Vehicle Reliability Based on 2016 Consumer Reports Data

This is a summary of the 2016 Consumer Reports magazine vehicle reliability data, based on repair statistics. A rating of 1 through 5 (5 being the best) is given to each component (e.g. engine major, engine minor, fuel system, brakes etc.) of each model of a make for every year in the past six years, followed by a general "Used Car Verdict" rating for the model of every year, and a general "New Car Prediction" rating for the model. I took the average of the model reliability ratings for each vehicle make ("New" or "Discontinued" models are omitted), and sorted the make ratings as follows. Thus, we see that Lexus has the highest reliability of 4.94 for used cars and 5 for new car prediction, followed by Toyota of 4.73 and 4.82, respectively. Although Audi is predicted by the magazine to have a high reliability (4.25), its used cars so far, on average, are not as impressive.

Used Car Verdict

 1 Lexus       4.942857143 *************************************************
 2 Toyato      4.727272727 ***********************************************
 3 Mazda       4.37037037  ********************************************
 4 Scion       4.333333333 *******************************************
 5 Acura       4.2         ******************************************
 6 Honda       4.133333333 *****************************************
 7 Subaru      4.033333333 ****************************************
 8 Kia         3.586206897 ************************************
 9 Audi        3.481481481 ***********************************
10 Lincoln     3.461538462 ***********************************
11 Buick       3.4375      **********************************
12 Hyundai     3.404761905 **********************************
13 Nissan      3.395833333 **********************************
14 GMC         3.129032258 *******************************
15 Infiniti    3.1         *******************************
16 Volvo       3.06667     *******************************
17 Porsche     3           ******************************
18 Chevrolet   2.984848485 ******************************
19 Mercedes    2.833333333 ****************************
20 Ram         2.8         ****************************
21 Ford        2.746031746 ***************************
22 BMW         2.657894737 **************************
23 Volkswagen  2.405405405 ************************
24 Mini Cooper 2.4         ************************
25 Dodge       2.304347826 ***********************
26 Cadillac    2.214285714 **********************
27 Chrysler    1.9         *******************
28 Jeep        1.857142857 *******************
29 Tesla       1.75        ******************
30 Fiat        1.4         **************

New Car Prediction

 1 Lexus                     5    **************************************************
 2 Toyota                    4.82 ************************************************
 3 Audi                      4.25 *******************************************
 4 Subaru, Mazda             4    ****************************************
 6 Kia                       3.83 **************************************
 7 Buick                     3.8  **************************************
 8 Hyndai                    3.44 **********************************
 9 Porsche, Honda            3.25 ********************************
11 Mini Cooper, Volvo, Scion 3    ******************************
14 BMW, Volkswagen           2.86 *****************************
16 Nissan                    2.78 ****************************
17 Ford                      2.64 **************************
18 Acura, Ram                2.5  *************************
20 Lincoln                   2.33 ***********************
21 Chevrolet                 2.11 *********************
22 Tesla, Mercedes, Cadillac 2    ********************
25 GMC                       1.83 ******************
26 Chrysler, Dodge, Infiniti 1.67 *****************
29 Jeep                      1.33 *************
30 Fiat                      1    **********

Comparing the new car prediction to that of the 2015 ratings, we see that Lexus and Toyota continue to take the first and second places. But Mazda has slightly slipped and Audi significantly improved. There are two big drops: Honda from 5th to 9th, and Infinity from 13th to 26th.

Appendix Reliability ratings of models (New Car Prediction only; the first column is the make average)

