Mazda Ranked As Most Reliable Brand In Consumer Reports' 2020 Survey
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Mazda Ranked As Most Reliable Brand In Consumer Reports’ 2020 Survey

Mazda is the most reliable car brand according to Consumer Reports, and the most reliable car for 2020 is the Mazda MX-5.

Mazda has been ranked as the most reliable car brand by the latest Consumer Reports reliability survey. This puts the Japanese automaker from Hiroshima ahead of Toyota (2nd) and its luxury arm, Lexus (3rd). Rounding up the top 5 are Buick (4th) and Honda (5th).

The survey, which consists of data collected by Consumer Reports’ members who own more than 300,000 vehicles from the year 2000 to 2020, gave Mazda a score of 83 out of 100. As for the most reliable car they’ve tested? That would be the Mazda MX-5, which has a score of 98 out of 100.

In sixth place is South Korean automaker Hyundai, followed by Ram, which is the most reliable American automaker. Subaru is in eighth place due to problems with the Subaru Ascent three-row SUV. Porsche is the most reliable European automaker, but it dropped five spots compared to the previous year, finishing off at ninth place. At tenth place is American automaker Dodge, which actually dropped two spots versus last year.

BMW, Volvo, and Jeep improved significantly in the non-profit organization’s rankings. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case for Ford, which dropped six spots from last year’s rankings. Ford’s not-so-stellar performance this year is mainly due to the all-new Ford Explorer, which is one of this year’s most unreliable cars with an unflattering score of 1 out of 100. Consumer Reports says the equally-new Ford Escape isn’t much better than the Explorer, either.

Another automaker that has seen a large drop is South Korean automaker Kia, which is Hyundai’s sister brand. Kia has just introduced its new IVT (or Intelligent Variable Transmission) which is basically their own version of a CVT. While our experience with this transmission in the Kia Seltos proved to be pleasant, Consumer Reports says that Kia’s IVT has “significant problems.”

Finishing at the bottom two of this year’s reliability survey are electric automaker Tesla and Lincoln, which is Ford’s luxury brand. Many of Lincoln’s vehicles share a number of components with other Ford vehicles, which unfortunately has led Consumer Reports to give Lincoln a reliability score of 8 out of 100.

Consumer Reports has not ranked manufacturers that have too few models. These include Acura, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Fiat, Genesis, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, and Mitsubishi brands.

Take a look at Consumer Reports’ full list of brands that were evaluated this year:

  1. Mazda – 83
  2. Toyota – 74
  3. Lexus – 71
  4. Buick – 70
  5. Honda – 63
  6. Hyundai – 62
  7. Ram – 58
  8. Subaru – 57
  9. Porsche – 55
  10. Dodge – 54
  11. Infiniti – 54
  12. BMW – 52
  13. Nissan – 51
  14. Audi – 46
  15. Kia – 45
  16. GMC – 43
  17. Chevrolet – 42
  18. Volvo – 41
  19. Jeep – 41
  20. Mercedes-Benz – 40
  21. Cadillac – 38
  22. Ford – 38
  23. MINI – 37
  24. Volkswagen – 36
  25. Tesla – 29
  26. Lincoln – 8

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