These are the most and least reliable car brands
Hello folks, yes it is that time of the year again where (US) Consumer Reports releases its Annual Auto Reliability Survey results. The survey examines the reliability of cars made by mainstream manufacturers. This includes more than 420,000 vehicles! The survey ranks each brand based on the average reliability of their vehicles and each brand will get a score out of 100.
THE MOST RELIABLE
This year, the three top spots were all claimed by Japanese manufacturers unsurprisingly. Lexus claimed first place, followed by Mazda and then Toyota who were last year's winners. Porsche moved up five places to land a fourth place spot on the list. They are the only German manufacturer to make the top 10. Genesis and Hyundai followed Porsche to round up the top six. Behind Hyundai was Subaru and then the shocker, Dodge moved up 13 places to claim a top 10 spot, they were followed by Kia and Mini who finish up the top 10.
Surprisingly, Nissan and Honda both placed outside of the top 10. Receiving a 11th and 12th place respectively.
Chrysler also saw a huge rise this time around with the brand gaining nine places over last year. Tesla also performed impressively as they recorded their best year in terms of production, they moved up four places to 23rd.
Some of America's most reliable cars were the Lexus IS, Mazda MX-5, Toyota Corolla hatch, Porsche Cayenne, Genesis G70, Hyundai Kona, Subaru BRZ, Dodge Challenger, Kia Soul and Mini Cooper in that order.
THE LEAST RELIABLE
The Cadillac XT4 in question
Now moving to the bottom end of the list. Troubled luxury marque Cadillac placed last for the second year running. They were joined by Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Volkswagen and Acura. Both Acura and VW lost nine places since last year to land a spot in the bottom five much to the surprise of readers. Consumer Reports says that bad reviews for VW's Atlas and Tiguan along with Acura's MDX and RDX were to blame for the poor performance of these two brands.
America's most unreliable cars were the Chevrolet Colorado, Camaro, Jeep Wrangler, Alfa Romeo Giulia, VW Atlas, VW Tiguan, Acura MDX, Tesla Model X, Chrysler Pacifica and the Chevrolet Traverse in that order.
There is a bit of a catch with this Consumer Report survey. The main issue being the fact this is a US only study which means that brands like Suzuki were not part of the list. Also, the lack of data meant that Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati and Ram were all removed from the survey.