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Best and Worst Cars By Brand

Consumer Reports recently released their Annual Auto Issue where they ranked over 270 vehicles in terms of reliability and performance.

They had a lot of facts and figures, but until now, they hadn't offered a simple guide to the best and worst models by brand.

The list below shows the models that are ranked best and worst from each manufacturer. To qualify, each brand had to have at least 3 different models tested.

BrandBestWorst
AcuraMDXRL
AudiA6 3.0 Premium Plus QuattroQ7 Premium Plus (V6)
BMW135i325xi (wagon)
BuickRegal CXL (turbo)LaCrosse Touring (V6)
CadillacCTS Premium (3.6)Escalade (base)
ChevroletCorvette Z06Colorado (5-cyl.)
Chrysler300 C200 Limited (V6)
DodgeGrand Caravan R/TAvenger SXT (4-cyl.)
FordFlex Limited (EcoBoost)Fiesta SE (sedan)
GMCAcadia SLT2Canyon (5-cyl.)
HondaAccord EX-L (V6)Insight EX
HyundaiGenesis 3.8Accent GLS (sedan)
InfinitiG37 Journey (sedan)QX 56
JaguarXJLXF (base)
JeepGrand Cherokee Laredo (V6)Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
KiaOptima SX (2.0T)Soul Plus
Land RoverLR4LR2 SE
LexusLS 460LGX 460
LincolnMKZMKX (3.7)
MazdaMX-5 Miata Grand TouringMazda2 Touring
Mercedes-BenzE350 BlueTecGLK350
MiniCooper (base, hatchback)Cooper Clubman
MitsubishiLancer Evolution GSRGalant ES (4-cyl.)
NissanAltima 3.5 SR (V6)Versa SV (sedan)
ScionxBxD
SubaruImpreza WRX STiTribeca Limited
SuzukiKizashi SEGrand Vitara Premium (4-cyl.)
ToyotaCamry Hybrid XLEFJ Cruiser
VolkswagenGolf TDI (manual)Jetta SE (2.5)
VolvoS60 T5C70 T5





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