Consumer Reports 2018 Reliability List

As it does every year, Consumer Reports rates the automobiles, top, bottom and in-the-middle, for reliability. This year, 2018, it is again no surprise who is at the top of the list. Lexus and Toyota vehicles are tops, followed by Subaru, Kia, Infiniti (top six spots), and Mazda-who took a huge leap from 12 to number three. Go Mazda!!!

The German brands fell in the middle, coming in at numbers 7-9; Porsche at 11, VW at 16 and Mercedes-Benz at seventeen.

The Korean brands-Hyundai and Genesis, as well as the Japanese brands Acura, Nissan and Honda also fell in the middle, ranking at 10,12,13,14 and 15th, respectively. Honda’s reliability ranking dropped by 6 thanks to the Odyssey minivan that allegedly has infotainment and door lock issues, yielding much worse than average reliability. The CR-V and Accord’s ratings are also down to average, thanks in part to infotainment system issues, interior rattles, and the Clanty line of cars apparently has “electronic glitches” that bring it to “much worse than average.”

However, Acura is up 6 spots, thanks recently to working out transmission and infotainment problems.

Left at the bottom, however are the American cars, with the exception of Volvo, which is literally at the bottom, ranked 29, in part, because of issues with the XC60 and the XC90, as well as complaints about engine knocking or pinging on the S90.

Ford sits at number 18, and Buick dropped a whopping 11 spots, to number 19. Consumer Reports attributes the giant drop of GM’s mid-level luxury brand to the Enclave’s 9-speed transmission woes. The Lacrosse, Encore and Envision rated average.

Lincoln, Dodge, Jeep, Chevrolet and Chrysler ranked 20 and 24. While GMC, Ram, Tesla and Cadillac are in positions 25 to 28, respectively. American brands that dropped the most were Chrysler (down 7), Tesla (down 6), and Chevrolet (down 5). According to Consumer Reports, Chrysler’s Pacifica contributed to a drop in rankings due to infotainment and transmission issues.

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