Japanese Autos Lose Ground in Consumer Reports’ Reliability Ratings, auto reliability ratings.#Auto #reliability #ratings


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After results of Consumer Reports Annual Auto Reliability ratings were released on Monday, there appeared to be a crack in the dominance of Japanese brands over automotive reliability. Two of America’s most popular cars, the V-6-equipped Honda Accord and the Nissan Altima, no longer have the consumer advocacy publication’s coveted “Recommended” rating, according to the report.

The 2014 Subaru Forester was the highest-scoring vehicle over all in predicted reliability. Worst-rated was the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. The Dodge Dart 2-liter was the top domestic model. After performing poorly in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s new, more stringent small overlap front crash test, the Audi A4, the Toyota Camry, the Toyota RAV4 and the Toyota Prius V were also absent from the list.

The results of Consumer Reports’ annual survey, which tries to highlight the most reliable 2014 vehicles by evaluating past years’ models, were released in Detroit during a news conference before members of the Automotive Press Association. The report is based on data from 1.1 million 2004-13 model-year vehicles leased or owned by Consumer Reports subscribers. Subscribers were asked whether, in the last year, they had a serious problem with their vehicle that required a visit to the dealer.

To determine predicted reliability, the publication’s staff averages the overall reliability scores for the most recent three model years, assuming that a given model has not changed during that period and was not redesigned for 2013. If it were, Consumer Reports may use one or two years of data to calculate a rating.

At first glance, the slipping reliability stances of Japanese vehicles do not seem significant. After all, seven of the top 10 spots in the brand rankings are still held by Japanese brands, with Lexus in first place, followed by Toyota, Acura, Mazda, Infiniti, Honda and Subaru. That is only one less than last year.

But the slip in stature emerges upon closer inspection of the data. Along with the rankings of the Accord V-6 and Altima, the twin models shared by Scion and Subaru, the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, scored below average in predicted reliability and were responsible for Scion falling from first place last year to 11th this year, and for Subaru falling from fifth to 10th.

“On the whole, Japanese brands are still more reliable than Europeans or Americans,” said Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports, in a telephone interview. “But we are talking about an Accord, Altima, Pathfinder, FR-S and BRZ, all below average. That’s something that’s kind of new.”

Also, Nissan fell nine places from last year to its current 22nd out of 28 brands.

“We aren’t used to seeing Japanese nameplates being that low on the list,” he said, adding that most European manufacturers had improved.

The prime example is Audi, which rose four places from last year to take 4th place. It was the top European manufacturer in the survey. The A6 sedan, the Q7 sport utility and the Allroad wagon all had “much better than average” reliability. Mr. Fisher said that it was rare to see a non-Japanese automaker among the top five.

Volvo jumped 13 places this year to seventh. GMC, a brand with only trucks, moved up three places to finish ninth, making it the only domestic brand in the top 10.

These are some of the other conclusions from the survey:

In-car electronics, including audio, navigation, communication and connected systems, continue to be a problem. The category that includes in-car electronics generated “significantly” more complaints than any of the 17 categories of problem areas in the survey, Mr. Fisher said. Complaints include issues with screen freezes, touch-control lag, voice recognition malfunctions and compatibility problems with cellphones and MP3 devices.

Almost two-thirds of the 34 Ford and Lincoln models in the survey scored much worse than “Average,” which is the lowest rating. In-car electronics is one reason those models occupy the bottom of the list (26th for Ford and 27th for Lincoln).The brands have fallen the last few years because of problems with the MyFord and MyLincoln Touch infotainment systems.

Ford continued to have problems with its 6-speed dual-clutch PowerShift transmissions as well, Mr. Fisher said.

In this year’s survey, several of Ford’s EcoBoost turbocharged V-6 models have poor predicted reliability ratings as well.

“In every example where there is a non-EcoBoost engine, the models with the EcoBoost engines tend to have worse reliability than the ones that don’t have those engines,” Mr. Fisher said, adding that it was too early to tell whether those issues are because of the EcoBoost engine or other factors. “That is true throughout their lineup.”

EcoBoost engines, which come in a variety of sizes, are crucial to Ford, which planned to have more than 90 percent of its North American lineup available with the fuel-efficient turbocharged engines by this year.

The Tesla Model S electric car did well enough in the survey to earn a Recommended rating for the first time based on data from more than 600 2012-13 models. Although owners of 2012 models reported very few problems, 2013 owners reported “quite a few” more, according to the Consumer Reports survey. Those problems included wind noise, squeaks and rattles, and problems with body hardware, like sunroofs, doors and locks.

General Motors fared better than other domestic brands over all.

