Japanese automakers stay atop consumer reports rankings

Consumer Reports say that Japanese luxury brands have the best lineups of cars and light trucks in the auto industry.

According to the overall reliability and road-test performance test conducted and reported by Consumer Reports magazine, Japanese automakers captured seven of the top 10 ranked brands rated for the test.

Consumer Report’s top-rated brand was Lexus. The Toyota Motor Corporation’s luxury brand received a score of 79 out of 100, the same as last year.

Among the top 10 brands, Lexus was followed by Acura, Audi, Subaru, Toyota, Mazda, Honda, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz and BMW and Volvo (tied for 10th place).

Others ranked below the top 10 are Buick, GMC, Chrysler, Kia, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Nissan, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Dodge, and coming in last were Ford and Jeep, which both scored 50 per cent.

The biggest gainer in the rankings, Audi, surged from eighth place in 2013 to third place this year. Overall brand scores are a composite of the average road-test score for each model tested by the magazine.

The Director of Auto Testing for Consumer Reports, Jake Fisher, said, “Audi has been making very impressive vehicles, but what is really impressive about them is that they are reliable.”

The magazine, which tests cars in Connecticut and has 8 million magazine subscribers, released the results of its 2014 report card at an event on Wednesday in Washington.

Consumer Reports said Ford’s struggles were due to lingering complaints about the MyFord Touch infotainment system, and Jeep’s were attributed to a “crude and outdated” lineup. Though the Jeep Grand Cherokee did well on the track, the magazine dinged its weak reliability scores and said the new Cherokee “isn’t that competitive,” according to www.autonews.com.

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Japanese automakers stay atop consumer reports rankings
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