Japanese car makers Lexus, Toyota and Mazda topped the Consumer Reports’ reliability rankings in the USA. The brands were followed by Subaru, Kia, Infinity, Audi, BMW, Mini and Hyundai making up the top 10.
The survey comprised of data from cars from 2000 to 2018 model years as well as 5,00,000 responses from Consumer Reports’ members. More bias was given to mechanical issues in a vehicle than features like voice recognition. The report highlights mechanical problems which could leave drivers stranded and are expensive to repair.
In terms of the least reliability, Volvo came in last followed by Cadillac, Tesla, Ram and GMC. Tesla fell 6 places from last year due to suspension issues in the Model S and issues with falcon doors in the Model X. Buick fell 11 places to take up the 19th place, while 18th place was taken up by Ford, which was the highest ranked American brand this year.
Toyota and Lexus retained the top 2 positions for the 6th consecutive year. Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Jaguar Land Rover, Maserati, Mitsubishi and Smart were not ranked due to a lack of sufficient data.
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