New ranking: The most reliable car brand is…


If you’re looking for a reliable ride, you may want to give Buick a closer look!

Consumer Reports gathered data on more than half a million vehicles, covering more than 300 models, for its annual car reliability survey. 

Experts took a look at models from 2000 to 2017 for the most accurate assessment.  

Surprise! Buick cracks top 3 in car reliability survey

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Out of 29 total brands, Lexus and Toyota ranked at the top, which is no surprise considering that a previous list of cars that will most likely last 200,000 miles included five Toyota models.

The big surprise is third-place Buick, the first domestic brand in more than 35 years to make the top three. 

“Buick’s achievement is commendable and sure to be a wake-up call to other manufacturers,” said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ director of automotive testing. “One reason why the brand has been able to leapfrog others in the General Motors’ stable has been its limited vehicle lineup–with none of the pickups and truck-based SUVs that have negatively impacted Cadillac and Chevrolet.”

Honda placed 10th overall, hurt by problems with the Civic. Subaru, Volvo and Volkswagen also dropped. 

Meanwhile, Tesla came in near the bottom at 25 out of 29. Consumer Reports has raised concerns about the automaker’s use of semi-autonomous technology.

Here’s a look at the reliability rankings, from best to worst:

  1. Lexus
  2. Toyota
  3. Buick
  4. Audi
  5. Kia
  6. Mazda
  7. Hyundai
  8. Infiniti
  9. BMW
  10. Honda
  11. Subaru
  12. Acura
  13. Nissan
  14. Mini
  15. Chevrolet
  16. Porsche
  17. Mercedes-Benz
  18. Ford
  19. Volvo
  20. Lincoln
  21. Cadillac
  22. Volkswagen
  23. Jeep
  24. GMC
  25. Tesla
  26. Dodge
  27. Chrysler
  28. Fiat
  29. Ram 

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While some brands, like Toyota and Lexus, are consistently reliable in this survey, there are some great vehicles made by automakers that placed further down on this list. 


So don’t judge based on brand alone. Click here to review rankings of specific models. 

In addition, Consumer Reports says you may be asking for headaches if you buy a new or redesigned model – or one with complicated new systems. Wait a couple years to see if they stand the test of time.

And if you’re looking for a vehicle, follow Clark’s steps for buying a new car or a used car to get the lowest price.

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