Consumer Reports ranks Lexus most reliable
The dominance of Japanese automakers in Consumer Reports' annual auto reliability ratings is starting to fade, with two European automakers and one U.S. brand securing places in the top 10 of the 2013 rankings.
Lexus — the luxury division of Toyota — scored the top spot this year, followed by Toyota and Acura. Audi — the luxury division of Volkswagen — came in fourth, followed by Mazda, Infiniti, Volvo, Honda and then the sole U.S. brand, the GMC division of General Motors. Subaru was 10th.
But Consumer Reports didn't have all good news for Toyota.
Separately, it has decided to revoke its recommendations for Toyota's Camry, RAV4 and Prius V hybrid station wagon because they have scored low in insurance industry crash tests that measure what happens when the front corner of the car hits a pole or other object. The cars have long been among Consumer Reports' top picks.
Audi's A4 lost its recommended status for the same reason.
“Now that more than 50 vehicles have gone through that test, our engineers feel we cannot recommend a vehicle that has a poor safety rating on a crash test,” said C. Matt Fields, a Consumer Reports spokesman.
In the reliability ratings, Buick, another GM brand, leaped nine slots to 12th place this year. All of its cars with the exception of the V-6 engine version of the big LaCrosse sedan ranked average or better.
But Chevrolet, GM's flagship nameplate, came in at only 17th out of the 28 car brands Consumer Reports ranked, dragged down by the below-average reliability of the Camaro and Cruze.
Domestic brands filled most of the bottom of the rankings.
Ford fared particularly poorly. Of the 31 Fords in the survey, only the F-150 pickup with the 3.7-liter V-6 engine rated above average. Including its Lincoln brand, almost two-thirds of the 34 Ford vehicles in the survey scored much worse than average.
Ford continues to struggle with its My-Touch phone connectivity and in-car electronics system and has had problems with its vehicles sold with the EcoBoost turbocharged V-6 engine, said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports automotive test director.
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