Toyota gets its mojo back

But unfortunately Jaguar, Mercedes, and oddly, Porsche do not.

Toyota took five of the 10 categories listed by CNN Money as Consumer Reports Top Car Picks:

  • Family sedan: Camry Hybrid
  • Small SUV: RAV4
  • Van: Sienna
  • Green car: Prius
  • Family SUV: Highlander (disclosure — I have a 2008 Highlander)

No other brand received more than one recommendation.

On the other hand, in the category “Worst Value Luxury Cars,” Jaguar, Mercedes, and Porsche each had two “winners,” and all were dinged for mediocre or worse quality.

This is particularly strange in the case of Porsche, which had been making great strides in quality by adopting lean production.

Speaking of which, this post might have been subtitled “The Toyota Production System is Back.”

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