Toyota, Honda Head Up CR Reliability Survey

Toyota, Honda Head Up CR Reliability Survey


Consumers looking for a new car may think that it would be wise to bypass Toyota given the millions of vehicles recalled since late 2009. However, those recalls haven’t affected the world’s largest automaker in their quest to offer the most number of vehicles considered tops in reliability in their respective segments. Toyota tied with Honda to hold five categories each in the Consumer Reports 2010 Annual Reliability Survey.

American Automakers

American manufacturers, most notably Ford and General Motors, scored well with Ford finishing first in two segments while GM demonstrated substantial improvement, particularly with Cadillac and Chevrolet. The Ford Fusion Hybrid finished first in the family car segment while the Ford Flex with EcoBoost was tops in the large SUV category.

Consumer Reports says that Toyota and Honda continue to dominate its reliability surveys while some other manufacturers are making strides. Most notably, Chevrolet now has average or better scores in predicted reliability for 83 percent of their models, up from 50 percent last year. GM’s winners included the Chevrolet Camaro, Buick Lacrosse V-6 FWD, Cadillac SRX and Chevrolet Equinox.

Top Toyotas

Toyota’s top cars according to Consumer Reports are its subcompact Yaris, FJ Cruiser mid-size SUV, Lexus LX luxury SUV, Sienna minivan with V-6 engine and front-wheel drive and its big Tundra pickup truck.

For Honda Motors, its Acura TL with front-wheel drive was tops for upscale cars, the Acura RL is the best luxury car, the Honda CR-V won best small SUV, the Acura RDX was tops in the upscale compact SUV department and the Honda Ridgeline scored honors as the best compact pickup.

Survey Says

Consumer Reports said that six Asian brands — Acura, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Scion, and Toyota — have every model offering at least average reliability. Ford’s rate, which includes Lincoln is at 90 percent, while Chrysler and the three German luxury brands — Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have rated among the worst in terms of reliability. The two worst performing vehicles according to Consumer Reports are the Audi A6 3.0T and the Jaguar XF.

Consumer Reports takes its data from an annual survey of subscribers to Consumer Reports and, and do not include road tests. In order to be scored, a given model needs at least 100 responses per model year.


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