The common theme among the best vehicles in Consumer Reports’ latest reliability survey is consistency.
Year after year, certain vehicles consistently appear in the list of the most reliable. And, year after year, their engineers eschew high-tech glitz and drama, preferring instead to build vehicles that simply work. “When you have something good, you stick with it,” explained Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports. “You don’t make changes just for the sake of doing it.”
The new ratings (available in the April issue of Consumer Reports) are proof that a philosophy of consistency works. This year, Toyota Motor Corp. again dominated. Five of the 10 most reliable vehicles were Toyotas and a sixth came from Toyota’s luxury division, Lexus. Others on the list included two Mazdas, a Honda, and a BMW.
In all cases, the leaders earned their spots by pleasing their owners. This year, the ratings were a product of more than 470,000 owner reports.
Here, we’ve collected photos of the vehicles that were designated the most reliable. From plug-in hybrids to big sedans, they have a single thing in common – all received “much better than average” overall reliability ratings from Consumer Reports. Flip through the following slides to see which are the best.
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Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 35 years. He joined Design News in 1987, and has covered electronics, automation, fluid power, and auto.