Consumer Reports recently published its forecasts of shortterm reliability for sport-utility vehicles. The predictions are all derived from the infrequency of acute problems over the most-recent 3 or fewer model years, based upon the availability of data. This article lists the Top 5 and Bottom 10 from CR’s predicted reliability in each of the categories Small SUVs, Midsize SUVs, Luxury SUVs, and Large SUVs.
The Top 5 Small SUVs of 2011 by CR’s predicted Short Term reliability are:
Honda Crv V6 Toyota RAV 4 Mitsubishi Outlander 4-cylinder Toyota RAV4 Non-turbo Subaru Forester.
The Honda crv and the 4-cylinder RAV4 have an News Predictions 2010 longterm reliability history also. The CR-V has Consumer Reports highest reliability rating (Better Than Average) for 2 of those 2000 to 2009 model years and its second greatest rating (Greater Than Typical ) for the remaining two years. The 4-cylinder RAV4 has CR’s highest rating for 9 of the model years and its second greatest evaluation for the rest of the version season.
Of the 5, the V6 Toyota Highlander has an outstanding long term reliability history. For its model years 2000 to 2009, it has CR’s highest rating for 9 of their model years and its second greatest evaluation for its remaining model season.
The Top 5 Luxury SUVs of all 2011 are:
Lexus LX Acura MDX Lincoln Navigator Lexus RX350 Lincoln MKT.
The Lexus RX and the Lexus LX have exceptional long term reliability evaluations as well. For 2010, the RX has CR’s highest reliability rating for 9 of the ten latest version years and its second greatest rating for its remaining version season. The substantial made-in-Japan Lexus LX has CR’s highest rating for all its 9-year statistics history and its next highest evaluation for the rest of the year.
The Acura MDX features a less notable history, with a Much-Better-Than-Average evaluation for just 3 of those version years and also a Better-Than-Average evaluation for the remaining model years.
The Top 5 Large SUVs are:
The Eco Boost rating is based on only a single model year of data. The Toyota Sequoia includes a fair longterm reliability, even though it includes a noteworthy 2011 reliability rating. Even the 2011 evaluation of this Traverse, Suburban, and XL are rather fair. It could be best to avert this group altogether, unless the price of a luxury sport utility vehicle is prohibitive or vehicular dimensions induce a purchase.
Even the Bottom 10 (1 1 by link ) Small SUVs by 2011 predicted short-term reliability, in ascending order (worst ), are:
The Dodge Nitro and Jeep Liberty have fared poorly in averting reported serious issues. For model years 2007 and 2008 (the only two offering reliability ratings this year ), the Nitro had one Much-Worse-Than-Average rating and yet another Worse-Than-Average rating. For the Jeep Liberty’s four most-recent prototype years, two of the 2010 reliability ratings were Much Worse Than Average and 2 were Worse Than Average.
The Bottom 10 Midsize SUVs, with worst , are:
Dodge Journey 4 Door Jeep Wrangler 4-cylinder GMC Terrain V6 GMC Terrain Nissan Xtrerra Turbo Mazda CX-7 Hyundai Veracruz 2door Jeep Wrangler V6 Chevrolet Equinox V6 Kia Sorento.
Notable for poor 2010 longer-term reliability ratings are the Chevrolet Equinox and Kia Sorento. The Equinox has 3 Much-Worse-Than-Average or even Worse-Than-Average ratings from its 5-year data history and also the Sorento has 4 for example of its 6-year data history.
The Bottom 10 Luxury SUVs, together with worst first, are:
Turbo-diesel Mercedesbenz GL Class 6-cylinder BMW X 5 Turbodiesel Bmw-x5 V8 Mercedes Benz GL Class Mercedes Benz R-Class Audi Q7 Cadillac Escalade All-wheel-drive Buick Enclave V6 Mercedes Benz M-Class Lexus GX.
The V8 Mercedes-Benz GL class has substandard reliability evaluations for both model years of its own 2-year 2010 data history, the 6-cylinder BMWX5 has below average ratings for 7 of its 9-year reliability record, and also the all-wheel-drive Buick Enclave has one below average rating in its 2-year statistics history. The Lexus GX has one below average evaluation, however the rest of the 5 ratings have been average and yet one is Much-Better-Than-Average. Consequently, together exerts with this list, longer-term reliability seems to enhance using predicted short term reliability.
The Bottom 10 Large SUVs, with worst first, are:
GMC Yukon Hybrid Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Frontwheeldrive GMC Acadia All-wheel-drive GMC Acadia All-wheel-drive Ford Flex Nissan Armada GMC Yukon Chevrolet Tahoe GMC Yukon XL 1500 Chevrolet Suburban 1500.
Consumer Reports’ reliability ratings are widely admired and followed closely by us consumers seeking top caliber products. H a low probability of serious problems.