Consumer Reports Annual Automakers Report Card for 2011

Posted on 18 March 2011 by Tony Santos

Consumer Reports Annual Automakers Report Card for 2011

Honda and Subaru still lead all the automakers for making the best vehicles, along with Toyota they are the top three for the third consecutive year. This is according to Consumer Reports Annual Automakers Report Card for 2011.

The report also said that Ford posted the largest improvement, it outpaced its Detroit rivals in reliability in recent years and that this year its average test score for all tested models increased from 60 to 70. The publication currently recommends 71 percent of the Ford vehicles it has tested.

“The Consumer Reports annual Automakers Report Card reflects the performance, comfort, utility, and reliability of more than 270 vehicles that Consumer Reports recently tested.  Each automaker’s overall score is based on a composite of road-test and predicted-reliability scores for all of its tested models. The road test score is based on more than 50 tests and evaluations, covering performance, safety, fuel economy, comfort, and convenience. Reliability scores come from Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey, which included histories of 1.3 million vehicles.”

Honda being the number one brand in terms of reliability shows an impressive record with no vehicles scoring less than the average, including its luxury Acura brand. Consumer Reports Recommends 76 percent of the Honda vehicles it has tested.

Subaru is next to Honda in terms of reliability but leads the ranking in terms of road test score, it has the highest average road-test score of 81. Subaru makes only half-a-dozen models but all do well in Consumer Reports road tests.

Toyota, Lexus and Scion remain solid choices for consumers with reliability remaining better than average and an average test score of 74 for all tested models. Consumer Reports currently recommends 74 percent of the Toyota vehicles it has tested.

General Motors has improved in terms of both road-test and reliability scores.

Volvo is the only European to make an above-average reliability score.

Volkswagen’s reliability has improved but Audi’s reliability brings the combined automaker’s score down.

Mercedes-Benz and BMW are near the bottom with both getting below-average reliability.

And at the bottom of them all is Chrysler with an average test score of 50.

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