- The redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester got the top predicted-reliability score as Japanese automakers dominated the 2013 Consumer Reports Annual Auto Reliability rankings.
- The Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid got the worst score.
- Lexus, Toyota and Acura captured the top three spots in the survey.
YONKERS, New York — The redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester got the top predicted-reliability score as Japanese automakers dominated the 2013 Consumer Reports Annual Auto Reliability rankings.
The Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid got the worst score, the publication said.
Lexus, Toyota and Acura captured the top three spots in the survey. Japanese brands took seven of the top 10 spots, but Audi came in 4th and Volvo jumped 13 places to 7th. GMC is the top domestic brand in the survey, finishing 9th.
Ford continued to rank near the bottom of the industry in the survey.
"Ford's challenges don't end with the historically problematic (MyFord Touch) systems," said Consumer Reports. "Several EcoBoost turbocharged V6 models have poor reliability as well."
Ford has said it is working to improve its infotainment systems.
Of the 31 Ford models in the survey, only one, the F-150 pickup with the 3.7-liter V6 was above average.
GM fared "better than other domestic brands," Consumer Reports said. All Buicks except the V6 LaCrosse were rated average or better.
"The only dark spots for Chevrolet are the Camaro and Cruze, both of which earned below-average reliability scores," the report noted.
Chrysler was described as "still below par overall," but kudos went to the Chrysler 300C, which scores above average.
A bright spot in the survey was the Tesla Model S, which performed well enough to earn a Consumer Reports recommendation for the first time.
Even though Toyota and Lexus were at the top of the reliability survey, Consumer Reports said it will no longer recommend the Toyota Camry, Prius V or RAV4 because they received "poor" ratings in a crash test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The cars received the "poor" rating in the new small overlap front crash test, which replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object like a tree or a utility pole.
Edmunds says: Detroit automakers still have some work to do before they catch up with the Japanese brands in terms of reliability.