American Muscle Cars Having "Off Year," Says Consumer Reports


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    The Dodge Challenger is having an "off year" when it comes to reliability, says Consumer Reports. | November 05, 2012

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Just the Facts:
  • American muscle cars like the Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang V8 are having an "off year" when it comes to reliability, said Consumer Reports on its Web site on Monday.
  • Consumer Reports said "sporty car reliability has shifted into reverse," with fewer cars showing average-or-better predicted reliability.
  • The top sports car is the Nissan 370Z, according to Consumer Reports.

YONKERS, New York — American muscle cars like the Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang V8 are having an "off year" when it comes to reliability, said Consumer Reports on its Web site on Monday.

Consumer Reports said "sporty car reliability has shifted into reverse," with fewer cars showing average-or-better predicted reliability.

The top sports car is the Nissan 370Z, according to Consumer Reports. The Hyundai Veloster, Mazda MX-5 Miata and BMW 128i also made the "most reliable" list.

"Last year (the Nissan 370Z) was the lowest-rated sporty model," it said. "Key reasons for its volatility is the small survey sample size and the fact that Nissan may be actually sorting out bugs."

"In our latest reliability data, we see that there are 11 out of 21 sporty cars with average-or-better predicted reliability, whereas last year, there were 13 out of 16, suggesting that sporty car reliability has shifted into reverse," said Consumer Reports. "Last year, there were only three models that fell below average for predicted reliability. With new models and more data on some less-popular cars this year, we have 10 subpar models for this car type. Not good."

The Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang V8 are below the statistical average when it comes to reliability, the report noted.

This latest sampling is part of the larger Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey.

Edmunds says: What do you American muscle-car owners think of what Consumer Reports calls "disconcerting" reliability ratings?

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