The Consumer Reports crew recently released some reliability data by manufacturer, ranking each one on a scale of 0 to 100 after exhaustive testing. The results might surprise you.
The top spots, it should be noted, aren’t really that surprising: the most reliable brands in the Consumer Reports data are Lexus, Toyota, and Buick — brands that always seem to find themselves near the top of J.D. Power surveys, too. Find a Lexus for sale or Find a Toyota for sale or Find a Buick for sale
But the next one is a bit of a shock: coming in fourth on CR‘s list, ahead of notoriously reliable brands like Infiniti and Honda, is Audi. Audi’s placement is especially surprising since parent company Volkswagen is in 22nd place on the Consumer Reports list, down nine spots from last year, with an overall score of just 30 out of 100.
More surprises: Lincoln and Cadillac, which are often considered to be among the more reliable brands, are below average on Consumer Reports‘ list. And MINI, which doesn’t have a sterling reputation for dependability, is above average — and ahead of Porsche, which usually occupies a top spot on J.D. Power’s dependability lists.
As for the bottom of the list, few will be surprised to learn that luxury EV manufacturer Tesla ranked 25th out of 29 brands, with a score of just 28 points. It is, after all, a start-up company — and the brand has been plagued by the reliability and quality concerns normally associated with early ventures. But Tesla still beat out all the Chrysler brands — Dodge, Chrysler, FIAT and RAM — which rounded out the bottom four spots on the list.
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