Are Japanese Cars Really Reliable?

Are Japanese Cars Really Reliable?
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Japanese automakers including Toyota, Lexus, Honda and Acura are often seen as makers of long-lasting, reliable cars. But do all cars from Japanese automakers feature extraordinary reliability? Continue Reading...

Are Hybrids Reliable?

Are Hybrids Reliable?
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With essentially two powertrains under the hood and a number of additional electric components, gas-electric hybrids are without a doubt complex vehicles. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re prone to breaking down. Continue Reading...

Should I Buy a Used Hyundai Santa Fe?

Should I Buy a Used Hyundai Santa Fe?
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For 2007, Hyundai introduced its second-generation Santa Fe crossover with an all-new platform and smoother styling. Starting with the 2007 model year, the Santa Fe grew in size, bringing an optional third row of seats. Continue Reading...

Should I Buy a Used Dodge Charger?

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Should I Buy a Used Dodge Charger?
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Return of the American Muscle Sedan Progeny of the ill-fated Daimler-Chrysler merger, the Dodge Charger came to be in 2005 as a throwback to classic muscle nostalgia in a full-size sedan body. With retro looks, paint schemes and a throwback for a name, the Charger was more than just a pretender thanks to models like… Continue Reading...

GM, Ford Tie Staff Bonuses to Vehicle Quality

GM, Ford Tie Staff Bonuses to Vehicle Quality
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General Motors and Ford are putting renewed focus on quality. Each company had its share of issues in recent years but they’re taking a similar – and probably controversial – approach to improving. Continue Reading...

Are Tesla Model S Reliability Ratings About to Plunge?

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Are Tesla Model S Reliability Ratings About to Plunge?
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Tesla’s Model S sedan scored an unprecedented “99 out of 100″ from Consumer Reports last year, but the glowing endorsement from this influential publication could turn out to be short lived. Sources indicate the reliability of this car may have taken a slide. Continue Reading...

Mazda Reveals Skyactiv Chassis for Upcoming Miata

Mazda Reveals Skyactiv Chassis for Upcoming Miata
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Despite its dainty proportions the Mazda Miata is always a big deal, especially when there’s a new one on the way. To help celebrate this iconic roadster’s 25th anniversary the company brought in a throng of historic models and put ‘em on display here at the New York Auto Show. Continue Reading...

Lexus, Acura and Audi Top 2014 Consumer Reports Brand Report Card

Lexus, Acura and Audi Top 2014 Consumer Reports Brand Report Card
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Consumer Reports’ 2014 Car Brand Report Card has been published and not surprisingly luxury automakers dominate the top of this list. Continue Reading...

J.D. Power 2013 Initial Quality Study Full of Surprises

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J.D. Power 2013 Initial Quality Study Full of Surprises
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  The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) is an annual report that’s closely followed by both automakers and consumers. It measures problems reported by vehicle buyers during the first 90 days of ownership. The research firm released its 2013 findings today at an Automotive Press Association luncheon in Detroit and the report was full… Continue Reading...

Ford Reliability: Is Quality Still ‘Job 1?’

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Ford Reliability: Is Quality Still ‘Job 1?’
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Six of the Top 10 Least Reliable Cars and Trucks on the road are Ford products. At least, that’s according to data provided by Consumer Reports, a non-profit organization that tests everything from toasters to homeowner’s insurance. This lopsided result has raised a lot of questions, like: Are Blue-Oval vehicles really that troublesome or is… Continue Reading...

Top 10 Least Reliable Cars and Trucks

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Top 10 Least Reliable Cars and Trucks
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Since its founding in 1936, Consumer Reports has become the go-to source for shoppers. From new refrigerators to bottles of wine, Blue-ray players to homeowner’s insurance, if it’s on the market it’s likely the non-profit organization has scientifically tested it. Of course the consumer watchdog is probably most famous for its vehicle reliability ratings. Continue Reading...

Top 10 Cars With the Largest Declines in Dependability

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Top 10 Cars With the Largest Declines in Dependability
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Quality is an ever-moving target; it’s something automakers have to constantly monitor. And like the Mongol hordes conquering vast swaths of Asia in the 13th century, problems can easily overwhelm an unsuspecting company’s defenses. Like arrows toppling a mighty war elephant, just a few small issues can devastate even the most reliable vehicle on the… Continue Reading...

Camaro, Mustang, Challenger Having an ‘Off Year’

Camaro, Mustang, Challenger Having an ‘Off Year’
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 You might want to think twice about buying a new muscle car from Dodge, Chevrolet or Ford this year. Continue Reading...

Consumer Reports’ Latest Survey Shows More of the Same and a Few BIG Surprises

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Consumer Reports’ Latest Survey Shows More of the Same and a Few BIG Surprises
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The numbers have been tallied and the data compiled in Consumer Reports’ latest Auto Reliability Survey. Toyota has a lot to be happy about but Ford has taken a tumble. Continue Reading...

Top 10 Most Reliable Family Cars

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Top 10 Most Reliable Family Cars
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Sometimes it’s pretty difficult to determine what makes a vehicle reliable. But one sound way is to look back and see how much the average repair cost was for a vehicle over three to five years, and seeing which ones suffered the least breakdowns. Data was studied using 100,000 auto warranty policies linked to family… Continue Reading...

Mercedes-Benz Tops 2 Million SUVs Sold

Mercedes-Benz Tops 2 Million SUVs Sold
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Don’t head to the optometrist just yet. If the parking lot outside the California Pizza Kitchen and P.F. Chang’s seems particularly crowded with Mercedes-Benz SUVs, you’re probably seeing just fine. The company had some good news to release with the new year, they managed to surpass the 2 million SUVs sales mark. According to a… Continue Reading...

Fiat 500’s Slow Sales Leads To Chrysler Worker Layoffs

Fiat 500’s Slow Sales Leads To Chrysler Worker Layoffs
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  Slow sales by Fiat are causing layoffs for workers in Chrysler‘s Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance Plant in Dundee, Mich., responsible for building the 1.4-liter FIRE engine used in the 500. The actual numbers behind the layoffs are, however, in dispute. Tom Zimmerman, the plant’s unit chairman for UAW Local 723, said in an interview with… Continue Reading...