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Consumer Reports releases annual list of American Top Picks, Ford the big winner

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Filed under: Coupe, Hybrid, Sedan, SUV, Truck, Crossover, Hatchback, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, GM

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery

Each year that Consumer Reports offers up its annual list of Top American Picks, it seems less and less a consolation bracket and more like a reasonable set of choices. To wit, if you wanted the very best family-sized SUV (Chevrolet Traverse) or fullsize pickup truck (Chevrolet Silverado), Consumer Reports will tell you that you're best off choosing American, regardless of which list its from.

Further, CR has found the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan twins have proven to be more reliable than a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. Blasphemy, you say? To borrow a marketing phrase from the Blue Oval itself, Drive One and find out for yourself. We have, and we found out that it's a great car. Apparently, it's also reliable. Not surprisingly, the Fusion managed to earn two more awards in its hybrid guise, including CR's Best Overall Car.

All told, seven of the 10 awards handed out by CR went to Ford - an impressive performance. Two Top Picks were filled by vehicles from General Motors while Chrysler didn't have a single model on the list, which isn't particularly surprising since the Dodge Ram is the only model from the Pentastar that CR even recommends. Click here to check out the rest of the winners from CR.



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Consumer Reports releases annual list of American Top Picks, Ford the big winner originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 26 Feb 2010 14:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Not that I generally listen to CR.... but hey, I'll take some positive press for the domestic brands

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I really like this car...and its twin. What a homerun for Detroit!

(The color for the Fusion in the photo is one of the best ones, though not available on the base model).

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When was the last time any of you gave a damn what CR/CU had to say

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When was the last time any of you gave a damn what CR/CU had to say

CR is the best source for reliability information that we have. It isn't CR's fault that the domestics made such crappy cars for so long. But this "shoot the messenger" mentality will start to go away as the messenger starts saying things that the crowd likes to hear.

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CR is the best source for reliability information that we have. It isn't CR's fault that the domestics made such crappy cars for so long. But this "shoot the messenger" mentality will start to go away as the messenger starts saying things that the crowd likes to hear.

Sorry, CR lost all its credibility when it started rating Toyotas highly just because they were Toyotas. While they may finally have changed their ways since this came to light, earning trust takes time.

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