2010 Lexus LS 600h L
That honor goes to the 2010 Lexus LS 600h, which makes a fair amount of sense considering it is a “luxury sedan.” It should also come as no surprise that the highest rated vehicle on the list is the 2010 Toyota Prius. I personally like my car with luxury options, but the question as to whether they are “forced” options on the average American consumer is a good one. The subject seems to be more complicated than just how many options might be on the car that someone didn’t specifically ask for. It also comes down to whether the packaging of these options actually make the overall price cheaper due to higher margins on some options as opposed to others.
The debate could go on and on, but the bottom line is that with recent consumer ratings showing the 2010 Ford Fusion ahead of the 2010 Toyota Prius, maybe the forced options aren’t a problem for the American consumer. I don’t see anyone complaining that all economy cars now come with Air Conditioning, Power Door Locks, Power Windows and a C/D player.
For the full scoop on the Union of Concerned Scientists report, check out John Voelcker’s coverage over at GreenCarReports.com.