Mazda is the best car brand in the USA for the fifth year in a row, according to an annual report from U.S. News & World Report Autos.
The publication will hand out its "Best Vehicle Brand Awards" at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday, and before the official crowning, it released the names of the automakers taking home this year's highest honors.
The publication says its rankings are meant to "cut through the marketing jargon and overly technical reviews" to spotlight the brands that are the best at creating the kind of vehicles that matter to shoppers.
The winners are chosen from a group of 35 top companies and divided into four categories: Cars, SUVs, Trucks and Luxury Vehicles.
Days after scoring high on reliability rankings from Consumer Reports, the Japanese car manufacturer Mazda will take home the title of Best Car Brand.
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"Mazda won this car class on the strength of the Mazda3, Mazda6 and Mazda MX-5 Miata," U.S. News editors said in a news release. "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 tops the SUV category thanks to its subcompact Niro to the three-row Telluride. The South Korean automaker’s lineup of "practical, affordable SUVs and crossovers" have new designs and the kind of features that impress car reviewers, U.S. News said.
Ram beat out Ford, taking home the best truck title for the first time ever. And Porsche kept its winning streak going, conquering the best Luxury Brand category for the fifth year in a row.
Ram won, in part, because its 1500 is comfortable enough for commuting and capable enough for serious towing and hauling, the editors at U.S. News said. Porsche was victorious over other high-end carmakers because it offers a full lineup of impressive vehicles.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: LA Auto Show: Mazda, Kia, Porsche, Ram among best 2020 vehicle brands