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Consumer Reports' best and worst car brands in 2015 includes BMW, Toyota and Lexus in the top 10, and Jeep, Fiat and Ford in the bottom of the group.

Consumer Reports' best and worst car brands in 2015

The Consumer Reports 2015 Car Brand Report Cards ranks automakers across the world by reliability, road test performance and other factors. For the second year in a row, Lexus topped the list, nearly matched by Mazda, and followed by Toyota and Audi. The bottom of the list included Ford, Dodge, Mini, Jeep and Fiat.

The publication ranked the carmakers with an overall score, which was a combination of each brand's road test score and average reliability score. The road test score factored in the average results from Consumer Reports' many tests on the cars, and a reliability rating provides a guide on how likely the cars from each brand are likely to hold up on average.

Not all automakers were factored into Consumer Reports' study. Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Mitsubishi, Ram, Smart and Tesla did "not have sufficient data" to be reviewed by the publication.

Check out the full report on Consumer Reports' website here.

1. Lexus

Getting the best overall score with 78, Lexus
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Getting the best overall score with 78, Lexus leads this year's best brands list. Consumer Reports called Lexus a company "known for making quiet, plush, and very reliable cars." The carmaker also received the highest rating for reliability and a road test score of 76.

2. Mazda

Mazda was given an overall score of 75.
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Mazda was given an overall score of 75. Consumer Reports said Mazda is a brand that "understands itself and replicates its sporty DNA in every new car it makes." The automaker received a road test score of 76, tying with Lexus, and was one of the better rated companies in terms of reliability.

3. Toyota

Toyota was ranked third with an overall score
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Toyota was ranked third with an overall score of 74, a road test score of 72 and a high predicted reliability rating. "Toyota focuses on building solid, reliable cars that are pleasant, comfortable, and very popular," Consumer Reports said.

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4. Audi

With an overall score of 73, road test
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With an overall score of 73, road test score of 81 and high reliability rating, Audi was ranked No. 4. Consumer Reports said it is a "luxury brand that markets itself on available technology features as much as performance, luxurious interiors, or its Quattro all-wheel-drive system."

5. Subaru

Subaru was ranked No. 5 on the best
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Subaru was ranked No. 5 on the best brands list with an overall score of 73. The carmaker received a road test score of 80, and a high predicted reliability rating. Consumer Reports said, it can "finally count itself as one of the automakers known for competent technology."

6. Porsche

With the highest road test score of 84,
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With the highest road test score of 84, Porsche was ranked No. 6 among the best auto brands. Overall, the German automaker had a score of 70 and a middle reliability rating. "It will be interesting to see how the fuel-saving Porsches hold up to the brand's performance standards, and how the complicated models fare reliability-wise," Consumer Reports said.

7. Buick

Buick received an overall score of 69 with
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Buick received an overall score of 69 with a road test score of 76 and a high predicted reliability rating. Consumer Reports said, the company "is in the process of shedding its stodgy image with a product resurgence led by the sporty, refined, competitive, and affordable Regal."

8. Honda

With an overall score of 69, a road
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With an overall score of 69, a road test score of 71 and a high predicted reliability rating, Honda ranked No. 8. Consumer Reports commented that the carmaker "typically offers competitive fuel economy, very good reliability, and good resale value."

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9. Kia

Kia received an overall score of 68, a
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Kia received an overall score of 68, a road test score of 73 and a high predicted reliability rating. Consumer Reports said, "Kia delivers competent cars sold for less than the leaders in their respective segments."

10. BMW

Described as
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Described as "responsive, comfortable, and fuel-efficient" by Consumer Reports, BMW just made the top ten brands, ranking at No. 10. The German automaker received an overall score of 66, road test score of 82 and a middle reliability rating.

11. Acura

Acura ranks at No. 11 for 2015, receiving
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Acura ranks at No. 11 for 2015, receiving an overall score of 65, with a road test score of 78 and a middle predicted reliability rating. Consumer Reports says the brand is marketed as upscale, but "Acuras don’t have the panache or inviting interiors of certain other true luxury brands, and the driving experience is often more ordinary than engaging."

12. Volvo

Volvo is ranked No. 12 with an overall
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Volvo is ranked No. 12 with an overall score of 65, a road test score of 76 and a middle predicted reliability rating. "Solid and staid, Volvo sedans, wagons, and SUVs have secure if not particularly sporty handling and many of the latest electronic safety and collision-avoidance systems," Consumer Reports said.

13. Hyundai

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"Hyundai has left its bargain-basement image well in the rearview mirror. The styling and fit-and-finish of many of its vehicles are on the rise, yet they remain the more affordable choices in their respective segment." The carmaker received an overall score of 64, a road test score of 73 and a middle predicted reliability rating from Consumer Reports.

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14. GMC

GMC is ranked No. 14 on the best
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GMC is ranked No. 14 on the best brands list. It received an overall score of 61, a road test score of 73 and a middle predicted reliability rating. “Despite their 'professional grade' ad slogans and some styling differences, the GMCs don’t really stand out from their Chevrolet siblings,” Consumer Reports said.

