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When it comes to making cars, Lexus pushes all of the right buttons: Its luxury models are quiet, comfortable, and fuel efficient, and they’re among the most reliable. That’s quite a feat for a brand whose cars are brimming with technology, such as hybrid drivetrains and complicated infotainment systems. All of that earned Lexus the highest overall score, 79, in Consumer Reports’ 2013 brand report cards.
Just off Lexus’s pace are two smaller makes, Subaru and Mazda, with scores of 76. They don’t usually get much attention, but both build solid cars with good handling, fuel economy, and versatility at relatively affordable prices. Toyota and Acura round out the top five with scores of 74. This year Consumer Reports graded each automaker’s individual brands.