The Best Car Brands for 2019, According to Consumer Reports
Find out which carmakers Consumer Reports ranked the highest in 2019 for customer satisfaction, reliability, driveability, and safety.
Thinking about buying a new car this year? Consumer Reports is out with its ranking of the best brands for 2019, and you’ll want to find out what carmakers made the top ten. Consumer Reports assessed nearly 50 new cars and crunched the numbers from its annual survey of 470,000 vehicles. The four factors it took into consideration? Road tests of the vehicles, predicted reliability and satisfaction ratings from customers, and the performance of their safety features. Overall, the testers were looking for “cars that deliver superior reliability and satisfaction over the long haul and push the envelope when it comes to safety, technology, fuel economy, and performance. These are the vehicles that set the standard for the industry.” Here are their top ten brands for 2019:
Hyundai made the top ten this year, climbing two spots since 2018’s list, with a score of 73. Consumer Reports highlighted the brand’s reliability, recommending eight of the ten models it tested.
Toyota rose from tenth to ninth place in this year’s rankings, earning a 73. The brand’s scores rose in both reliability and owner satisfaction. Consumer Reports gave the nod to 13 of the 17 models it checked out. Find out the best time of the week to buy a car.
The American carmaker also moved up a notch from 2018, finishing in eighth place with a score of 73. The brand ranked high in owner satisfaction and of the five models Consumer Reports tested, it recommended two.
BMW took a hit this year, moving four spots down in the rankings, with a score of 76. While its customers are satisfied and the brand ranked high in road testing, Consumer Reports only suggested you buy four of the eight new models.
Mazda made major progress in this year’s list, leaping up seven spots from last year. The carmaker scored 76 overall, with increases in both customer satisfaction and predicted reliability. Out of the five Mazda models Consumer Reports tried out, four got the nod. Be sure to watch out for these red flags when you’re buying a new car.
With a score of 76, Lexus is down one position from last year. But the brand still improved its predicted reliability score. Consumer Reports endorsed five of the eight models.
Audi dropped two spots to fourth place in this year’s rankings, with a score of 77. The brand’s scores in predicted reliability and customer satisfaction were both up, however, and Consumer Reports gave the Audi models it checked out excellent scores, recommending four of the five models.
Not surprisingly, Porsche ranked the highest on the list on the road test score. The brand moved up two spots from last year with an overall score of 79, and its customers are extremely satisfied, according to the Car Guide. Also worth noting: Porsche models earned the best individual scores of all vehicles Consumer Reports tested. The takeaway? Consumer Reports suggested buying three of the four models it tried.
Last year’s first-place winner, Genesis, is down one spot this year with an overall score of 80. Owner satisfaction remained high, even though its predicted reliability was just adequate. Two of the three models Consumer Reports tested made the cut. Find out what happens to the cars that don’t get sold.
This year’s winner jumped six places in the rankings from last year, with a score of 81. Subaru scored high in predicted reliability and has plenty of satisfied owners. Out of the eight Subarus Consumer Reports tried, it recommended seven. Ready to buy? Next, check out these secrets car dealers don’t want you to know.