Consumer Reports has published its annual vehicle reliability ratings in its April issue, and the results are predictable.
Just as they do every year, Asian cars dominate the list of the best. Twenty-nine of the 30 top vehicles stretching from 1999 to 2008 are Asian. Most are Toyotas.
North American and European vehicles, meanwhile, dominate the “worst” list. Of the worst thirty, 14 are North American and 14 are European. Two are Asian. In a separate graph of “problems per 100 vehicles,” Volkswagens seem to hold up the worst of all. “Older Volkswagens (and Audis) stood out as the most problematic,” the magazine reports. “A typical eight-year-old Volkswagen has almost three times the number of problems as a typical eight-year-old Toyota.”
As always, Consumer Reports‘ surveys are based on extraordinary numbers of respondents. This year, the organization received approximately 1.4 million responses.
No survey is perfect, of course, but I believe the Consumer Reports surveys are about as good as anything that’s available.
Readers, please tell us: Do you agree?