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Prius Receives Best Buy Status From Consumer Guide

Posted on December 2, 2009
Filed Under Announcements, Car Show, Toyota Prius | Leave a Comment

toyota-phev-priusJust how far has the automotive world come in the past few years? The Toyota Prius has just won Consumer Guide Automotive’s best buy status. And it’s not just a mainstream consumer magazine that is recognizing hybrids, Car & Driver magazine, a publication that is about as oil drenched and horsepower addicted as they come, has just awarded the Ford Fusion Hybrid a spot on its coveted 10 Best Cars For 2010 list.

Consumer Guide Automotive has been cranking out reviews for new and used cars for over 40 years, and their 2010 Best Buy and Recommended Awards is aimed for the general car buying public to make car buying easier. It’s about as wide ranging an inventory of recommendations as you could ask for, suggesting the best overall values in 18 vehicle categories.

“This once fringe technology has finally matured,” said Tom Appel, Associate Publisher at Consumer Guide Automotive speaking of Toyota’s Prius.

The standouts on the list are hybrids and alt-fueled cars. In addition to the list-topping Prius, there are a record setting 23 hybrid or diesel fueled cars that receive recognition. Another notable car on the list was Ford’s Fusion, which was given “Best Buy” honors in the midsize car category by Consumer Guide. They did not specify which Fusion, but it’s worth noting that the Fusion Hybrid has been a real stand-out since its introduction.

At least that’s the way Car & Driver feels about Ford’s hybrid sedan.

When C&D announced their 28th annual list of 10Best cars sold in America this week, it was hard not to notice that the Ford Fusion Hybrid was on the list. It was one of only two American made cars (the other being the 2010 Cadillac CTS / CTS-V) and was only the second hybrid ever given the honor. The other being the Toyota Prius, that made the list in 2004.

Car & Driver was fairly up front about the inclusion of the Fusion Hybrid, saying putting it on the list was “A positive sign of the times for a US car manufacturer … ‘ The rest of the list is about what you’d expect from Car & Driver: the Porsche Boxster / Cayman, the BMW 3-series / M3 and Honda Accord made the list, and of course the evergreen Mazda MX-5 (a long running favorite of ours here at Autopia).

Maybe, finally, things are starting to turn a corner. Perhaps with people like the staff of Car & Driver coming on board, there will not only be more acceptance of hybrids and alt-fuels by the car buying public in general, but also acceptance by the dyed-in-the-wool hot rodders out there too.

SOURCE: Wired

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