Ever wonder which automakers make the best vehicles?
Consumer Reports is out to answer that question each year, searching for the automakers that produce reliable, high-performing models. The brand rankings are based on the publication’s vehicle testing, along with owner feedback on over 640,000 cars to determine the predicted reliability and owner satisfaction ratings.
Each Overall Score is a composite of the road test score and the predicted reliability and owner satisfaction ratings from Consumer Reports‘ Annual Auto Survey.
To keep things fair, brands are ranked based on the average overall score for all of their current test models. That means automakers with fewer models must really excel in order to perform well.
Top 10 Best Automakers of 2018: Consumer Reports
This year, Toyota had an overall score of 72 across 20 tested models. The Japanese automaker’s road test score was 67. It ranked high for predicted reliability, but owner satisfaction could be better.
In ninth place this year is Honda, with an overall score of 73 and a road test score of 78. A total of eight models were tested from the brand. Predicted reliability was average, while owner satisfaction was above average.
The only American automaker on the list is Tesla, with two models tested. It received an overall score of 74, while its road test score came in at 88. Owner satisfaction is highest, while predicted reliability is average.
Seven models were tested from the Subaru brand, earning a road test score of 83 and an overall score of 76. Both owner satisfaction and predicted reliability were above average.
With both above average predicted reliability and owner satisfaction (although not the highest rank), Kia comes in sixth place. The Korean automaker had eight models tested, earning an overall score of 76 and a road test score of 78.
Porsche has the highest owner satisfaction, but average predicted reliability. Ranking fifth overall, the German automaker had four models tested, contributing to an overall score of 77 and a road test score of 88.
Toyota’s luxury arm continues to perform well in the annual rankings, finishing in fourth place this year. Six models were tested wearing a Lexus badge, helping earn the brand an overall score of 77 and a road test score of 73. Both owner satisfaction and predicted reliability were above average.
Like Lexus, BMW had above-average predicted reliability and owner satisfaction. But the German automaker earned an overall score of 79 across eight tested models. Its road test score was 88.
Audi finishes second place this year, ahead of rival BMW. But like BMW and Lexus, the German automaker had above-average predicted reliability and owner satisfaction. With eight models tested, Audi earned an overall score of 80 and a road test score of 86.
At the top of the list this year is Genesis, Hyundai‘s new luxury brand. Although it has average predicted reliability, it received highest marks for owner satisfaction. With two models tested, Genesis has an impressive overall score of 81 and a road test score of 89.