GM’s Buick (yes, Buick) cracks the top 10 on Consumer Reports’ top autos list

February 24, 2015, 7:15 PM UTC
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Toyota’s Lexus brand finished on top of the Consumer Reports annual “brand report card” for the third straight year, the influential U.S. magazine said on Tuesday.

Japanese brands took four of the top five places. Mazda was second and the best finisher among non-luxury brands. Toyota (TM) came in third, followed by Volkswagen’s Audi from Germany and Fuji Heavy Industries’ Subaru from Japan.

Perhaps most surprising of all: For the first time, a U.S. brand made the top 10. GM’s (GM) Buick came in seventh, just behind VW’s Porsche.

“Today, many domestic models can go toe-to-toe with the best imports,” said Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports.

The top brands list appears in the magazine’s annual April auto issue and measures road-test and reliability scores for 28 automotive brands.

For the second year in a row, Tesla’s (TSLA) Model S was named the best model overall.

The Audi A6 was named the best luxury car for the third straight year.

The Subaru Forester was named the top small SUV, and the Toyota Highlander the top mid-sized SUV.

The Chevrolet Impala from GM was named best large sedan.

Consumer Reports subscribers rated 1.1 million vehicles in the annual auto survey. The results come from those ratings, along with U.S. government and insurance industry safety tests and road tests by the magazine’s staff.
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No pickup truck was named as best. Last year’s winner, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Ram 1500, was not reliable enough, Consumer Reports said, and the best-selling model in the United States, Ford’s (F) F-150, is too new to have a testing record. Consumer Reports also judged the GM Chevrolet Silverado as unreliable and the Chevrolet Colorado as too new for testing results.

Of all the brands in the survey, Buick had the greatest percentage of its models “recommended” for purchase, at 83%. No other U.S. brand had even half of its models recommended.

Lexus got “recommended” ratings for 78% of its models tested, compared with Mazda, 67%; Toyota, 68%; Audi, 56%; and Subaru, 80%.
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