• Nov 2, 2012
Consumer Reports has released its top 10 list of predicted most reliable American cars from the 2012 Annual Auto Survey. The researchers chewed through their data to come up with the vehicles in each segment that garnered a reliability rating of "average" or better, while also scoring high enough in Consumer Reports testing to earn a "recommended" rating. Chevrolet took home five of the slots, with General Motors products soaking up two more for good measure. That left Ford and Chrysler to scrap over the remaining two spots. Ford walked off with the Sporty Cars category with the V6 Mustang, while Chrysler nabbed the Upscale Cars title with the Chrysler 300.

The Chevrolet Sonic, Volt, Traverse, Equinox and Avalanche all earned accolades, as did the Cadillac CTS, Buick Enclave and GMC Terrain. Unfortunately, when the rest of the world's brands are included, Japanese automakers take home seven of the top 10 spots. Head over to the Consumer Reports site for a closer look at the Top 10 most reliable American cars.


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      techie69
      • 2 Years Ago
      '... but Sync (even without navigation and touch screen) is an annoying piece of crap. Basically Ford doesn't doesn't even come close to doing it right...I could do without the whistling from the HVAC system :P' says ChrisH about his 2013 MustangV6. There is a new generation of editors and testers at CR, different times so different standards of gaging a product. I myself think standards have not dropped, just doesn't capture all the data of a vehicle built anymore!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't think that any serious consumer would look at this list as a basis for buying a new car. Everybody knows that Japanese and European cars are more reliable than American cars. This is the list for pointing out "the best of the worst."
        j0nny5
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        Have you driven a new Sonic? I just bought a '13 LT Turbo. Thing is quiet, rock-solid, roomy, and handles fantastically. Your statement may have been accurate 10 - 15 years ago, but not now. -A guy who has mainly bought Japanese and German, starting to buy American again :)
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @j0nny5
          Not to rain on your parade, but you do know that the Sonic is just the new Aveo that is built in the US, right? Yes, it's made in the US, but it's actually a Daewoo (Korean car). They decided to also build them in the US when it got called the Sonic for 2012. It's not really different than what they did with the Geo Prizm (these were essentially Toyota Corollas built in the US with GM's Geo branding).
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @j0nny5
          WilleD, Do your research and we will talk. Sadly, someone else has already called you out on your ignorance. The Sonic IS the Aveo. It's just been redesigned. It's even called the Aveo in other markets. Looks like you need to get your facts straight.
      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kudos to GM. But I still can't see myself choosing a Sonic over a Fiesta. Nor a Cruze over a Focus. Nor a Malibu over a Fusion. etc.
        Gordon Chen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dave
        To each his own. I can choose a sonic over a fiesta. I can't get myself to like the Fiesta. (interior ew) I can choose a cruze over a focus. I can't get myself to like the Focus (interior ew) Although I agree with you on the the Fusion. THere are no right or wrong answers. US auto is doing great and that's what matters.
        n.bob2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dave
        For me it's a mix bag. I'd go Spark over Fiesta or Sonic, Cruze over Focus, Fusion over Malibu.
          dohc73
          • 2 Years Ago
          @n.bob2
          It's funny how the Spark is doing so well so quickly. It's become some kindda of cult car I think because it's so odd looking and affordable. I keep seeing them on the road and I didn't even know they were out yet.
        j0nny5
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dave
        So what yo're saying is, you're a Ford guy :)
          Dave
          • 2 Years Ago
          @j0nny5
          Not really. I have a '99 Ranger (which I would take over a '99 S10) but I would rather have a 2010 Colorado than a 2010 Ranger. I also have a '97 Miata (which was designed before Ford came into the picture AFAIK).
          Dave
          • 2 Years Ago
          @j0nny5
          clquake - Ford had a controlling interest in Mazda when my Miata was built, but did not own a controlling interest in Mazda when it was designed. "From 1979 to 2010, Mazda had a partnership with the Ford Motor Company, who acquired a 7% stake in 1979 and by 1996, owned 33.3% of Mazda." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazda#Partnership_with_Ford_Motor_Company
          clquake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @j0nny5
          Dave, When did Ford make a small fun convertible sports car? They were never in the picture....
        Steveo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dave
        I'm with you on that. I actually don't really believe in Consumer Reports.
        Eta Carinae
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dave
        @dave, hmm since your more of a ford guy....would you choose a lincoln over a cadillac ? there is only one logical answer.....lets see if your smart enough to make it
          Dave
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Eta Carinae
          And BTW, I think the Sonic, Cruze, and Malibu are good cars. But it seems that Ford gives us better handling, funner cars. For the same reason, i would never consider a Corolla or a Camry.
          Dave
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Eta Carinae
          No. Cadillac definitely makes cooler cars than Lincoln. I'm not a Ford fanboy. I've had a huge number of GMs over the years.
          fuzzyfish6
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Eta Carinae
          You really think the Fiesta is more fun to drive than the Sonic?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 10 Best students in the remedial class! G-o-o-d F-o-r Y-o-u !
        Andrew Ramos
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David
        I know why you're mad. You have to drive a Toyota every day. I wouldn't be very happy either.
        dohc73
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David
        Anti-American. Probably angry due to his hair loss.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        GuyClinch
        • 2 Years Ago
        I I hear ya. Reliability the way CR defines it is useless. What you want to know is what are the chances of each kind of failure.. Not that some people are too dumb to operate Ford My Touch or don't like the clunky DSG style tranny.. According to True Delta - the very worst cars need 1 - 1.5 unscheduled trips to the dealer each year and the very best need .5 or so.. For alot of people its worth looking at more interesting less popular cars nowadays with numbers like that.. Most cars are going to fall into the middle of those numbers. And even most of those trips are not day/week breaking problems..
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GuyClinch
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      Toronto St. Pats
      • 2 Years Ago
      When you've got 3 cars (max) to pick from in every category, most reliable is more of a backhanded compliment than anything else lol
        Toronto St. Pats
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toronto St. Pats
        What's to downvote? You get first place in a 2-man race and you're both retards, are you really going to be that proud?
          dohc73
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Toronto St. Pats
          Your attitude doesn't surprise me being from Canada. Knowing that you come from an afterthought country that no one really cares about in the rest of the world. I would have a hair across my ass for the rest of my life too I suppose.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      Replace the word reliable with boring.
      scott3
      • 2 Years Ago
      Owning a GMC Terrain I have has Zero defects and perfect performance from day one. I can't ask for more than that. They quality has been top notch. Paint was perfect and the vehicle has done everything asked of it and delivered. It is easy to see why they have Sold over a million Nox and Terrains since MY2010. Proof if you build a quality vehicle people like they will buy.
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the Ford infotainment system is annoying its customers, then Ford should fix it or replace it. I'm a little surprised about the V6 Mustang, though. Don't those come with $h!tty Chinese transmissions and weak aluminum drive shafts? Or have those been fixed?
        ChrisH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Big Squid
        I have a 2013 V6 Convertible manual Mustang... the drive train is probably the best part of the car.... but Sync (even without navigation and touch screen) is an annoying piece of crap. Basically Ford doesn't doesn't even come close to doing it right. While BT integration is quick and easy the microphone location makes it prone to noise even with the top up and 1 out of 3 times Sync forgets it has an iPod attached... or decides there are too many songs one time.... I could do without the whistling from the HVAC system :P
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ChrisH
          Your car is beautiful. I love the new convertible Mustangs. I would also get one with a V6 and manual transmission. I am envious every time I see one on the road.
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