Consumer Reports Releases Car Reliability Rankings (2013)

Cconsumer Reports has just released its car reliability rankings for 2013. As expected, non-domestic auto manufacturers dominated the top ten spots. There were, however, some surprises.

Consumer Reports no longer recommends the Toyota Camry because of less than stellar results on a new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test. Volvo jumped a whopping 13 places to land in the top ten brands for predicted reliability. And GMC nudged up 3 spots to number nine, the only domestic auto maker to make it into the top ten.

Brand Comparison

Consumer reports released brand rankings based on its calculation of predicted-reliability scores. Here are the top ten brand, along with the best and words models for each brand:

RankMakeBest ModelWorst ModelChange from 2012
1LexusES 300h HybridGS+2
2ToyotaPriusPrius Plug-in Hybrid0
3AcuraTLILX+4
4AudiA6 (4-cyl.)Q5 (4-cly.)+4
5MazdaMazda5Mazda2-1
6InfinitiG Sedan (AWD)JX+3
7VolvoXC70S60+13
8HondaCR-ZAccord Coupe (V6)-2
9GMCYukonAcadia+3
10SubaruForester (non-turbo)BRZ-5

Note that Fiat, Jaguar, Land Rover Mitsubishi, and Tesla were not included for lack of sufficient data. The Tesla S, however, is now a recommended model. While its predicted reliability score is just “good,” owner satisfaction and accident avoidance rankings are both ranked excellent.

And if you are wondering who brought up the rear on the reliability rankings, the bottom three brands were Mini, Lincoln, and Ford.

Top Models

While top brand rankings are helpful, rankings on specific models are what really help inform buyers. For example, while Subaru ranked 10 as a brand, the 2014 Subaru Forester SUV took the top spot with the highest predicted-reliability score of any model. The Ford C-Max Energi, a plug-in hybrid, skidded in at last place.

Consumer Reports added several models to its sought-after “Recommended” list. For improved reliability, CR added the following models: Buick La Crosse, Buick Verano, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 (diesel), Chrysler 300C, Ford Mustang, GMC Sierra 2500, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and Porsche Cayenne. Interesting to note the number of domestic automobiles in that list.

In addition, several models were added to the Recommended list because CR now has sufficient data: BMW X1, BMX X3, Cadillac ATS, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Azera, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Kia Sorento, Porsche Boxster, and the Tesla Model S.

To see details of the rankings and individual model reviews, you’ll need to subscribe to Consumer Reports.

Published or Updated: October 29, 2013
About Rob Berger

Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.

Comments

  1. Maverick says:

    Readers should know that there is a fundamental issue with CR rankings for reliability. That is, the rankings are based on CR subscriber responses…not the general population. Those two populations of data can be significantly different. As a result, I would not use their data set.

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