A new ranking of auto brands and models placed Ford Motor and Honda Motor at the top.

Total Car Score (www.totalcarscore.com) looked at auto review and ratings sites and measured which brands and vehicles received the most kudos.

The idea was to develop a comprehensive evaluation that takes advantage of expert opinions and ratings of autos, said Karl Brauer, founder and chief executive of Total Car Score.

Ford earned the most Total Car Score awards with a top-scoring vehicle in five of 20 categories.

Honda followed closely with four. Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Volkswagen all had three winners each.

"These brands all managed to earn a top score in multiple vehicle categories," Brauer said. "That's an impressive accomplishment given the highly competitive nature of today's automotive marketplace."

The top-scoring vehicles for the 2012 model year were Lexus LS, Hyundai Sonata and Infiniti M.

"These models are universally praised by the industry in terms of quality, design and safety," Brauer said.

Other winners, followed by the runners-up:

  • Economy car: Honda Fit, Kia Soul

  • Compact car: Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus

  • Midsize car: Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry hybrid

  • Sport coupe/convertible: Ford Mustang, Mini Cooper

  • Compact SUV: Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester

  • Midsize SUV: Volkswagen Touareg, Kia Sorento

  • Large truck: Ford F-Series, Toyota Tundra

  • Luxury sedan: Infiniti M, Hyundai Genesis

  • High performance car: Volkswagen Golf R, Ford Taurus SHO

  • Exotic car: Audi R8, no runner-up

    A car must have a rating from at least five sources to qualify as a validated Total Car Score.