Chrysler continued to perform poorly, with the exception of the Chrysler 300C, which scored above average in this year’s survey.

Hybrids and electric cars continued to do well, with the exception of the Ford Fusion Hybrid, the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid and the Ford C-Max Hybrid.

BMW and Mercedes-Benz models were in the middle of the field, with most models receiving scores of average or better.


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9 Rides That Earned Top Car Safety Ratings for 2017

Auto safety ratingsDid you know headlights can make all the difference in determining whether a vehicle earns the best car safety ratings?

Chances are, you don’t think much about your headlights. They sit on the front of your car, they light up, and sometimes you have to change the bulb. But for the first time in 2017, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) requires an acceptable or good headlight rating in order to award its top car safety rating: Top Safety Pick+.

This designation means a vehicle earned good ratings in the IIHS’s tests for front and side crashes, roof strength, and restraints/seats, plus an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. One tricky thing with these ratings is the consideration of optional equipment. A lot of vehicles receive the best car safety ratings only when they’re equipped with high technology car features like forward collision warning, lane departure warning, rear-view cameras and automatic emergency braking.

When you’re driving one of the safest cars, make sure your car insurance is doing a good job of protecting you, too. Get multiple car insurance quotes in minutes, then lock-in your price and buy the best insurance for you.

Small Cars with the Best Car Safety Ratings

2017 Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt is small but mighty. It travels up to 53 miles on a single charge before the gas engine kicks in. The 2017 Volt gets a superior rating for front crash prevention when equipped with optional Front Automatic Braking and Low-Speed Front Automatic Braking.

2017 Hyundai Elantra

The Elantra gets great safety ratings across the board for models built after March 2016. That’s when the car structure was reinforced and the front airbag was modified to better protect the driver in small overlap crashes. There’s a big difference in safety between the two available headlights, however. The HID projector lights got a good rating, while the halogen lights were rated poor.Auto safety ratings

2017 Toyota Prius

The 2017 Prius gets the best car safety ratings even without optional technology. That’s because all models come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense package, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, auto high beams and full-speed dynamic radar cruise control.

More small cars with the best car safety ratings:

  • 2017 Mazda3
  • 2017 Subaru Impreza
  • 2017 Toyota Corolla

Midsize Cars with the Best Car Safety Ratings

2017 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord has always been good at marrying style and safety, and the 2017 model gets top safety ratings when equipped with the optional Honda Sensing package. Once again, headlights make a difference. The IIHS says the halogen lights are acceptable, but the LED projector lights earn a marginal rating.

2017 Mazda6

This sporty sedan is also one of the safest midsize cars, earning a Top Safety Pick+ rating for 2017 with optional front crash prevention. In the Mazda6, this crash prevention technology is called Smart City Brake Support, which helps detect objects ahead (at low speeds) and enables sudden braking by moving brake pads closer to the disc. The IIHS gives acceptable ratings for the available LED headlights, but only marginal ratings for the halogen lights.Auto safety ratings

2017 Volkswagen Jetta

The 2017 Jetta earns the Top Safety Pick+ rating with optional Front Assist (with Autonomous Emergency Braking). Opt for the HID projector headlights over the halogen reflector lights, which earned only a marginal rating.

More midsize cars with the best car safety ratings:

  • 2017 Kia Optima
  • 2017 Nissan Altima
  • 2017 Nissan Maxima
  • 2017 Subaru Legacy
  • 2017 Subaru Outback
  • 2017 Toyota Camry
  • 2017 Toyota Prius v

Small SUVs with the Best Car Safety Ratings

2017 Honda CR-V

The only bad thing Car and Driver notes about the 2017 CR-V is its “ubiquity” and “anonymity.” But it’s not surprising that everyone drives one, because this SUV is sleek, a gas-sipper and safe. Equipped with Honda Sensing and LED reflector headlights, it’s one of the safest small SUVs.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

The Outlander is a budget-priced SUV with three-row seating for up to seven passengers, making it a great family get-around car. And it gets excellent car safety ratings, as long as you opt for the Touring Package that has a Forward Collision Mitigation System and LED projector headlights.Auto safety ratings

2017 Toyota RAV4

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 Is a Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with LED headlights — and it’s a pretty fun little SUV, too. All RAV4 models come standard with Toyota’s Star Safety System. That means you get enhanced vehicle stability control, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and Smart Stop Technology. (This last feature sounds hi-tech, but it’s pretty basic. When you accidentally press the brake and accelerator pedals at the same time, it brings the car to a stop).


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What Are the Safest Cars for 2016?

