Japanese Cars Still Top Reliability Ranking, Consumer Reports Says

Japanese Cars Still Top Reliability Ranking, Consumer Reports SaysLexus, Toyota, and Acura claim the top three spots in Consumer Reports‘ predicted reliability rankings by brands.
But European automakers are making headway.
Audi moved up four places this year to finish fourth overall — the top European carmaker in CR’s newest survey. Three Audis — the A6 2.0T sedan, Q7 SUV, and Allroad wagon — have “much better than average” reliability.
Meanwhile, Volvo jumped 13 places to seventh.
The most reliable new car in the survey is the 2014 Subaru Forester. The worst score goes to the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, with the regular C-Max Hybrid not faring much better.
“To be clear, this should not cast a negative light on other electric cars or hybrids,” CR said.
CR makes this point: Choosing a Japanese-branded car does not necessarily ensure fewer problems.
“In fact, we’ve seen some Japanese brands tumble, with Subaru, Scion, and Nissan all losing several positions over last-year’s rankings,” CR said.
Moreover, the Honda Accord V6 has fallen from its perch of reliability and now has a below-average rating. And the redesigned Nissan Altima, in both four- and six-cylinder forms, is well below average and last among midsized cars.
U.S. domestic brands are led by General Motors, with GMC, Buick, and Chevrolet ranking above the brands from Chrysler Corp. and Ford Motor Company.
GMC is the lone domestic brand in the top 10, claiming the 9th spot. Buick is close by in 12th spot. All Buicks except the V6 LaCrosse were average or better. The only dark spots for Chevrolet are the Camaro and Cruze, both of which earned below-average reliability scores.
Despite climbing five spots to 18th, Chrysler models are still below par overall.
Ford and Lincoln crowd the bottom, with only Mini scoring worse. These domestic brands are hampered primarily by the MyTouch infotainment systems, and some problems in versions with the V6 EcoBoost. There are problems with components associated with those heavily marketed engines, rather than the engines themselves.

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