15. Volkswagen

Volkswagen received an overall score of 60, a
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Volkswagen received an overall score of 60, a road test score of 76 and a middle predicted reliability rating, putting it at No. 15 on the best brands list. According to Consumer Reports, most of the automaker's vehicles "feel more premium than their competitors, thanks to responsive handling, firm and comfortable rides, and an overall solid feel."

16. Lincoln

Ranked at No. 17, Lincoln received an overall
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Ranked at No. 17, Lincoln received an overall score of 59, a road test score of 74 and a middle reliability rating from Consumer Reports. Lincoln "reliability has been spotty of late, largely because of the soon-to-be-replaced MyLincoln Touch electronic control interface. Most Lincoln models land no better than midpack in our ratings," Consumer Reports said, "lacking the spirited driving experience and luxury ambience of class leaders."

17. Infiniti

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"Fit and finish is usually very good, and the powertrains are first-rate, but for a few years now most Infiniti vehicles haven’t impressed us overall, and reliability has never been up to Lexus standards," Consumer Reports said, giving Infiniti an overall score of 59, a road test score of 76 and a middle reliability rating.

18. Nissan

Nissan received an overall score of 59, a
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Nissan received an overall score of 59, a road test score of 70 and a middle predicted reliability rating, ranking it at No. 18. Consumer Reports said that Nissan has the most inconsistent product line, and the company has had a "quality falloff in cars such as the subcompact Versa and compact Sentra."

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19. Chevrolet

Famous American automaker Chevrolet ranked No. 19 among
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Famous American automaker Chevrolet ranked No. 19 among the best brands for 2015. The company received an overall score of 59, a road test score of 71 and a middle predicted reliability score. Consumer Reports calls Chevrolet cars "a mixed bag," adding that it "doesn't offer a car that gets great gas mileage" and has a well below average and average reliability track record.

20. Cadillac

Cadillac ranks No. 20 on Consumer Reports' best
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Cadillac ranks No. 20 on Consumer Reports' best brands list with an overall score of 58, a road test score of 77 and a low predicted reliability rating. "Many of the models are let down by shaky reliability and the brand’s infuriating Cue touch-screen infotainment system, which is buggy and difficult to use," Consumer Reports said.

21. Mercedes-Benz

German automaker Mercedes-Benz received an overall score of
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German automaker Mercedes-Benz received an overall score of 56, a road test score of 81 and a low reliability rating, putting it at No. 21 on the best brands list. Consumer Reports criticized the company for a lack of consistency between some models, such as the CLA which as a "harsh ride and unrefined demeanor," making it seem like Mercedes "mailed it in."

22. Scion

Scion ranks No. 22 on the best brands
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Scion ranks No. 22 on the best brands list with an overall score of 54, a road test score of 57 and a middle predicted reliability rating. "Toyota’s stepchild offers small, fuel-efficient (but noisy) vehicles that are somewhat practical and a bit edgier than the mainstream models from the Toyota brand," Consumer Reports said.

23. Chrysler

Receiving an overall score of 54, a road
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Receiving an overall score of 54, a road test score of 73 and a low reliability rating, Chrysler landed No. 23 on the best brands list, with Consumer Reports saying: "Reliability has often been iffy, though. It’s good one year but bad the next."

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24. Ford

Another American automaker low on the best brands
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Another American automaker low on the best brands list, Ford received an overall score of 53, a road test score of 72 and a low reliability rating. "Ford’s more recent car designs drive like European sports sedans, with agile handling, an absorbent ride, and a solid feel. Reliability of most has been below average," Consumer Reports said.

25. Dodge

Dodge received an overall score of 52, a
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Dodge received an overall score of 52, a road test score of 71 and a low reliability rating, ranking it at No. 25. Consumer Reports said Dodge's renewed emphasis on styling "is let down by unrefined power trains. Newer Dodges are much improved since the Fiat takeover but, except for the Charger and Durango, still lag most competitors overall, and reliability remains a short suit."

26. Mini

Mini had an overall score of 46 with
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Mini had an overall score of 46 with a road test score of 72 and the lowest possible reliability rating from Consumer Reports. "The Mini version of BMW’s iDrive system offers comprehensive connectivity but is confusing at first. Fuel economy for the line is pretty good but not stellar. Reliability hasn’t been very good," Consumer Reports says.

27. Jeep

With an overall score of 39, a road
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With an overall score of 39, a road test score of 59 and the lowest possible reliability rating, Jeep comes in near-last at No. 27 on the best brands list. Consumer Reports says that "the Jeep brand has been the very essence of rugged, go-anywhere vehicles for decades. Reliability, fuel economy, comfort, and build quality have often lagged, but the brand has a long history of customer loyalty despite all of that."

28. Fiat

Coming in last place at No. 28, Fiat
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Coming in last place at No. 28, Fiat received the lowest overall score of 32, the lowest road test score of 55 and the lowest possible reliability rating. "Despite attractive looks and a fun driving experience, various crudities limit its appeal and reliability has been dismal," Consumer Reports said.

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