Every year Consumer Reports conducts a survey to find the most reliable cars in the country. And the latest Annual Auto Survey â€” based on subscribersâ€™ experiences with 1.3 million vehicles â€” shows Honda and Toyota still tops.
Nipping at their heels are Nissan, Subaru, Hyundai and Kia. But gaining fast is Ford, deemed the most reliable American car manufacturer.
â€œThey have 90 percent of their vehiclesâ€¦ average or better with reliability,â€ John Linkov, the publicationâ€™s managing editor said of Ford.
So why are Ford vehicles so reliable?
Itâ€™s their continual efforts to tweak their vehicles to improve them, Linkov said on the Headline News cable network. Thatâ€™s expecially true of their five-year-old Ford Fusion hybrid, ranked as the most reliable family car of them all.
Other category winners were:
SUVs: Hyundai Santa Fe and Buick Enclave.
Small car: Scion XD
Sports car: Porsche Boxster.
Improving are vehicles by General Motors, most notably its latest Buick LaCrosse V6, Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Camaro and Equinox, though, Linkov says, â€œGM still has a way to go to catch Ford as well as the Asians.â€
Not so reliable were: Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep with their dated vehicles; BMW with five of 11 models scoring below average; Mercedes-Benz with the least reliable vehicles in three categories; and Audi with 75 percent of its models ranking below average, according to Consumer Reports.