NEW YORK (AP) _ A list of 1994 cars tested by Consumer Reports magazine and rated for overall quality. The list is based on tests of 1994 vehicles bought anonymously from dealers and tested thousands of miles. It is distinct from separate ratings by Consumer Reports based on the past performance of the same models in previous years.

The list includes the top three rated 1994 vehicles in each category, each of which is rated very good or excellent. Also listed are vehicles in each category rated fair or poor. Models listed on the same line are ''siblings,'' cars that are essentially the same, but are sold under different nameplates. Small Cars

Geo Prism, very good

Saturn, very good

Honda Civic, very good

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Hyundai Elantra, fair Compact cars under $20,000

Mazda 626, very good

Mitsubishi Galant, very good

Nissan Altima, very good

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Chevrolet Cavalier-Pontiac Sunbird, poor Compact cars over $20,000

BMW 3-series, excellent

Infiniti G20, very good

Audi 90, very good

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None rated fair or poor Mid-sized cars under $25,000

Toyota Camry, excellent

Honda Accord, very good

Ford Taurus-Mercury Sable, very good

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Olds Cutlass Supreme, fair Mid-sized cars over $25,000

Lexus ES300, excellent

Volvo 850, excellent

Volvo 960, excellent

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None rated fair or poor Large cars under $25,000

Chrysler Concorde-Dodge Intrepid-Eagle Vision, excellent

Pontiac Bonneville, very good

Ford Crown Victoria-Mercury Grand Marquis, very good

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None rated fair or poor Large cars over $25,000

Chrysler LHS-New Yorker, excellent

Buick Roadmaster, good-very good

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Only two cars tested in category Luxury cars

Lexus LS400, excellent

Infiniti, Q45, very good-excellent

Lexus SC400-300, very good

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None rated fair or poor Sporty cars under $25,000

Ford Probe, very good

Chevrolet Camaro, very good

Pontiac Firebird, very good

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Toyota Paseo, fair

Honda Civic Del Sol, fair

Mercury Capri, poor Sporty cars over $25,000

Chevrolet Corvette, excellent

Nissan 300 ZX, excellent

Mazda RX7, excellent

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None rated fair or poor Minivans

Mercury Villager-Nissan Quest, excellent

Toyota Previa, very good

Dodge Caravan, very good

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Mazda MPV, poor

Volkswagen EuroVan, poor

Chevrolet Astro-GMC Safari, poor Sport-Utility Vehicles

Jeep Grand Cherokee, excellent

Ford Explorer-Mazda Navajo, excellent

Isuzu Trooper, very good

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Oldsmobile Bravada, fair.