Most and least reliable new cars

The results of the annual car reliability survey from our partners at Consumer Reports Magazine are in.

Japanese automakers came out on top, but this year they face some stiff competition.

And the Winner Is....

The most reliable new car you can buy is the 2014 Subaru Forester SUV. That's according to Consumer Reports' just-released auto survey.

To find out which cars are least likely to give the most trouble, Consumer Reports asked subscribers if they'd had any serious car problems in the last 12 months.

"We gathered responses on 1.1 million cars, and we used that huge sampling of data to predict how well new cars that are now on sale will hold up," said Rik Paul of Consumer Reports.

Most Reliable Brands

The most reliable carmakers? Lexus, Toyota, and Acura,  all Japanese brands, took the top three spots.

However, Consumer Reports is not giving its top rating to the Toyota Camry and Toyota RAV-4 SUV this year, due to their recent performance in IIHS crash tests, which gave the two Toyotas only average results.

But there's something new in the survey this year.

"European and American manufacturers have moved up in the rankings. They're giving the Japanese automakers some tough competition," said Paul.

In fourth place is Audi, making it the most reliable European brand.

And Volvo, also European, jumped up to number seven.

GMC, with SUVs like the Acadia, was named the top American brand at number nine.

Lower Rated Brands

But Ford and Lincoln got mixed reviews.

"Ford and Lincoln have had trouble with the MyTouch 'infotainment' system for the last two years. Our survey found that complaints went down after Ford updated the system, but the rate of problems is still too high," said Paul.

And at the bottom of the list: Cars from Mini had the most problems in Consumer Reports' survey.


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