Volkswagen, Genesis, Jeep, Tesla and Lincoln. These brands complete the reliability table of the American consumer organization Consumer Reports. On the other hand, which brands are some of the most reliable?
“Electric SUVs are a low-key vehicle category in terms of reliability,” said Jake Fisher, head of vehicle testing at Consumer Reports, an independent product and service testing organization.
Hard evaluation of electric cars is one of the conclusions current comparison, in which the reliability of individual brands and their models was rated. Consumer Reports has rated automobile reliability since the 1980s, and a number of American customers make decisions based on this ranking.
Large electric cars brought down the American brand Tesla, which was penultimate among 28 automakers. Only the Ford brand belonging to the Ford group ended up behind it.
Ford, on the other hand, scored points with its electric Mach-E Mustang, which, according to Consumer Reports, is the only electric SUV with above-average reliability.
Of the Tesla models, only the Model 3 sedan achieved an average rating, while the others performed below average. Tesla has problems with gullwing doors, leaks, and poorly assembled body panels or air conditioning controls.
In general, the weak cells of electric cars are batteries, power distribution systems and also a lot of electronics.
On the contrary, compact hybrids and plug-in hybrids are the top rated categories this year with above-average overall reliability for all rated models.
Eight of the top ten brands rated were Japanese.
According to Consumer Reports, Japanese brands Lexus, Mazda, and Toyota have long been the most reliable. For the first time this year, Lexus took first place thanks largely to the 100% rating of the GX model, which, along with the Chevrolet Trailblazer, was rated as the most reliable model of the year.
In contrast, both Toyota and Mazda lost a position. All Mazda models performed above average, with the exception of the Mazda3, which, like last year, has average reliability.
Toyota lost second place due to the average ratings of the Corolla Hatchback and the RAV4 SUV.
The top 5 this year includes the Infiniti brand, which has jumped six places up the ranking. But the jumper is the Mini, which improved by 13 places to 10th place.
The reliability value is calculated on a scale from 0 to 100 points, the average rating is between 41 and 60 points. Asian automakers have an average of 62 points, European brands are 18 points behind and American automakers have an average of 42 points.
The brand rating is calculated from the average reliability rating of the vehicle across the entire model range. Some manufacturers selling in the US market didn’t make the ranking because Consumer Reports didn’t have enough data. This is the case with Alfa Romeo, Dodge, Fiat, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Mitsubishi or Polestar, for example.
Here is a ranking of 28 brands by reliability:
1. Lexus – total score 76
2. Mazda – total score 75
3. Toyota – total score 71
4. Infiniti – 69 total points
5. Buick – total score 66
6. Honda – total points 66
7. Subaru – total score 66
8. Acura – 64 total points
9. Nissan – total points 63
10. Mini – total points 60
11. Hyundai – 56 total points
12. Chrysler – 54 total points
13. Porsche – total number of points 52
14. Chevrolet – 48 total points
15. Audi – total number of points 47
16. Cadillac – 47 total points
17th BMW overall number of points 45
18.Ford – total points 44
19. Kia – total score 43
20.Volvo – overall score 42
21. Ram – total score 40
22. GMC – Total 37
23.Mercedes-Benz – total number of points 34
24th Volkswagen – total number of points 31
25th Genesis – total score 30
26.Jeep – total number of points 26
27.Tesla – total points 25
28.Lincoln – total score 18