Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler and Fiat brands all finished in the bottom five of Consumer Reports’ Best Brands rankings, which included a total of 30 automakers. The rankings are decided by taking CR’s overall score for a car, its road-test score and predicted reliability results and averaging them out across the brand, using the number they are left with to gauge which brands produce the best vehicles.
Fiat was last in the rankings, coming in 30th, while Jeep was 29th, Chrysler was 26th and Dodge was 25th. CR only recommends 17% of the Dodge models they tested in the past year, while it recommends none of the Chrysler, Fiat or Jeep vehicles. The publication also noted that Chrysler vehicles suffered from problematic transmissions, likely a reference to the nine-speed ZF automatic that has been the subject of complaints from both the media and consumers.
The top overall brand in the rankings was Audi, followed by Subaru in second and Lexus in third. Buick was the lone North America marque in the top ten, with Ford, Lincoln and Chevrolet finishing near the middle of the pack. Cadillac was ranked similarly as poor as Dodge, finishing just one spot ahead of it in 24th and trailing another General Motors brand, GMC, in 23rd.
CR had to have tested more than one model from a certain brand to be included in the rankings, so FCA’s Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Ram brands were left out. Jaguar, Smart and Tesla were also not included.