Buick has dropped in Consumer Reports’ annual Reliability Rankings, indicating decreased reliability across brand’s lineup.
In the yearly report, Buick fell seven spots to rank 11th. This places the brand towards the top of the list, just behind rivals Lincoln and Kia.
This Consumer Reports (CR) reliability score is calculated on a 0-to-100-point scale, with an average score falling between 41 and 60 points. CR found that domestic brands ranked lower in reliability compared to their foreign competitors, with an average score of 40. Comparatively, Asian and European brands were graded with average scores of 59 and 51, respectively.
The rankings include four categories of vehicles (average predicted reliability score in parenthesis):
- Cars (58)
- SUVs (51)
- Minivans (44)
- Pickups (39)
Sedans, hatchbacks, and coupes make up the cars category, which is the most reliable vehicle category in the survey with an average predicted reliability score of 58. It’s followed by SUVs at 51, then minivans at 44. Pickups are the least reliable category with an average score of 39.
That said, domestic automakers buck this trend, with their SUVs and pickups, scoring 45 and 41, respectively, proving more reliable than their cars, which scored 38.
As far as electrified vehicles go, hybrids and plug-ins are the most reliable, posting a score of 78. As a whole, fully electric vehicles rank as the second least reliable sector, behind full-size pickups.
To obtain all this information, CR surveyed members about problems they’ve had with their vehicles in the last 12 months. For the 2022 report, data was gathered on more than 300,000 vehicles, from 2000 to even a few 2023 model year. This data addressed 17 problem areas, including engine, transmission and electronics. Using this information, CR then gave reliability ratings for every mainstream model. For an automaker to be ranked, sufficient survey data for two or more models must be submitted.