And the most reliable cars are…

Every year Consumer Reports conducts a survey to find the most reliable cars in the country. And the latest Annual Auto Survey — based on subscribers’ experiences with 1.3 million vehicles — 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.

“They have 90 percent of their vehicles… average or better with reliability,” John Linkov, the publication’s managing editor said of Ford.

So why are Ford vehicles so reliable?

It’s their continual efforts to tweak their vehicles to improve them, Linkov said on the Headline News cable network. That’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, “GM still has a way to go to catch Ford as well as the Asians.”

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.

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