car reliability by brand

car reliability by brand

Car Reliability By Brand

Ever wonder which company makes the most reliable cars? Thanks to the latest Consumer Reports’ 2015 Annual Auto Survey, there is a definitive answer. Our 2015 auto survey, conducted last spring, gathered information from Consumer Reports subscribers who collectively owned or leased over 740,000 vehicles. From this data, we can predict how cars will hold up, and collectively, what the outlook is per brand. This table shows how the brands rank based on the average of their models’ predicted reliability scores. A measure of the brand’s consistency can be seen in the span of their scores, cross-referenced by how many different models they produce. The blue bars illustrate a brand’s consistency by showing the reliability range between its top and bottom model. The numerals indicate the number of models included. We excluded Jaguar, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Scion, Smart, and Tesla because we lack data on two or more of their models. More Exclusive Car Reliability News Visit our guide to car reliability for more information. And check out these related articles: Most and Least Reliable Cars Highlights From Our Annual Auto Reliability Survey 5 of the Least Reliable Cars Car Reliability Is Hurt By Some New Technologies Tesla Reliability Doesn’t Match Its High Performance Talking Cars Podcast Highlights Latest Reliability Trends
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Car Reliability By Brand

Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM / STAN HONDA / GEOFF ROBINS / Chestnot / Getty Images › 1 of 13 › Buying From One of These Car Brands Could Mean Fewer Service Visits When shopping for a new car, its predicted reliability rating is an important consideration. Though the car’s warranty initially covers many issues, taking your vehicle in for service is a time-consuming hassle. It gives you peace of mind to know that most of your car’s systems and features will remain trouble-free. We use J.D. Power’s predicted reliability research as one piece of the data that drives U.S. News’ rankings. We calculated the average reliability score for each automaker, based on all 2017 models on our site, to bring you the most reliable car brands. J.D. Power determines a vehicle’s predicted reliability by combining results from an Initial Quality Study and a Vehicle Dependability Study. The Initial Quality results are measured over the first 90 days of ownership, and Vehicle Dependability factors in historic reliability over three years. Reliability is scored on a five-point scale. U.S. News’ overall scoring combines predicted reliability, along with safety ratings, and multiple pieces of research pertaining to performance and interior features. Because our automotive scores are updated continuously with new expert reviews, reliability data, and safety data, our scores and rankings are subject to change. Vehicle status determines accuracy, since newer, or refreshed models have less accumulated data than carryovers. Click through to see which automakers have the most reliable lineup for 2017.
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Car Reliability By Brand

Buying From One of These Car Brands Could Mean Fewer Service Visits When shopping for a new car, its predicted reliability rating is an important consideration. Though the car’s warranty initially covers many issues, taking your vehicle in for service is a time-consuming hassle. It gives you peace of mind to know that most of your car’s systems and features will remain trouble-free. We use J.D. Power’s predicted reliability research as one piece of the data that drives U.S. News’ rankings. We calculated the average reliability score for each automaker, based on all 2017 models on our site, to bring you the most reliable car brands. J.D. Power determines a vehicle’s predicted reliability by combining results from an Initial Quality Study and a Vehicle Dependability Study. The Initial Quality results are measured over the first 90 days of ownership, and Vehicle Dependability factors in historic reliability over three years. Reliability is scored on a five-point scale. U.S. News’ overall scoring combines predicted reliability, along with safety ratings, and multiple pieces of research pertaining to performance and interior features. Because our automotive scores are updated continuously with new expert reviews, reliability data, and safety data, our scores and rankings are subject to change. Vehicle status determines accuracy, since newer, or refreshed models have less accumulated data than carryovers. Click through to see which automakers have the most reliable lineup for 2017.
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Car Reliability By Brand

We saw a significant shuffling of car brands as we scrutinized this year’s data. Our brand-level rankings are based on an average predicted-reliability score across each brand’s model line. We also tracked whether each brand’s rank went up or down since our 2015 survey. Infiniti is the biggest mover this year, jumping 16 places to crack the top 10. It has a small model lineup, so slight improvements in reliability can result in big brand gains. Three brands dropped significantly: Subaru, Volvo, and Volkswagen. They also have small model lineups, so one or two models suffering a drop in reliability had big repercussions for each brand.
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Car Reliability By Brand

