The American edition of Consumer Reports has published the latest rating of the best car brands – when compiling it, experts conduct more than 50 tests, including driving performance, braking, handling, comfort, convenience, safety and fuel economy. They then determine an overall score, a combination of vehicle reliability and owner satisfaction, based on participant surveys. The brands are then ranked by averaging the total scores of the respective models to reveal the best and worst.
The main surprise of the current ranking from Consumer Reports was the fact that Tesla dropped seven positions at once – to 23rd place out of 32 in the overall standings. This is the worst result for the brand in the last seven years. In addition, the Tesla Model 3 sedan is no longer the leader in the electric car rating – the first line on the list is now occupied by the Ford Mustang Mach-E crossover, which the publication’s experts called much less problematic and more reliable. In addition, excellent performance provided the first place to the electric Mustang. Experts’ impression of Tesla worsened the steering wheel on the updated models, which they called difficult to use.
As Jake Fisher, head of automotive testing at Consumer Reports, told Bloomberg, testers complained about accidentally pressing the turn signal and horn buttons, the lack of a traditional selector, as well as a primitive driver monitoring system – its camera could just stick with tape. Subaru ranked first in the overall brand ranking, followed by Mazda, followed by BMW, Honda, Lexus, Audi, Porsche, Mini, Toyota and Infiniti.
We also advise you to watch a detailed test drive of the Ford Mustang Mach-E from the FineAuto team: