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The usual suspects top the list of most reliable cars in Consumer Reports' annual survey.

Toyota and the Toyota-made Lexus are again the most reliable car brands in the latest Annual Auto Reliability Survey from Consumer Reports.

This comes as little surprise to Consumer Reports, which notes:

Toyota uses tried-and-true methods to build its vehicles, taking a conservative, evolutionary approach.

Lexus earned an average reliability score of 86 out of 100, followed by Toyota with a 78. Buick moved up to the No. 3 spot this year with an average reliability score of 75.

All other brands in the analysis earned scores ranging from 71 (Audi) down to 16 (Ram).

Consumer Reports’ Annual Auto Reliability Survey rankings are based on polls of its subscribers. The nonprofit organization goes on to explain:

Our survey takes a deep dive into the numerous things that can go wrong with a vehicle. We study 17 trouble areas, from nuisances, such as squeaky brakes and broken interior trim, to major bummers, such as out-of-warranty transmission repairs or trouble with four-wheel-drive systems.

For the latest survey, data were collected on more than a half-million vehicles, which covered more than 300 models from 2000 to 2016, as well as a few from early 2017. That makes this survey the first to use more than 10 years of data.

The specific models that ranked highest for reliability this year were:

  1. Toyota Prius
  2. Lexus CT 200h
  3. Infiniti Q70
  4. Audi Q3
  5. Lexus GX
  6. Lexus GS
  7. Mercedes-Benz GLC
  8. Chevrolet Cruze
  9. Audi Q7
  10. Toyota 4Runner

The models that ranked lowest were:

  1. Cadillac Escalade
  2. Ford Focus
  3. Jeep Renegade
  4. Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL
  5. Chrysler 200
  6. Tesla Model X
  7. Ram 2500
  8. Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon
  9. Ford Fiesta
  10. Fiat 500L

For more details, check out Consumer Reports’ Guide to Car Reliability.

If you’re in the market for a new car, also check out “11 Essential Tips for Buying the Right Car at the Right Price.”

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