With the economy being stable, gas prices slowly rising and the unemployment rate at its lowest in over a decade, the auto industry has really flourished. That being said, many of today’s luxury and exotic car brands are staying in the limelight but domestics continue to hold their own in a steady market. We’ve put together a snapshot of the most chart-topping brands found on today’s American roadways. Take a look.
Audi continues to hold a strong presence for both car ‘appreciationists’ as well as practical car buyers. Since the beginning of time, or 1899 this company has been making precision styled cars that appeal to the luxury market. This car brand still carries the torch for those graduating from Audi’s entry level brand the Volkswagen. The Audi A4/S4 continues to hold a 5-star rating with NHTSA but not with IIHS. Nonetheless, if you’re seeking one of the most stable foreign made cars that’s a heavy hitter, perhaps Audi is your brand?
Next up, BMW. The Beemer is has continued to impress their drivers and passengers since the 1920’s. This manufacturer introduced their first 6-cylinder luxury model in 1932. The BMW customer continues showing their loyalty today, with an increase in their 7 series along with the X3 model. These are for the serious car driver and not a toy although, the Mini-Coupe has held its own with a 0.3% increase in sales for 2016 so far.
“That’s not a Buick” campaign really proved to change the face of this brand going from your grandfather’s jalopy to a more innovative and luxurious model. With sleek designing, loaded with features and a 250hp turbocharged engine, any of their current models are sure to impress.
The Honda continues to be one of American’s top brands. Carrying out a strict mission of selling some of the most highly rated cars, crossovers and SUVs. With the long lasting engines, crafty use of space and the longevity of models like the Accord, this brand has gained the trust of people living in the states without a doubt.
Straight from the shores of Seoul, Korea and winner of the Edmund’s 2015 most popular the Kia Soul can be seen on just about any street located across the great divide. What was surprising to note is that this car made it in the subcompact category for two years in a row. These cars have gained a tremendous amount of momentum while seeking their footprint here in the U.S. and according to Edmunds they are here to stay.
Toyota’s luxury model brand “LEXUS” still rates a 8.6 on the J.P. Power & Associates scorecard. With the 2016 Lexus NX ranking 5 out of 14 Luxury Compact SUVs, this brand is stellar with performance and style. Take one look at the detail and you know that these vehicles were crafted with pride. This brand is an excellent choice for those wanting something that’s both functional and sharp.
Zoom-Zoom is the appropriate slogan for one of the best performing brands on the market today. The Mazda brand was awarded an overall score of 75. The Mazda CX3 delivers 33mpg and is noted to be one of the more exciting subcompact crossover vehicles with some guts to it. If this is a category you’re contemplating for the next car, definitely check this one out.
Starting with the 911 Carrera, Porsche has expressed longevity, performance and some of the best known for its signature styling. The critics rate the overall score for the 911 at a 9.2 which is the highest it can get next to the Porsche Boxster. Agile handling, powerful engines and the Porsche dynamics, this brand is no joke.
Subaru received excellent press after it’s redesigning and re-branding. They became really aggressive with repurposing their brand to become a leader in the automotive world. According to a study done by J.D. Power and Associates for the 2008 Customer Retention Study, Subaru ranked at 50.5%, which was above the national average of 48%. This car is opening a lot of newer doors with a natural approach with the “It’s what make Subaru, a Subaru.” We’re sure to see a lot more of this brand for the years ahead.
Don’t get us started on Toyota. Although they’re hard to find, if you look hard enough you can still see some of the oldest Toyotas running strong on today’s freeways. The die-hard engines, simple yet well-crafted construction from the cars nose to the rear, you can see why this car maintains its client loyalty. The Toyota Tacoma reached its 20-year anniversary but these cars have been in the U.S. for over 60 years total. In an article published by Time/Life magazine it was noted that Toyota’s first pickup truck the Hilux was of sound production. The car featured in this article had over a million miles on its original engine! That’s right 1 million miles and the proud owner was still driving it. It’s not a wonder that the Toyota brand will be here for a long time to come.
While we couldn’t mention every make and model in this particular article, be sure to watch out for our next blog for more info on what’s going on in the world of cars.
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