Japan’s third largest automaker, Honda, managed to snatch almost a third of US News & World Report’s 2015 Best Cars for the Money awards, leading the group of mostly foreign brand winners.
This year, out of 21 categories a total of 18 went to imported brands, leaving one award for each of the three domestic brands – a surprising situation after recent years saw the accolades more evenly distributed. Last year for example, 13 winners were from imported brands and another eight categories were won by home-brew brands. This year Honda led the pack though, with each of the Honda and Acura brands taking control of three categories. “In recent years, Honda has focused on providing more standard features in its Honda products and sportier performance for Acura models,” commented Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor of US News Best Cars. Honda’s new Fit (Jazz for other markets) has taken home two categories – subcompact cars and hatchbacks and the CR-V sport utility vehicle took the compact SUV title.
Another Japanese automaker followed the leader – Toyota, which took home three category wins: the Toyota Highlander Hybrid for hybrid SUV, Toyota Camry Hybrid for hybrid car and the Lexus RX 350 for luxury two-row midsize SUV. The latter has won the accolade for the seventh time, the longest winning streak for any automaker since the awards were introduced back in 2008. Among US brands, Chevrolet and Ram divided the three category wins. The Ram 1500 topped the rankings for the full-size pickup truck, in a blow to the recently launched all-new aluminum-bodied Ford F-150. Chevrolet’s Colorado won in the compact pickup truck category and the Chevrolet Impala was the best large car.
Via Automotive News