Highlights from the 2015 Consumer Reports Reliability Survey

LaFontaine Automotive Group —  October 28, 2014 — 2 Comments

Each year, Consumer Reports issues a comprehensive study that tracks the reliability of all vehicles sold in the United States covering brand new models to models up to ten years old.

Known as the Consumer Reports Reliability Survey, the information that they gather and organize is always a welcome resource to consumers looking to make an educated decision when purchasing a new or used vehicle.

This year Consumer Reports sent out over 8 million surveys to its subscriber base asking about the experiences with their vehicles over the previous 12 months.

Over 1.1 million people responded to the survey, making it one of the most useful and data-rich studies about vehicle ownership for 2015 and beyond.

I wanted to highlight a few of the vehicles and manufacturers that earned the highest reliability rankings to give you an idea of what the Consumer Reports Reliability Survey is all about.

Toyota: Most Reliable Non-Luxury Auto Maker

Toyota comes in at number 2 for overall reliability (their luxury arm, Lexus, holds the number 1 spot) and continues to enjoy a comfortable lead for most reliable non-luxury auto maker.

One of the reasons Toyota manages to do that, we believe, is that they introduce new technologies slowly and on proven platforms.

While their vehicles may seem to some as plain, you can’t deny the fact that the Toyota line-up has some the most impressive and reliable mainstream vehicles in the industry today.

Honda, Subaru & Kia: Reliability Trending Way Up

Consumer Reports was also impressed with the reliability of Honda, Subaru and Kia as each brand’s reliability climbed the charts four, three and six spots respectively over last year’s results.

Taking up three of the top ten spots in the reliability survey, each brand has vehicles that offer above average reliability.

Buick Earns Top Reliability Marks

Coming in at six overall and fourth among non-luxury brands, Buick has the distinction of being the only domestic manufacturer to crack the top ten in overall reliability.

With each of the vehicles in the Buick line-up receiving average or better scores, Buick has set the standard for reliability among all domestic brands.

Most Reliable and Recommended Vehicles

As a part of the reliability survey, Consumer Reports also publishes which individual vehicles are the most reliable and also recommended based on their own testing.

Here are some of the most reliable and recommended vehicles on the list.

Most Reliable Compact & Subcompact Cars

2014 Scion xB Consumer Reports Most Reliable Compact Car

2014 Scion xB

Most Reliable Hybrid & Electric Cars


2014 Toyota Prius Two FWD Liftback

Most Reliable Midsize Cars


2015 Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition PZEV FWD Sedan

Most Reliable Sporty Cars


2014 Honda Civic Si FWD Sedan

Most Reliable Wagons & Minivans


2015 Toyota Sienna LE 8-Passenger Front Wheel Drive Mini Van

Most Reliable Small SUVs


2015 Subaru Forester

Most Reliable Midsize SUVs


2015 Toyota Highlander XLE With Navigation & AWD

Most Reliable Pickup Trucks


2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 Four Wheel Drive Double Cab

More Vehicle Reliability Information

The information I included in this article really only scratches the surface of what’s available on the Consumer Reports website.

If you are interested in more details, I’d certainly recommend you check out the full findings from the Consumer Reports Reliability Survey.

Please note that ConsumerReports.org is a subscription based website, so if you’re not a subscriber already you’ll have to sign up to gain full access.

However with month-to-month subscriptions available at $6.95, it’s an affordable investment to help you research the next vehicle you plan to purchase.



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2 responses to Highlights from the 2015 Consumer Reports Reliability Survey

  1. The cigarette lighter in the Ford Fusion malfunctioned…so instead of being the superior sedan over the Toyota Camry that it IS….(best bang for the buck) anti-American CR doesn’t even list it.

  2. “This year Consumer Reports sent out over 8 million surveys to its subscriber base asking about the experiences with their vehicles over the previous 12 months.”

    SO THEIR subscriber base is MADE UP OF IMPORT owners(as we can clearly extrapolate)…how BIASED / SUBJECTIVE! ! Therefore this “outcome” should be completely DISMISSED UNLESS they sent the same number of survey request’s to DOMESTIC VS FOREIGN owners..of course!

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