Consumer Reports’ 2013 New Car Reliability Rankings are in, and Japanese brands dominate once again, taking the top seven spots with Toyota’s Scion, Lexus and Toyota brands completing a 1-2-3 sweep. Following closely behind were Mazda, Subaru, Honda and Acura. The Toyota Prius c subcompact hybrid earned the highest reliability ranking of all vehicles in the study.
The consumer research publication, which holds huge influence with millions of car buyers in the U.S., predicted new model-year 2013 car reliability based on user-submitted reliability data on 1.2 million 2010-2012 vehicles from 800,000 drivers like you. Up to 60% of U.S. car buyers cite Consumer Reports reliability rankings as a factor in their decisions.
Consumer Reports Reliability 2013 – The Best and the Worst
After making strides in the right direction in recent years, American brands did not fare so well for 2013. Ford (#27) and Lincoln (#26) ranked above only Jaguar at the bottom of the list, with persistent complaints about MyFord Touch infotainment systems and automatic transmissions hurting Ford Motor Company’s standings, which have tanked in the last 2 years.
Chrysler’s Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep brands were also near the bottom, while mid-pack GM fared a bit better. Cadillac topped all American brands at #11 overall, and the Chevrolet Volt was deemed GM’s most-reliable car.
Volkswagen’s Audi marque (#8) was tops among luxury brands and the highest-scoring non-Japanese carmaker. As for the Koreans, Kia rang in at #10 while Hyundai was a few spots lower at #17. Though Nissan (#13) did not fare quite as well as its Japanese neighbors, the LEAF electric car was deemed the brand’s most reliable model.