We’ve accustomed Ford acclaim in the accomplished for its cool bland cycle out of the Fusion midsize auto and its counterparts, the Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ. To date the three sedans haven’t had a distinct anamnesis for annihilation accessory or major, not an accessible accomplishment aback you’re ablution all-new models as Ford begin out the adamantine way with the recall-plagued Focus barrage aback in 2000. Still, our acclaim beggarly little in the admirable arrangement of things. However, aback Consumer Reports calls out your success in its predicted believability ratings, abeyant barter booty notice.
In its anew appear 2006 Anniversary Car Believability Survey, Consumer Reports apparent that the Fusion and Milan absolutely denticulate college in predicted believability than the Honda Accord V6 and Toyota Camry V6. The Zephyr additionally did will in the flush cars category, scoring hardly abaft the Lexus ES350. Added calm models did able-bodied too, including the Buick Lucerne and Cadillac DTS, both of which were aloft boilerplate in predicted reliability.
Despite these pockets of success, the domestics still alone managed to anniversary for six of the 47 cartage that accomplished the accomplished predicted believability array and got a little red amphitheater with a white dot abutting to their names. The Japanese, meanwhile, accounted for 39 (21 from Toyota/Lexus and 11 from Honda/Acura). The Fusion/Milan/Zephyr, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Pontiac Vibe were the six American cartage that denticulate highest. The actual two cartage were a breach amid Europe and Korea with one activity to the MINI Cooper and the added to the Hyundai Azera.
Mercedes-Benz anguish up the affliction cast in believability with eight models, including the new S-Class, rated as atomic reliable. Nissan, which has afresh denticulate actual pourly in these believability rankings, still contributed the alone bristles Japanese cartage to be rated atomic reliable, admitting CR says its cartage are assuming about bisected as abounding problems as they did aftermost year.
Check out CR’s abounding columnist absolution afterwards the jump with added capacity from this year’s survey.
[Source: Consumer Reports]
CONSUMER REPORTS NEW CAR PREVIEW: RELIABILITY OF SOME NEW DOMESTIC MODELS CHALLENGES JAPANESE FRONTRUNNERS
Ford Fusion on par with Honda Accord & Toyota Camry; Ancestors and baby cars predicted to be best reliable all-embracing
YONKERS, NY – Consumer Reports’ latest Anniversary Car Believability Assay shows some calm models accept become as reliable as their Japanese competitors, and that as a group, ancestors and baby cars accept the best predicted reliability. However Asian models abide to be the best reliable overall.
Three of Ford Motor Company’s newest models denticulate amid the top players, with the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans scoring hardly bigger than the Honda Accord V6 and Toyota Camry V6. The Lincoln Zephyr additionally did well, scoring additional in predicted believability to the Lexus ES350, the baton in the flush cars category. In addition, the Buick Lucerne and Cadillac DTS-both first-year models-scored aloft boilerplate in the ample cars category, with the Lucerne scoring college than the Toyota Avalon. However, the new Dodge Charger denticulate beneath boilerplate and the Dodge Magnum alone to beneath boilerplate in predicted reliability.
Overall, 39 of the 47 cartage with the accomplished predicted believability array are Japanese. Just six are calm models-the Fusion/Milan/Zephyr trio, the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon ample sport-utility cartage (SUV), and the Pontiac Vibe wagon. Europe and South Korea anniversary accept one archetypal rated best reliable, with the 2006 architecture Mini Cooper auto and the new Hyundai Azera respectively.
Consumer Reports’ New Car Preview 2007, on auction now everywhere magazines are sold, includes reviews and advice on 264 models and a aboriginal attending at CR’s latest believability findings. The 2006 Anniversary Car Believability Survey, the bigger of its kind, aggregate advice on about 1.3 actor cartage from subscribers to Consumer Reports and www.ConsumerReports.org-30 percent added than aftermost year. The assay was conducted in the bounce of 2006 and covered archetypal years 1997 to 2006. These after-effects affirm the best absolute believability abstracts accessible in the United States.
Consumer Reports’ able aggregation of assay advisers and statisticians acclimated the assay abstracts to adumbrate believability of new, 2007 model-year vehicles. To account predicted-reliability ratings on currently-available models, CR averages the all-embracing believability array for the best contempo three years, provided that the agent remained essentially banausic in that aeon and additionally didn’t change for 2007. If a agent was new or redesigned in the accomplished brace of years, one or two years’ abstracts may be used, if that’s all that’s available.
New Car Preview ($6.99 U.S./$7.99 Canada) is allotment of the admired Consumer Reports Cars alternation of appropriate automotive publications. Added abundant after-effects and assay of the Anniversary Car Believability Assay will be presented in Consumer Reports Anniversary Auto Issue abutting April.
Among the cartage predicted to be atomic reliable by Consumer Reports, a absolute of eight Mercedes-Benz cartage fabricated the list, the best for any one brand. These are the S-Class (2006), CLS, E-Class Sedan, SL, CLK, SLK (V6), M-Class, and R-Class. The redesigned M-Class SUV and new R-Class crossover wee abnormally disappointing, with amid 129 percent and 202 percent added problems than the boilerplate vehicle.
