Used Car Comparison: Total Car Score Launches Expanded Car Ratings for Both New & All Used Autos Back to Model Year 2000

New comprehensive auto data covers cars and trucks from model years 2000-2014, making it a powerful research tool to identify the best used and new cars.

Apr 17, 2012, 07:55 ET from Total Car Score

LOS ANGELES, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Total Car Score ( today unveiled a greatly expanded offering of auto data that scores all cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers dating back to the year 2000. provides a new industry-wide standard for ranking every car, truck, van and crossover on the market. Now featuring data for 2000-2014 models, consumers, car shoppers and auto enthusiasts will be able to see how a particular automaker or model has fared over time in terms of overall quality and desirability.

Total Car Score provides a comprehensive vehicle rating system that lets anyone quickly and easily research and compare models from all automotive segments. The "Total Car Score" assigned to each and every vehicle is an overall evaluation combining quantitative car reviews from top automotive authorities with fuel efficiency and safety ratings.

"We understand that car buyers and dealers alike are interested in getting the most comprehensive and in-depth information they can on every car, whether it is 10 years old or hot off the assembly line. That is why Total Car Score now covers all vehicles back to 2000," said Karl Brauer, editor-in-chief of Total Car Score. "Visitors to the site will be able to look up any model from the previous decade."

Best Used Car Years to Buy; Best New Car Ratings

Examples of Long-Term Auto Scores

Total Car Score now offers a rich trove of information on every vehicle sold in the U.S. market. Some of the findings from the last 14 years of auto data include:

  • Overall, the Chevrolet brand has consistently increased its vehicle scores over the past 12 years. In 2000, the average score for a Chevy vehicle was 59.6. By 2012, the average Chevy achieved a Total Car Score of 74.21.
  • The Audi A6 has improved its Total Car Score over the past 12 years. The 2000 Audi A6 received a 72.33 Total Car Score, while the 2012 model received an 83.22 Total Car Score.
  • Some models like the Honda Accord have yo-yoed in their scores over the past 12 years. The 2010 Honda Accord, at 86.32, had the highest Total Car Score in the model's recent history.

"One of the things car shoppers will find while using Total Car Score is that the newest model isn't always the highest rated," said Brauer. "Buyers who are loyal to a particular vehicle nameplate will want to explore different model years to see which one scores best. This makes the site's vast amount of automotive ratings data extremely valuable for new- and used-car shoppers."

About Total Car Score is an automotive research and comparison website that establishes a new industry-wide standard for ranking every car, truck, van and crossover on the market. evaluates and ranks cars according to an aggregate score based on the most trusted automotive authorities available. The site also features original content, reviews and insights from a veteran automotive journalism and data team. For more information, please go to

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