is rare for the magazine, but there was no doubt it was necessary, said David Champion, the senior director of the Consumer Reports auto test division. The litmus test was whether the testers would want their families in the vehicle. The answer was no, he said, so “I wouldn’t want anybody else in it.”
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