Worst to First: These are 2021's best car companies according to Consumer Reports
Want to buy a new refrigerator? They have a ranking for that. Consumer Reports also takes a close look at automotive brands rating them based on a combination of feedback from testing and member surveys. Each year they release a list ranking all the brands sold in the U.S.
Here's how Consumer Reports determines their rankings, straight from the horse's mouth:
Brand report cards are built on an average of the Overall Score for each model tested. A brand must have at least two models tested to be included. The Overall Score is based on four key factors: road test, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety.
• The road-test scores are for vehicles purchased by CR and run through more than 50 tests.
• Reliability predictions are based on problems reported by CR members in 17 trouble areas.
• Owner satisfaction from surveyed CR members reflects whether drivers would purchase the same car if they had it to do again.
• Safety includes crash-test results and extra points awarded for proven advanced safety features that come standard for the model.
From worst to first, check out how the brands scored below. Click here to see 2020's results.
No. 32 - Alfa Romeo
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Alfa Romeo scored a 59/100, 15 points lower than they did in 2020. Consumer Reports tested two of the company's vehicles and was not able to recommend either of them.
No. 31 - Land Rover
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Land Rover earned a 46/100 in the ratings, four points less than in the 2020 ratings, and drops one position. None of its products are recommended by Consumer Reports.
No. 30 - MitsubishiPhoto courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors
Mitsubishi is up three spots from their 2020 position with a score of 46/100 - the same score as lat year. None of their vehicles are recommended by Consumer Reports.
No. 29 - Jeep
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Jeep earned a 48/100 score but went up two places from their 2020 position, which was up from the 2019 spot. The company has only one product Consumer Reports would recommend out of the six they tested.
No. 28 - Lincoln
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Lincoln fell 15 spots in this year's rankings, after falling five the year before, getting a 53/100 score despite earning a respectable 78/100 in road testing.
No. 27 - JaguarPhoto courtesy of Jaguar
Jaguar climbs one in 2021 and was up four places in 2020. The company scored a 54/100 and has one green vehicle in its lineup.
No. 26 - GMC
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There's some good news for GMC. Despite being in the bottom third of the ratings, Consumer Reports recommends one of their vehicles. That's one more than they did last year. Overall, the company earned a 57/100, down two points from 2020.
No. 25 - FordPhoto courtesy of Ford Motor Company
Ford fell three places in 2020 and two more in 2021, earning a 57/100 score, the same as what GMC got.
No. 24 - ChevroletPhoto courtesy of Chevrolet
Chevy is up one place in 2021, scoring 58/100. Out of the 13 Chevy vehicles Consumer Reports tested, they recommend two of of them.
No. 23 - AcuraPhoto courtesy of Acura
Acura is up one spot for 202, earning a 59/100. The company had decent road test scores but Consumer Reports doesn't recommend any of their models.
No. 22 - CadillacPhoto courtesy of Cadillac
Cadillac's brand score of 62/100 helped it jump seven places in the 2021 rankings. Consumer Reports recommends one out of the five Caddy products they tested.
No. 21 - Mercedes-BenzPhoto courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
With its 62/100 score, Mercedes-Benz finds itself one spots lower on the list than where it ended up last year. Consumer Reports recommends three of their vehicles.
No. 20 - Volvo
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Volvo pops up two spots in the' rankings with its 64/100 score. Two of its five vehicles that were tested by the Consumer Reports team are recommended.
No. 19 - KiaPhoto courtesy of Kia Motors
Kia fell down 10 spots in the rankings earning a 64/100, a score 10 points lower than the company scored in 2020. The good news is that out of the 11 of their vehicles that were tested, Consumer Reports recommends four of them.
No. 18 - VolkswagenPhoto courtesy of Volkswagen AG
Volkswagen has better road-test scores than anyone lower than it on this list. The company scored 65/100 and Consumer Reports recommends two of its models.
No. 17 - MINIPhoto courtesy of MINI
Mini was up five places in the 2020 rankings compared to 2019, but fell seven places from their 2020 level in 2021. The company earned a 66/100 score for this year.
No. 16 - TeslaPhoto courtesy of Tesla Motors
Tesla was the biggest mover in this year's rankings, gong up eight places to end up at No. 11. But, this year, they're down five spots scoring just 66/100.
No. 15 - GenesisPhoto courtesy of Genesis Motors
Genesis placed second with an 66/100 score, 18 points lower than they scored in 2020. The automaker fell 13 spots from their 2020 placement
No. 14 - DodgePhoto courtesy of Dodge
Dodge was up four places in 2020 earning a 68/100 score. For 2021, the company moves up one place but only earned 67 points.
No. 13 - NissanPhoto courtesy of Nissan North America
Nissan jumped four places to No. 17 earning 70/100. For 2021 they are up another four places, getting a 68/1000 with Consumer Reports recommending half of their 12 tested vehicles.
No. 12 - InfinitiPhoto courtesy of Infiniti Motors
Infiniti, the premium arm of Nissan, jumps two spots for 2021 earning a score of 70/100. Like Nissan, Consumer Reports recommends half of the company's vehicles to shoppers.
No. 11 - Audi
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Audi fell five spots in the 2021 rankings earning a 71/100 score, just one better than Infiniti. However, Audi's road test score was an 88 compared to Infiniti's 77.
No. 10 - Hyundai
Hyundai jumped three spots in the 2020 rankings, earning a 75/100 score. For 2021, they fell three spots with a 71/100 score.
No. 9 - Buick
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Buick slid down one spot with its 69/100 score in 2020, but has made up for it in 2021, jumping up 10. Out of the three Buicks Consumer Reports tested, they recommend two of them.
No. 8 - ChryslerPhoto courtesy of FCA US LLC
Like Buick, Chrysler is up 10 places for 2021 earning 74/100. This is on top of the four places they gained in 2020 with a score of 69/100.
No. 7 - ToyotaPhoto courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.
Toyota fell three places in 2020's rankings, but gained five in the 2020 ratings, scoring 74/100. Consumer Reports recommends 15 of the 19 Toyotas it tested - impressive!
No. 6 - Lexus
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Lexus is down one position for 2021, scoring 75/100, which is two points worse than the company scored in 2020. Seven fo the eight Lexus vehicles tested by the publication are recommended.
No. 5 - HondaPhoto courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc
Like Buick and Chrysler, Honda jumped 10 places in 2021 with a 75/100 score. In 2020, the company earned a 72/100. Eight of the 10 Hondas tested are recommended by Consumer Reports.
No. 4 - Porsche2021 Porsche Panamera Photo courtesy of Porsche AGPhoto courtesy of Porsche AG
Porsche scored 10 less points in 2021 than they did in 2020 (76 vs. 86/100). The company has earned the same road test score as Audi: 88. Three of the four Porsches that were test driven earned recommended ratings.
No. 3 - SubaruPhoto courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru sits in the same place in 2021 as it did in 2020. The company scored worse, however, earning just 76/100 compared to the 81/100. Five out of the seven models Consumer Reports test drove they recommended.
No. 2 - BMW
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BMW is up six spots compared to their 2020 ranking, earning 78/100. Subaru and BMW scored the same in Consumer Reports road testing, getting an 87. Ten out the 12 BMWs Consumer Reports tested are recommended.
No. 1 - Mazda
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Mazda moved up three places to claim the 2021 crown with a score of 80/100. That rating is one point higher than the company earned in 2020. Consumer Reports recommends all seven of the Mazdas they test drove this year.
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