Tesla tanks on Consumer Reports reliability study

Tesla tanks on Consumer Reports reliability study

The Tesla Model S electric sedan actually lost its recommended status because Consumer Reports' members reported problems with the car's air suspension and body hardware - such as the car's door handles.

All domestic automakers finished in the bottom half of the list. The Model 3 fared much better than either larger Tesla, with owner feedback predicting an "Average" reliability ranking. Its overall rating dropped it off the publication's "recommended" list. Tesla fell six spots to 27th place this year.

Tough year for domestic automakers.

"Just as we've seen with many other automakers, major changes and updates can cause reliability to slide". It shows which brands and models are considered the most reliable and which ones you might want to steer clear of. "As they cycle through the fleet, we're seeing a drop", Fisher said.

Lexus rose from second in the previous year's rankings while Toyota descended from first. Seven of the top 10 brands in the survey are from Japan and South Korea and include: Subaru, Kia, Infiniti, and Hyundai.

Volvo ranked dead last.

Consumer Reports' readers reported more mechanical trouble and fewer problems with infotainment systems in USA makes like General Motors, Tesla and Ford.

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Not one brand made it on to the top half of Consumer Report's Reliability Ranking list. Buick, which had recently been a bright spot for reliability among all domestics, falls 11 spots to 19-this year's biggest decline.

Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, added that some automakers have struggled to ideal turbocharged engines and newer eight-, nine- and 10-speed transmissions. Subaru, Kia, and Infinity also stayed in the top six spots. The highest-ranked make from an American company is Ford at number 18 out of 29. The Lincoln brand came in at No. 20, although its reintroduced Lincoln Continental model was recommended for reliability.

Lexus and Toyota have been named the top two brands in Consumer Reports' reliability rankings.

With the price of cars increasing each year, most consumers are looking for the most reliable and safest option that will withstand a three-year lease or a decadelong lifespan. The lowest-rated brand, Volvo, received a score of 22.

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