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The Best Family Cars in 2011 by James Bleeker

Photograph of a 4-Cyl. 2010 Toyota Camry on 3 August 2011
2010 Toyota Camry with a 4-Cylinder, 2.5-Liter Engine and a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission

The 4-cylinder Toyota Camry has a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of a 3.63 over a 10-year data history and is among the Top 30 automobiles in 2011. This particular Toyota Camry sedan has a 4-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The best family cars by the 2011 Auto Reliability Grade Point Average (GPA) are:

Toyota's rear-wheel-drive Lexus IS250 sedan, a sporty family sedan with a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.92 over a 5-year auto reliability data history,
The Toyota Prius, the 4-door hatchback hybrid with a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.88 over a 10-year auto reliability data history,
The Toyota Camry Hybrid, a family sedan with a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.75 over a 4-year auto reliability data history,
The 4-cylinder Toyota Camry, a family sedan with a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.63 over a 10-year auto reliability data history,
Honda's Acura TL, an upscale family sedan with a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.63 over a 10-year auto reliability data history,
The 4-cylinder Honda Accord, a family sedan with a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.63 over a 10-year auto reliability data history.

Toyota Motor Corporation accounts for 4 of the best family sedans in 2011; Honda Motor Company - the remaining two. All six of the 2011 best were manufactured by companies headquartered in Japan.

These family cars are among the Top 30 automobiles offering 3 or more model years of reliability data in 2011.

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. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is an average of the Grade Points and is computed using Microsoft's Average(a:b,[c:d],...) function. The above 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 Updated Auto Reliability Grade Point Averages and Grades page.

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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