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Best and Worst Cars by Brand in 2015

I’ve always said, “it doesn’t matter what brand name is on a car, vehicles are machines and they all have the possibility of breaking down.”

It would be great if we knew who makes the best car. The truth is, every brand offers several different types of vehicles and some of these vehicles are just more reliable than others.

So which of these vehicles exceed expectaions? Consumer Reports has analyzed their test results and put together a list that provides you with the information on the best and worst models by brand name.

The list includes brands that have had at least three models tested. The brands excluded from the list at this time are Tesla, Smart, Ram, and Maserati. The test score varies from brand to brand. Some brands, the spread between best and worst is very minor. Others have a rather wide range between them, so this makes comparing them very misleading.

For example, the Cadillac lineup is pretty constant, with just a 15 point spread. However, with its wide range of products, Chevrolet has a 50 point spread between the Corvette and the Spark. Some other interesting point spreads include the Lexus with 31 points, Toyota with 40 points, and Mitsubishi with 43 points.

Best and Worst Cars By Brand

Make Best Worst
Acura MDX RLX Tech
Audi A8 L* A5 Premium Plus 2.0*
BMW M235i Z4 sDrive28i
Buick Regal Premium I Encore Leather
Cadillac XTS Premium SRX Luxury
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 3LT Spark 1LT
Chrysler 300 Limited V6 200 Limited 4 Cyl.
Dodge Durango Limited V6 Challenger R/T V8
Fiat 500 Arbath 500L Easy
Ford Fusion SE Expedition EL Limited
GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3L V8 Yukon SLT
Honda Accord LX 4 Cyl. CR-Z EX MT
Hyundai Genesis 3.8 AWD Genesis Coupe Grand Touring V6
Infiniti Q70 M37, V6 Q60 Base
Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited V6 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
Kia Cadenza Rio EX Hatchback
Land Rover Range Rover HSE 3.0L Range Rover Evoque Pure*
Lexus LS 460L IS250 AWD
Lincoln MKZ 2.0 EcoBoost MKS Base, 3.7
Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring Mazda3 i Touring 2.0L
Mercedes-Benz S550 AWD CLA250
Mini Cooper S Cooper base
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR Mirage ES
Nissan 370Z Touring Coupe Versa SV sedan
Porsche 911 Carrera S Cayenne V6
Scion FR-S tC
Subaru Legacy 2.5 Premium XV Crosstrek Hybrid
Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE Yaris LE
Volkswagen Passat SE Premium 1.8T / Golf 1.8T Jetta SE 1.8T
Volvo S60 T5 2.0T XC60 T6

*Powertrain has changed since last test.

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