Japanese automaker Subaru has topped Consumer Report’s brand ranking for the first time, leaving behind BMW and Porsche, who have higher average road-test scores.
Subaru’s strong predicted reliability and owner satisfaction marks drove it to the head of the pack. The brand’s lone blemish is the much-below-average predicted reliability for the sporty WRX sedan.
Subaru jumped six spots, leaving behind last year’s no.1 Genesis brand, helped by the impressive performance by Ascent (an all-new model), Crosstrek, and Forester SUVs sitting atop their respective categories.
Elon Musk’s electric car Tesla sank, almost 11 spots below, hurt by reliability issues by Model 3’s loose body trim and glass defects, while Chrysler was hurt by reports from owners about problems with the in-car electronics and transmissions in both the 300 sedan and Pacifica minivan.
First Published: IST