Consumer reports also made headlines earlier this year, crowning Mazda as the most reliable car brand of the year back in March.
Fast forward to today, and CR has again ranked car manufacturers to “Reveal how their new models are likely to hold up.” Press “likely” because member surveys were used to estimate the predicted reliability, not the actual reliability.
Out of 100 possible points, Mazda received 83 or 9 more than Toyota and 12 more than Lexus. These brands are gathered in the top 5 of Buick and Honda and we are already facing a bit of a problem. More to the point, Buick in the fourth sounds creepy.
As a brief update, all General Motors-owned automakers are selling today is a badge-engineered Chevrolet, GMC or Cadillac. Even the Encore GX, imported from South Korea along with the Trailblazer, uses the same platform, engine settings and transmissions as the golden bowties model. That said, guess how Consumer Reports has ranked the other General Motors brands?
GMC is in 1
On death last with only 8 points below his belt, Lincoln Motor Company “Significantly dropped over SUVs with major issues.” The luxury brand and Ford “Is plagued by similar problems,” but I still can not get my head around one thing. How is it possible for Blue Oval to be listed in 22nd place with 38 points, while Chevrolet is historically inferior in terms of build quality, quality control and quality assurance?
Oh, and another thing. The Mazda MX-5 Miata has been awarded the highest rating for predicted reliability of 98 out of 100 points. The question is, why did Consumer Reports not include the Japanese roadster on the list of 10 most reliable cars? At the time of writing, the Toyota Prius is leading this list with an overall score of 93 points.
Do not know about you, but I think consumer reports should take a break to think about a better evaluation system.