Best cars/car brands for 2017. Consumer Reports.

Some surprising results, some not so surprising.  Having owned a Mini, I agree that while they are fun to drive, they are unreliable pieces of shit.

Audi, Porsche are tops in Consumer Reports' annual rankings

Audi, Porsche, BMW and Lexus are the best-performing brands in Consumer Reports' annual rankings, but lower-priced options aren't far behind.

Subaru, Kia, Mazda, Honda and Buick also made it into the organization's top ten brands for 2017. Tesla was the highest-ranking U.S.-based brand, at number eight. The worst performers were Fiat, Jeep and Mitsubishi.

The brand rankings combine scores from Consumer Reports' road tests as well as reliability and satisfaction ratings that are based on owner surveys. Safety is also a factor. Vehicles get points off if they do poorly in government crash tests; they are awarded extra points if they have automatic emergency braking or forward collision warning as standard equipment.

This year, for the first time, automakers got points off if they have an automatic transmission shifter that is difficult to operate or doesn't automatically return to "park" when the engine is shut off or the driver's door is open. Unusual shifter designs, including rotary knobs and buttons, are becoming more common as automakers try to free up space in the front seat, but they can be dangerous. Last April, Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.1 million vehicles after 41 people reported injuries because their vehicles rolled away when they thought they were in "park."

Consumer Reports cited only one rotary shifter — in the 2017 Ford Fusion — that meets its standards. Numerous vehicles — including the Chrysler 300, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Lexus CT 200h — are no longer recommended because of their shifters.

"Shifter design can't just change for change's sake. It has to actually make things better," said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports' director of auto testing.

Consumer Reports' rankings are closely watched by the industry since many buyers make decisions based on its picks. The Yonkers, New York-based nonprofit buys all the vehicles it tests and prints the results in its monthly magazine.

Consumer Reports recommended 100 percent of the vehicles it tested from Porsche, BMW and Mazda. It didn't recommend any vehicles from Chrysler, Mini, Jaguar, Dodge, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Jeep or Fiat. It lacked sufficient data from Alfa Romeo, Ram, Genesis, Maserati and Smart, so those brands weren't included in the survey.

Consumer Reports also recommends individual vehicle models by category. The Chevrolet Cruze was the top pick among small cars, while the Kia Optima was the top midsize car and the Chevrolet Impala was the top large car. The Toyota Prius was the best performing hybrid and the Mazda MX-5 was the best sports car.

The Subaru Forester and Toyota Highlander were the top small and midsize SUVs. The Audi Q7 was the top luxury SUV. The Honda Ridgeline was the best performing small pickup.

There are some omissions in the rankings. Consumer Reports didn't name a top full-size pickup, for example, because none met its criteria.

I'm a little surprised that Buick made it into the top ten.  I've owned GM cars and they are pieces of shit.  

Also surprised that the Mazda MX5 was rated the best sports car.  

Buick is routintely in the top ten, frequently the top five.

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Buick is routintely in the top ten, frequently the top five.



Like I said, I find that surprising.  I've owned GM cars and they are nothhing but problems.  



Only car I've owned in the last 30 years that hasn't been one headache after another is a Honda CRV.  Almost 60K miles on it without one single problem.  



The GM I had was back to the dealer every month or so.  Same with the Mini.  

Buick has had higher quality than most other GM brands for years, not sure why.  I had a 91 Pontiac Grand Prix, it was a surprisingly reliable car.  I have had Japanese cars since then, Acura & Mazda were great, Lexus was a POS.  The model & year of my Lexus was probably the worst vehicle Lexus ever produced (2007 IS250 AWD).  Non stop recalls, problems, repairs.  The biggest problem was carbon build up courtesy of the direct injection engine.  They replaced my pistons and piston rings for free (that is a MASSIVE job).

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I'm a little surprised that Buick made it into the top ten.  I've owned GM cars and they are pieces of shit.  



Also surprised that the Mazda MX5 was rated the best sports car.  

They are gay, but FUCKING BADASS

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I'm a little surprised that Buick made it into the top ten.  I've owned GM cars and they are pieces of shit.  



Also surprised that the Mazda MX5 was rated the best sports car.  

They are gay, but FUCKING BADASS


Yeah, I'd love to get one but they don't even have a fucking glove box.  No way I could carry my guitars and amps in one.  



Been thinking about a Mustang convertible.   My CRV is awesome but I miss having something fun to drive. 

Then again, Fords tend to be pieces of shit too.  And for some reason, Ford dealerships tend to be more crooked than other brands.  

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I'm a little surprised that Buick made it into the top ten.  I've owned GM cars and they are pieces of shit.  



Also surprised that the Mazda MX5 was rated the best sports car.  

They are gay, but FUCKING BADASS


Yeah, I'd love to get one but they don't even have a fucking glove box.  No way I could carry my guitars and amps in one.  



Been thinking about a Mustang convertible.   My CRV is awesome but I miss having something fun to drive. 


My sister has the MX-5 and it's part of why I love hanging out with her. She inevitably has one beer too many and I have to drive, and I wind that little car up. If it didn't scream, "FedorFan5000 at a Pride Parade" I'd want one. Having kids makes it a non-starter.


I don't have any...umm....shortcoming...that I need a "manly" car to compensate for.  



I've had several "chick cars" before and they have all been a blast to drive.   The MX5 is very cool but it's just so fucking impractical.   I may be doing another cross country drive soon and I can't imagine doing it in an MX5.  I'll have another person with me, two dogs, and a bunch of gear.  



Unfortunately the only other convertible I can afford is the Mustang and I'm scared to death of buying one and getting a piece of shit.  I've read all kinds of horror stories about them.  The tops leak, the windows don't close right, the bluetooth is always going out, the ACs break, the exterior temperature thermometers break, the stock stereo sucks balls, satellite radio isn't even a stock component - you have to pay extra for it, the gas mileage on the V6 sucks, the ecoboost engine has problems and is way overpriced, etc.etc...  But dammit, I want another convertible!!!  I miss mine.  And driving a CRV, while comfortable and practical, is as boring as watching grass grow. 

DanTheWolfman drove a Mazda Miata.

Let that sink in.