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28th February 2009

Toyota Highlander and Chevrolet Avalanche Among 2009 Top Picks from Consumer Reports

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Toyota Highlander and Chevrolet Avalanche Among 2009 Top Picks from Consumer Reports

Date posted: 02-27-2009

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YONKERS, N.Y. — The 2009 Toyota Highlander moved ahead of the Hyundai Santa Fe as Consumer Reports issued its top picks for 2009. The 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche dethroned the Chevrolet Silverado as the top choice in the pickup category, the consumer watchdog said.

The 2009 Toyota Prius managed to hold off an ever-expanding field of gas-electric hybrids, retaining its top pick status in the green car category for the sixth straight year. “The Prius’ 44 overall mpg is the best Consumer Reports measured in any five-passenger car,” said Consumer Reports in a statement.

The 2009 Hyundai Elantra SE took home honors in the small sedan category. Best overall vehicle honors went to the 2009 Lexus LS 460. Consumer Reports said the Lexus was its “highest-scoring vehicle.” The 2009 Honda Accord was named the best family sedan, while the 2009 Infiniti G37 was singled out as the best upscale sedan.

The 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata beat out the competition in the “fun to drive” category, while the 2009 Toyota RAV4 was named best small SUV. In the minivan category, the 2009 Toyota Sienna was praised for its versatility and took home the top prize.

Consumer Reports said each top pick scores at or near the top of its category among more than 300 vehicles tested at its Auto Test Center, as well as having average or better predicted reliability and adequate safety test scores.

Inside Line says: A handy guide from a respected source as you venture out to dealerships this spring. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent

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