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How much credibility do those top 10 lists really have in the automotive industry?

Toyota prius2All of these lists are produced by objective sources and independent firms. It’s hard for me to be objective where these lists are concerned, since both Toyota and Volvo fared so well this year on all of these top ten lists. Below are the lists that I feel have merit, given the sources and statistics they are based upon.

Here are the lists which featured Toyota and Volvo models, which appear to be on every list out there.

Boston Globe Top Drives for 2014: Toyota Corolla LE Eco—The Globe gave it accolades because of its fuel economy and high horsepower and technology that gives it a superior engine. They said it had the feel of a “more spacious midsize car. A lot to like for” the price.

Also, making the same list—The Volvo S-60 R-Design for its sporty look, attracting younger customers looking for fun and performance, combined with Volvo’s safety record which they term as “the safety gene that’s dominant in the company’s DNA.”

Top Ten Best Selling Vehicles in 2013Toyota Camry is #3 overall for vehicles—but it is still the best-selling car in the U.S. for the 12th straight year with achieving the 10 millionth Camry sold in the U.S.! Toyota Corolla is #9 overall with 40 million sold since 1966. Corolla is also the #1 seller in the U.S. Hispanic market. The new Corolla has also been called “An Economy Car with Attitude.” We could fill a page will all of the accolades and awards bestowed on the Camry and Corolla.

Kelly Blue Book’s Top Resale Value List—It’s the third straight year that Toyota has topped the list as best brand. Toyota finished high enough in many of the individual categories to have the highest overall score.

This Top resale value list includes these Toyotas:
FJ Cruiser

Best Re-designs for 2014Toyota Corolla—accolades for the new design and being among the highest fuel-economy vehicles money can buy! The Boston Globe referred to the 2014 Toyota Corolla as “A New Look for an International Star.” The Corolla LE Eco as the newest model is referred to as “A Star is born.”

VolvoS602IIHS (The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) Top Safety Picks—based on statistics, it doesn’t get more objective than this…For 2014, 17 vehicles achieved the basic level in addition to 22 that earned the higher Plus designation for safety. The Toyota Highlander earned the Plus award for the first time, in addition to former winners: Toyota Prius, Volvo S60, and Volvo S80. The IIHS has consistently recognized Volvo for their innovative, advanced safety system. The Volvo S60 sedan and XC60 SUV earned the highest rating of Superior for frontal crash prevention systems.

U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Cars for the Money—Toyota was #1 in the following categories:

Midsize cars—Toyota Camry
Sports cars—Scion FR-S
Compact Pick-up Trucks—Toyota Tacoma

Kelly Blue Book Awards include:
12 Best Family Cars of 2014Toyota Sienna.Sienna2014
10 Most Affordable Cars of 2014Toyota Prius, Toyota Corolla, Scion xD, Toyota Yaris, Scion iQ.
The 40 mpg Cars of 2014—Toyota has the highest number with Avalon Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, Prius V, Prius c, Prius, Prius Plug-in and the RAV4 EV.

And the Top 10 list we’re so happy that we don’t see any Toyotas, Scions or Volvos—the top 10 list of vehicles with the worst resale value!

Like anything, these lists are guidelines when you’re narrowing down what you may want to buy. The best advice after doing your research online is to come in to Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scionand speak with a member of our sales team who will help you make an informed decision based on your needs and budget.

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