Lexus and Toyota make it to the top of the Best Brands list of 2015

The Consumer Reports 2015 Car Brand Report Cards ranks automakers across the world by reliability, road test performance and other factors. For the second year in a row, Lexus topped the list, nearly matched by Mazda, and followed by Toyota and Audi. The bottom of the list included Ford, Dodge, Mini, Jeep and Fiat.

The publication ranked the carmakers with an overall score, which was a combination of each brand's road test score and average reliability score. The road test score factored in the average results from Consumer Reports' many tests on the cars, and a reliability rating provides a guide on how likely the cars from each brand are likely to hold up on average.

Not all automakers were factored into Consumer Reports' study. Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Mitsubishi, Ram, Smart and Tesla did "not have sufficient data" to be reviewed by the publication.

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Lexus

Getting the best overall score with 78, Lexus leads this year's best brands list. Consumer Reports called Lexus a company "known for making quiet, plush, and very reliable cars." The carmaker also received the highest rating for reliability and a road test score of 76.

Toyota

Toyota was ranked third with an overall score of 74, a road test score of 72 and a high predicted reliability rating. "Toyota focuses on building solid, reliable cars that are pleasant, comfortable, and very popular," Consumer Reports said.

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