The new CR reliability reports are out, along with their projected reliability for 2011-model-year automobiles. Some of the results won’t be news to most of you: the Big Three from Japan are all near the top, Ford’s ahead of the other domestics, and the Koreans are climbing the charts.
If, on the other hand, you’re choosing between a Porsche and an Audi, you might want to take a moment to hear CR’s opinions…
What’s the most reliable 2010-model family sedan? The Ford Fusion Hybrid. What’s the second-most-reliable? The Ford Fusion V6. In fact, you have to go all the way to fifth place to find a Camry, and that’s the four-cylinder hybrid. The six-cylinder Camry is rated worse than average.
CR opines that GM’s restructuring helped get rid of some undesirable cars, and their press release includes helpful images of the Saturn Aura, Pontiac G6, and Hummer H2. Ford’s doing well everywhere. Sure, the Fusion’s now known for reliability, but did you expect the Flex EcoBoost to lead its class? What about the Mustang?
Some notes on European cars, straight from CR’s release:
- BMW takes a big hit -turbo-charged engines in the 1, 3 and 5 series caused a drop in reliability –Fuel system failures
- Audi A6 (supercharged) A3, Q5 and Q7 are below average
- The Jaguar XF has the worst predicted reliability rating in this year’s survey
- Almost half of Mercedes models are below average
- Volvo & Porsche –all models are average or better
And indeed, Porsche takes second place (behind Scion) in their predicted reliability ratings. If the Stuttgart crew has finally fixed their water-cooled crapwagons, color me mocha surprised… but that’s what CR is claiming.
Reliable doesn’t always mean desirable. The Acura RL tops the Luxury Sedan ratings, but would you buy one? Ditto the Toyota Yaris. The least reliable pickup truck is the Nissan Titan. Well, duh.
If nothing else, the issue is worth buying for its value as ammunition in Internet-forum wars. Next time somebody is bragging about their Mini Cooper Clubman or Nissan Cube, you can totally shut ‘em down. Just make sure your closet ownership of a Mercedes-Benz GL320 (the worst SUV, of course) remains a secret.