Audi may be one of the nameplates caught up in the VW diesel emissions scandal, but it still ranked as the top brand in Consumer Reports’ annual rating after scoring highest in the magazine’s road test and predicted reliability evaluations. However, it should be noted that the magazine excluded 2016 Audi, Porsche and VW diesels from the rankings because they are not sold in the US.
According to Jake Fisher, head of CR’s auto testing department, “the rankings show who is making the best cars now and doesn’t look at honesty, labor conditions or other practices.” However he added Consumer Reports is adamant that Audi and VW should be held accountable for cheating on emissions testing as far back as 2009.
Subaru, Lexus, Porsche and BMW rounded out the top 5 brands, while Fiat, Jeep, Mitsubishi, Land Rover and Chrysler ranked lowest. Buick, which came in 7th was the only American brand to make the top 10. In addition, Toyota, mazda, Kia and Honda did well in various categories. For instance, Subaru’s Impreza was voted top compact, while the Honda Fit was best subcompact. Chevy Impala was top choice for larger cars, while Toyota Camry took honors as best mid-size sedan for thre 5th year in a row. Top choices for small SUV were Subaru Forester; mid-size SUV, Kia Sorento; Luxury SUV, Lexus RX; Mini van, Toyota Sienna; Pickup, Ford F150; and Sports car under $40,000 was the Mazsa MX-5 Miata.