While there's no telling how your individual experience will be with a particular car, choosing based on reputation and reliability is a great way to cut down on your chances of buying a lemon. For decades, Consumer Reports has been a trusted source for unbiased car reliability studies, and their picks for best new car brands for the 2016 model year should be taken into consideration before you make a quick decision at the dealership.
The luxury arm of the Toyota brand has been named one of the most dependable brands by numerous reports, never faltering and always seeming to improve as time goes on. Their motto, "The Pursuit of Perfection," could only further prove how dedicated the company is to doing things right by their customers.
As a car maker, Mazda is still incredibly small when compared to giants like Toyota, Chevrolet, Ford, and Honda. But that doesn't mean the Japanese manufacturer produces vehicles of less quality by any means. It received an overall score of 75 from Consumers, which is only one point less than Lexus received.
When you think of reliability, Toyota is likely one of the first brands to come to mind. Its reputation truly precedes itself, as it rarely fails to deliver quality to its customers. The company has dedicated itself to providing the most dependable, well-built vehicles since it entered the U.S. market over 50 years ago.
The German luxury brand is the only European company to make the top five best brands by Consumer Reports. The company is praised for its technology, luxury, and performance. In testing, Audi received one of the highest road test score ratings of any brand, 81.
The niche Japanese brand has a loyal customer base in many parts of the country thanks to its advanced and reliable all-wheel drive system. And while that has been enough to carry it for many years, Consumer Reports admits the company is finally catching up in other areas, such as technological innovation.