Consumer Reports 2017 Top Car Brands

Consumer Reports 2017 Top Car Brands

Every year our
brand report cards show which model lines
and manufacturers make the best and worst vehicles. We look at each tested car
score in our road tests, predicted reliability, owner
satisfaction, and safety. That overall score is
added up at the brand level to give its ranking. So which brand came
out on top this year? In our 2017 brand
report card, Audi takes the number one
position, followed by Porsche. Audi did very well in
our reliability surveys, coupled with the fact
that 86% of the company’s tested products have
earned Consumer Reports recommendation, shows that Audi
is doing many things right. And Porsche, once known
just for sports cars now builds a
product line that is ultra-competitive
in our testing, so much so that every
current Porsche we’ve tested is recommended. This year, BMW jumped two
spots in our rankings, now third overall. 100% of its tested
models are recommended. That’s impressive. Another top scoring
car maker is Lexus, which includes an impressive
line of good performing and reliable cars and SUVs. And rounding out the
top five in this list is Subaru, with a
lone non-luxury car brand, so you don’t
have to break the bank to get a reliable and
impressive performing vehicle. And another affordable brand
that does well in our testing, is reliable, and has high owner
satisfaction scores is Mazda. This company is seventh ranked
on our list, with high scores across the board and has 100%
of its models recommended. Toyota, with a large and
diverse product line, also finished strong with
above average brand reliability and 78% of tested
models recommended. Another popular but
troubled brand, Volkswagen, tumbled eight spots due
to its below average brand reliability. Just 25% of its tested
models are recommended. GM’s crown jewel, Cadillac,
joined Acura and Infiniti this year as the most upwardly
mobile brands, each rising six places compared to
last year’s ranking. The highest ranked
domestic brand is now Tesla, which displaced Buick
as the top US automaker. The rest of Detroit’s
major players landed further down the
list, with Lincoln edging out Chevrolet, and Ford
scoring above Chrysler. On the flip side, though
stubbornly stuck at the bottom again this year, are Fiat, Jeep,
Mitsubishi, and Land Rover. Since returning
to the US market, Fiat’s reliability
has been dismal and its models consistently
produce mediocre scores in our testing. In fact, Consumer Reports
doesn’t recommend any products from these
bottom-ranking brands. For more on cars, check

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. What when was BMW ever been reliable my parents have owned a 1999 BMW 540i that's completely broke down it was taken to the junk yard then the 2012 BMW X5 bought it brand new the transmission had some problems and engine so then they got a 2014 x5 the day they bought it the truck would not work couple of months later the steering wheel has to be replaced and then the camera and a whole bunch of stuff the only good one they had was 2013 528i

  2. i own 3 generation of mercedes e class….from 1995 to 2013 i guess its one of the best cars one can buy….not even my audi or bmw is as good as mercs

  3. Talk all you want about audi I've never seen anything less reliable and lower quality than dodge, I know someone who was had a dodge calibre for about a year, the rubber on the doors is coming off, the belt is squeaky, the tires it came with are probably punctured because they get flat really fast, the stereo controls are broken so you can't control anything without getting frustrated, the battery died out of the blue not too long after we got it, the a.c. doesn't work well etc, also my father has a durango, it's had a blown head gasket, leaking oil, and just recently the gear box starting rubbing together on something so that needs to be fixed. While I've never seen any other car have many problems like that, except a $2000 Kia

  4. Ummmm go spend some time in a repair shop, ask a mechanic about Audi and BMW…Acura also has bad suspension systems and computer problems almost as bad as Cadillac….and I freggin love the Fiat Spyder 124 convertible sports car. Also it is easy to work on. This list doesn't seem very accurate…

  5. tesla, audi , bmw, ,and mazda? Reliable?!? lol this is almost funny to watch.. seriously just buy a toyota. i have a 95 corolla with 230000 miles and it runs like a clock. tesla has horrible build quality and good luck trying to get it fixed out of warranty…

  6. I am a mechanic and I can easily say that Audi's are not unreliable. I personally own one with 282,800 miles on it. They are high maintenance, not unreliable. They require attention, but that's what you get when you want an amazing car. I regularly check mine and it has never left me stranded or has had unexpected issues.

    As far as BMW, they are fun but they don't come close to Audi with traction and comfort. I don't see why you'd choose a BMW over an Audi or a Lexus.

    If you want a nice car and you don't want to do the work yourself, buy a Lexus. They are very nice, not as nice as Audi, but they will require much less maintenance. They are both equally reliable in the end, one just has less preventative maintenance required.

    Keywords here, high maintenance does NOT mean unreliable. Fucking check it when you need to. An Audi will not accept a 20k mile oil change, it needs them more frequently. If you want to abuse a car, don't buy an Audi. If you want to take care of a car and have it pay you back, go ahead and buy one. You should probably buy a Lexus.

  7. Idiots hating in German cars….
    If German cars wouldn't be good they wouldn't be so popular.
    There's nothing in this for me but why don't you do something with your life instead of hating.
    While you are talking shit hundreds of German cars are being sold so You either talk shit louder or just give up and stfu.

  8. It's all bullshit. You really think volkswagens are the least reliable, while Audi and Porsche are top.. they are owned by the same parent company. None of their math checks out. Especially the part on predicted reliability. Bull shit. Cars are 3 times more reliable as the were in early 2000's. You cant accurately predict reliability when things are improving as quickly as they are.

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