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Old 10-31-2012, 12:06 AM
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Originally Posted by The X Men View Post
Its the way they take the surveys, it makes no sense at all. The surveys should be random and the sample size should be all the same or at least close to the same. Personally, I find J D Power a bit more reliable.
JD Power is a joke.

Despite all its flaws, there is nothing that comes close to Consumer Reports when it comes to reliability data. They also do some tests that no one else does, such as measuring precisely highway cruising mpgs. Their 0-60mph tests are done the way a typical driver would do: mash the throttle from idle RPMs. They don't pick the best time out of a dozen clutch dumps (or brake releases for autos) at thousands of RPMs. They are also more consistent than others because they own their own track, as opposed to some other reviewers who just drive around a press car for a few hours in some foreign country on roads they are unfamiliar with. They also buy their cars from dealers, like everyone else does, so we don't get souped up cars shod with "unfair" tires or brake pads.

Yes, their scoring is kind of useless, but they give you all the data and their driving impressions, so you can judge the car for yourself best on your own metrics.

And as always, it is just one out of many other sources one should research.
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