Go to buy a new car and you want one that stays out of the repair shop. You've got a good chance with Toyota. Consumer Reports says it's the most reliable carmaker out there. The findings are based on subscribers' experience with more than a million vehicles. "Toyota's three brands, Scion, Toyota, and Lexus, finished first, second, and third for reliability." Those three automakers were followed by Mazda, Subaru, Honda, and Acura - all Japanese brands. Ford's reliability, in sharp contrast, dropped way down this year. Rik Paul "Just two years ago, more than 90 percent of Fords were average or better for reliability. But in the last couple of years, they've released some new or redesigned models that have had more problems than normal." These models include the Explorer, the Fiesta, and the Focus. Also problematic: Ford's relatively new electronic infotainment system. Rik Paul "General Motors did better in our latest rankings. Cadillac was the top U.S. brand, and its CTS coupe was the most reliable domestic car." The most reliable car of all is the Toyota Prius C. In fact, all the Priuses have above-average reliability. Rik Paul "When the Toyota Prius was released 12 years ago, there was a lot of skepticism about how well it would hold up. But we're finding that most hybrids and electric vehicles are proving very reliable." ."
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