Other regions' automakers best U.S.'s in Consumer Reports study

  • 27-Feb-2013 12:10 EST

The Honda Accord is Consumer Reports Top Pick for the midsize sedan category.

Lexus tops the ranks of Consumer Reports' just-released 2013 annual Car Brand Report Card—the second time in February that the brand has topped the ratings of an influential report issued as a car-buyer aid. Lexus topped the J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study released on Feb. 13. In addition to the brand report, Consumer Reports issued its annual Top Picks for various vehicle segments. No U.S. automaker led any of the 10 categories ranked (the rankings did not include all vehicle segments, including pickup trucks, for lack of data). Japanese automakers had the Top Picks in eight of the ten categories and dominated the upper part of the brand rankings, capturing the top three spots (Lexus was followed by Subaru and then Mazda) and four of the remaining seven. The top U.S. brand was Cadillac, coming in 14th. Two of General Motors' other brands, Chevrolet and GMC, finished higher than 20th. The last six spots in the brand ranking were occupied by, in order, Buick, Chrysler, Ford, Lincoln, Jeep, and Dodge. Consumer Reports calculates each brand's overall score using an equally weighted composite of its own road testing and reliability scores based on a large survey of vehicle owners. Not enough data was available to rank every brand (including Ram).

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