reliable car brands

reliable car brands

Reliable Car Brands

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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Reliable Car Brands

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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Reliable Car Brands

Hollis Johnson The results of Consumer Reports’ latest Annual Reliability Survey are out, and Lexus and its parent brand, Toyota, repeated their 1-2 finish in last year’s survey. The survey is based on information gathered from the publication’s subscribers who have “owned or leased over half a million vehicles, from model years 2000 to 2016, with a smattering of 2017s, covering more than 300 models.” The survey ranked 29 brands. Consumer Reports categorized the top eight brands as “more reliable,” while brands ranked ninth through 18th were classified as “reliable.” The 11 brands at the bottom of the rankings were categorized as “less reliable.” Check out the complete rankings at Consumer Reports. View As: One Page Slides
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Reliable Car Brands

The 5 most reliable car brands 1 of 6 Courtesy of Toyota Rather than putting a strain on your budget, and your nerves, with a car that breaks down when you least expect it, why not choose a vehicle that is dependable? The following vehicle makes have been identified as tops in reliability, based on repair data collected from Oct. 1 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016, for 1996 through 2016 model-year cars and trucks. More than 4 million vehicles were analyzed to come up with the makes that have the lowest percentage of failures related to check-engine-light warnings. Here, starting with the best, are the most reliable vehicle makes and their average repair cost. Check Auto Loan Rates Previous Next 1 of 6
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To check out other vehicles from these reliable brands, visit our new car rankings. You can find the latest offers on our new car deals and lease deals pages. When you have made your choice, click on the U.S. News Best Price Program to find the dealers offering the lowest prices in your area. Shoppers have saved an average of $3,279 off MSRP on their new car purchases by using the program.
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‹ Photo: U.S. News and World Report › ‹ 13 of 13 › More Shopping Tools From U.S. News & World Report To check out other vehicles from these reliable brands, visit our new car rankings. You can find the latest offers on our new car deals and lease deals pages. When you have made your choice, click on the U.S. News Best Price Program to find the dealers offering the lowest prices in your area. Shoppers have saved an average of $3,279 off MSRP on their new car purchases by using the program.
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More Shopping Tools From U.S. News & World Report To check out other vehicles from these reliable brands, visit our new car rankings. You can find the latest offers on our new car deals and lease deals pages. When you have made your choice, click on the U.S. News Best Price Program to find the dealers offering the lowest prices in your area. Shoppers have saved an average of $3,279 off MSRP on their new car purchases by using the program.
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The JD Power Vehicle Dependability Survey gives as strong a clue as any as to how reliable a car might be. The results of the 2016 survey, which asked 13,000 car owners about any problems they’d experienced with their vehicles, focused on cars registered between 2013 and 2015.  There are some surprise movers in 2016’s survey with luxury car manufacturers not doing so well, but more mainstream brands heading the pack. New 2017 JD Power Vehicle Dependability data will be available soon, but for now this is the most up-to-date information we have. Here’s how the top 20 shaped up. 
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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.
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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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The Soul is Kia’s most reliable offering, with its score of 4.5 out of five. There is a lot to like about the Soul, so it comes as no surprise that it was the winner of our 2017 Best Compact Car for the Money and Best Compact Car for Families awards. The entire minivan class earns low reliability ratings overall, and the Kia Sedona follows suit, with its score of 2.5.
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The JD Power Vehicle Dependability Survey gives as strong a clue as any as to how reliable a car might be. The results of the 2016 survey, which asked 13,000 car owners about any problems they’d experienced with their vehicles, focused on cars registered between 2013 and 2015. 
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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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GMC doesn’t make a single model that earns below a three out of five for predicted reliability, and only two models earned a three: the Canyon and the Yukon. The Sierra 1500 is the most reliable full size pickup truck in our rankings, with a four, and the Terrain, at 4.5, is our most reliable compact SUV.
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The Consumer Reports 2016 Car Brand Report Cards ranks automakers across the world by reliability, road test performance and other factors. Audi topped the list, followed by Subaru, Lexus, Porsche and BMW. At the bottom of the list was Fiat, Jeep, Mitsubishi, Land Rover and Chrysler. 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, Maserati, Ram, Smart and Tesla did “not have sufficient data” to be reviewed by the publication. Lexus topped the publication’s list last year. View the 2015 best and worst car brands here. Check out the full report on Consumer Reports’ website here.

Published on Aug 2, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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