Auto safety ratingsCars and SUVs have gotten safer and safer over the years, to the point where it seemed like everyone gets labeled a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Not anymore — the rules for car safety ratings just got a lot tougher. Here s a look at the new rating system and how they name the safest cars for 2016.

Changes to Car Safety Ratings for 2016

The IIHS is a nonprofit that works to reduce deaths, injuries and property damage from car crashes. It s the leading provider of car safety ratings in the United States. Why? It crashes a lot of cars. Its Vehicle Research Center conducts independent tests on all kinds of cars, trucks and SUVs by smashing them into barriers and into each other. It labels only the safest as Top Safety Picks.

As automakers improve their cars, IIHS updates its standards. In 2012, IIHS began using the small overlap front test, which examines what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole. Crashes like these bypass many safety features, placing the driver and front passenger at greater risk for injury. And in 2013, IIHS began rating vehicles for front crash prevention. This refers to crash-avoidance technology that either warns the driver of an impending frontal collision or initiates autonomous braking.

Until 2016, vehicles could be eligible for Top Safety Pick status even if they received an acceptable (not good) small overlap rating, and having a crash-avoidance system wasn t mandatory. Now, the IIHS car safety ratings require top picks to have good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a standard or optional front crash prevention system. To be a Top Safety Pick+, a car or SUV has to have a superior- or advanced-rated front crash prevention system with automatic braking capabilities. That means they must stop or slow down without driver intervention before hitting a target in tests at 12 mph, 25 mph or both.

The Safest Cars: 2016 Standouts

  • Auto safety ratingsThe 2016 Scion iA, the only mini car to win Top Safety Pick+, is the first low-priced car with a standard auto brake system.
  • Only two minivans won Top Safety Pick status: the 2016 Honda Odyssey and the 2016 Kia Sedona, both with optional front crash prevention.
  • The only domestic car model that qualified for a Top Safety Pick+ award is the 2016 Chrysler 200. It s optional front crash prevention was labeled superior, avoiding a collision entirely at 12 mph.
  • Just one pickup truck made the list: the 2016 Ford F-150 SuperCrew, which is the only Ford with a good small overlap rating.

If your car was a Top Safety Pick in recent years and lost that status in 2016, don t worry. Consumers who purchased a winning 2015 model that doesn t qualify this year needn t worry that their vehicles are now less safe, says IIHS President Adrian Lund.

Driving a Safer Car Could Mean Savings

Crash test results and vehicle safety ratings factor into how much you pay for auto insurance, with safer cars earning lower car insurance premiums. A little research before you purchase could save you some money when it comes time to ensure your vehicle. If you’re planning on buying a new (or used) car soon, we recommend reading our car shopping tips for keeping your insurance premiums low.

Car Comparison Guide

Buying a new car isn t easy. Make sure to get all the facts before you make a decision. Our Car Comparison Guide will lay it all out for you — the best trucks, best cars and best SUVs, all at a price you can afford.


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Consumer Reports 2016 auto reliability survey: A few surprises amid the standbys

October 25, 2016

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Consumer Reports has released the results of its 2016 Auto Reliability Survey. While the annual report doesn t rank vehicles based on what enthusiasts want in four-wheel transportation — as its name suggests, it s all about reliability and predictability — it probably plays a big role in how your neighbor who doesn t care at all about cars will make his next auto-buying decision.

This year, there s some of the expected shuffling of brand rankings common as new products and technologies enter the market and older products get perfected, plus a few totally predictable results. To the shock of no one, Toyota and Lexus topped the list thanks to their conservative, evolutionary approach to vehicle production (though in the case of the latter marque, not necessarily exterior styling).

There are a few surprises, as well. Subaru slipped from the top-10 brands over serious Legacy and Outback recalls and WRX reliability concerns. Notably, Buick moved into third place, a first for an American automaker.

It was a mixed bag for other GM offerings, with Chevrolet cars tending to fare better than Chevy or GMC trucks. It s even worse for Fiat-Chrysler. Out of a lineup spanning Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Maserati and Ram, only the Chrysler 300 got the CR nod of approval. FCA nameplates tend to fill out the bottom of the brand reliability rankings, along with . Tesla.

Speaking of Tesla, the Model S, which has (somewhat confusingly) been all over the place in CR s rankings, has swung back into recommended territory. Yet the complicated, malfunction-prone Model X remains off the list.

Not a single Jaguar-Land Rover product made it, which highlights another caveat with the report: CR s list isn t necessarily predictive of sales. JLR vehicles have never been known for sterling reliability, yet people keep buying them. 2016 is shaping up to be a good year for the company and its cars, recommended status or not.

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Car News

Sports car sales fall as baby boomers grow up

DETROIT — Baby boomers in the U.S. are starting to outgrow their midlife crisis years, and that s bad news for automakers who want to sell sports cars.It was a sign of things to come this month .

