: AutoOnInfo.net: The Guide to Past, Present and Future Automobile Quality
Skip Navigation Links: Automobile Quality: 1995 Brand and Manufacturer Quality: 10 Best Auto Brands in 1995

Auto Quality Ratings and Auto Quality Rankings

Support Freelance Auto Quality News and Information ->

Shop Amazon.com via Auto on Info.
Skip Navigation Links
Home Page
Automobile ReliabilityExpand Automobile Reliability
Automobile DurabilityExpand Automobile Durability
Automobile QualityExpand Automobile Quality
Brand Grades + Mkt SharesExpand Brand Grades + Mkt Shares
Shares of CR's Bad CarsExpand Shares of CR's Bad Cars
CAA's Excellence Awards
RI's 2007 Top 200
HI's 2006 Best and Worst
True Values of Big 3s
High Mileage Roster
History of Ford Fires
DaimlerChrysler Letter
Auto Ezine Articles
Auto ArticlesBase Articles
Visitor Comments
Website Awards Received
PDF Files
Site Manager
Best Answer Cites
Charts for Reports
History of AutoOnInfo.net
 
 

The 10 Best Automobile Brands in 1995
by James Bleeker

Content Summary

This page provides two rankings of the 10 best brands of automobiles sold in North America from model year 1987 to 1994. Each ranking employs a different method of computation.

The statistics used in the computations for rating and ranking the brands are those found within the April issues of Consumer Reports. The two sections providing the necessary statistics are CR's 1995 Used-Cars-To-Avoid list and its reliability charts in the April 1995 to April 2002 issues. Reliability is defined by the magazine as the infrequency of serious problems, which it measures annually by a subscriber survey.

The first ranking of the car brands is based on each brand's infrequency of trouble-prone models. This ranking provides a measure of how well each brand's models successfully avoided the bottom end of the model-quality spectrum.

The second ranking of the car brands is based on the average of each brand's reliability percentrank averages for model years 1988 to 1994. The second ranking provides a measure of how well a brand's models performed over the entire model-quality spectrum.

It should be noted that the second rankings for 1985 and 1990 are based on the average of the overall reliability ratings of each brand's models found in the Trouble-Index row of CR's reliability charts. However, in 1995, this overall reliability rating was not offered by Consumer Reports; consequently, the reliability percentrank averages for model years 1988 to 1994 are used.

Auto Brand Quality by Frequency of Trouble-Prone Models: The Top 10 of 1995

To form a brand-quality measure from the 1995 list of Used Cars To Avoid, the first step is to count each brand's entries on the list. Each model year of each model is treated as a separate entry.

Next, as the number of automobile models sold under a brand name varies greatly from brand to brand, it is necessary to take account of the fact that a brand with more models has a greater opportunity to have more model years of low quality. To compensate for a possibly inflated, or deflated, frequency of trouble-prone model years within a brand, as well as a variability in model data sufficiency, the number of a brand's entries in CR's 1995 Used-Cars-To-Avoid list is divided by the total number of reliability columns for the brand found in the reliability charts of the same issue of Consumer Reports. The overall reliability ratings are found in the Trouble-Index row of the 1995 reliability charts.

By the method of computation, this quality measure begins with 0 and may run to a value some greater than 1. The value of 0 is the highest quality rating attainable by a brand and is achieved only when a brand has no entry on the Used-Cars-To-Avoid list.

The 10 best car brands by the foregoing computations, together with their quality ratings, are given in the first bar graph below.

Auto Brand Quality by the Average of the Brand's Reliability Percentrank Averages: The Top 10 of 1995

This brand quality measure is a simple average of the brand's reliability percentrank averages for model years 1988 to 1994. The brand reliability percentrank averages for these model years may be found at  CarsOnInfo.net: 1988 to 1998 Car Reliability Percentrank Averages for Car Brands. Cars on Info is a sister site to Auto on Info.

For this measure of quality, the range is from 0 (the worst possible) to +1.0 (the best possible).

The 10 best car brands by this set of computations, together with their quality ratings, are given in the second bar graph below.

The Bar Graphs of the Top 10 of 1995

In both of the graphs that follow, the order of the car brands is with the best on top.

The 10 Best Auto Brands in 1995 by Infrequency of Trouble-Prone Models The 10 Best Auto Brands in 1995 by the Average of CarsOnInfo.net's Reliability Percentrank Averages for Model Years 1988 to 1994

Summary and Analysis

By infrequency of trouble-prone models (first graph), the ten best brands in 1995 were, in descending order (best first), Honda Motor Company's Honda, Volvo, Toyota Motor Company's Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen AG's Audi, Nissan Motor Company's Infiniti, General Motors' Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota's Toyota, and BMW.

By the broader percentrank averages (second graph), the ten best brands in 1995 were, in descending order (best first), Toyota's Lexus, Honda's Acura, Toyota's Toyota, Honda's Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan Motor Company's Infiniti, Nissan's Nissan, Fuji Heavy Industries' Subaru, Volvo, and BMW.

There are 6 brands common to both best-10 lists; they are:

Lexus
Honda
Toyota
Mercedes-Benz
Infiniti
BMW

Worthy of note is that GM's now defunct Saturn brand is the only Big Three brand to have placed in the Top 10 of either list.

Additional Resources

To view the 10 Worst brands of 1995, click Go.

To view the graphs showing the ratings and rankings of all brands, click Go.

For a Google Knol that summarizes the changes in auto-brand and auto-manufacturer ranking by these quality measures from 1990 to 2010, click Go.

AutoOnInfo.net: The auto-quality website with the Open Directory Cool Site Award.

 

A man's watch by Cartier A man's watch by Geneve A man's watch by Tag Heuer A man's watch by Locman A man's watch by Fortis A man's watch by Concord A man's watch by Gucci   Support Freelance Auto Quality News and Information   Shopping at Amazon.com by first clicking a link on Auto on Info costs you nothing but helps bring quality auto news and information to you and others.   Support quality auto info by shopping Amazon.com via Auto on Info.
Men's Watches by Cartier Men's Watches by Geneve Men's Watches by Tag Heuer Men's Watches by Locman Men's Watches by Fortis Men's Watches by Concord Men's Watches by Gucci