Luxury cars plus Mazda, Subaru top brands

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If you are wondering who makes the “best” cars, you’ll be interested in the latest data from Consumer Reports 2016 Annual Brand Report Card.

The nonprofit group assessed 30 car brands, analyzing them for their predicted reliability as well as in road tests to determine which brands produce the top cars for sale in the U.S.

List top heavy with luxury brands

The top 10 brands based on the group’s calculations were:

  1. Audi
  2. Subaru
  3. Lexus
  4. Porsche
  5. BMW
  6. Mazda
  7. Buick
  8. Toyota
  9. Kia
  10. Honda

This is the 9th consecutive year that Consumer Reports has published this report. However, changes to the scoring methodology this year do not allow comparing the 2016 report to the scoring for the report cards for previous years.

30 brands analyzed

In total, 30 brands were analyzed for this year’s report. It did not create brand report cards for Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Maserati, Ram, Smart or Tesla, since the organization had fewer than 2 currently tested models for those brands.

The full report cards on all 30 brands tested is available in Consumer Reports Annual Auto Issue on newsstands now and online at the nonprofit’s website.

If you are car shopping and planning on keeping your car for a long time, find out about the car’s reliability before you buy. Read Can you research car reliability for free?

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.