Consumer Reports’ latest list of top-ranked automotive brands and models contained some big surprises and reinforced some long-standing reputations. Notably, little battery-car start-up Tesla Motors had the top-ranked product overall in the form of its Model S sedan.
Toyota, a manufacturer long associated with high-quality products, managed to place two of its brands in the Top Ten, meanwhile. But Kia, a marque may traditionally associated with lowball pricing, also managed to place among the industry’s best, nudging aside BMW to take the ninth place spot in Consumer Reports’ annual automotive brands report card.
Who led the list and who lagged behind? Here’s a quick look at some of the key findings from the study, which looked at how individual models scored in both road and crash tests, while also looking at what the magazine’s readers reported in terms of real world reliability.
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Individual Models by Category:
Best Model Overall: Tesla Model S
Compact Car: Subaru Impreza
Midsize Car: Subaru Legacy
Large Car: Chevrolet Impala
Green Car: Toyota Prius
Luxury Car: Audi A6.
Sport Sedan: Buick Regal
Small SUV: Subaru Forester
Midsize SUV: Toyota Highlander
Minivan: Honda Odyssey
Top 10 Brands:
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