Porsche climbed two spots in the rankings to knock Subaru out of first place, though two of the Japanese brand’s models were top picks: the Forester SUV and Legacy sedan. Toyota Motor Corp. dominated those honors by winning four designations with its namesake models -- the Supra sports car, Avalon sedan, Prius hybrid and Corolla small car -- and one with Lexus for the RX SUV.
Under $25,000: Toyota Corolla
$25,000-$35,000: Subaru Forester Subaru Legacy Toyota Prius
$35,000-$45,000: Kia Telluride Honda Ridgeline Toyota Avalon
$45,000-$55,000: Lexus RX
Electric car: Tesla Model 3
Sports car: Toyota Supra
Hyundai Motor Co.’s Genesis luxury brand finished second, unchanged from a year ago. The Korean brand has been on a roll in several influential surveys, leading J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study each of the last two years. Its first SUV model, the GV80, goes on sale this summer.
“Genesis is a luxury brand that competed extremely well right out of the gate,” Fisher said. “It reminds you of 1989 when Lexus arrived.”
Ford Motor Co.’s Lincoln line was the second-best American car brand, placing 13th. U.S. automakers were otherwise relegated mostly to the bottom third of the rankings. The Ford brand fell to 23rd, and General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet and GMC placed 25th and 26th. Cadillac’s continued reliability problems dropped the brand to 29th.