The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Edition – Consumer Reports’ Most and Least Reliable Car Brands

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October 23, 2015


The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Edition –

Consumer Reports‘ Most and Least Reliable Car Brands



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In case you didn’t know, Consumer Reports has released its annual most and least reliable brands list.


If you want to see the “Good” click here:


There are no real surprises on this list. Lexus is the most reliable followed by Toyota. Shocker.


Sure, a lot of the brands under the Takata airbag recall are on this list, but since CR uses the current model year, it’s fine.


The disappointing list is mostly American brands. But GM held steady as the 10th least reliable brand.


Here is the “Ugly” part of the list: Consumer Reports can giveth and Consumer Reports can taketh away – at least when it comes to Tesla. Just months after lavishing praise on the Model S P85D in the magazine’s highest-rated vehicle test ever, the electric sedan is now being slammed in the Annual Auto Reliability Survey.


By ugly, I mean ugly. The article says that Tesla scored so low on reliability that it was “worse than average.” Predictably, stock fell and Elon Musk defended his brand. Mr. Musk wasn’t very happy about the report.


The most complaints came from features that were high in style but low in substance. Pop-up door handles sound cool, heck, they even look cool in action, I must admit, but I guess they don’t always work. Non-working pop-up door handles means the driver and passengers get locked out. Probably not the best thing for reliability. Neither is the reported interior squeaking. When a consumer buys a luxury car, cabin quiet is an expectation. The biggest concern comes from a hypothetical: If the numbers of Tesla are “unreliable” now, what will happen when the numbers of Teslas produced increases? It’s a fair question, I think.


But what do you think about the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly?



My Final Thought:


If driving a car, modeled after an iconic toy car—not even a Hot Wheels, but the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe—is your thing, then this is for you:


You can buy the one model from the UK on eBay. Someone built one, now it’s being sold. And it’s roadworthy. The Cozy Coupe has a top speed of 70mph. So there is that. But it isn’t cheap.


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Love Your Car! See you next week!


–Lauren Fix




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