AcuraAcura ILXAcura MDXAcura RDXAcura RL, RLXAcura TLAcura TLXAcura TSX
2.50441010
AudiAudi A3Audi A4Audi A5Audi A6Audi A7Audi AllroadAudi Q3Audi Q5
4.2535444554
BMWBMW 1 SeriesBMW 2 SeriesBMW 3 SeriesBMW 4 SeriesBMW 5 SeriesBMW X1BMW X3BMW X5BMW i3
2.857142857053320322
BuickBuick EnclaveBuick EncoreBuick LaCrosseBuick RegalBuick Verano
3.845343
CadillacCadillac ATSCadillac CTSCadillac EscaladeCadillac SRXCadillac XTS
213132
ChevroletChevrolet AvalancheChevrolet CamaroChevrolet ColoradoChevrolet CorvetteChevrolet CruzeChevrolet EquinoxChevrolet HHRChevrolet ImpalaChevrolet MalibuChevrolet Silverado 1500Chevrolet SonicChevrolet SuburbanChevrolet TahoeChevrolet TraverseChevrolet Volt
2.111111111001104030131140
ChryslerChrysler 300Chrysler Sebring, 200Chrysler Town & Country
1.666666667113
DodgeDodge ChallengerDodge ChargerDodge DartDodge DurangoDodge Grand CaravanDodge Journey
1.666666667111331
FiatFiat 500Fiat 500L
111
FordFord C-MaxFord EdgeFord EscapeFord ExpeditionFord ExplorerFord F-150Ford FiestaFord FlexFord FocusFord FusionFord MustangFord Taurus
2.636363636302534131313
GMCGMC AcadiaGMC CanyonGMC Sierra 1500GMC TerrainGMC YukonGMC Yukon XL
1.833333333311411
HondaHonda AccordHonda Accord CrosstourHonda CR-VHonda CivicHonda FitHonda OdysseyHonda PilotHonda Ridgeline
3.2540303300
HyndaiHyundai AccentHyundai AzeraHyundai ElantraHyundai EquusHyundai GenesisHyundai Santa FeHyundai Santa Fe SportHyundai So0taHyundai TucsonHyundai Veloster
3.4444444444443324403
InfinitiInfiniti GInfiniti JX, QX60Infiniti M, Q70Infiniti Q50
1.6666666670131
JeepJeep CherokeeJeep Grand CherokeeJeep Wrangler
1.333333333112
KiaKia CadenzaKia OptimaKia RioKia SorentoKia SoulKia ForteKia Sportage
3.8333333334025435
LexusLexus CT 200hLexus ESLexus GSLexus GXLexus HS HybridLexus ISLexus LSLexus NXLexus RX
5555505550
LincolnLincoln MKCLincoln MKSLincoln MKXLincoln MKZ
2.3333333331303
MazdaMazda 3Mazda 5Mazda 6Mazda CX-5Mazda CX-9Mazda MX-5 Miata
4404440
MercedesMercedes-Benz CLAMercedes-Benz E-ClassMercedes-Benz GL-ClassMercedes-Benz GLK-ClassMercedes-Benz M-ClassMercedes-Benz S-Class
2131331
Mini CooperMini CooperMini Cooper Countryman
333
NissanNissan AltimaNissan FrontierNissan JukeNissan LeafNissan MaximaNissan MuranoNissan PathfinderNissan RogueNissan SentraNissan Versa Hatchback, Note
2.7777777782233051315
PorschePorsche 911Porsche BoxsterPorsche CayennePorsche Macan
3.254342
RamRam 1500Scion FR-SScion xB
2.5230
ScionScion FR-SScion xB
330
SubaruSubaru BRZSubaru ForesterSubaru ImprezaSubaru Impreza WRX/STiSubaru LegacySubaru OutbackSubaru XV Crosstrek
43453445
TeslaTesla Model S
22
ToyotaToyota 4RunnerToyota AvalonToyota CamryToyota CorollaToyota HighlanderToyota PriusToyota Prius CToyota Prius VToyota RAV4Toyota SequoiaToyota Sien0Toyota TacomaToyota TundraToyota Venza
4.8181818185455555554050
VolkswagenVolkswagen BeetleVolkswagen CCVolkswagen GTIVolkswagen GolfVolkswagen JettaVolkswagen Jetta SportWagenVolkswagen PassatVolkswagen TiguanVolkswagen Touareg
2.857142857143?30333
VolvoVolvo S60Volvo V60Volvo V70, XC70Volvo XC60
34233

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See also 2015 ratings

May 2016


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