Lexus topped all automotive brands in Consumer Reports magazine's 2013 brand report card. Japanese automakers again dominated the rankings, taking eight of the top 10 spots.
Lexus vehicles are rarely sporty, but they earned the top score of 79 points out of 100 because of plush and reliable vehicles, the magazine said Tuesday.
Subaru and Mazda were tied for second place with a score of 76. Toyota and Acura, Honda's luxury brand, rounded out the top five tied at 74. Honda and Scion were next at 72, followed by Audi and Nissan's Infiniti brand, both at 70. Mercedes-Benz finished 10th with a score of 69.
The ratings of 26 automotive brands, closely watched by consumers, are based on the magazine's average road tests and predicted reliability scores from surveys of subscribers.
Detroit automakers didn't fare very well in the magazine's rankings. Cadillac was the best U.S.-based brand, tying for 14th place with Hyundai, scoring a 63.
Consumer Reports changed its rankings this year, splitting off individual brands from the companies that make them and scoring them individually. For example, in past years, all three Toyota brands -- Lexus, Toyota and Scion -- were scored collectively as Toyota.
The magazine said Lexus cars are among the most reliable even though they are "brimming with technology," including hybrid gas-electric power systems and complex information and entertainment systems.
Ford and Lincoln continued to be plagued by problems with the complexity of their touch-screen controls, the magazine said.
No Chrysler brand fared well. Jeep and Dodge were the bottom two finishers with scores of 47 and 46.
Due to insufficient data, the survey did not include Fiat, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Ram or Smart.
Source: Consumer Reports