Toyota Prius – Most Reliable 2009 Family Car
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The family car category is led by Toyota Prius and Kia Optima while the luxury car series shows that Infinity M35 and Lexus IS250 are the most reliable cars in their classes.
Obviously, Toyota representatives were extremely pleased that Scion was voted the most reliable small car, even though the xD variant is quite a new model on the market.
“Generally speaking, when a vehicle first launches, that’s when you’re more apt to have any issues that need to be worked out, and this is a vehicle that came right out of the gate and earned this praise right away,” Toyota spokesman Xavier Dominicis said according to MSNBC.
American company Ford was also satisfied with the results, saying that becoming the leader of the category and challenging Toyota's models is one of the main goals for the carmaker. “Being neck and neck with Toyota and Honda is satisfying for us. We have our eye squarely on becoming the leader in the industry,” Mark Fields, Ford’s president of the Americas, stated.
On the other hand, Chrysler was quite disappointing with the rankings as its models got the last place in both the sporty car, coupes & convertibles and wagon classes. “We do have pockets of success that demonstrates we can meet our customers’ expectations. The Dodge Caliber and Jeep Patriot were rated above average,” Chrysler spokeswoman Beverly Thacker said.
Here are the best and the worst ratings for vehicles in each class, all of them provided by MSNBC:
Best: Scion xD, Mini Cooper Clubman
Worst: Nissan Versa, (no second pick)
Best: Toyota Prius, Kia Optima
Worst: Dodge Avenger, Chrysler Sebring
Sporty Car, Coupes & Convertibles:
Best: Lexus SC, Volvo C30
Worst: Chrysler Sebring, Saturn Sky
Best: Infinity M35, Lexus IS250
Worst: Cadillac STS, Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Best: Toyota Matrix, Scion xB
Worst: Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan
Best: Honda Element, Toyota FJ Cruiser
Worst: Land Rover LR2, Saturn Vue
Best: Honda Pilot (2008), Lexus RX400h
Worst: Land Rover Range Rover, Volkswagen Touareg
Best: Toyota Sequoia, (no second pick)
Worst: Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Best: Toyota Tundra, Honda Ridgeline
Worst: Ford F-250, Dodge Dakota
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