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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

MakeBestWorst
AcuraMDXRLX Tech
AudiA8 L*A5 Premium Plus 2.0*
BMWM235iZ4 sDrive28i
BuickRegal Premium IEncore Leather
CadillacXTS PremiumSRX Luxury
ChevroletCorvette Stingray 3LTSpark 1LT
Chrysler300 Limited V6200 Limited 4 Cyl.
DodgeDurango Limited V6Challenger R/T V8
Fiat500 Arbath500L Easy
FordFusion SEExpedition EL Limited
GMCSierra 1500 SLT 5.3L V8Yukon SLT
HondaAccord LX 4 Cyl.CR-Z EX MT
HyundaiGenesis 3.8 AWDGenesis Coupe Grand Touring V6
InfinitiQ70 M37, V6Q60 Base
JeepGrand Cherokee Limited V6Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
KiaCadenzaRio EX Hatchback
Land RoverRange Rover HSE 3.0LRange Rover Evoque Pure*
LexusLS 460LIS250 AWD
LincolnMKZ 2.0 EcoBoostMKS Base, 3.7
MazdaMX-5 Miata Grand TouringMazda3 i Touring 2.0L
Mercedes-BenzS550 AWDCLA250
MiniCooper SCooper base
MitsubishiLancer Evolution GSRMirage ES
Nissan370Z Touring CoupeVersa SV sedan
Porsche911 Carrera SCayenne V6
ScionFR-StC
SubaruLegacy 2.5 PremiumXV Crosstrek Hybrid
ToyotaCamry Hybrid XLEYaris LE
VolkswagenPassat SE Premium 1.8T / Golf 1.8TJetta SE 1.8T
VolvoS60 T5 2.0TXC60 T6

*Powertrain has changed since last test.

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