U.S. News' Best Car Brands of 2021

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These Are the Best Car Brands According to U.S. News Scores

Shopping for a new car can be intimidating, even as consumers have more resources than ever to help them research from their own home before setting foot in the high-pressure dealership environment. The good news is that there are a lot of great cars on the market right now. On the flip-side, that can make it even more difficult to figure out which cars are the very best.

In addition to our new vehicle reviews and rankings, our annual Best Car Brand award goes to the automaker with the highest-quality cars, according to the same factors that drive our rankings. These include safety scores, technology, predicted reliability ratings, fuel economy ratings, and opinions of professional automotive journalists. 

On the following slides, you’ll learn about every auto manufacturer that makes cars we currently review, counting down from the worst brand to the best. As you read, keep in mind that our scores sometimes change as new expert reviews and data become available. Therefore, the scores included in this story may be slightly different from the scores in our current rankings and reviews. Furthermore, each brand in this slideshow is ranked based exclusively on their cars, so if you’re interested in crossovers and SUVs, trucks, or luxury vehicles, we have awards and slideshows for those segments, too.

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