Lexus tops Consumer Reports reliability rankings, unseating Mazda

Lexus is back on top of Consumer Reports‘ annual reliability rankings. Toyota Motor Corp’s luxury division dethrones last year’s winner, upstart Mazda, to second place, while the Toyota brand itself rounds out the podium in third place. In general, while Asian brands topped the list, Europeans ranked second, and domestics brought up the rear. 

Lexus’ high marks stem from the Land Cruiser Prado-based GX SUV, which got a perfect score of 100. Mazda’s second place finish was the result of strong showings by the Miata, CX-9, CX-5, and CX-30, but dragged down by the Mazda 3‘s mid-pack score. Likewise, nearly all of Toyota’s lineup, from Prius to Avalon, all had very high marks, but the RAV4 and Corolla Hatchback brought down the class average.

Like last year, the only American brand to break into the top ten was Buick, which ranked 5th thanks to good scores for the Envision and Encore (though the Enclave ranked sub-par). Eight of the top 10 brands were Japanese, with Infiniti in 4th, and Honda, Subaru, Acura and Nissan following Buick in that order. Mini, in 10th place, was the only European brand in the top 10.

The bottom spots went to Jeep, Tesla, and once again Lincoln in dead last. While all Lincolns received poor scores, the Aviator was notable for getting only 3 points out of 100. Similarly, last year’s lowest-scoring vehicle was the Ford Explorer, with which the Aviator shares a platform.

It wasn’t all gloom from the domestics, however. The Chevrolet Trailblazer tied the Lexus GX with a perfect score, but overall Chevy brand ranked 14th, pulled down by the Corvette, Silverado 1500 and Tahoe. The Tahoe tied with the GMC Yukon with the lowest scores this year, just 2 points each. Both the Silverado 2500HD and the nearly identical GMC Sierra 2500HD were among to top scoring American vehicles, along with the Ford Bronco Sport, Mustang Mach E, Ranger and Chrysler 300.

Consumer Reports also points out that the oft-said line that electric vehicles are less prone to problems due to fewer moving parts isn’t necessarily true. The Audi E-Tron and Tesla Model X each got a score of 5, the lowest of their respective brands, due to more and more technology being crammed into these higher-priced EVs.

For a complete list of rankings by company and of individual models, check out the full study at Consumer Reports.

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