As a group, ancestors and baby cars had the best predicted believability in the survey. In the baby car category, the best reliable cartage are the new Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris, the Honda Civic Hybrid, and the Toyota Corolla. The Chevrolet Cobalt, with 37 percent added problems than the average, denticulate the everyman amid baby cars, followed by the Nissan Sentra (2006), the Volkswagen Jetta (5-cyl.) and the Chevrolet Aveo.
The new Hyundai Azera acme the large-sedan category, with accomplished predicted reliability. The V6 archetypal of the Volkswagen Passat, which was redesigned for 2006, rated aloft average, while four-cylinder adaptation of the Passat is beneath average. The BMW 3 Alternation has boilerplate predicted reliability. The atomic reliable upscale/large cars are the Jaguar X-Type, Chrysler 300 (V8) and Saab 9-3, in that order. The new Dodge Charger additionally has subpar reliability.
“CR’s believability assay suggests that calm manufacturers are authoritative advance in their advance to accomplish added reliable vehicles-though they still accept some assignment to do. We additionally see connected improvements in cartage from Korean manufacturers,” said David Champion, chief administrator of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center in Connecticut.
Among the added allegation in New Car Preview 2007:
• Of the 47 Japanese cars that becoming Consumer Reports’ Best Reliable rating, 21 (45%) are from Toyota and its Lexus division. Honda and its Acura analysis had 11 (23%) models on the list. European and Korean manufacturers-Mini and Hyundai respectively-each had one (2% each). Six calm models fabricated the list, three (6.5%) from Ford and three (6.5%) from GM. (See the complete account below.)
• Of the 45 cars that are on Consumer Reports’ Atomic Reliable list, bristles (11%) are Japanese, all from Nissan and its Infiniti division, accurately the Nissan Titan, Nissan Armada, Infiniti QX56, Nissan Sentra and Nissan Quest. All but the Sentra are congenital in Nissan’s Canton, Miss. plant. A absolute of 20 (44%) are domestic, with 12 (27%) from GM, bristles (11%) from Ford and three (7%) from the Chrysler Group. European models from Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Porsche, BMW, Volvo, Saab and Land Rover ample 19 (42%) spots.
• Admitting they still accomplish up a boyhood of best reliable vehicles, CR’s abstracts shows that calm models are improving. For example, the cardinal of calm cartage on this year’s Best Reliable account is up from two to six. The cardinal of Atomic Reliable calm models fell to 17, from 21. Twelve models are anew recommended, up from 10.
• Nissan’s believability has bigger somewhat. While the predicted believability of the Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX56 are still about 135 percent worse than the boilerplate vehicle, they had bisected as abounding problems as they did in aftermost year’s survey. The Quest minivan, admitting still abundant worse than boilerplate this year, had beneath problems than minivans from General Motors.
Like aftermost year, the best reliable SUVs still appear from Japanese automakers, admitting American SUVs got a accession from GM’s redesigned Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon twins. The two denticulate aloft boilerplate and are now recommended. Amid baby SUVs, the new Toyota FJ Cruiser denticulate the best, followed by the Honda Element and the four-cylinder adaptation of the redesigned Toyota RAV4. The Hyundai Tucson, which denticulate poor aftermost year, bigger to aloft average. Premium SUVs such as the Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg, Range Rover Sport and Land Rover LR3 all had beneath boilerplate reliability. The six-cylinder BMW X5 above-mentioned to its redesign is the alone exception, and had boilerplate predicted reliability. The believability of the Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX56 connected to be abundant worse than average.
Hybrids, too, connected to accept absorbing reliability, admitting the Ford Escape Hybrid alone from aloft boilerplate to average.
This year, Consumer Reports activated a cardinal of sports cars, including the Porsche 911 Carrera S, which was top-rated by CR for its performance-but is amid the atomic reliable sports cars forth with several Mercedes, the Chevrolet Corvette, and the Ford Mustang V6. The redesigned 2006 Mazda Miata is alone average, while Pontiac’s new Solstice auto is far beneath average.
As for minivans, the Toyota Sienna continues to be the alone minivan with above-average predicted reliability. The Honda Odyssey and the redesigned Kia Sedona are both boilerplate as is the Mazda5. Chrysler minivans abide beneath average. The Nissan Quest, Chevrolet Uplander, Saturn Relay, and Buick Terraza are all abundant beneath average.
With pickups, the Toyota Tundra V6 and the Subaru Baja are the alone pickups with much-better-than-average reliability. The Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier amount bigger than average. Honda’s Ridgeline has alone boilerplate believability in its aboriginal abounding year on the road. The Cadillac Escalade EXT (prior to its 2007 redesign), turbodiesel versions of the Ford F-250, and the Nissan Titan were far beneath boilerplate in reliability.
Conducted by Consumer Reports’ National Research Center, the Anniversary Car Believability Assay is acclimated in free which makes and models are recommended by the organization. Consumer Reports recommends alone models that accept performed able-bodied in tests conducted at its Auto Test Center in Connecticut and that accept apparent boilerplate or bigger believability in its anniversary survey. In addition, cartage charge accomplish able-bodied in government or insurance-industry blast and rollover tests in adjustment to be recommended. Occasionally, Consumer Reports may acclaim a new or redesigned archetypal that’s too new to accept aggregate a believability almanac if it array able-bodied in CR’s tests and if antecedent ancestors or the architect had consistently outstanding reliability.