Auto123.com - Helping you drive happy

Consumer Reports Picks Top Car Brand for 2021: Congrats to Mazda

Quality car insurance coverage, at competitive prices.
Ask for a car insurance quote today.
GET AN ONLINE CAR INSURANCE QUOTE

Consumer Reports has published its annual report card rating automotive brands and their lineups, and the winner this year is Mazda.

In ranking brand performance, the magazine’s experts looked at a number of factors, including road-test performance, predicted reliability, owner satisfaction, safety and environmental friendliness. CR points out that this year there was substantial reshuffling in the rankings in comparison with last year, and attributes a large part of that to fluctuations in predicted reliability, which can be pretty wild.

Honda and BMW were notable gainers this year, with Honda jumping up 10 position to take 5th spot overall, and BMW climbing from 8th to the second position. Chrysler and Buick also made the climb into the top 10. Going in the other direction were Genesis and Lincoln, again mostly because of poor scores in the predicted reliability data; Genesis finished in 15th spot with an overall score of 66 (identical to Tesla, for those who are curious about how Elon Musk’s creations fared), while Lincoln (53) plummeted to 28th spot.

Discover Shopicar! All new makes and models and all current promotions.

BMW X5 xDrive 45e
Photo: BMW
BMW X5 xDrive 45e

One interesting element looked at by CR has to do with environmental friendliness; the organization determined how many of each brand’s tested models constitute what it calls Green Choices. In this area, Mazda actually earned a big fat 0, none of its models being considered green enough to merit the title. In contrast, 12 of Toyota’s 19 models tested earned that honour; no other brand came close.

Toyota RAV4 Prime
Photo: D.Boshouwers
Toyota RAV4 Prime

Here are the Top 10 brands, in order of best overall score, as determined by Consumer Reports for 2021.

1)    Mazda (80) – 7 models tested
2)    BMW (78) – 12 models
3)    Subaru (76) – 7 models
4)    Porsche (76) – 4 models
5)    Honda (75) – 10 models
6)    Lexus (75) – 8 models
7)    Toyota (74) – 19 models
8)    Chrysler (74) – 2 models
9)    Buick (72) – 3 models
10)    Hyundai (71) – 9 models

Subaru Forester Sport
Photo: D.Boshouwers
Subaru Forester Sport

Aaannndd… the 10 worst performers:

23) Acura (59) – 3 models
24) Chevrolet (58) – 13 models
25) Ford (57) – 8 models
26) GMC (73) – 6 models
27) Jaguar (54) – 3 models
28) Lincoln (53) – 4 models
29) Jeep (48) – 6 models
30) Mitsubishi (46) – 3 models
31) Land Rover (46) – 7 models
32) Alfa Romeo (44) – 2 models

Lncoln Corsair
Photo: D.Boshouwers
Lncoln Corsair

The 5 brands with the most Green Choices in their lineup:

1)    Toyota – 12 models
2)    Honda – 7 models
3)    Hyundai – 5 models
4)    Nissan – 4 models
5)    Tesla – 4 models

Hyundai Sonata
Photo: D.Boshouwers
Hyundai Sonata
Nissan Rogue
Photo: Nissan
Nissan Rogue