Consumer Reports recently published its short-term reliability predictions for sport utility vehicles. Predictions are based on the infrequency of major issues within the most recent 3 model years or less, based on data availability. This article lists the top 5 and bottom 10 based on CR’s predicted reliability in each of the Small SUV, Midsize SUV, Luxury SUV, and Large SUV categories.
Tea The 5 best small SUVs of 2011 for CR’s expected short-term reliability are:
Toyota RAV4 V6
Toyota RAV4 4-cylinder
Subaru Forester without turbo.
The 4-cylinder Honda CR-V and RAV4 also have an excellent long-term reliability record in 2010. The CR-V has Consumer Reports’ highest reliability rating (much better than average) for 8 of the years. 2000 through 2009 model and its second highest rating (better than average) for the remaining two model years. The 4-cylinder RAV4 has CR’s highest rating for 9 of the model years and its second-highest rating for the remaining model year.
Tea The 5 best midsize SUVs of 2011 are:
Toyota fj cruiser
4 cylinder Toyota Highlander
Toyota Highlander V6
Hyundai santa fe v6
Of these 5, the Toyota Highlander V6 has an excellent track record for long-term reliability. For model years 2000 through 2009, it has CR’s highest rating for 9 of the model years and its second-highest rating for the remaining model year.
Tea The 5 best luxury SUVs of 2011 are:
The Lexus RX and Lexus LX also have excellent long-term reliability ratings. For 2010, the RX has CR’s highest reliability rating for 9 of the most recent ten model years and its second-highest rating for the remaining model year. The Japan-made Large Lexus LX has the highest CR rating in 8 of its 9-year data history and its second-highest rating for the remaining year.
The Acura MDX has a less remarkable history, with a much better-than-average rating for just 3 of the model years and a better-than-average rating for the remaining 6 model years.
Tea Top 5 large SUVs is it so:
Ecoboost Ford Flex
Front-wheel drive Chevrolet Traverse
Chevrolet suburban 2500
Yukon XL 2500.
Ecoboost rating is based on a single data model year. The Toyota Sequoia has only mediocre long-term reliability, although it does have a remarkable reliability rating in 2011. The 2011 rating of the Traverse, Suburban and XL is quite mediocre. It may be best to avoid this group altogether, unless the price of a luxury sport utility vehicle is prohibitive or the size of the vehicle makes it necessary to buy it.
Tea Top 10 (11 tied) small SUVs For 2011, the expected short-term reliability, in ascending order (worst first), is:
Mazda Tribute 4-cylinder all-wheel drive
4-cylinder all-wheel drive Ford Escape
Mazda Tribute with all-wheel drive and V6
V6, four wheel drive Ford Escape
V6, front-wheel drive Mazda Tribute
V6, front-wheel drive Ford Escape
4-cylinder front-wheel drive Mazda Tribute
4-cylinder, front-wheel drive Ford Escape.
The Dodge Nitro and Jeep Liberty have fared poorly at avoiding reported serious problems. For the 2007 and 2008 models (the only two to offer reliability ratings in 2010), the Nitro had a much worse than average rating and a worse than average rating. For the most recent four model years of the Jeep Liberty, two of the 2010 reliability ratings were much worse than average and two were worse than average.
Tea The 10 lower midsize SUVs, with worst first, they are:
Jeep Wrangler 4-Door
4 cylinder GMC Terrain
V6 GMC Terrain
Turbo Mazda CX-7
2-Door Jeep Wrangler
Chevrolet Equinox V6
V6 Kia Sorento.
Noted for 2010’s poor long-term reliability ratings are the Chevrolet Equinox and Kia Sorento. The Equinox has 3 ratings much worse than average or worse than the average of its 5-year data history and the Sorento has 4 of its 6-year data history.
Tea Top 10 Lowest Luxury SUVs, with worst first, they are:
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Turbo Diesel
6-cylinder BMW X5
BMW X5 turbodiesel
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class V8
Buick Enclave with four wheel drive
Mercedes-Benz M-Class V6
The V8 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has below-average reliability ratings for both models from its 2010 2-year data history, the 6-cylinder BMW X5 has below-average ratings for 7 of its 9-year history reliability, and the all-wheel drive Buick Enclave has a below-average rating in its 2-year data history. The Lexus GX is rated below average, but the remaining 5 ratings are above average and one is much better than average. Consequently, as one moves down this list, long-term reliability seems to improve with short-term predicted reliability.
Tea The 10 Bottom Large SUVs, with worst first, they are:
GMC Yukon Hybrid
Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
GMC Acadia front-wheel drive
GMC Acadia with four wheel drive
Ford Flex with four wheel drive
GMC Yukon XL 1500
Chevrolet Suburban 1500.
Consumer Reports’ reliability ratings are widely respected and followed by North American consumers looking for high-quality products. You have a low chance of serious problems.