Lexus is the best overall brand; Fiat is worst.  That's what Consumer Reports concludes after combining road test and reliability scores for 28 brands for which the publication had enough data.

The big news is that Buick is ranked seventh among all brands, passing Honda and BMW, and marking the first time a Detroiter has broken into the top 10.  And it's Buick's second consecutive year as the best of all domestic brands.

Cadillac, supposedly General Motors' high end brand and one on which GM is spending a lot of time and money, finished 20th, ahead of Mercedes-Benz, but behind GM mainstream brand Chevrolet.