Every year, U.S. News and World Report gives car shoppers some guidance, in the form of its Best Cars for the Money recommendations. The list spotlights a leader in each vehicle segment in terms of value, performance, safety, and professional opinion, recognizing the best of the best vehicles. 2013 shed some light on the truck industry with Toyota dominating both compact and full-size pickup segments for the Tundra and Tacoma, respectively.
Toyota has always had a rough go of it in the U.S. truck industry, as many American buyers tend to give their loyalty and wallets to domestic auto producers. Chevrolet and Ford consistently dominate the pickup market with their all-American products, but the Japanese auto giant will attempt to take more and more pieces of the pickup pie in 2013. The fact that the Toyota Tundra took the crown of Best Full-Size Pickup for the Money and the Toyota Tacoma won Best Compact Pickup for the Money just goes to show that Toyota continues to produce vehicles with high quality, dependability, and performance in mind.
U.S. News combines data from professional automotive critics, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, J.D. Power and Associates, as well as its own sets of data to determine which vehicles provide car shoppers with the best value. Toyota’s other brands, Lexus and Scion, also had representatives on top of their respective segments, continuing the theme of Toyota quality and value. The worldwide leader in auto sales in 2012, Toyota just continues its winning ways. Will it contribute to the dominance of a new American segment? We will just have to wait and see.