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Best & Worst Ranked Cars by Brand

How consumers perceive a brand name can sometimes make or break a company. However, that's not to say brands with the highest consumer loytalty and confidence don't offer duds every-so-often.

Because of this, Consumer Reports recently revealed what they consider the best and worst car models by brand based on their overall test scores.

For example, Consumer Reports considers the Camry Hybrid XLE to be Toyota's best model, while the FJ Cruiser is their weakest. Honda's Accord EX-L V6 and LX 4-cyclinder get high marks, while the Insight EX is the weak link. And the top model for Ford is their Fusion SE Hybrid, and the worst is the Fiesta SE sedan.

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BrandBestWorst
AcuraMDXILX (2.0L)
AudiA6 3.0 Premium Plus QuattroA5 Premium Plus (2.0T)*
BMW135iX5 35i Premium
BuickRegal CXL (turbo)Verano Leather (2.4)
CadillacCTS Premium (3.6)Escalade (base)
ChevroletCorvette Z06Spark 1LT
Chrysler300 Limited (V6)200 Limited (V6)
DodgeCharger SXT Plus (V6)Avenger SXT (4-cyl.)
FordFusion SE HybridFiesta SE (sedan)
GMCAcadia SLT2Yukon Hybrid
HondaAccord EX-L(V6)/LX (4-cyl.)Insight EX
HyundaiGenesis 3.8Accent GLS (sedan)
InfinitiG37 Journey (sedan)QX 56
JeepGrand Cherokee Laredo (V6)Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
KiaOptima SX (2.0T)Rio EX
LexusLS 460LGX 460
LincolnNavigator UltimateMKS (base, 3.7)
MazdaMX-5 Miata Grand Touring2 Touring
Mercedes-BenzE350 BlueTecML350
MiniCooper (base, hatchback)Cooper Clubman
MitsubishiLancer Evolution GSRGalant ES (4-cyl.)
Nissan370Z Coupe TouringVersa SV (sedan)
PorscheBoxster 2.7Cayenne (base V6)
ScionFR-SiQ
SubaruImpreza WRX STiTribeca Limited
ToyotaCamry Hybrid XLEFJ Cruiser
VolkswagenGolf TDI (manual)Beetle 2.5L/Jetta SE (2.5)
VolvoS60 T5XC90 3.2





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