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Consumer Reports Releases Most Reliable Cars Survey

November 17, 2004

Consumer Reports released its 2004 survey on the Most and Least reliable vehicles. Of the 32 car models with the highest reliability ratings, 29 were from Japan-based manufacturers. Toyota, with 16, and Honda, with 7, had the most vehicles with top reliability ratings. South Korean automaker Hyundai´s Sonata earned a top spot in the ratings this year, a first for that manufacturer. Of the 11 sedans with the lowest predicted reliability, according to the survey, 10 were from European brands including Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and BMW. Most Volkswagen models were rated far below average for reliability. The all-wheel drive Volkswagen Passat received the lowest reliability rating of any vehicle in the survey.The only cars from an American manufacturer to earn top scores were the Buick Regal, which has been discontinued for 2005, and non-supercharged versions of the Pontiac Grand Prix.Most reliable sedans:Lexus IS300, Acura RL (previous version), Toyota Camry (4-cyl.), Toyota Avalon, Lexus LS430, Lexus GS300/GS430 (previous versions), Buick Regal (discontinued), Pontiac Grand Prix, Hyundai Sonata,Infiniti G35 (AWD) Least reliable sedans:Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Jaguar S-Type, BMW 7 Series, Jaguar X-Type, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Mercedes-Benz C-Class (V6), Volvo S60 (AWD), Saab 9-3, Pontiac Grand Prix (supercharged), Volkswagen Passat (AWD), BMW 5 Series Most reliable small cars: Toyota Corolla, Scion xB, Honda Civic, Mazda3, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Echo, Mitsubishi Lancer (except Evo) Least reliable small cars: Volkswagen Golf (turbo), Volkswagen Jetta (turbo), Volkswagen New Beetle
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