Lexus revealed as most reliable car manufacturer

If you want the most reliable car money can buy, go get yourself a Lexus.

Consumer Reports from the US has released the results of its reliability survey, with the three manufacturers causing the least headaches in the past year being Lexus, Mazda and Toyota.

The survey showed the Cadillac, Alfa Romeo and Acura were the least reliable brands.

In the brand ranking, other common New Zealand-driven cars ranked in the top 10 include Porsche (4), Hyundai (6) and Subaru (7).

In a separate survey, Consumer Reports also ranked the top 10 most reliable models.  Alongside the Mazda MX-5 Miata, taking out the most reliable were the Toyota Prius Prime and standard Toyota Prius with scores of  95, 92 and 92 out of 100 respectively. 

Those models were rated based on trouble areas and the severity of those issues to create a reliability score. That score is then combined with data collected from track testing and owner satisfaction results to calculate the overall score.

Brand reliability rankings:

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

Stock image of a Mazda MX5.
Stock image of a Mazda MX5. Photo credit: File

Model reliability rankings:

1. Mazda Mx-5 Miata
2. Toyota Prius Prime
3. Toyota Prius
4. Lexus GX
5. Hyundai Kona
6. Mazda CX-3
7. Lexus NX
8. Toyota 4Runner
9. Mazda Cx-9
10. Lexus GS.

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