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Consumer Reports 10 Most Reliable Autos for 2013

2013 Lexus ES300h Hybrid2013 Lexus ES300h Hybrid

Consumer Reports has released their annual auto reliability ratings and this year two European automakers and one U.S. brand squeezed their way into the top ten, seemingly breaking the stranglehold Japanese carmakers have had on this list. The annual survey, conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, looks at the experiences of drivers of over one million vehicles. Consumer Reports then compiles reliability histories on vehicles with the data and predicts the dependability of new models.

The top spot on the list went to Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota, which also had the third most reliable vehicle overall, the ES300h Hybrid.

Toyota also took second place and had the second, fourth, and fifth most reliable vehicles overall, the Toyota Prius Liftback, Scion xB, and the Prius C. Toyota also received the unfortunate news that Consumer Reports is revoking its recommendations for the Camry, Rav4 and Prius V hybrid station wagon because they all scored low in insurance industry "small overlap" crash test, which replicates an accident in which the front corner of a car clips another car, a pole or a tree at 40 mph.The third and fourth spots on the list went to Acura and Audi, despite the fact that the A4 also lost its recommended status due to the “small overlap” crash test. Mazda, Infiniti, Volvo, and Honda made up the fifth through eighth spaces on the list and the the only U.S. brand to break into the top 10, GMC made it to ninth place. Buick almost made the list coming in at number 12.

Subaru finished out the list coming in at number 10. The Subaru Forester without a turbo-charged engine was the most reliable vehicle overall.  The five least reliable vehicles are the Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, the turbocharged Ford Escape, the Mini Countryman, the Ford C-MAX hybrid and the Nissan Pathfinder.

Mini scored the lowest rank of all brands rated followed by Lincoln and Ford. Much of Ford’s problems stem from issues related to the EcoBoost turbocharged V6 engine and the Ford My-Touch phone connectivity and in-car electronics system. Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports automotive test director stated that electronics, including phone connectivity, radio and navigation systems generate the most complaints for new cars. Mechanically, most vehicles had good scores showing that vehicles are continuously improving. For the full article subscribe to ConsumerReports or check out the preview here.