Lexus Tops Client Reviews’ Model Report Card

Lexus topped all automotive manufacturers in Client Reviews journal’s 2013 model report card. Japanese automakers once more dominated the rankings, taking eight of the highest 10 spots.

Lexus autos are hardly ever sporty, however they earned the highest rating of 79 factors out of 100 due to plush and dependable autos, the journal stated Tuesday. Subaru and Mazda had been tied for second place with a rating of 76. Toyota and Acura, Honda’s luxurious model, rounded out the highest 5 tied at 74. Honda and Scion had been subsequent at 72, adopted by Audi and Nissan’s upscale Infiniti model, each at 70. Mercedes-Benz completed 10th with a rating of 69.

The scores of 26 automotive manufacturers, carefully watched by shoppers, are based mostly on the journal’s common street checks and predicted reliability scores from surveys of subscribers.

Detroit automakers did not fare very effectively within the journal’s rankings. Cadillac was the perfect U.S.-based model, tying for 14th place with Hyundai, scoring a 63.

Client Reviews modified its rankings this 12 months, splitting off particular person manufacturers from the businesses that make them and scoring them individually. For instance, in previous years, all three Toyota manufacturers – Lexus, Toyota and Scion – had been scored collectively as Toyota.

The journal stated Lexus vehicles are among the many most dependable although they’re “brimming with expertise,” together with hybrid gas-electric energy methods and complicated data and leisure methods.

Moreover Cadillac, Basic Motors Co. had two different manufacturers within the prime 20: GMC and Chevrolet tied with Volvo for 17th with a rating of 58. Buick, with a rating of 54, was 21st.

Ford and Lincoln continued to be suffering from issues with the complexity of their touch-screen controls, the journal stated. However it’s value noting that Client Reviews has been particularly onerous on Ford’s new MyFord Contact system, and unrelenting in its criticism even after Ford has made changes that different reviewers discover passable.

Ford additionally has been hampered by “unrefined” automated transmissions, in keeping with the journal. Ford completed 23rd with a rating of 51, whereas Lincoln was 24th with 50.

No Chrysler model fared effectively. Jeep and Dodge had been the underside two finishers with scores of 47 and 46. A part of that poor efficiency, although, is because of the truth that Jeep remains to be nursing alongside some autos that had been developed underneath earlier owners–Jeep Liberty, Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot. The Wrangler and Jeep Grand Cherokee, nevertheless, rating extraordinarily effectively with most reviewers, together with AOL Autos, and are in large demand from new-vehicle consumers.

Client Reviews additionally launched its prime choose for 2013 fashions on Tuesday. The redesigned Honda Accord received within the common midsize automotive section, whereas Hyundai’s Elantra received within the finances automotive class. The Subaru Impreza was the highest choose for compact vehicles, whereas the Audi A6 was tops within the luxurious section. Honda’s CR-V received the highest spot for small crossover SUVs, whereas BMW’s 328i used to be the highest sports activities sedan, and the Toyota Prius was the highest inexperienced automotive choose.

Full stories for all of the manufacturers are within the journal’s April challenge.

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