International consumer report reveals most and least reliable cars
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An international report done by Consumer Reports reveals the most and least reliable car brands for 2021, and while there were over 20 new vehicles added to the list of recommendations, a dozen lost their recommendations.
Each year, Consumer Reports gathers reliability data through online questionnaires sent to its members.
The questionnaires ask members about any problems their vehicles have experienced in the previous 12 months about things such as the engine, transmission, electric system, and bodywork.
The reliability score is then put on a 0-to-100-point scale with the average rating between 41 and 60 points.
The top scoring brand this year was Lexus, with 76 points. It came out on top, beating Mazda with its score of 75, Toyota with 71, and Honda and Subaru both with 66 points.
The top ranked domestic vehicles include the Chevrolet Traiblazer, Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, GMC Sierra 2500HD, Chrysler 300, Ford Bronco Sport, and the Ford Ranger.
In terms of segments, cars was the top contender. The 'cars' category includes sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, coupes, and convertibles, and had an average predicted score of 57. SUVs scored 50 and utes and minivans both scored 43.
There were a number of cars who's reliability score improved in this years report, including the Acura MDX, Acura RDX, Audi Q7, BMW X3, Chevrolet Blazer, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Bronco Sport, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Ford Ranger, Honda Odyssey, Honda Passport, Kia Niro EV, Nissan Rogue Sport, Ram 1500, Volkswagen Atlas, Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, Volkswagen Jetta, and Volvo XC60.
But it wasn't happy news for all vehicles, with 12 falling down in their reliability scores. These included the Chevrolet Bolt, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Jeep Gladiator.