Consumer Reports revoked its recommendation for Toyota Motor Corp.'s Camry sedan and said post-bankruptcy General Motors Co. is among the automakers cracking Japanese brands' dominance in fielding reliable cars.
Consumer Reports isn't recommending any version of the Camry, the top-selling U.S. car for 11 years, for the first time since the automaker's 2010 sudden-acceleration crisis, said Jake Fisher, the magazine's director of automotive testing.
While Toyota and Honda Motor Co. held the top three spots in the annual auto-reliability survey released Monday, GM's GMC truck line and Buick posted gains.
Eroding dominance in quality and reliability weakens the long-held advantage in the U.S. by Japanese automakers. Endorsements by Consumer Reports are coveted by automakers.
“A lot of people do buy these vehicles just banking on their quality — 'I'm going to go buy a Honda or a Toyota because I know it's going to be reliable,' ” Fisher said. “Some of our data is showing that's not the case.”
The Camry was among four vehicles that are losing recommendations after being rated poor in a new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash-test. Toyota's RAV4 sport-utility vehicle, Toyota's Prius v hybrid wagon and Audi's A4 sedan also lost recommendations.
Toyota's Lexus and namesake brands captured the top two spots in the reliability survey. Honda's premium Acura brand was third followed by Volkswagen's Audi and Mazda Motor Corp.
Source: Consumer Reports