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Ford Plunges and Toyota Soars in Consumer Reports' Reliability Survey

Toyota is selling the most reliable cars on the market – at least according to Consumer Reports' 2012 Annual Auto Reliability Survey, which saw Scion, Toyota and Lexus take the top spots as the most reliable brands. “Toyota is clearly setting the pace in reliability,” says Consumer Reports in a press release. “Of the 27 models in the brand’s lineup, 16 earned the highest rating.” Mazda, Subaru, Honda and Acura took fourth through seventh place, in that order. Consumer Reports ... continue reading»

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Subaru Earns Top Spot in Consumer Reports Automaker Report Cards

Report cards were released for 13 automakers Tuesday, and of those tested, Consumer Reports says that Subaru is at the head of the class. The automaker overtook Honda, earning the top spot on the strength of the 2012 Impreza, Legacy and Outback. Consumer Reports bases its report cards on the performance, comfort, utility and reliability of more than 275 new 2012 vehicles. The scores are based on reliability ratings and the average of each automaker’s road test score. Honda ... continue reading»

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Ford Reliability Ratings Slip in Consumer Reports Survey

Until recently, Ford has been regarded as one of the more reliable American automakers, performing well in Consumer Reports reliability surveys that were dominated by competitors such as Honda and Toyota. However, in its most recent survey of 1.3 million vehicles owned or leased by Consumer Reports subscribers, the publication found that three of Ford’s new models caused the automaker’s reliability rating to slip. “The new Explorer, Fiesta, and Focus all had below-average reliability in their first ... continue reading»

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Ask U.S. News: Chevy Volt Quality

On a recent blog post about the cost of super-efficient cars, a user called Stastny asked, “is there any record of personal experiences like maintenance reliability and general feeling on Chevy Volt?” Unfortunately, Stastny, there’s not. The Volt hasn’t been out long enough for the kind of long-term ownership and maintenance data you’re looking for. Reviewers generally like how the Volt feels, quality-wise. The Detroit News notes, “The cabin is simply the best Chevy interior available. The ... continue reading»

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