Special Report

Best Car Brands of 2019

Source: Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

10. Lincoln
> 2019 Sales: 50,815
> J.D. Power overall quality score: 9 out of 10
> Consumer Reports brand score: 73 out of 100

Lincoln’s 2019 line of automobiles was consistently rated highly, particularly by J.D. Power, which gave it an overall quality score of 9 out of 10. The car scored a perfect 10 for its mechanical features, a rating that is based on reported problems of owners related to the engine, transmission, and driving experience.

Source: Courtesy of Audi of America

9. Audi
> 2019 Sales: 101,440
> J.D. Power overall quality score: 7 out of 10
> Consumer Reports brand score: 77 out of 100

Of Audi’s six car models, Consumer Reports recommended five and ranked the car maker fourth overall out of 33 major automakers. Audi received a 10 out of 10 score for the dependability of the interior and exterior designs of its cars from J.D. Power.

Source: Courtesy of Subaru of America

8. Subaru
> 2019 Sales: 339,525
> J.D. Power overall quality score: 7 out of 10
> Consumer Reports brand score: 81 out of 100

Consumer Reports recommended seven of Subaru’s eight models, a higher share than any other car brand on the road. It also gave Subaru an overall grade of 81 in its brand report, the highest of any car brand Consumer Reports ranked.

Source: Courtesy of BMW of North America

7. BMW
> 2019 Sales: 156,439
> J.D. Power overall quality score: 9 out of 10
> Consumer Reports brand score: 76 out of 100

The main selling point of BMW vehicles is their engine. J.D. Power gave the brand perfect 10s for its mechanical durability and quality, and an overall score of 9 out of 10. BMW also received a rating of 87 on its Consumer Reports road-test score, the second highest among all car brands.

Source: Courtesy of Kia Motors America

6. Kia
> 2019 Sales: 304,844
> J.D. Power overall quality score: 10 out of 10
> Consumer Reports brand score: 70 out of 100

Kia is one of just three automakers to score a perfect 10 in J.D. Power’s overall quality rankings. Consumers reported high levels of satisfaction with the features and controls in their Kia models. Yet Consumer Reports rated Kia a 70 out of 100, just 12th overall.