Wayne Cunningham, CNET
October 26th, 2010
Consumer Reports published predictions for reliability of 2011 vehicle models based on what car owners told it of previous model year performance. Consumer Reports' survey asked 1.3 million owners to rate the reliability of their 2001 to 2010 model year cars. Using that data, the organization devised predictions of where different brands will end up with their 2011 models.
Scion topped the list, while co-brands Toyota and Lexus both dropped a bit from the previous year, probably due to all the flap over unintended acceleration. Porsche showed up second with a six-point gain from the previous year. It was followed by perennial quality winners Acura and Honda.
Hitting the very bottom of the list was Chrysler, with its Town & Country minivan being rated as the worst car for reliability. Audi, which plummeted in reliability, appears just above Chrysler, and is followed by Mini. Audi also showed the largest overall drop in reliability, while Cadillac had the biggest gain.