Consumer Reports 2016 Reliability Survey: Lexus Leads, Tesla is "Less Reliable"

Every year or so, Consumer Reports puts together a reliability survey. After scrutinizing the data acquired this past year, the publication found out that three automakers dropped dramatically in the ranking. To the point, those are Subaru, Volvo, and VW.
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Compared to the 2015 reliability survey’s results, 2016 sees Subaru drop 6 places, Volvo took a 7-place dive, and VW hit rock bottom with a 9-place drop. From worst to not that bad, the auto manufacturers that made the “Less Reliable” spectrum of the ranking are the following: Ram Truck (16 points), Fiat (17), Chrysler (26), Dodge (28), Tesla Motors (28), GMC (29), Jeep (30), Volkswagen (30), Cadillac (32), Lincoln (33), and Volvo (40).

The midfield consists of the usual suspects, including Porsche with a 45-point score that mirrors that of Chevrolet. Ridiculous, but not unheard of. As for the “More Reliable” car brands to make the ranking, Consumer Reports highlights that Lexus and Toyota lead the way with 86 and 78 points, respectively. A bit lower down, Buick ranks third (75 points), Audi fourth (71), and Kia fifth (69). The biggest performer this year, surprisingly, is Infiniti (62 points), which jumped 16 places compared to the predicted reliability score from 2015.

As low down as Tesla ranks (25th out of 29 manufacturers in the list), Consumer Reports rubber-stamped the Model S, giving it an “average” rating for 2016. By comparison, last year saw the publication bash the full-size electric sedan, clarifying that “the Model S has too many problems to recommend.” As for the Model X, oh dear! Mirroring the bad press you might have heard about the fancy Falcon Wing doors, CR describes that the Model X is riddled with problems. Hopefully, updates will cut down on those gremlins.

In light of the above, remember when Consumer Reports rated the Model S P85D 103 out of a maximum of 100 points? That happened in 2015. Then the publication turned almost 180 degrees in 2016, especially when it demanded Tesla to deactivate the Autopilot system following a fatal accident.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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