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Consumer Reports' best and worst car brands in 2016

The Consumer Reports 2016 Car Brand Report Cards ranks automakers across the world by reliability, road test performance and other factors. Audi topped the list, followed by Subaru, Lexus, Porsche and BMW. At the bottom of the list was Fiat, Jeep, Mitsubishi, Land Rover and Chrysler.

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, Maserati, Ram, Smart and Tesla did "not have sufficient data" to be reviewed by the publication.

Lexus topped the publication's list last year. View the 2015 best and worst car brands here.

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

1. Audi

With an overall score of 80, road test
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With an overall score of 80, road test score of 83 and better than average reliability rating, Audi was ranked No. 1. Consumer Reports said the "luxury brand is known for technology and style as much as its performance, luxurious interiors, and Quattro all-wheel-drive system."

2. Subaru

With an overall score of 78, road test
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With an overall score of 78, road test score of 80 and better than average reliability rating, Subaru was ranked No. 2. Consumer Reports said the brand "has been synonymous with unpretentious, practical, and affordable all-wheel-drive cars."

3. Lexus

With an overall score of 76, road test
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With an overall score of 76, road test score of 74 and best reliability rating, Audi was ranked No. 3. Consumer Reports said the brand is "known for making quiet, plush, and very reliable vehicles."

4. Porsche

With an overall score of 76, road test
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With an overall score of 76, road test score of 84 and average reliability rating, Porsche was ranked No. 4. Consumer Reports said "the Porsche DNA is still baked into every model with confident high-performance handling, a controlled ride, superb braking performance, a thrilling exhaust note, and beautifully crafted interiors."

5. BMW

With an overall score of 76, road test
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With an overall score of 76, road test score of 85 and average reliability rating, BMW was ranked No. 5. Consumer Reports said "most current BMW models aren't quite the ultimate driving machines of the past. Instead, they focus more on technology, comfort, refinement, and fuel efficiency."

6. Mazda

With an overall score of 74, road test
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With an overall score of 74, road test score of 74 and better than average reliability rating, Mazda was ranked No. 6. Consumer Reports said Mazda "is most known for the plucky Miata roadster, but that fun-to-drive element pervades the lineup."

7. Buick

With an overall score of 74, road test
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With an overall score of 74, road test score of 76 and better than average reliability rating, Buick was ranked No. 7. Consumer Reports said "Buick is attempting to shed its stodgy image with a competitive product line that's positioned in between mainstream and luxury brands."

8. Toyota

With an overall score of 72, road test
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With an overall score of 72, road test score of 69 and best reliability rating, Toyota was ranked No. 8. Consumer Reports said "Toyota builds solid, efficient, and reliable vehicles that do everything well -- albeit in a pleasant, unexciting package."

9. Kia

With an overall score of 72, road test
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With an overall score of 72, road test score of 75 and better than average reliability rating, Kia was ranked No. 9. Consumer Reports said "Kia delivers stylish and competent cars often sold for less than the competition."

10. Honda

With an overall score of 71, road test
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With an overall score of 71, road test score of 73 and average rating, Honda was ranked No. 10. Consumer Reports said "reliability, which used to be very good, has declined lately. The driving experience is usually sound, though not very sporty or exciting."

11. Hyundai

With an overall score of 70, road test
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With an overall score of 70, road test score of 76 and average reliability rating, Hyundai was ranked No. 11. Consumer Reports said "Hyundai has left its cheap-and-cheerful image well in the rear-view mirror. The styling and fit and finish of most models are on the rise, and performance is on par with Toyota and Honda."

12. Volvo

With an overall score of 69, road test
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With an overall score of 69, road test score of 77 and average reliability rating, Volvo was ranked No. 12. Consumer Reports said "traditionally known for safety, Volvos are typically quiet, have comfortable seats, and provide secure though uninspiring handling."

13. Mini

With an overall score of 68, road test
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With an overall score of 68, road test score of 71 and average reliability rating, Mini was ranked No. 13. Consumer Reports said "Mini embodies the classic charm of the British runabout."

14. Mercedes Benz

With an overall score of 67, road test
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With an overall score of 67, road test score of 80 and worse than average reliability rating, Mercedes-Benz was ranked No. 14. Consumer Reports said of Mercedes, "these luxury vehicles typically offer a plush ride, quietness, an impeccable interior, advanced safety systems, and crisp handling."

15. Volkswagen

With an overall score of 67, road test
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With an overall score of 67, road test score of 76 and average reliability rating, Volkswagen was ranked No. 15. Consumer Reports said "VWs are mostly solid, responsive, and fun-to-drive cars, with a more premium feel than their competitors. They typically have agile handling, a firm and comfortable ride, supportive seats, and good fit and finish."

