Anyone looking to purchase a new car will have to consider several aspects that will fit his needs in the long run. Resources that can provide that specific information are as varied and diversified as the pages on the internet. Multiple sites supply quotes and reviews but one of the most trustworthy is Consumer Report, a widely recognized magazine that published reviews and compares products and services. The car issue is a dominant decision factor when browsing for a reliable car, being consulted by approximately 30 to 40 percent of North American car buyers.
Over the years customers have become accustomed to the favorable reviews concerning Asian cars. The aspect considered here is that of reliability – which refers to the car’s performance in time, over the span of several years, its ability to incorporate safety, consistent performance, fuel consumption economy and luxury at a good price. Especially Japanese automakers bring, year after year, the highest evaluation results with cars like Toyota, Honda and Hyundai. Out of 33 models, 23 were from Japanese makers in the list comprised by Consumer Reports, published in the early March issue of 2008. But there is also good news for American models like Ford that have shown remarkable improvements in the last years, in a desire to diminish the considerable Asian domination on the market.
In 2004 the best selling car in the United States was Honda Accord, rated as the best family sedan. Asian cars have almost become synonymous with reliability, with 12 problems encountered per 100 vehicles, while the American automakers had 18 followed by Europeans with 20. Toyota and Honda almost made up the whole top 10 pick category while on the most satisfying list 21 out of 33 were Japanese manufacturers.
In the last two years Ford has managed to enhance predicted reliability although it is still far behind Asian automakers. The Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans have scored a little bit higher than the Honda Accord V6 and Toyota Camry V6 but the Japanese car makers have counteracted with the 2006 model of Hyundai Azera. For a clearer view of the Asian success on the reliability scale it should be known that 39 out of 47 are Japanese vehicles. Situated at the opposite end of the rating are the German cars Mercedes-Benz – CLS, E-Class Sedan, SL, CLK, SLK (V6), M-Class, R-Class and the 2006 S-Class.
In 2008 Subaru also made the list of most reliable cars in The United States.
Again Hyundai topped consumer Report’s list with the Elantra SE for the best small sedan and the Santa Fe for midsized sport utility. Toyota was also a winner with Sienna, Prius and RAV4 for most reliable small SUVs but reports are showing that the manufacturer is scoring below average with the V6Camry and Tundra V8 pickup. Because of that, Consumer Report will no longer recommend them just because of the impressive history Toyota had in reliability. Most of the complaints are related to the breaks, automatic transmission and unpleasant noises. Still, the magazine suggests the Camry Hybrid is a good choice. Honda Accord has been given the top spot with better electronics, engine or switchgear, followed by Lexus.