Consumer Reports’ 2011 vehicle reliability ratings are out. The Honda, Subaru, and Toyota were the three highest ranked auto manufacturers. Volvo and Ford made significant improvements this year finishing fourth and fifth, respectively. On the other end of the spectrum, Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, GM had the lowest reliability ratings. According to the ratings, the most reliable 2011 SUVs were all from Asian automakers.
Subaru continues to get high ratings for its lineup from the automotive press. Consumer Reports credited the company for making dependable all-wheel-drive vehicles with simple controls. This comes on the heels of the company having some of the safest 2011 SUVs and winning Top Safety Pick awards for all models in their lineup from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Besides Volvo, European automakers did not fare well in the reliability ratings. Consumer Reports found that BMW’s 3.0-liter turbo-charged engine had a high problem rate relating to the fuel system and other issues. That engine is offered in its X5 and X6 SUVs. Mercedes-Benz had the least reliable models in three categories. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK SUV was rated far below average. Audi also did not fare well with 3 out of 4 of its models deemed to have below average in reliability. On a positive note, Volkswagen did improve in the reliability ratings to the average range.
According to Consumer Reports, the most reliable 2011 SUVs are the Toyota RAV-4 (small SUVs) and Kia Sorento (family SUVs). The Acura MDX also scored well in the ratings. Unfortunately the publication did not have categories rating the most reliable models in the large and luxury SUV categories.
The most reliable 2011 SUVs were determined by average road tests and predicted reliability scores. The full findings are in Consumer Reports’ annual auto issue.