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Survey: Honda, Toyota lead in reliability

October 26, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
General Motors cars are getting more reliable and Ford has kept its top spot as the most reliable American carmaker, according to Consumer Reports' annual auto reliability survey. General Motors' Buick Lacrosse, Cadillac SRX, and Chevrolet Equinox are three of the cars that helped the automaker see a huge jump in reliability in Consumer Reports' annual auto reliability survey.

"GM's reliability has really improved this year. Sixty-nine percent of their cars are now average or better reliability," said Consumer Reports' David Champion.

Ford's reliability also continues to get better. Consumer Reports named the Ford Fusion V6 and Hybrid the most reliable family cars.

But the survey finds overall Asian automakers are still the most reliable, with Honda at the top.

"They have all their vehicles average or better reliability, closely followed by Toyota. But Toyota's taken a little bit of a hit, especially in the new 2010 Prius that had a number of brake issues," said Champion.

Hyundai and Kia continue to do well. All the models the carmakers introduced this year, including the Hyundai Sonata, got high scores for reliability and performed well at Consumer Reports' test track.

"Hyundai and Kia make really good cars that are relatively inexpensive, making them very good values," said Champion.

Those include the Kia Sorento, as well as the Forte Soul.

But there's no good news for Chrysler this year. It remains at the bottom of the list in Consumer Reports' reliability ratings. Except for some Dodge Rams, all of Chrysler's cars had below-average reliability.