The all-new Honda Civic didn t earn a recommendation this time around; this situation parallels that of the last-all new Civic, which Consumer Reports sharply criticized after its debut in 2011. In the new car s case, this seems to be tied to a frustrating touchscreen-based infotainment system, driving safety tech and, curiously, lack of availability of certain configurations at dealerships (how that is a reliability concern is beyond us). Perhaps a fix is already in the works: The upcoming 2017 CR-V adds a volume knob to its infotainment system, likely a response to persistent griping from reviewers and buyers alike.

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Graham Kozak – Graham Kozak drove a 1951 Packard 200 sedan in high school because he wanted something that would be easy to find in a parking lot. He thinks all the things they’re doing with fuel injection and seatbelts these days are pretty nifty too.


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Ratings of Companies

Get the best coverage by 5-digit ZIP code, use home owners insurance rating for each company to know policy offerings features, coverage cost, billing, premiums, comparison and how quick is contact with insurer. There are several characteristics which define homeowners assurance ratings. Customer should select financially strong insurer which is located nearby. You may check ratings of homeowners insurers in Texas, Florida or Georgia. It would be comfortable to find cheap quotes, then to choose the most rated, convenient homeowners insurer company. Ratings help us to understand companies and their intentions better.

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Customer satisfaction rating of top home insurance companies in 2014. Data provided by MSN

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Homeowners Assurance Company Ratings 2013

You may check INS ratings for homeowners in such organization as Standard Poor’s, Fitch, Moody’s.

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Turn on your attention on homeowners ins company ratings when you start comparing rates by zip code, it is crucial to confirm you gaze for businesses that supply a large assortment of services: the location should be so straightforward to use or navigate; the business should be financially steady and obtain acknowledgement for such, eventually, they should offer informative devices and abounding of communicate opportunities.

Home Insurance Ratings in Industry

Using ratings to define better homeowner protection – it is a straightforward way of saying you are entrusting a business to defend your dwelling and all of your individual belongings. Finding a cheap home assurance company that is financially steady and adept of gathering their economic firm promises is exceedingly important. We utilised some well-known commerce ranking associations to analyze the rankings of businesses we reviewed. These rankings businesses assess clientele approval in principle offerings, cost, billing and fee, interaction and claims. Some gaze at how well the business was pledged to supplying comprehensive accounts and economic power rankings about protection organizations. They furthermore rate the protection company’s proficiency to rendezvous its economic commitment. What these rankings display should be important in your decision-making process.

Before making a choice, get multiple ratings from different providers and then compare quotes and get the cheapest rate through zip code online form. Compare rankings and rates for home coverage by zip code and save over $500 on your home policy.

If you need to get the cheapest quote, just follow the rate you get comparing home owners insurance quotes and companies. To start free online comparison, just go to start page and get a free home owners assurance quote in minutes.

Any sort of protection aspects that are present in your household for instance a smoulder or CO2 detector or an warning procedure will retain your household indemnity costs lower. Top insurers recognize that these details look after your household from severe impairment or theft. If you smoulder, your household indemnity charges are going to be more. Since a smoker has the capability to start a blast with every roll of tobacco he lights, indemnity financial gatherings observe this as putting your home at risk. Before applying for homeowners policy, make sure you have checked all rankings and found cheap deals from companies providing home insurance.


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Best and worst auto insurance companies

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Thinking about shopping your auto insurance? A huge percent of people never shop their insurance needs — and that s a bad idea considering that modern American business punishes loyalty, rather than rewarding it.

Car insurance ads on TV promise accident forgiveness, vanishing deductibles and other selling points. But those features are just a side show to the main act, which is a company s reputation with satisfying customers after a claim is made.

Best and worst auto insurers

Consumer Reports took a look at the auto insurance industry by surveying more than 64,000 readers about their satisfaction on the claims process, the cost of premiums and the overall customer experience.

Here are the winners and losers, according to the magazine:

Top 12 best insurers

5. Auto Club Enterprises Insurance Group

6. Auto Club Insurance Association

12 worst auto insurers

When it comes to car insurance, be sure the deductible you have isn t too low. Having a low deductible pushes premiums higher. It could also tempt you to make a claim for a small incident that will leave you in trouble with insurers going forward.

You never want to make a claim on auto insurance for something small — like a cracked windshield or a broken side-view mirror — because the consequences are so ugly.

The insurer can surcharge you for a number of years; eliminate the discounts you would otherwise qualify for; or put a black mark on your C.L.U.E. report, a little-known industry database of claims. The latter effectively limits your ability to shop with the competition for 36 months.

