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Car and Light Truck Reliability Menu and Summary
by James Bleeker

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The reliability section of Auto on Info currently has many pages, some of which are:

2013 Reliability GPAs and Grades

Cars and Trucks
Car and Truck Brands
Car and Truck Manufacturers

2012 Reliability GPAs and Grades

The 2012 Full Spectrum Tables of Reliability GPAs

Cars and Trucks
Car and Truck Brands
Car and Truck Manufacturers

The 2012 Tables of Best Cars and Trucks

2012's Best Cars and Trucks
2012's Best Small Cars
2012's Best Hatchbacks
2012's Best Family Cars
2012's Best 4-Cylinder Family Cars
2012's Best Hybrids
2012's Best Wagons
2012's Best Upscale Cars
2012's Best Luxury Cars
2012's Best Sport Cars
2012's Best SUVs
2012's Best Small SUVs
2012's Best Midsize SUVs
2012's Best Large SUVs
2012's Best Minivans
2012's Best All-Wheel-Drive and 4-Wheel-Drive Cars and Trucks
2012's Best Pickups

The 2012 Tables of Worst Cars and Trucks

2012's Worst Cars and Trucks
2012's Worst Small Cars
2012's Worst Hatchbacks
2012's Worst Family Cars
2012's Worst 4-Cylinder Family Cars
2012's Worst Hybrids
2012's Worst Wagons
2012's Worst Upscale Cars
2012's Worst Luxury Cars
2012's Worst Sport Cars
2012's Worst SUVs
2012's Worst Small SUVs
2012's Worst Midsize SUVs
2012's Worst Large SUVs
2012's Worst Minivans
2012's Worst All-Wheel-Drive and 4-Wheel-Drive Cars and Trucks
2012's Worst Pickups

The 2012 Charts

Charts of Best and Worst Cars and Trucks
Charts of Auto Maker Shares of the Best
Charts of Auto Maker Shares of the Worst

2011 Reliability GPAs and Grades

The 2011 Full Spectrum Tables of Reliability GPAs

Cars and Trucks
Car and Truck Brands
Car and Truck Manufacturers

The 2011 Tables of Best Cars and Trucks

2011's Best Cars and Trucks
2011's Best Family Cars
2011's Best Small Cars
2011's Best Hybrids
2011's Best Minivans
2011's Best SUVs
2011's Best Pickups

The 2011 Tables of Worst Cars and Trucks

2011's Worst Cars and Trucks
2011's Worst Small Cars
2011's Worst Minivans
2011's Worst SUVs

2010 Reliability GPAs and Grades

The 2010 Full Spectrum Tables of Reliability GPAs

Cars and Trucks
Car and Truck Brands
Car and Truck Manufacturers

Summary of GPAs for the 5 Best Manufacturers

Below is a table providing the Overall Reliability GPAs of those manufacturers that have been among the Top 5 in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Only four have been among the 5 Best in all four years.

The Overall Reliability GPAs of the Auto Manufacturers in the Top 5 in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, Plus 4-Year Average

Auto Manufacturer 2010 GPA 2011 GPA 2012 GPA 2013 GPA Average
Toyota Motor Corporation 3.49 3.44 3.38 3.44 3.44
Honda Motor Company 3.35 3.47 3.44 3.24 3.38
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation 2.60 2.61 2.67 2.61 2.62
Subaru Division of Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd 2.61 2.63 2.63 2.47 2.59
Note the rather considerable difference between Honda's Average GPA and Mitsubishi's Average GPA; Toyota and Honda have very high Bs and Mitsubishi and Subaru have very low Bs.

Summary of GPAs for the 5 Worst Manufacturers

Below is a table providing the Overall Reliability GPAs of those manufacturers that have been among the 5 Worst in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Only two have been among the 5 Worst in all four years.

The Overall Reliability GPAs of the Auto Manufacturers in the Bottom 5 in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, Plus 4-Year Average

Auto Manufacturer 2010
GPA
2011
GPA
2012
GPA
2013
GPA
Average
General Motors Corporation 1.35 1.35 1.37 1.50 1.39
Chrysler Group 1.08 1.15 1.30 1.34 1.21

 

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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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