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The Best Sport-Utility Vehicles (SUVs) in 2011 by James Bleeker

Photograph of a 2006 4-cyl. Toyota RAV4 on 3 August 2011
2006 4-wheel-drive Toyota RAV4 with a 4-cylinder, 2.4-liter engine

The 4-cylinder Toyota RAV4 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 2006 Toyota RAV4 has a 4-cylinder, 2.4-liter engine and offers 4-wheel-drive.

Best Small SUVs in 2011

The best small SUVs and crossovers by the 2011 Auto Reliability Grade Point Average (GPA) are:

The 4-cylinder RAV4, a small sport-utility vehicle with a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.63 over a 10-year auto reliability data history,
The Honda CR-V, a small sport-utility vehicle with a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.63 over a 10-year auto reliability data history.

Best Midsize SUVs in 2011

The best midsize SUVs and crossovers by the 2011 Auto Reliability Grade Point Average (GPA) are:

The V6 Toyota Highlander, a midsize sport-utility vehicle with a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.94 over a 10-year auto reliability data history,
Honda's Acura RDX, a 4-cylinder, turbo-charged, 2.3-liter, 4-door sport-utility vehicle with a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.88 over a 4-year auto reliability data history,
The Toyota FJ Cruiser, a midsize sport-utility vehicle built in the style of an earlier, notoriously rugged and reliable Toyota Land Cruiser, with a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.83 over a 3-year auto reliability data history,
The V6 Toyota 4Runner, a midsize sport-utility vehicle for off-roading, with a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.81 over a 10-year auto reliability data history,
Toyota's Lexus RX Hybrid, a midsize sport-utility vehicle with a 2011 Reliability GPA of 3.75 over a 5-year auto reliability data history,
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid, a midsize sport-utility vehicle with a 2011 Reliability GPA of 3.75 over a 5-year auto reliability data history,
The Honda Pilot, a midsize sport-utility vehicle with a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.69 over an 8-year auto reliability data history,
Toyota's Lexus RX, a midsize sport-utility vehicle with a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.63 over an older 10-year auto reliability data history.

Best Large SUV in 2011

The best large SUV by the 2011 Auto Reliability Grade Point Average (GPA) is:

The Toyota Land Cruiser, a large sport-utility vehicle with a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 4.00 over a 3-year auto reliability data history,

These sport-utility vehicles 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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