Two General Motors brands – Cadillac and GMC – slipped in Consumer Reports‘ annual reliability study, ending up in the last two spots on the list of 27 marques. Chevrolet, too, floundered in this year’s study, ending up well within the bottom half in eighteenth. Buick represented a relative bright spot for GM, ranking eighth, and proving to be the only US automotive brand in the top ten.
Granted, Buick fared much better even just a year ago, coming away in the third spot behind Lexus and Toyota; Consumer Reports blames Buick’s lost ground in reliability on the redesigned LaCrosse, attributing the brand’s top-ten status to the Cascada and Envision.
Cadillac, which slipped from twenty-first to twenty-seventh this year, had one of the ten least-reliable models Consumer Reports evaluated: the Escalade. The publication concedes that, logically, a single bad apple runs a much greater risk of spoiling the bunch when dealing with a limited-lineup brand like Cadillac. “If just one or two models drop in reliability, it can magnify the impact across the brand,” the publication says.
Chevrolet and GMC also each produced one of the ten least-reliable models in Consumer Reports‘ testing, with the Camaro and the Acadia, respectively. Both brands ranked a couple of positions lower this year than last, although neither slipped drastically.
(Source: Consumer Reports)