School’s in session, and it is time for report cards – the Consumer Reports Report Card, that is. In an unprecedented occurrence, Buick has, for the first time, become the top-ranked domestic brand in the annual Consumer Report’s top ten picks.
To establish the rankings of the Car Brand Report Card, the magazine’s test drivers made assessments based on performance, reliability, and safety of 270 vehicles from 28 different automobile manufacturers. In order to receive a top ranking in the Report, vehicles must also receive high marks for crash or rollover tests from the IIHS or federal government.
Buick was able to surpass both Honda and BMW in the rankings with the Buick Regal taking the lead in the sports sedan segment beating the BMW 328i which claimed victory for the past two years. “Buick has a reputation for large, cushy cars, and they’ve really reinvented themselves pretty quickly,” Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports, “In many ways, they’re like the new Lexus, but also sporty to drive.”