5 Best Auto Manufacturers in 2011
by James Bleeker
The five best automobile manufacturers by the 2011 Auto Reliability Grade Point Average (GPA) are:
Honda Motor Company, with an overall 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.47,
Toyota Motor Corporation, with an overall 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.44,
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (Subaru), with an overall 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 2.63,
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, with an overall 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 2.61,
Suzuki Motor Corporation, with an overall 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 2.58.
Note that Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd. is a distant third, and
that Fuji, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, and Suzuki Motor Corporation all have similar 2011 Auto Reliability GPAs.
Also note that Hyundai Motor Company continues to move up,
placing 6th in 2011, versus 10th in 2010.
To view the Auto Reliability GPAs and Grades of all of the major
manufacturers with sales in North America,
The method of computation of the GPAs is probably familiar to nearly
every college, technical school, and high school student. A Grade Point of
4.00 (that is, an A) is given to a Consumer Reports "Much Better
Than Average" rating, a GP of 3.00 (that is, a B) is given to a
CR "Better Than Average" rating, a GP of 2.00 (that is, a C) to
an "Average" rating, a GP of 1.00 (that is, a D) to a "Worse
Than Average" rating, and a GP of 0.00 (that is, an F) to a
"Much Worse Than Average" rating. The Grade Point Average (GPA)
of an automobile model is
an average of the Grade Points and is computed using Microsoft's
Average(a:b,[c:d],...) function. These GPAs are the Average
GPAs given in the table "The Updated 2011 Motor Vehicle Reliability
Grade Point Averages (GPAs) and Grades with
Reliability GPAs for Four 4-Year Age Ranges and
an Overall Average Reliability GPA" on the
Reliability Grade Point Averages and Grades page. The
GPAs of auto manufacturers are the average of its model GPAs.
The sources for Consumer Reports' ratings are the reliability
tables in (1) the April 2011 issue of Consumer Reports, (2) Consumer
Reports New Car Buying Guide: 2011, and (3) Consumer Reports Used
Car Buying Guide: 2011.
Consumer Reports defines reliability as the infrequency
of reported serious problems.
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