Mercedes falls from Top 10
One of the most notable departures from the list is Mercedes-Benz.
The world's best selling luxury brand fell from 10th in last year's ranking to 21st this year.
"The reliability of some Mercedes models, including the S-Class sedan and the CLA-Class, have been very disappointing," said Fisher. "In addition the CLA has poor performance."
The CLA was introduced by Mercedes in 2014 as an entry-level model priced just under $30,000. The low price point spurred strong sales, but Fisher said its performance has been lacking.
"It does not drive like a Mercedes," he said.
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Overall Quality Improving
While the annual ranking of top picks is of high interest because it names specific models tabbed as the best by Consumer Reports, it's also a chance to gauge the overall quality of the cars, trucks and SUVs Americans are buying.
In that regard, Fisher and his team are impressed.
"Overall, the quality of what we are driving is getting better. The in-car connectivity, fuel economy and other areas have improved," he said.
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