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Charts of Best and Worst Cars and Trucks in North America in 2012
by James Bleeker

Chart of the Reliability GPAs of the 20 Best and the 20 Worst Cars and Trucks in 2012

The first bar graph depicts the 2012 Overall Reliability GPAs of the 20 best motor vehicles (21 by tie) and 20 worst vehicles (22 by tie) in North America in 2012.

Bar graph depicting the overall Reliability GPAs of the 20 best cars and trucks (21 by tie) and 20 worst cars and trucks (22 by tie) in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the sedans, coupes, convertibles, wagons, hatchbacks, minivans, SUVs, and pickup trucks with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here. To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the sedans, coupes, convertibles, wagons, hatchbacks, minivans, SUVs, and pickup trucks with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here. To view a complete list of all of the sedans, coupes, convertibles, wagons, hatchbacks, minivans, SUVs, and pickup trucks offering reliability data, together with their corresponding GPAs, click here.

Chart of the Reliability GPAs of the Top 16 and Bottom 14 Small Cars

The following bar graph depicts the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 16 best small cars and 14 worst small cars in 2012.

Bar graph depicting the overall Reliability GPAs of the 16 best small cars and 14 worst small cars in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the small cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here. To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the small cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of the Reliability GPAs of the Top 9 and Bottom 10 Hatchbacks

The following bar graph depicts the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 9 best hatchback automobiles and 10 worst hatchback automobiles in 2012.

Bar graph depicting the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 9 best hatchbacks and 10 worst hatchbacks in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the hatchbacks with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here. To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the hatchbacks with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of the Reliability GPAs of the Top 14 and Bottom 10 Family Cars

The following bar graph depicts the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 14 best family cars and 10 worst family cars in 2012.

Bar graph depicting the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 14 best family cars and 10 worst family cars in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the family cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here. To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the family cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of the Reliability GPAs of the Top 7 and Bottom 8 4-Cylinder Family Cars

The following bar graph depicts the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 7 best 4-cylinder family cars and 8 worst 4-cylinder family cars in 2012.

Bar graph depicting the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 7 best 4-cylinder family cars and 8 worst 4-cylinder family cars in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the 4-cylinder family cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here. To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the 4-cylinder family cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of the Reliability GPAs of the Top 6 and 1 Worst Hybrids

The following bar graph depicts the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 6 best hybrid vehicles and the 1 worst hybrid vehicle in 2012.

Bar graph depicting the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 6 best hybrids and 1 worst hybrid in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the hybrids with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here. To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the hybrids with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of the Reliability GPAs of the Top 7 and Bottom 6 Wagons

The following bar graph depicts the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 7 best wagons and 6 worst wagons in 2012.

Bar graph depicting the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 7 best wagons and 6 worst wagons in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the wagons with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here. To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the wagons with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of the Reliability GPAs of the Top 5 and Bottom 7 Upscale Cars

The following bar graph depicts the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 5 best upscale cars and 7 worst upscale cars in 2012.

Bar graph depicting the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 5 best upscale cars and 7 worst upscale cars in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the upscale cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here. To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the upscale cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of the Reliability GPAs of the Top 5 and Bottom 10 Luxury Cars

The following bar graph depicts the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 5 best luxury cars and 10 worst luxury cars in 2012.

Bar graph depicting the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 5 best luxury cars and 10 worst luxury cars in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the luxury cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here. To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the luxury cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of the Reliability GPAs of the Top 12 and Bottom 13 Sport Cars

The following bar graph depicts the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 12 best sport cars and 13 worst sport cars in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the sport cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here. To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the sport cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of the Reliability GPAs of the Top 15 and Bottom 15 SUVs

The following bar graph depicts the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 15 best sport-utility vehicles and 15 worst sport-utility vehicles in 2012.

Bar graph depicting the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 15 best SUVs and 15 worst SUVs in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the SUVs with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here. To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the SUVs with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of the Reliability GPAs of the Top 9 and Bottom 11 Small SUVs

The following bar graph depicts the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 9 best small sport-utility vehicles and 11 worst small sport-utility vehicles in 2012.

Bar graph depicting the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 9 best small SUVs and 11 worst small SUVs in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the small SUVs with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here. To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the small SUVs with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of the Reliability GPAs of the Top 11 and Bottom 20 Midsize SUVs

The following bar graph depicts the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 11 best midsize sport-utility vehicles and 20 worst midsize sport-utility vehicles in 2012.

Bar graph depicting the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 11 best midsize SUVs and 20 worst midsize SUVs in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the midsize SUVs with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here. To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the midsize SUVs with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of the Reliability GPAs of the Top 1 and Bottom 23 Large SUVs

The following bar graph depicts the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 1 best large sport-utility vehicle and 23 worst large sport-utility vehicles in 2012.

Bar graph depicting the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 1 best large SUV and 23 worst large SUVs in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the large SUVs with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here. To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the large SUVs with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of the Reliability GPAs of the Top 1 and Bottom 12 Minivans

The following bar graph depicts the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 1 best minivan and 12 worst minivans in 2012.

Bar graph depicting the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 1 best minivan and 12 worst minivans in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the minivans with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here. To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the minivans with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of the Reliability GPAs of the Top 15 and Bottom 15 All- and 4-Wheel-Drive Vehicles

The following bar graph depicts the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 15 best all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive cars and light trucks and 15 worst all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive cars and light trucks in 2012.

Bar graph depicting the overall Reliability GPAs of the 15 best and 15 worst all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive vehicles in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive vehicles with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here. To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive vehicles with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of the Reliability GPAs of the Top 6 and Bottom 15 Pickup Trucks

The following bar graph depicts the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 6 best pickup trucks and 15 worst pickup trucks in 2012.

Bar graph depicting the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 6 best pickup trucks and 15 worst pickup trucks in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the pickup trucks with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here. To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the pickup trucks with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

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Additional Resources

More detail on brand Quality Grades is given in the Kindle ebook entitled AutoOnInfo.net's Car Quality Series, Volume 2: Brand Quality for Model Years 1985 to 2006 and Brand Market Shares from 1985 to 2009. Links to the Amazon page offering the book are given below.

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AutoOnInfo.net's Car Quality Series, Volume 2: Brand Quality for Model Years 1985 to 2006 and Effect on Brand Market Shares from 1985 to 2009

This volume of AutoOnInfo.net’s car guide series offers consumers and researchers an historical summary of the reliability and durability of car and truck brands and examines how these brands have fared in their U.S. market shares. It uses 6-year-old model entries in Consumer Reports’ Used Car to Avoid – also termed Vehicles to Avoid and Worst Cars, Year by Year – and CR’s reliability charts to ascribe quality grades to automobile brands for model-year groups 1985 to 1989, 1990 to 1994, 1995 to 1999, 2000 to 2004, 2005 to 2006, and 1985 to 2006. In addition to ascribing quality grades to each brand, it provides a chart that plots the number of the brand’s 6-year-old model entries in CR’s vehicles to avoid. To examine the effect that a brand’s reliability and durability has had on sales, two or more charts depicting the brand’s U.S. market shares for calendar years 1985 to 2009 are given. These grades and charts and the author’s comments impart an historical perspective that sheds light on the present condition of surviving vehicle lines and their future prospects, individual and institutional shortcomings, and what effect these may have on the U.S.

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