U.S. News & World Report Chooses Toyota

2013 Toyota Tundra II

For the first time since the awards began in 2009, Toyota swept the truck categories of the Best Cars for the Money awards given out each year by U.S. News & World Report magazine. In fact, this is the first time the Tundra has won the full-size category, but it’s the fourth time in five years that the Tacoma took the top honor.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the Best Cars for the Money awards are based on a methodology that combines quality and value in more than 21 categories, with the highest composite scores winning each vehicle segment. Quality is measured through U.S. News’ car rankings, which compare vehicles on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of industry experts' opinion. Value is measured by a combination of a vehicle’s five-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle.

“Sweeping the pickup truck segment as ‘Best Cars for the Money’ from U.S. News & World Report is a great honor and reflects Toyota’s commitment to quality, durability and reliability, all key ingredients for great value,” said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager.

Past winners of the Best Fullsize Truck for the Money include the Ram 1500 in 2012, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in 2011, the Ford F-150 in 2010 and the Silverado 1500 again in 2009. The Best Compact Truck for the Money in 2011 was the Suzuki Equator, with the remaining years awarded to the Tacoma.

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Comments

Ram is still the best!!! I don't get that it won since its the same thing since 2007 I guess they just give everyone a chance, but I'm with the over rated stuff about the tundra, they crumble as any other truck I've seen work tundras in really bad shape body wise, so much for "over engineered" Lol.

Recall almost every single vehicle you make in one year and how do you get an award? You advertise and buy it from a less than credible magazine like US World Report. The market speaks for itself, and as much as I might dog Ford and Ram, Ford, GM, and Ram are the best 1/2 pu's in the world and the sales buy truck buyers puts tundra so far out of the market it would not stand alone if toyota didn't subsidize it with 10's of millions of dollars every year. FAIL!

@Alex
It is considered offensive in Australia to term a Japanese person a Jap, that is publicly. Like most things if no one knows or is offended, who cares.

Most people swear, but it is considered anti social behaviour.

Just like the term "boy" it can be considered offensive by the way it's used, because of historical usage. "Jap" is the same.

You are the same, if some one used what you considered offensive, you would complain. We all are the same, just look at the comments and abuse just regarding pickups.

I do know that when in a private group you can discuss and talk using language that is not offensive to anyone in the group. (Trust me, at work we call this stuff E&D, equity and diversity)

In an open forum like this site, which has basically unlimited access. We shouldn't be using terms that are considered derogatory, even though you might be addressing a single entity.

I wonder if the Gremlin is going to attack and make multiple posts:).

The people calling them Jap trucks are usually low IQ type people that don't understand world economics, I don't care, I just laugh at them when I drive by in my new Tundra. If you talking about cars 4 of the top 5 selling cars in the U.S. are made by a Japanense brand. The pickup truck segment is the last segment to crack but every redesign they pickup a few more sales and this is what the fanboys are worried about so they try to smear but like I said the few that do are usually low IQ people.

@Big Al, I have a pysch degree with straight A's and I work in the field, but I still put more emphasis on a person's intentions than I would on the level of an individual's sensitivity. The statement "it is considered 'offensive'" is a fallacy. You have to state WHO considers it offensive, and obviously it is a fallacy to state, suggest, or imply that everyone finds something offensive. My point was that when "WhOUbU" claimed that it was offensive, it became very predictable that he was about to say something in favor of Toyotas. My prediction was right. He wasn't stating it because he found it offensive, he was stating it as part of his emotional reaction to the negative attitude about Toyotas.

The Tundra has been thr best vehicle I have ever owned. I drove an F-250 for 9 years and the quality and reliabilty didn't even come close to what I've experienced with the Tundra. I did look at the F-150 when I was looking at the Tundra and it most definitely did not change my mind about Ford quality with all the interior squeals and rattles - I'd never accept that in a new vehicle.

@Alex
I don't know much about the mind, but I only know what is taught.

Political correctness is that bad at work you can be reprimanded or worse for just making a person feel belittled or "bad". Even if you had no intention of doing so.

@Alex
I don't know much about the mind, but I only know what is taught.

Political correctness is that bad at work you can be reprimanded or worse for just making a person feel belittled or "bad". Even if you had no intention of doing so.

@Big Al, not sure what went on with your computer there! Yeah I can't stand PC. Though if I unintentionally upset someone, I will gladly apologize. It's the fake outrage and demagoguing I cannot stand.

Wow so much hate for the imports, I drove domestics exclusively until i bought 2 new vehicles in 1995. Both were total trash and lost transmissions before 100k and the insulation fell off the wiring harnesses under the hood in the ford. I have been driving Nissan's ever since and have never had a major problem. I also would buy a toyota, but never again a domestic. I'll not support company's that screw the customers and expect you to smile and give them another chance.

@Alex - your Psych degree should tell you that slang is subjective but that is also related to culture, history, and intent. Your Psych degree should also tell you how damaging it can be to hang a label on someone or something.
I don't know any "Aussies", or "Brits", Yanks", "Kiwis", or "Canucks" that would be offended by those nicknames/slang. It does depend on context but in relation to American history, there has never been a positive or neutral connotation to the word "Jap". It is great for training soldiers to kill another human being. Dehumanize the enemy.
I could say something about the f--kin' Yank POS Grand Caravan I owned, and in that context, it would have negative connotations towards my American Neighbours by throwing in the term "Yank". It sets up an "us versus them", "my tribe" versus "their tribe" mindset. By dehumanizing the "builder" you degrade the product. The misconception is perpetuated that foreign is bad and USA is good even though the Tundra was designed, engineered and built in America for Americans.
If the Tundra is a poor product, why can't you point that out without slagging the country of head office?
I've never called any of my friends of Japanese ancestry a "Jap". Just like I do not say I own a Yankee pickup and a Jap minivan.

