Consumer Reports reveals most, least reliable cars

Consumer Reports reveals most, least reliable cars

Consumer Reports reveals most, least reliable cars

Consumer Reports got more than 500,000 responses to the annual survey of its subscribers, and it uses the data from the 2000-2017 model years to predict reliability of 2019 vehicles. Subaru, Kia, and Infinity also stayed in the top six spots.

American automakers all fell to the bottom half of the rankings. Ford was the highest-ranked USA brand but fell three places to No. 18.

The survey found some of the most common reliability issues for all cars were leaks and faulty power equipment.

The Model S lost its place due to suspension problems, according to Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports said the biggest problems were with the redesigned Enclave SUV, where owners reported problems with a new nine-speed transmission.

Toyota's namesake brand was ranked second, down from first, with its Prius C named the most reliable model.

"Time and again, consumers tell us that reliability is what matters most when it comes to choosing a vehicle that will meet their families' needs", said Marta L. Tellado, president and CEO of Consumer Reports.

The rankings are closely watched by the industry, since auto buyers frequently look to Consumer Reports for advice. Some - CR mentions Honda, Lexus and Porsche - are building reliable turbocharged engines, for example, while others - CR lists Hyundai and Mini - are having more problems. Buick has it the worst of all, dropping 11 places to 19th overall. Its models that moved on to the magazine's recommended list included the Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Suburban.

"Traditionally it's the older models that have the best reliability". The company's Model 3, a lower-priced model that Tesla hopes will help it go mainstream, has quickly become one of the nation's best-selling sedans. BMW fell three spots to eight, followed by Mini at number nine. Toyota is slow to introduce new technology, only now offering Apple CarPlay when other automakers did it years ago, he said.

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Another blow to Tesla came when Consumer Reports dropped the "recommended" status from the Tesla Model S. The "recommended" status is based on predicted reliability.

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