It’s that time of year for Consumer reports to release its automotive reliability brand study, and things don’t look good for BMW. The annual ranking shows a worrying drop from four places to 17, with Cadillac overtaking the German luxury brand after an impressive jump of six places. The ranking is much better for MINI as the British brand climbed into the top 10 after gaining no less than 13 places. In fact, the Oxford-based company made the biggest leap among the 28 automakers listed by RC.
Curious about who was number one this year? The answer should be Lexus, followed by Mazda and Toyota. Yes, these three Japanese automakers are the most reliable once again, with Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti – also from the Land of the Rising Sun – claiming fourth place after climbing six positions. BMW is positioned between its two big rivals, with Audi firmly holding the 15e place while Mercedes is much lower since it only managed to occupy the 23e place after dropping two positions.
Lincoln died last on the 28the place, which is rather ironic since it represents Ford’s premium division and the Blue Oval is much higher, at 18, after gaining five places. Tesla is in the penultimate place, while Jeep, Genesis and Volkswagen are also near the bottom of the rankings.
The study conducted by RC shows that cars are generally more reliable than SUVs, while pickup trucks and vans are more prone to breakdowns than the other two types of vehicles. Just so we’re clear RC classifies cars into sedans, station wagons, hatchbacks, coupes and convertibles. That being said, the summit is exactly the opposite if we are strictly talking about North American brands, as their SUVs are the most reliable, followed by pickup trucks and cars. Speaking of regions of the world, Asian brands are by far the most reliable, with Europe lagging behind American automakers.
If you are wondering how RC develops its annual study, the rankings are based on the average reliability score expected for cars in each range of a brand. For a business to be classified, RC must have sufficient data for at least two of its vehicles. As you probably already understood, Rolls-Royce is gone.
[Source: Consumer Reports]