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Toyota takes 4 of 10 categories in the 2018 Consumer Reports Top Picks

Toyota has long been a consumer favourite. The Japanese brand’s vehicles, from the compact Corolla to the roomy Sienna minivan, speak to the varying wants and needs of the modern driver.

One of the best barometers of the public’s sentiments toward different vehicles is the Consumer Reports, a non-profit magazine that publishes unbiased product tests and consumer research each year. The publication purchases their own vehicles from dealerships for testing, and uses product testimony from thousands of users to come up with the rankings.

This year, Toyota earned four of the ten mentions in the magazine’s Top Picks list, which is a pretty impressive accomplishment, if we may say so ourselves.

The fuel efficient and spacious 2018 Corolla took the Compact Car category. Reviewers loved its handling, calling it “secure,” and the ride quality “a cut above for its class.”

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The 2018 Camry, meanwhile, was recognized as the best midsize car thanks to, as the magazine puts it, “its reputation as a competent, well-rounded family sedan.” Drivers were also pleased with the 2018 redesign, tweaks to the handling and improved fuel economy.

Over in the Midsized SUV category it was the 2018 Highlander that earned the title. That extra third row of seating is a major draw for families of a certain size, as is the Highlander’s great all-weather handling, and standout fuel economy, performance and reliability.

Lastly, it was the 2018 Sienna that won in the Minivan category, earning praise for its comfortable ride, surprisingly capable powertrain (for a minivan) and decent fuel economy. But its most winning feature is the fact that with seating for eight and plenty of flexible cargo space it’s “the ultimate solution for moving people and their stuff.”

 

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If this Consumer Reports victory wasn’t enough for the brand to celebrate, it also had a great year according to the Canadian Black Book. Toyota won in two categories: the Best Retained Value Award and ALG Residual Value Award.

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