16. Ford

With an overall score of 66, road test
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With an overall score of 66, road test score of 74 and average reliability rating, Ford was ranked No. 16. Consumer Reports said "Ford's more recent car designs drive like European sports sedans, with crisp handling, an absorbent ride, and a solid feel."

17. Lincoln

With an overall score of 65, road test
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With an overall score of 65, road test score of 73 and average reliability rating, Lincoln was ranked No. 17. Consumer Reports said "Ford's luxury brand offers models that are plusher and better equipped than their basic brethren. Most recent models possess competent ride and handling."

18. Scion

With an overall score of 65, road test
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With an overall score of 65, road test score of 62 and better than average reliability rating, Scion was ranked No. 18. Consumer Reports said that "although Scion recently received an influx of new product lines, parent company Toyota has decided to kill its youth-focused brand."

19. Acura

With an overall score of 64, road test
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With an overall score of 64, road test score of 73 and worse than average reliability rating, Acura was ranked No. 19. Consumer Reports said of Acura, "Honda's premium brand makes cars and SUVs positioned above the mainstream but below Lexus and the European luxury competitors."

20. Chevrolet

With an overall score of 64, road test
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With an overall score of 64, road test score of 75 and worse than average reliability rating, Chevrolet was ranked No. 20. Consumer Reports said of Chevrolet, "The down-home American brand sells a full lineup, from subcompacts and family sedans to large SUVs and pickups. For the most part, sedans such as the new Malibu and Impala are compellingly quiet and comfortable."

21. Nissan

With an overall score of 63, road test
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With an overall score of 63, road test score of 71 and average reliability rating, Nissan was ranked No. 21. Consumer Reports said "of the major Japanese brands, Nissan has had the most inconsistent product line. The better models deliver strong performance along with impressive fuel economy, through widespread use of continuously variable transmissions."

22. Infiniti

With an overall score of 63, road test
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With an overall score of 63, road test score of 76 and worse than average reliability rating, Infiniti was ranked No. 22. Consumer Reports said "the premium Infiniti division comprises some unique models and some dressed-up Nissan derivatives. Fit and finish is usually very good, and the powertrains are strong. But recently, Infinitis haven't impressed us overall."

23. GMC

With an overall score of 60, road test
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With an overall score of 60, road test score of 71 and worse than average reliability rating, GMC was ranked No. 23. Consumer Reports said "GMC's models are rebadged, upscale twins to Chevrolet's SUVs and trucks. They all offer an even higher-end, more luxury-laden Denali trim level. In most cases, that means the similar Chevrolet truck can be a better bargain."

24. Cadillac

With an overall score of 58, road test
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With an overall score of 58, road test score of 76 and worst reliability rating, Cadillac was ranked No. 24. Consumer Reports said "GM's flagship brand builds cars and SUVs with edgy styling and impressively finished interiors. Recent models have had a focus on reduced weight and improvements in handling."

25. Dodge

With an overall score of 58, road test
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With an overall score of 58, road test score of 73 and worse than average reliability rating, Dodge was ranked No. 25. Consumer Reports said "Part of the Chrysler family under Fiat's ownership, Dodge has been cast as a performance brand, exemplified by the Viper sports car, Charger sedan, and Challenger coupe."

26. Chrysler

With an overall score of 58, road test
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With an overall score of 58, road test score of 73 and worse than average reliability rating, Chrysler was ranked No. 26. Consumer Reports said of Chrysler that "reliability has been a major weakness of every FCA brand of late.

27. Land Rover

With an overall score of 55, road test
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With an overall score of 55, road test score of 71 and worst reliability rating, Land Rover was ranked No. 27. Consumer Reports said that "while they evoke an image of conquering undeveloped lands, in reality Land Rovers are more likely to be seen roaming country-club parking lots."

28. Mitsubishi

With an overall score of 51, road test
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With an overall score of 51, road test score of 46 and an average reliability rating, Mitsubishi was ranked No. 28. Consumer Reports said of Mitsubishi that "every one of its models is an also-ran in our road tests, scoring near the bottom of their respective categories."

29. Jeep

With an overall score of 43, road test
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With an overall score of 43, road test score of 55 and worst reliability rating, Jeep was ranked No. 29. Consumer Reports said "the very essence of rugged, go-anywhere vehicles, Jeeps have a long history of customer loyalty despite lagging in reliability, fuel economy, comfort, and interior fit and finish.

30. Fiat

With an overall score of 38, road test
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With an overall score of 38, road test score of 52 and worst reliability rating, Fiat was ranked No. 30. Consumer Reports said of Fiat, "despite attractive looks and a fun driving experience, various crudities limit its appeal. Reliability has been dismal."

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