Japanese, Korean autos most reliable, but Ford inches forward

Nov 11, 2009

Vehicle owners have voted. When it comes to the brands they put their trust in most, it’s those from Japan and Korea that are the cars of choice.

In its annual survey Consumer Reports noted that eight of the Top 10 vehicles consumers cited as most reliable were Japanese and Korean. In order: Scion, Honda, Toyota, Infiniti, Acura, Mitsubishi, Lexus, Hyundai, Porsche and Mercury. The publication noted that several Ford models were scoring above certain Toyota and Honda models, a noted change: Ford’s midsize Fusion (the Mercury Milan), for example, has been trending very high with consumer reliability response.

GM had six of its models recommended in the report. Chrysler came in dead last among the 33 vehicle brands listed that are sold in the United States

As the auto industry worldwide continues to reel, with few exceptions such as Subaru and Hyundai, automakers use such information to encourage consumers.