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Honda Fit, Hyundai Sonata and Ford F-Series top car rankings

May 22, 2012|By Jerry Hirsch
  • The Hyundai Sonata is the top ranked midsize car, according to the ratings of Total Car Score
The Hyundai Sonata is the top ranked midsize car, according to the ratings… (Hyundai Motor America )

A new ranking of auto brands and models placed Ford Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. at the top.

Total Car Score (www.totalcarscore.com) looked at auto review and ratings sites and measured which brands and vehicles received the most kudos. 

The idea was to develop a comprehensive evaluation that takes advantage of expert opinions and ratings of autos, said Karl Brauer, founder and chief executive of Total Car Score.

Ford earned the most Total Car Score awards with a top-scoring vehicle in five of 20 categories.

Honda followed closely with four. Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Volkswagen all had three winners each.

“These brands all managed to earn a top score in multiple vehicle categories,” Brauer said. “That’s an impressive accomplishment given the highly competitive nature of today’s automotive marketplace.”

The top-scoring vehicles for the 2012 model year were Lexus LS, Hyundai Sonata and Infiniti M.

“These models are universally praised by the industry in terms of quality, design and safety,” Brauer said.

Other winners, followed by the runners-up:

Economy car: Honda Fit, Kia Soul

Compact car: Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus

Mid-size car: Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry hybrid

Sport coupe/convertible: Ford Mustang, Mini Cooper

Compact SUV: Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester

Mid-size SUV: Volkswagen Touareg, Kia Sorento

Large truck: Ford F-Series, Toyota Tundra

Luxury sedan: Infiniti M, Hyundai Genesis

High performance car: Volkswagen Golf R, Ford Taurus SHO

Exotic car: Audi R8, no runner-up

A car must have a rating from at least five sources to qualify as a validated Total Car Score.

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