Consumer Reports released a new Car Reliability Report. Highlights are:
- Of the 31 cars that earned top rating, 29 were Japanese. Of these, 15 were from Toyota and its Lexus division and eight were from Honda.
- Of the 48 cars that earned the lowest rating, 22 carry American nameplates, 20 are European, 4 are from Japan.
- Some European models, which have had poor reliability in our previous surveys, improved slightly. The six-cylinder BMW X5 and X3, for example, earned average Ratings and are now the first European SUVs reliable enough to be recommended. However, most European models still scored far below average.