The Consumer Reports 2015 Car Brand Report Cards ranks automakers across the world by reliability, road test performance and other factors. For the second year in a row, Lexus topped the list, nearly matched by Mazda, and followed by Toyota and Audi. The bottom of the list included Ford, Dodge, Mini, Jeep and Fiat. The publication ranked the carmakers with an overall score, which was a combination of each brand’s road test score and average reliability score. The road test score factored in the average results from Consumer Reports’ many tests on the cars, and a reliability rating provides a guide on how likely the cars from each brand are likely to hold up on average. Not all automakers were factored into Consumer Reports’ study. Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Mitsubishi, Ram, Smart and Tesla did “not have sufficient data” to be reviewed by the publication. Check out the full report on Consumer Reports’ website here.
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Car Reliability By Brand

Ever wonder which company makes the most reliable cars? Thanks to the latest Consumer Reports’ 2015 Annual Auto Survey, there is a definitive answer. Our 2015 auto survey, conducted last spring, gathered information from Consumer Reports subscribers who collectively owned or leased over 740,000 vehicles. From this data, we can predict how cars will hold up, and collectively, what the outlook is per brand. This table shows how the brands rank based on the average of their models’ predicted reliability scores. A measure of the brand’s consistency can be seen in the span of their scores, cross-referenced by how many different models they produce. The blue bars illustrate a brand’s consistency by showing the reliability range between its top and bottom model. The numerals indicate the number of models included. We excluded Jaguar, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Scion, Smart, and Tesla because we lack data on two or more of their models.
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Car Reliability By Brand

Lexus takes the crown as the most reliable car brand, according to J.D. Power. There are a total of six vehicles in our rankings that achieve perfect reliability scores, and Lexus is the maker of three of those. The Lexus GS, GS Hybrid, and LS all achieved the top predicted reliability rating. However, the Japanese luxury automaker has one blemish: Its Lexus IS luxury small car received a three, which is still “about average.”
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Car Reliability By Brand

With an overall score of 39, a road test score of 59 and the lowest possible reliability rating, Jeep comes in near-last at No. 27 on the best brands list. Consumer Reports says that “the Jeep brand has been the very essence of rugged, go-anywhere vehicles for decades. Reliability, fuel economy, comfort, and build quality have often lagged, but the brand has a long history of customer loyalty despite all of that.”
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This table shows how the brands rank based on the average of their models’ predicted reliability scores. A measure of the brand’s consistency can be seen in the span of their scores, cross-referenced by how many different models they produce. The blue bars illustrate a brand’s consistency by showing the reliability range between its top and bottom model. The numerals indicate the number of models included. We excluded Jaguar, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Scion, Smart, and Tesla because we lack data on two or more of their models.
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Infiniti is the biggest mover this year, jumping 16 places to crack the top 10. It has a small model lineup, so slight improvements in reliability can result in big brand gains. Three brands dropped significantly: Subaru, Volvo, and Volkswagen. They also have small model lineups, so one or two models suffering a drop in reliability had big repercussions for each brand.
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With the highest road test score of 84, Porsche was ranked No. 6 among the best auto brands. Overall, the German automaker had a score of 70 and a middle reliability rating. “It will be interesting to see how the fuel-saving Porsches hold up to the brand’s performance standards, and how the complicated models fare reliability-wise,” Consumer Reports said.
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Kia may be the more affordable of the two Korean automakers on the list, but Hyundai’s sister brand fared better in the annual reliability survey. “Kia builds cars that are slightly better than Hyundai,” said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports‘ director of automotive testing. It’s likely due to the fact that Kia introduces models a bit later than Hyundai, once many initial bugs have been addressed. The company rose one spot to fifth place, with four models surveyed netting an average reliability score of 69.

Published on Jul 9, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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