Buying a new car can be a truly daunting task. There are hundreds of models to choose from across dozens of brands, and sifting through reviews of quality, performance, design, and more can be overwhelming, even before working out the financials.
Fortunately, we at 24/7 Wall St. have already identified the 10 car brands that, based on their combined performance in the nation’s premier ratings of quality, are the most likely worth your attention.
We reviewed recent surveys and studies by leading review agencies J.D. Power and Consumer Reports as well as customer satisfaction ratings by the American Customer Satisfaction Index to find the 10 best-rated car brands. The majority of the car brands on this list are owned by South Korean or Japanese automakers, including Hyundai’s new luxury brand, Genesis.
Volkswagen Group also owns several brands on this list. The German automaker’s reputation may still be recovering from a recent scandal in which the company falsified carbon emissions on several of its diesel vehicles. Volkswagen’s scandal ranks as one of these 42 most outrageous product claims of all time.
While car quality and reviews are not the only factors affecting sales, the higher-rated cars tend to have strong or growing sales. Sales of Genesis, for example, have increased by more than 37% in the first six months of the year compared to the same period in 2018. Other brands on this list, like Subaru and Kia, have had a promising 2019 so far. Here is the full list of 26 cars Americans can’t buy fast enough.
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