Consumer Reports just published their Annual Auto Issue, and guess what?
“The best vehicles are built by Honda, Subaru, and Toyota. They make well-rounded cars that excel across the board…”
That’s not to say that every model made by these companies is highly recommended. In fact, the Honda Element, Toyota Yaris, and Toyota FJ Cruiser scored low enough that they weren’t recommended.
Amongst domestic automakers, Ford came out on top. However, they were only the 12th best carmaker out of the 15 under consideration. Suzuki, General Motors, and Chrysler brought up the rear (in that order).
This is what CR has to say about Chrysler:
“Overall reliability of Chrysler vehicles, which was average last year, dropped to below average this year. No Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep vehicles are recommended.”
Yes, you read that right… Consumer Reports doesn’t recommend a single Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep model. Ouch.
What about GM’s claim that they build 19 cars that get at least 30 mpg on the highway? That’s technically true, but those cars are “a relatively low percentage of [their] fleet.” Moreover, CR has found that “even non-SUVs from Detroit tend to have among the worst fuel economy in their class.”
The good news for GM is that their newest models actually performed reasonably well in CR‘s testing, though their reliability still lags behind the competition. Similarly, Ford has some models that do quite well, but most fall somewhere in the middle of the pack. And Chrysler? Well…
“Most models… have noisy, inefficient, unrefined powertrains; subpar interiors; and poor visibility.”
It’s hard to believe, but they’ve actually gotten worse since last year, when they tied for last place with Suzuki.