Genesis cruises past Audi, tops Consumer Reports' best auto list

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GM's top-selling Chevrolet brand ranked 23rd, while the Cadillac brand ranked 24th and GMC 28th.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV got a strong head start against the Tesla Model 3 in the marketplace and now it has an early nod from Consumer Reports magazine which named the Bolt its "Top Pick" among small hybrids and electric cars.

The rankings are based on driving tests as well as reliability and satisfaction scores from Consumer Reports' subscribers.

In the auto industry, Consumer Reports is widely considered the most influential publication among vehicle shoppers.

Reuters reported last week that some potential buyers of Tesla's long-delayed Model 3 sedan are concerned they will miss out on big federal tax breaks and are looking for alternatives like the Bolt.

The all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV won the vehicle of the Year Award at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Then again, Toyota had 20 (yes, TWENTY!) models tested to Chrysler's two, but the well-received Pacifica minivan helped Chrysler become the top-ranked American brand in the list. Frustrated Tesla buyers, afraid that waiting could cost them a $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit, have factored into brisk demand for Bolts, according to GM dealers in California, the top USA market for electric vehicles. The Audi A4 was named the magazine's Top Pick among compact luxury cars.

Porsche, Subaru, Honda, Tesla and Toyota also make appearances in the top 10. The Toyota brand was in 10th place.

"Not many auto brands have what it takes to deliver consistent quality across several models and through multiple new launches or redesigns", said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports' director of automotive testing, in a statement to Automotive News.

Editors picked the Toyota Highlander as the top mid-sized SUV.

US brands lagged other automakers, but the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV Chrysler brand ranked 11th.

If it's any consolation to Fiat fans, Mitsubishi, the 5th worst brand in overall score, actually has the worst road-test score, but again Fiat's unreliability clearly hurt it.