Mazda Stands Atop the Consumer Reports List for First Time
Mazda just unlocked a first for the brand.
The “zoom-zoom” brand is now sitting atop Consumer Reports’ yearly list of most reliable automotive brands. That’s the first time that has happened.
The report, officially titled “Consumer Reports 2021 Brand Report Card”, was released Thursday, and the other four brands in the top five were BMW, Subaru, Porsche, and Honda.
Alfa Romeo’s reputation for reliability won’t be helped by its last-place showing on the list of 32 brands. Just ahead of Alfa were Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Jeep, and Lincoln.
Unlike most auto journalists/automotive publications, Consumer Reports actually buys the vehicles it tests, and does so anonymously. It also surveys its subscribers.
Last year’s top dogs were Porsche and Genesis, but Genesis dropped 13 spots this year. Lincoln had it even worse, falling 15 places to 28th.
Tesla, the darling of tech bros everywhere, slid from 11th to 16th. That still put it ahead of Mini, Kia, and Volkswagen.
Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.
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