3. Audi –Audi has entirely passed BMW and Mercedes as the car regular people on a big budget want to own. Audi makes sedate sedans and sportier models like the TT with the same attention to detail. The cars have the look and feel of a luxury brand without the cultural baggage that comes with other German nameplates.
2. Acura – Twenty years ago Honda cars would have made the list of the top brand names of cars instead of their luxury Acura line. Honda has lost their way since they dominated the market with winning designs like Civics and Accords. Their Prius is useful but ugly, and their regular cars have nothing to recommend them over other brands. Their Acura badge has always been well made and sensible, and people finally noticed that the difference in price between a loaded Accord and an entry-level Acura is miniscule.