irlandes, if your comment about being a "Toyota hater" is directed at me then of course you're dead wrong. Toyota builds fine cars IMHO.
Your comment about cars other than Toyota or Honda only being good for a 100k or so is also dead wrong of course.
Your comment about Consumer Reports being in the know and correct because they have not been sued repeatedly and lost is also skewed. They publish opinions and a lawsuit will not be won UNLESS it is proven they published an opinion piece KNOWING that the info is false and is done in a malicious manner.
Of course CR does not err, huh? Like the recent child seat thing?
CR's testing "methods" are very shaky and biased, like it or not. It's similar to walking down the streets of NYC, polling a few dozen people about their cars, and then establishing that as factual for all cars in NYC.
Lastly, I'm sure your perception about CR is one of a bunch of lab-coated technical people slaving away doing the right thing, struggling to get by on donations and magazine subscriptions, and staying totally objective. Not.
A search one time shows that they do not have one single person on their administrative staff that holds a degree in any engineering, accounting, medical, or scientific field save for one doctor if I remember correctly.
Almost all are lawyers with a huge percentage of them having degrees in "Political Science".
Do NOT tell me that Pol. Science people are objective on anything. They do have one staffer who is a lawyer of course and holds a degree in music. Another's specialty is "yoga" and I have no idea how their expertise is used in testing. Join hands and chant now - "Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm".
I think you will find that CR receives money from many left leaning groups who have an agenda and has also taken sides on political issues (Prop 79 in CA), etc.
Some years back CR leaned a bit favorably toward Chrysler. At the time they had an EX-Chrysler exec on staff. Now you don't suppose that would have anything to do with it would you?
Sorry, but any organization (CR) that takes money from a group like the Open Society Institute is not to be trusted. I hardly consider George Soros (familiar with him are you?) to be an objective person.