It’s a good day for the people of Buick. Consumer Reports issued its Annual Auto Reliability Survey and the Buick brand managed to take the third spot.
Of course, this would be great news for any American automotive brand, but no U.S. auto brand has been able to crack the top three since Consumer Reports began measuring data in the 1980s.
“Quality ranks as one of the top considerations for new car buyers, so our reliability ranking is great validation based in real customer data. Top reliability means Buick owners are spending more of their time meeting obligations at work and at home – a luxury in the modern world. Giving customers that sense of well-being is core to our brand promise,” said Duncan Aldred, Vice President of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing.
Buick’s 75 point score shot it to third place, up from seventh place last year. Buick trailed Toyota, in second place, and Lexus, in first place.
Jake Fisher, CR director of automotive testing, stated Buick’s placing should be a “wake-up call” for other brands and manufacturers. He also stated the lack of SUVs and trucks helped Buick propel itself into the top three.
“One reason why the brand has been able to leapfrog others in the General Motors’ stable has been its limited vehicle lineup — with none of the pickups and truck-based SUVs that have negatively impacted Cadillac and Chevrolet.” Buick’s lineup is comprised of exclusively cars and crossovers.
As for the rest of GM’s North American brands, Chevrolet climbed five spots to number 15, Cadillac rose four spots to number 21, while GMC dropped four spots to number 24.