Friday, February 21, 2020

Porsche and Hyundai's Genesis Make the Best Vehicles


A week after J.D. Power released its vehicle dependability study, Consumer Reports did the same. This ranking is unique in that Consumer Reports accepts no advertising, pays for all the products it tests, and as a nonprofit organization, has no shareholders. These factors give weight to the products and services it recommends.

Consumer Report’s “brand report card” is based on an average of the overall score for each model they tested. A brand must have at least two models tested to be included. Their Overall Score is based on four key factors: road test, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety.

The results closely mirror J.D. Power’s with Porsche and Hyundai’s Genesis division once again taking the top two spots. The top ranked brand last year, Subaru, fell to third mainly due to its below-average predicted reliability of the WRX. Mazda climbed two spots to fourth with all six models tested getting Consumer Report’s Recommended stamp. Lexus rounds up the Top 5 spots.

2020 Consumer Reports Brand Ranking (Overall Score):
  1. Porsche (86)
  2. Genesis (84)
  3. Subaru (81)
  4. Mazda (79)
  5. Lexus (77)
  6. Audi (77)
  7. Hyundai (75)
  8. BMW (75)
  9. Kia (74)
  10. Mini (74)
  11. Tesla (73)
  12. Toyota (73)
  13. Lincoln (73)
  14. Infiniti (73)
  15. Honda (72)
  16. Volkswagen (70)
  17. Nissan (70)
  18. Chrysler (69)
  19. Buick (69)
  20. Mercedes-Benz (69)
  21. Dodge (68)
  22. Volvo (67)
  23. Ford (66)
  24. Acura (66)
  25. Chevrolet (61)
  26. GMC (59)
  27. Alfa Romeo (59)
  28. Jaguar (57)
  29. Cadillac (57)
  30. Land Rover (50)
  31. Jeep (49)
  32. Mitsubishi (46)
  33. Fiat (43)
In addition to the brand rankings, Consumer Reports also revealed their Top Picks. Selecting only from their list of Recommended Models, these Top Picks must come standard with forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection. This is the first year they’ve required standard pedestrian detection to be eligible.

Here are Consumer Report’s Recommended Cars
  • Under USD 25,000 Small Car: Toyota Corolla
  • USD 25,000 to 35,000 Small SUV: Subaru Forester
  • USD 25,000 to 35,000 Hybrid: Toyota Prius
  • USD 25,000 to 35,000 Midsized Sedan: Subaru Legacy
  • USD 35,000 to 45,000 Large Sedan: Toyota Avalon
  • USD 35,000 to 45,000 Midsized, Three-Row SUV: Kia Telluride
  • USD 35,000 to 45,000 Compact Pickup: Honda Ridgeline
  • USD 45,000 to 55,000 Midsized SUV: Lexus RX
  • USD 45,000 to 55,000 Sportscar: Toyota GR Supra
  • USD 45,000 to 55,000 Electric Car: Tesla Model 3

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