These Are the 9 Most Reliable Automakers

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Three automakers — Lexus, Mazda and Toyota, in that order — once again are beating their competitors when it comes to reliability, according to Consumer Reports.

The publication recently released its annual list of the most reliable car brands. The top three brands for 2021 were the same as last year, just in a different order. In 2020, the leaders in reliability finished in the following order: Mazda, Toyota and Lexus.

In compiling its rankings, CR says it looks at “the average predicted reliability score for vehicles in the brand’s model lineup.” CR also notes it must have sufficient survey data from two or more models for a brand to be included in the rankings.

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

  • Lexus: Average predicted reliability rating of 76 out of 100
  • Mazda: 75
  • Toyota: 71
  • Infiniti: 69
  • Buick: 66
  • Honda: 66
  • Subaru: 66
  • Acura: 64
  • Nissan: 63

CR notes that Infiniti recorded a big jump in reliability, moving up six spots compared with last year.

Asian automakers as a group build the most reliable cars — by far. They score an overall reliability average of 62. European automakers are in second place at 44, while U.S.-based automakers lag the field at 42.

Overall, cars — including sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, coupes and convertibles — are the most reliable category of vehicles, earning a score of 57. SUVs get an average score of 50, and pickups and minivans each average 43.

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