Consumer Reports recently announced its top 10 cars for 2008. What I find interesting is that I have had represented clients under the Texas lemon law and Texas DTPA claims for most of the cars listed below.
So, this begs the question, does Consumer Report's prize for best car lower your probability of being stuck with a new lemon car? My short answer is no. All make and models of cars have a certain percentage that are built defective -- it is part of the quality control process. Interestingly, Chrysler vehicles are not included in this list.
Starting in the small sedan category is the Hyundai Elantra. The Hyundai Santa Fe wins for midsize SUVs. Best pickup truck goes to the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab. Nods go to the Lexus LS460L for luxury cars, starting at $77,000. Unfortunately for Toyota, the Honda Accord gets the win for family sedan. Upscale sedan goes to Infiniti G35 while the Mazda MX-5 gets the "fun to drive" prize. My current car, the Toyota Rav4 is appointed the best small SUV. The Toyota minivan award goes to the Sienna. Last but not least, the best green car goes to the Toyota Prius.