Consumer Reports has named Lexus its top-ranked brand for overall reliability and performance while the Prius was named again “Top Pick” in the Green Car category.
In the shopping guide’s rankings of the top automotive brands, Lexus’ overall score of 79 out of 100 was the best of the 23 brands based on the average road-test score, as well as each brand’s average predicted-reliability score. This scoring is calculated using problems reported by subscribers in Consumer Reports’ annual auto survey.
Consumer Reports said Lexus is the only brand to achieve an excellent overall reliability score, but Acura and Audi are on its heels.
The Toyota brand scored 72 and tied for fourth overall with Subaru.
The Prius was named the “Top Pick” in the Green Car category for the 11th straight year.
Overall, Japanese automakers dominated the list, taking seven of the top 10 spots. The lowest-scoring brands in the survey were Ford and Jeep, which tied for last place.
Interestingly, Consumer Reports observed in general luxury brands outperformed their mainstream stablemates. In other words, Lexus outscored Toyota, Acura was higher than Honda, Audi outpaced Volkswagen, and Infiniti fared far better than Nissan. The only exception was Cadillac, which scored the lowest of any of General Motors’ brands, based mainly on problems with the XTS’ CUE infotainment system.
The publication stated not having report cards this year for Fiat, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mini, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Ram, Scion, Smart, and Tesla because they had too few currently tested models from those makes or they lacked sufficient reliability data to make a valid comparison.