avoid the VW like the plague, terrible reliability ratings, and super expensive parts, Chevies tend to be very cheaply made pieces of junk, do your homework look at edmunds used car reviews and online reliability ratings. You'll find front wheel drive, fords, toyotas and honda's at the top of the list year after year.
I agree with you on avoiding VW.
It's all a matter of preference. I've owned a Chevy, Ford, Oldsmobile, and Chrysler. So far, I've loved the Chevy, Ford and Oldsmobile, and hated the Chrysler.
Toyota's have a higher rate of fatality for rollover crashes, as well as they lack the ability to handle most impacts without crushing like tin foil. Also very easy to get their tires, axles, and brakes out of alignment.
Honda's are more unreliable than most companies today, many have engine failure or transmission issues by about 80,000 miles, as well as many needing to have their electronics constantly fixed/re-calibrated. They are also built on looks more than efficiency and reliability. And they are very expensive to fix because their parts are not what is used for most other cars on the market.
Compare the Honda Ridgeline to the Chevrolet Avalanche if you want a good example on all these things.
Also, if the OP really wants to look up ratings, I would HIGHLY suggest they use KBB(Kelley Blue Book) and Consumer Reports.
I would not recommend Edmund's as they are hugely biased, not as big a company as KBB and they don't put into consideration many vital details when it comes to buying(or selling) a car.