Scion had the best reliability ratings of any auto brand, Lexus placed second and Toyota rated sixth in the highly regarded 2011 Consumer Reports Car Reliability Survey released today.
It is the second year in a row Scion has taken top honours and Lexus jumped five spots and Toyota held steady in the top six brands. The findings are based on responses from 1.3 million vehicles owned or leased by subscribers of Consumer Reports or Consumer Reports.org.
Overall, Japanese brands continued to dominate the survey and took the top nine spots with 96 per cent of all Japanese models rated average or better in predicted reliability, according to the newspapers.
Only 64 percent of domestic brands and European brands received average or better ratings. Ford experienced the largest drop of any major nameplate, slipping from the 10th to 20th spot. Jeep moved up seven spots to 13th, making it the most reliable domestic brand. Hyundai and Kia ranked 11th and 12th, respectively. Luxury cars Audi (26), Porsche (27) and Jaguar (28) placed dead last in the survey.
At the same time as my esteemed colleague was off driving the new 2015 WRX in the Californian sun, I was stuck at home in well-below-zero temperatures and snow behind the wheel of a '14 Subaru Impreza. While the two may seem worlds apart, they are borne of the same basic instincts, and that's saying something.