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Best Vehicle Brands, CPO Program Awards Announced

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November 19, 2019—U.S. News & World Report has unveiled its 2020 Best Vehicle Brand awards and Best Certified Pre-Owned Program award.

The Best Vehicle Brand awards, evaluating 35 brands, recognize industry-wide excellence for cars, SUVs, trucks and luxury vehicles. Drawing on data from the U.S. News Best Used Cars rankings and auto brands' CPO program parameters, the Best Certified Pre-Owned Program award highlights the CPO program that offers buyers the most benefits.

The 2020 Best Vehicle Brand Winners

Mazda: Best Car Brand
For the fifth consecutive year, Mazda won this car class on the strength of the Mazda3, Mazda6 and Mazda MX-5 Miata. All three models have top-notch performance that puts an emphasis on direct, sporty handling, as well as quality interiors that are more upscale than their price tags might suggest.

Kia: Best SUV Brand
Kia broke Honda's four-year winning streak with a range of SUVs that can meet the needs of any buyer. From the subcompact Niro to the three-row Telluride, Kia's line of practical, affordable SUVs and crossovers have new designs and the kind of features that impress car reviewers.

Ram: Best Truck Brand
Like Kia, Ram broke another brand's four-year streak for the Best Truck Brand award, beating out Ford for the first time. The Ram 1500 stands alone among trucks with its coil-over suspension that makes the Ram comfortable enough for commuting and capable enough for serious towing and hauling. The Ram's interior features a monster touch-screen infotainment system, and on upper trims, the kind of materials that buyers usually see in luxury SUVs.

Porsche: Best Luxury Brand
This is the fifth year Porsche has won the best Luxury Brand award, and though many consumers think Porsche only makes sports cars, the automaker offers a full lineup of impressive vehicles. In addition to pacesetting performance, all Porsche models indulge their occupants with opulent, driver-oriented interiors that score high marks with reviewers.

"Deciding where to start looking for a new car, truck or SUV can be one of the most overwhelming parts of buying a car," said Jamie Page Deaton, executive editor of U.S. News Best Cars. "The Best Vehicle Brands provides consumers with the greatest possible starting point, no matter what type of vehicle they're shopping for."

To determine the award winners, U.S. News Best Cars averaged the overall score of all the given brand's products in each award class. The brand with the highest overall average score was named the winner in the category. The overall scores come directly from the U.S. News Best Cars rankings, which are based on a combination of safety scores, reliability data and the consensus of the automotive press.

To see the full list of brands, visit the link here.

The 2020 Best Certified Pre-Owned Program Winner

For the fourth year, Lexus is the Best Certified Pre-Owned Program award winner, based on its lengthy warranty coverage, numerous program perks and the dependability record of its pre-owned vehicles.

"Lexus offers used car buyers an excellent CPO warranty, as well as a long list of CPO program benefits, like free maintenance visits and a free loaner car," said Jamie Page Deaton, executive editor of U.S. News Best Cars. "As an added bonus, Lexus' reliability record means that while their CPO warranty is long, and the program has a lot of perks, owners may never need to use either."

The Lexus CPO warranty includes coverage for up to two years with no mileage limit and no deductible. Lexus CPO buyers can also take advantage of free roadside assistance and a free loaner car, as well as four complimentary factory maintenance service visits in their first two years or 20,000 miles of ownership.

To see the full announcement, click the link here.

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