One such study is ALG's Brand Perception of Quality (BPQ) metric, which tries to isolate how most consumers think about the actual quality of car manufacturers and car brands out there.
According to the latest study when it comes to luxury car brands in the United States, it seems that Mercedes-Benz has jumped all the way to first place, passing all its competitors.
Scoring 70.2 points out of 100, the Stuttgart car manufacturer is apparently ahead of Lexus, who only got 69.4 points, BMW with 68.7 points, Porsche with 68.1 points and further down we find Audi with 65.9 points out of a maximum of 100.
Despite the study being carried in the US, American luxury car makers like Cadillac and Lincoln placed below average in the top, with GM's premium maker getting only 62.6 points, while Lincoln received 60.9 points.
On top of that, Mercedes-Benz also received ALG's top ranking in their most Residual Value Awards, a survey which measures car brands that are predicted to best retain their value over the next three years.
In other words, the three-pointed star manufacturer is not only the best sold luxury car brand in the United States, it is also the best perceived by customers in a number of areas such as value and quality, making for a pretty interesting evolution in the last few years.