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2014 Best American Cars

Verano luxury small sedan

2014 reliability Ratings

Consumer Reports‘ recently released 2014 reliability Ratings. These ratings show how well vehicles have held up since they were bought, indicating the odds that an owner will have problems or repairs. Each year, Consumer Reports ask subscribers about any serious problems they’ve had with their vehicles in the last year. The comprehensive surveys contain data on about 1.1 million vehicles.

Japanese Brands Top the List

Reliability results are strongly in favor of Japanese brands. The list of vehicles with a predicted reliability above average is topped by Japanese models. Those buyers who think that Japanese brands are beginning to lose some of their edge in quality and want to stick with American cars must still look further down the list.

Domestic Brands

The best-ranked domestic auto brand this year is Buick, coming in at 6th place. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford are way below and close to the bottom of the list.

Just because a vehicle has good reliability doesn’t mean Consumer Reports recommends buying it. Recommendations only include models that have performed well in tests, have average or better predicted reliability in the annual survey, and perform at least adequately in government or insurance-industry crash and rollover tests, if tested.


US brand recommendations for each segment (some segments have no recommendation):

Hybrid/electric cars: Ford Fusion Hybrid
Compact luxury cars: Buick Verano
Midsized cars: Ford Fusion (1.5L)
Large cars: Buick LaCrosse (4-cyl.)
Luxury cars: Cadillac CTS
Sporty cars: Chevrolet Camaro
Large SUVs: Chevrolet Traverse
Luxury SUVs: Buick Enclave


Consumer Reports

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