I think it's word of mouth. When everyone thinks of the most reliable cars, they think Honda and Toyota. Everyone has always thought these cars were so bulletproof. I know ppl whose Corollas died at 60k miles, and whose Accords and Odysseys have blown trans after trans. All carmakers have their problems, Honda/Toyota just do a better job of pushing it under the carpet. In addition, ppl just assume the Toyota/Honda that breaks early was abused, not that it had any problems.
It's all in perception.
I'm pretty sure I'm not dropping automotive LSD. The Camry really is the ultimate people-mover. I think it's the perfect car for those who do not enjoy driving, and I really can't understand why you hate it so. The Camry is a great car, especially if you get passed the styling. So is the Accord. It's way softer than I'd like, but so what? My wife would much prefer a soft, numb ride than road feel and sporty handling. I understand this. And ultimate grip (and therefore safety) isn't so different among any family sedan given similar tires.People are ignorant sheep, particularly the average American car buyer. They will let Toyota perennially overcharge and underdeliver and they are dropping automotive LSD and tripping on the hallucination that their cars have a significantly superior level of quality that does not exist.
The other car companies need to do more to educate the public.
you're funny. toyota is the second largest automaker in the WORLD.The average American is a sheep. They believe blurbs and sound bites without critical questioning of so-called unbiased sources. The advertising is completely irrelevant to the hallucination. Toyota has deluded pushers left and right they don't even have to pay for. Unfortunately, like Sigma said, people won't even give other automakers a fair chance to earn their business... downright negligent behavior considering it's the second largest purchase most people make. You should be examining everything (I even drove a Malibu MAXX before buying my Mazda6).
Like the old Mazda tagline said, "the more you look the more you like."
It's not like you've got to be #1 in every market in the world to be #1 overall.you're funny. toyota is the second largest automaker in the WORLD.
according to your theory, the entire world must be sheep, tripping on lsd.[/b]
Um, to my knowledge, James has only owned one Ford. That's, *gasp*, the same exact number of Toyotas that he's owned.sure, i understand, you've always had fords (i say this, knowing you come from ceg.org), why don't YOU venture out and test drive a toyota? your perception and outlook on life may change. you never know.