These Are the 6 Most Reliable Automakers

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Three automakers — Mazda, Toyota and Lexus — continue to maintain their reputation for reliability, while three others are hot on their trail, according to Consumer Reports.

The publication recently released its annual list of the most reliable car brands.

In compiling its rankings, CR looked at the average predicted reliability score for vehicles in a brand’s model lineup. The publication describes these ratings as a reflection of “how well vehicles have held up and the odds that an owner could be inconvenienced by problems and repairs.”

On a scale of zero to 100, the average rating fell between 41 and 60 points. But these automakers all did better:

  • Mazda: Average predicted reliability rating of 83 out of 100
  • Toyota: 74
  • Lexus: 71
  • Buick: 70
  • Honda: 63
  • Hyundai: 62

CR notes that Buick made the largest jump in this year’s rankings, up 14 positions from last year. In addition, Honda’s reliability stock is rising, thanks to what CR characterizes as “steady improvements and some outstanding models in its lineup, which offset the ongoing reliability problems of its Odyssey minivan and Passport SUV.”

Even companies that lag in the rankings — including Chevrolet, GMC, BMW, Volvo and Jeep — earned higher average predicted reliability ratings in 2020 compared with 20219. Many of these manufacturers made reliability improvements in newer and redesigned models.

On the other hand, three brands — Kia, Ford and Lincoln — saw significant drops in their reliability numbers.

Kia’s troubles stem largely from problems with a new continuously variable transmission in its Forte and Soul models. Problems with new SUV models dragged down the rankings of Ford and Lincoln, CR says.

Finding the best car for you

A car is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make, so it’s important to do your homework before buying.

Here at Money Talks News, we typically advise buying a used car rather than buying brand-new. Used vehicles usually are the more economical choice.

But buying used is no bargain if you purchase a lemon. So, before you shop, check out “5 Steps You Must Take Before Buying a Used Car.”

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