Video: Consumer Reports names top cars for 2010

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    >>> their vehicles.

    >>> meantime, just out from " consumer reports ," their annual review of the top automobiles and the 2010 toyota prius is on this list. david champion is senior director of consumer reports auto test division. david , let's start, the 2010 best value . what did you guys find?

    >> in terms of best value , it was both the honda fit and the toyota prius . which both offer the most bank for the buck in many ways. they're both very good vehicles, good reliability. their cost of vehicle ownership is relatively low. at the end of the day you're going to get the most for the money out of those two vehicles.

    >> we put it up there. the wagon mini van you guys found the best, the hon day elantra, how come?

    >> very quiet, very comfortable, very relaxing car. you get standard stability control , a wonderful safety feature.

    >> tel

    >> tell us about the 2010 worst values.

    >> when you

    >> when you look at the worst values, it tends to be sort of suvs and other sort of off-road vehicles that really don't have the reliability. they're expensive to repair. the insurance costs are relatively high. most importantly when you look at the value, half the value lose in the vehicle is due to depreciation. so the so these vehicles depreciate much faster than other models do.

    >> the best call over all, the lexus ls460l. why was this one out in front?

    >> the lexus ls460 is just a wonderful car. so comfortable. quiet. the interior controls, it has many safety db many electronic features on it. but they're easy to use. some sort of luxury cars have these multifunction units that make it very difficult to go from one thing to the other. the lexus is very easy, very intuitive to drive. and it actually gets 21 miles per gallon which is excellent for a big car like that.

    >> all right, david champion who's senior director of consumer reports ' auto test division. than thank you very much. good to see you.

    >> thank you.

updated 2/23/2010 5:40:51 PM ET 2010-02-23T22:40:51

Consumer Reports has named Honda and Subaru best all-around vehicle makers in its annual auto issue, marking the fourth consecutive year Honda won top marks from the influential magazine.

The ratings are based on the magazine's average road test scores and predicted reliability scores.

Chrysler fared the worst in the pack, though Consumer Reports recommended one of its vehicles, the Ram pickup. It did not recommend any Chrysler vehicles last year.

Honda and Subaru, both Japanese car makers, tied for first with an overall score of 77 out of 100 points in Consumer Reports' ranking.

They were followed by Toyota and Hyundai. Nissan and Volkswagen tied for fourth with a score of 72.

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