GM in the last two paragraphs
Consumer Reports? Reliability Results
Though we don?t have a [sub] for Consumer Reports? members-only data,
their latest reliability survey summary has enough interesting tidbits
to warrant a mention. Based on their subscriber base?s 1.4m autos, and
using only data available for at least 100 examples of a given model,
the survey is one of the better indicators of reliability out there
(although when it comes to this topic there is no gospel). If nothing
else, it?s hard to argue that CR?s reliability results aren?t
influential, so sales are definitely at stake. The results? All
Toyota/Lexus/Scion received ratings of ?average? or better, an
improvement over last year when CR found Camry V6, Tundra V8 4WD, and
the Lexus GS AWD to be lacking. Honda/Acura and Subaru also showed
extremely well where complete data was available, and Hyundai/Kia models
were average or better except for Sedona and Entourage. Hybrids also
scored surprisingly well, with nine gas-electrics scoring above average.
But CR is making the biggest fuss over Ford, which they say is ?on par?
with the Japanese firms on all but a few truck-based models. The rest
of the Detroit firms? Not quite so much.
General Motors is a mixed bag. Among the bright spots is the
redesigned Chevrolet Malibu; in its first year, the four-cylinder
version is better than average and the V6 is average. The Buick Lucerne
with a V8 and the Pontiac G6 with a four-cylinder are above average, and
the Chevrolet Avalanche has improved to average.
But a quarter of GM models are still well below average in
reliability. Some that didn?t fare well are fairly new designs that did
well in our testing, such as the Cadillac CTS and the Buick Enclave, GMC
Acadia, and Saturn Outlook SUV triplets. Chrysler trails the pack.
Almost two-thirds of its products rate below average for reliability.
The redesigned 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan
minivans earned low scores, as did the Chrysler Sebring V6 and Dodge
Avenger sedans and the Jeep Liberty SUV. The Sebring Convertible has the
worst score: 283 percent worse than average. The only above-average
models are the Dodge Caliber hatchback and Jeep Patriot SUV.