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Honda, Toyota, and Ford Lead Consumer Report Reliability Survey

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On: Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 4:37PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Honda, Toyota, and Ford Lead Consumer Report Reliability Survey

A recent annual survey compiled by Consumer Report magazine reveals that Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. are both at the top of the list for the most reliable vehicles of 2011, with Ford Motor Company at the top of the domestic automakers list and General Motors moving up in the ranks.

Many Chrysler vehicles (as well as European brands) have models that scored below average in reliability tests, according to the magazine.

83% of Chevy models were scored average or better in the reliability category according to the magazine.  That is a 50% better score for Chevrolet than last year’s results.

According to a statement by David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports Auto Test Center; “General Motors and Ford have taken different paths to improving reliability.”

“Some of GM's redesigned vehicles have scored well. The company has also dropped many of its below-average models. Ford has put its emphasis on fine-tuning existing platforms and limiting the number of new-model introductions. The magazine added that GM is still ranking far from the top.

The most reliable model in the survey was The Porsche Boxster and the Audi A6 3.0T and Jaguar XF were rated the least reliable models.

The results are compiled from a poll of 5 million Consumer Reports subscribers (25% of the total subscribers), and includes over 1 million vehicles from model year 2001 to 2010.

GM’s ranking was improved by the recent launch of models such as the Chevy Camaro, Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac SRX. Many vehicles that came in with lower scores for reliability have been discontinued such as Pontiac, Hummer, and Saturn. A total of 69% of GM models ranked average or better in the survey and 90% of Ford’s vehicles surveyed ranked higher than average, including Lincoln.

Ford now ranks just below Lexus, above Mazda and Nissan as a result of an improvement in reliability across its line-up. Vehicles such as the Flex and Fusion, which is now the most reliable mid-size sedan according to Consumer Report, enabled Ford Motor Co. to rank as the number one most reliable domestic brand surveyed.

The magazine stated that the Chrysler brand has outdated vehicles, 12 out of the 20 Chrysler models included in the survey ranked below average in reliability.

Toyota vehicles (including Lexus and Scion) ranked among the most reliable of all vehicles surveyed in 5 different categories; Yaris-small cars, FJ Cruiser-midsized SUV, Lexus LX-Luxury cars, Sienna FWD minivan, and full size pickups-Tundra V6. The only two Toyota models that ranked below average were the Lexus IS 250 convertible, and the Lexus GS. Prius realized a major drop in ranking due to problems with the antilock brake problems in early models.

Honda and its luxury brand-Acura took the top 5 vehicle segments for; the Aura in the upscale sedan category, Acura RL for the luxury car segment, and the CR-V for the small SUVs, as well as Acura RDX for upscale compact SUVs and the Ridgeline for compact pickup trucks. According to Consumer Report, rear brake pad problems caused lower rankings of “average” for the Accord and Acura TSX sedans.



jeffw | 2:58PM (Tue, Nov 9, 2010)

The most reliable model in the survey was The Porsche Boxster and the Audi A6 3.0T and Jaguar XF were rated the least reliable models

help me with some clarity? are the cars mentioned in the above statement, the most or the least reliable? just not sure, in this class. Im just happy i dont own any of them.

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