General Motors brands once again hovered around the bottom of the pack in Consumer Reports latest brand ranking chart. Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac all finished under the top 10 brands CR tested this time around.
The best place finisher was Buick, which ranked 18th out of 33 spots. It actually gained one place over last year’s ratings, moving from 19th place. The rankings shouldn’t be confused with just reliability ratings, but Buick has experienced somewhat of a fall from grace in the past few years. In 2016, Buick became the first U.S. auto brand to crack the top three rankings in the CR reliability rankings. It trailed only Toyota and Lexus.
Predicted reliability for the Buick brand didn’t change, nor did the owner satisfaction score.
Chevrolet was the second best-placing brand in 24th place on the ranking. Worse news: that’s down one spot compared to last year. Expected reliability is predicted to drop, though owner satisfaction rose for this year’s iteration of the rankings.
Cadillac fell behind Chevrolet in 26th place, down two spots from the year before. Expected reliability is way down and owner satisfaction didn’t move an inch. Harshly, CR doesn’t recommend any Cadillac vehicle it has tested.
Finally, GMC placed right behind Cadillac in 27th place. The brand is actually up one place from last year, though expected reliability was also down. Owner satisfaction, however, increased.
Each of the GM brands placed behind rival Ford in 20th place and behind Chrysler in 22nd place. Though, its worse news for Chrysler as it tumbled 11 places this year. Dodge ranked 25th, up two places, while Jeep placed 29th, up four places.
Foreign makes fared much better. Hyundai, Toyota, and Mazda all placed in the top ten and Subaru moved six places to take the top spot away from Genesis this year. Lincoln also made major moves and climbed nine places to rank eighth place.