Japanese automakers top Consumer Reports rankings

March 1, 2011 4:25:45 AM PST
Consumer Reports has named Japanese automakers Honda, Subaru and Toyota as the best all-around car makers for the third year in a row in its annual auto issue.

The influential magazine says Ford Motor Co. made the largest year-to-year gain in its review. The ratings are based on the magazine's average road tests and predicted reliability scores.

Honda had the best overall score of 74 out of 100 points in the Consumer Reports' ranking. Honda was followed by Subaru with 73 points and Toyota with 71 points.

Volvo was fourth with 68 points, followed closely by Ford and Hyundai.

Chrysler had the worst ranking among the car makers with 43 points. Mercedes-Benz, BMW and General Motors were also near the bottom.