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2014 Subaru Forester named most reliable car

Posted October 29, 2013

— The results of Consumer Reports’ annual car reliability survey are in. Japanese carmakers have some stiff competition this year.

Consumer Reports asked subscribers about the problems they’ve experienced with their new vehicles over the past 12 months. They received feedback on more than 1,000,000 cars. They put all of the information together to predict how well 2014 model vehicles will hold up.

Consumer Reports says the most reliable new car on the market is the 2014 Subaru Forester SUV. However, at the time the research was done, the model had only been for sale for a few weeks.

Rik Paul of Consumer Reports Consumer Reports' releases its annual car reliability survey.

Japanese cars still fare better overall. Lexus, Toyota and Acura were named the top three most reliable carmakers in the industry.

"European and American manufacturers have moved up in the rankings. They're giving the Japanese automakers some tough competition," Rik Paul of Consumer Reports said.

Audi ranked fourth overall, making it the most reliable European car brand. Volvo, also European, jumped to number seven.

As for American carmakers, GMC was named the top American brand at number nine. But the news for Ford and Lincoln was not so good.

"Ford and Lincoln have had trouble with the MyTouch 'infotainment' system for the last two years. Our survey found that complaints went down after Ford updated the system, but the rate of problems is still too high," Paul said.

Overall, Ford ended up near the bottom of the new-car reliability rankings. At the very bottom, cars from Mini had the most problems in Consumer Reports’ survey.

While Consumer Reports called the 2014 Subaru Forester the most reliable car on the market, the survey found the least reliable model, too. It's Ford's C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid.


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  • davidgnews Nov 1, 2013

    "Takes guts to admit that."

    LOL not if you print the whole sentence. It's a cheap runner now!

  • beaupeep Nov 1, 2013

    "My 91 Miata ....."

    Takes guts to admit that.

  • Pseudonym Oct 31, 2013

    Wow, a 2014 car is reliable in 2013? Who'da thunk?

    Let's see how reliable these cars are in 2023 or 2024.

  • Praisegod Oct 31, 2013

    REALLY??? How can you say its MOST RELIABLE when 1st, it's not even 2014 yet, second, not stats on how they came to this conclusion and last but not least, who made this final decision? I say you have to wait and see what REAL people say about something like this before you say its the best...it hasn't even been out for 6 months much less a year...good grief...REALLY?

  • 68_dodge_polara Oct 31, 2013

    I've found Consumer Reports used car guides to be spot on. We have a Ford with only 110,000 miles and let's just say it's our last Ford we'll own.

  • davidgnews Oct 31, 2013

    Consumer Reports may have an average track record enough to stay out of trouble, but I find them to be dubious at best.

    "I'll tell you after 10 years use whether a car is reliable or not."

    Agreed. A 2014 car has no statistical history. My 91 Miata runs well and still looks great. Let's see how this Forester looks in 22 years.

  • Ijaz Fahted Oct 31, 2013

    "So exactly how is this Raleigh news, WRAL? Wow. The quality of your web work just continues to slide into the toilet....."

    JC, WRAL is a news outlet. They provide news from around the world that their readers might find interesting or want to read. WRAL is not here to only provide stories about NC or only the goings on in NC. If you only want to see such things then you should stop reading the sections that have other news in them. You came to the section titled "5 on your side" which has consumer reports articles, restaurant health ratings, and of course 5 on Your Side.

    Really, don't look at any news articles because you will find articles that deal with plenty of places besides Raleigh.

  • Ijaz Fahted Oct 31, 2013

    "Subaru's are really good cars"

    They are if you get rid of them before the head gaskets start leaking. I see too many of these things in the shop with this issue. Maybe the newer ones are better, I'll just have to wait and see once they start getting over 100k on them.

  • ohmygosh Oct 30, 2013

    I'll tell you after 10 years use whether a car is reliable or not. How they can make these statements with no significant operating history is mind blowing.

  • Knightwolf Oct 30, 2013

    subaru might be a really reliable car, but ther're ugly as a mud fence.