Consumer Reports recently published the results from its 2014 auto reliability survey, which aims to rank the world’s automakers from the most to least reliable. Detroit’s Big Three didn’t fare too well, however Buick landed in sixth, making it the only domestic brand to rank among the top ten most reliable manufacturers.
The top five spots were occupied by Lexus, Toyota, Mazda and Honda. Coming in just behind Buick was Subaru in seventh, Porsche in eighth, Scion in ninth and Kia in tenth. New technologies and infotainment systems such as voice recognition and touch screens were the primary cause of trouble in the survey, Consumer Reports’ director of automotive testing, Jake Fisher, told the Detroit Free Press.
“Infotainment system problems generally don’t exist in a vacuum,” Fisher said, “A close look at the results suggests that cars with a lot of in-car electronic issues usually have plenty of other troubles, too.”
Having newly introduced models can negatively affect a manufacturer’s score in the test, Consumer Reports said. Owners of Chevrolet and GMC’s new full-size Sierra and Silverado reported “teething pains” with the trucks, which were introduced for the 2014 model year. Buick, meanwhile, hasn’t had an entirely new model introduced to its lineup since the debut of the 2013 Encore.
All-in-all, Consumer Reports says GM is the most reliable of the Big Three. The 2014 Cadillac CTS had “above average” reliability, while the 2014 Corvette Stingray and 2014 Chevrolet Impala V6 were rated “average.” A full rundown of their findings can be read here.