In the context of "Jap", it is used in a derogatory way insinuating inferiority or some sort of negativity towards the Japanese or their brands.

BTW, I'm far from being the most politically correct person on the planet. Education should be able to make people more empathetic towards others, not more pathetic!

It isn't really hard to describe a person as they wish. From what I've been reading in the above postings the term Jap was used to make it sound like less quality.

@Lou, I wasn't suggesting a Japanese person couldn't be offended by the term, I just hear more white Anglo-saxons taking offense by the term than I have heard Japanese. Please notice how you lectured me about labeling people then you indirectly called me "pathetic." Is that what you meant by "empathetic?" My psych degree did teach me that people have tougher expectations on others than they do of themselves, which means everyone's just a hypocrite. :) Also, I did not "slag the country of head office." I have nothing against Japan, I want to go to the place. Why can't you people (like Oxi) take criticism of a car without labeling the critics as "racist?"

One thing Toyota needs to do is make a better designed web page for the Tundra...After seeing this, I went to it, and selected "build your own"...Sorry, it will not let you! I wanted to configure a Long Bed, extended cab, to no avail. At the bottom of the page I see this disclaimer:

Note: This vehicle configurator is designed to identify vehicles commonly available in your area. If you would prefer to purchase a vehicle without any or with different options, please contact your local dealer to check for current availability or the possibility of placing a special order

That's not "Building your own" Toyota! Ford, GM, Dodge and even Nissan let the potential buyer actually "Build" ones truck, on the web page, only Toyota treats the customer like an idiot, and unable to know what they're doing...sad..Toyota, fix this, you might get some more customers.

@Alex - criticism of a product on its own is fine, but throwing in terms such as "Jap" is not.

If one is not empathetic, and labels someone else or something else with what is commonly seen as a racial slur, that is a pathetic act. I usually like your posts even if I don't entirely agree with everything but defending such commentary is something that offends me and obviously many others.

Hypocricy is an interesting term and all of us are guilty of judging. Human nature being human nature. More conservative types are more likely to react to Toyota news by labeling them bad due to a sense of patriotism, pride, nationalism, the familiar versus unfamiliar etc. You know more than me in that regard with your Psyc degree.
All we can do is struggle to be more than what we are genetically predisposed to do, and/or have been conditioned to be.

AJ, I also hear they won't let you order one at the dealer either. Just wow!

Can you really special order a new Tundra? Nope...
http://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/2007/12/21/special-ordering-a-new-tundra-the-skinny/

Another source....
We apologize; we are not equipped to take special orders for specific vehicles.
http://www.yarisworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2222

i like how we continue to support a company that continues to ship jobs and work over seas... who's the bright ones?

@uh huh - sounds like you are talking about Ford, GMC, and Chrysler.

this award is dumb ovisly, the interior in the toyota sucks, and these trucks are for sissys.

I own a 2007 Tundra and a 2012 Honda Civic. I often rent cars for work purposes. I do not do a lot of "heavy lifting" with my Tundra. I tow a 2500lb boat and bring fairly light loads back and forth to my cabin. My Tundra has about 125,000 km on it (80,000 miles). From the vehicles I have driven, I have observed the following. If you are going to buy a new vehcile every few years and use it for less than 60,00km or so, it's bascially fine to get anything. From my observation, when you start to get in the 100,000 km plus range, this is where the supereior quality of Toyta and Honda become most evident. I feel that my previous Toyota Corolla aged slightly better than my Civic, however my Civic is a nicer driving car. I've recently driven a Ford Focus with approximately 35,000 km on it and I was quite impressed with it. I thought it seemed to be very well built and I tyhink it will likely age fairly well. I drove a 2012 Chevy Impala and Malibu, both with less than 20,000 km and I thought they were both starting to fall apart. A couple of my friends have newer 5.4L F-150's with between 30,000 and 70,000 km's. Neither of these have been used as hard as I have used my Tundra. I feel my Tundra feels closer to new than theirs does (not as many squeaks and rattles, doors still close better, my engine feels more refined and seems to have alot more power). I've also driven a Kia Optima, thought it was a pretty good car but I still believe that it does not have the same feel of quality as the Toyota Camry. I have also driven some Dodge Rams with around 75,000 km. Both of them had the Hemi's. I felt that they were no where near the quality of my Tundra. I drove a Silverado with less than 10,00 kms. I wouldn't buy one. All being said, it always comes down to cost. I typlically keep my vehicles for apporximately 10 years. For buyers like me, I think the premium that Toyota charges is worth the sustained qulaity that they provide. When I go to replace my Tundra, I will consider a Ford as well, but it will have to be significantly cheaper for me to buy it. Essentially all of them can do what I am going to put them through. But From my experience, when I am getting ready to replace my Toyota and Honda, it will be because I want to, not because I have to.

The difference between placing 25th and 1st is minor today unlike 20 years ago

Gm 8 million + in recalls and it advanced in the standings lol
I guess they greased the skids



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