Consumer Reports is a tough a cookie. The publication is regarded and trusted by millions of consumers, and has long played a part in shaping buying decisions, especially in the automotive industry. That’s why it becomes an honor, and a battle, to place well on the Top 10 best brands list each year.
Unfortunately for General Motors, only one of its main brands placed this time around, but it’s very fortunate for Buick, which has been building momentum since the Enclave full-size CUV arrived on the scene.
The Buick brand placed seventh in a list of 30 automakers, beating out mammoth brands such as Toyota, Honda and even Ford. Chevrolet tumbled down the list at number 20, while GMC and Cadillac held the number 23 and 24 spots.
CR broke down its rankings by overall score, road-test score and percent of recommended test models. Buick arrived in seventh with a 74-76-80 scorecard.
Buick isn’t holding back either. The all-new 2017 Buick LaCrosse will arrive this summer, and the unveiling of a refreshed 2017 Buick Encore is weeks away at the 2016 New York International Auto Show.