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Toyota, Lexus Trade Places Atop Consumer Reports' 2017 Car Reliability Survey

Consumer Reports has released its 2017 Car Reliability Survey and familiar names lead the way once again, with Toyota and Lexus ranking 1-2 after switching positions from the previous year.

While it remains in the lower half of all brands, Chrysler is the biggest mover this year, jumping up 10 places. The other FCA brands, including Jeep, Ram and Dodge, improved as well.

Also on the rise are Volkswagen, up six spots, and Subaru, up five spots. Conversely, three brands dropped significantly: Acura, Mazda and Cadillac.

Excluding Volvo, other European brands have performed well. Most GM brands have dropped. Ford moved up slightly, and Lincoln dropped.

Here are the full car brand rankings for 2017:

  1. Toyota
  2. Lexus
  3. Kia
  4. Audi
  5. BMW
  6. Subaru
  8. Buick
  9. Honda
  10. Hyundai
  11. Nissan
  12. Mazda
  13. Porsche
  14. Mercedes-Benz
  15. Ford
  16. Volkswagen
  17. Chrysler
  18. Chevrolet
  19. Acura
  20. Jeep
  21. Tesla
  22. Lincoln
  23. Volvo
  24. Dodge
  25. Ram
  26. GMC
  27. Cadillac

* Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Genesis, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, MINI, Mitsubishi and smart were left out of the survey because of missing data.

What about the best and worst vehicles in terms of reliability? Consumer Reports this year identified the following models:

10 most reliable cars of 2017

  • Audi Q3
  • Kia Niro
  • Lexus ES
  • Lexus GS
  • Lexus IS
  • Toyota Prius c
  • Toyota Prius V
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86

10 least reliable cars of 2017

  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Fiat 500
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Ford Focus
  • GMC Acadia
  • Jaguar F-PACE
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC
  • Tesla Model X
  • Volvo XC90

For comparison’s sake, check out J.D. Power’s latest Vehicle Dependability Study.