In the auto-industry it’s all about moving forward, building cars with more safety, fuel economy, features and space. In other words: more value for your money. Never one to shy away from having an objective opinion on cars, Consumer Reports has earned a reputation for reviews you can count on, so when the outlet announces a list of models that aren’t as good as the vehicles they replace, well, it’s worth taking pause.
Of all the vehicles they’ve tested this past year, six stood out as heading in the opposite direction of progress, and leading the pack in this downward trend is the all-new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta. Accumulating just 60 points compared to the 76 point score of its predecessor, it has the largest margin between the old and the new. Other offenders include the BMW X5 3.0 and Toyota 4Runner, with all three being called, “clear disappointments.”
The other three offenders are, surprisingly, the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey and Mercedes E350. Not earning as harsh a criticism, Consumer Reports says they, “don’t quite measure up to the standards set by their previous generation models.” That’s not to say they aren’t good, however, with CR calling all three “still very good” and even pointing out that they all come recommended by the publication.