Calling a car the best in the world can mean different things to different people. If your list of the best brand names of cars includes Rolls Royce, the list isn’t likely to be of use to the average consumer. On the other hand, telling a billionaire that the Kia Rio gets great gas mileage is also an example of talking to the wrong audience.
The Best Cars for Most People
We’ll restrict our list of the top 5 brand names of cars to the best cars for the most people. These are brands that the average person could at least aspire to own, but it also contains many models that even the upper crust wouldn’t mind driving when their Bentley is in the shop. These brands are chosen on overall style, safety, reliability, and affordability:
5. Toyota – Toyota is included in our list of top brand names of cars for one reason: When you turn the key, the car will go. Toyota has never produced a flashy car, and probably never will. They’re simply reliable, inexpensive cars that don’t try to do too much. When discussing styling, Toyota wins by not trying. Toyotas just look like cars. What’s wrong with a car looking like a car?
4. Subaru – Subaru is an acquired taste. Unlike Toyotas, they do try to look like something more than an econobox, with mixed results. They’ve built a solid reputation over decades for working reliably in climates that kill other cars in a hurry. If you live in snow country, you’ll notice more Subarus than any other brand. A car that works when others don’t belongs on our list.