The hidden dark side of roadside assistance

Auto insurers are great about offering add-ons to your policy that seem in theory like great conveniences at a great price. But using these seemingly benign “benefits” could marginalize you in the insurance marketplace and result in jacked-up rates!

Some auto insurers that offer roadside assistance treat your use of it as an at-fault claim and put that through on your C.L.U.E. report — even though you only needed a tow or the fix or a flat tire!

“It’s the Wild West with no rules on what insurers can decide to report on your C.L.U.E. report,” money expert Clark Howard says. “And you have no right of appeal either.”

So here’s the # 1 rule about roadside assistance: Never get it from your own insurer. Get it from AAA or elsewhere.

Shopping around is the best way to get a lower rate

If your auto insurance is costing you too much, you ve got to look around at other insurers. Here s how to start the process

Begin by identifying solid companies

Clark has long talked about the merits of Amica Mutual and USAA. But those aren t the only two companies you should look at. Consider buying a one-time subscription to Consumer Reports and checking their latest list of the best auto insurance companies to find others that should make it onto your shortlist.

Get your quotes

Once you have a list of candidates, you ll want to start getting quotes. This typically takes around 15 minutes on the phone per insurer. Have your most recent policy in front of you in case any questions come up about the make and model of your vehicle(s).

Working with an insurance broker is another option. He or she will get multiple quotes for you and you ll have access to all the insurers they do business with. It s an easy one-stop shop that lets you still have the flexibility of comparison pricing.

Compare quotes

Once you get the quotes back, it s time to compare them. Each quote should be based on the same amount of coverage so you can do an apples-to-apples comparison. What if a poorly ranked company offers you a great quote? Clark says to avoid them! While the premium might be tempting, you want to be sure your insurer is there for you when the chips are down.

Know when to drop comprehensive and collision

The general rule is when the cost of comp and collision exceeds 10% of your old vehicle s value, that s the time to dump it and just have liability coverage. You can determine your vehicle s value at Edmunds.com, KBB.com or NADA.com.

So let s take a simple example. Say your vehicle is worth $4,000. If you re paying anything more than $400 annually (that s 10% of $4,000) for comp and collision, it no longer makes any financial sense. One notable exception to this rule: If there s no way you could financially cover the loss of your vehicle, forget the math and keep paying for comp and collision.

Be prepared to take a higher deductible

You should always opt for a $1,000 deductible for the best savings on your policy. At that level, you ll pay a lower premium and won t be tempted to file any small piddling claims.

Don t forget about discounts!

There are a ton of different discounts out there. Here are some you can ask about:

  • Antitheft devices
  • Multiple policies with the same company
  • College students living away from home
  • Defensive driving courses
  • Drivers ed courses
  • Low annual mileage
  • Long-time customer
  • More than one car
  • No accidents in three years
  • No moving violations in three years
  • Student drivers with good grades

Car Safety Ratings: What are the Safest Cars 2017, auto safety ratings.#Auto #safety #ratings


9 Rides That Earned Top Car Safety Ratings for 2017

Auto safety ratingsDid you know headlights can make all the difference in determining whether a vehicle earns the best car safety ratings?

Chances are, you don’t think much about your headlights. They sit on the front of your car, they light up, and sometimes you have to change the bulb. But for the first time in 2017, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) requires an acceptable or good headlight rating in order to award its top car safety rating: Top Safety Pick+.

This designation means a vehicle earned good ratings in the IIHS’s tests for front and side crashes, roof strength, and restraints/seats, plus an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. One tricky thing with these ratings is the consideration of optional equipment. A lot of vehicles receive the best car safety ratings only when they’re equipped with high technology car features like forward collision warning, lane departure warning, rear-view cameras and automatic emergency braking.

When you’re driving one of the safest cars, make sure your car insurance is doing a good job of protecting you, too. Get multiple car insurance quotes in minutes, then lock-in your price and buy the best insurance for you.

Small Cars with the Best Car Safety Ratings

2017 Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt is small but mighty. It travels up to 53 miles on a single charge before the gas engine kicks in. The 2017 Volt gets a superior rating for front crash prevention when equipped with optional Front Automatic Braking and Low-Speed Front Automatic Braking.

2017 Hyundai Elantra

The Elantra gets great safety ratings across the board for models built after March 2016. That’s when the car structure was reinforced and the front airbag was modified to better protect the driver in small overlap crashes. There’s a big difference in safety between the two available headlights, however. The HID projector lights got a good rating, while the halogen lights were rated poor.Auto safety ratings

2017 Toyota Prius

The 2017 Prius gets the best car safety ratings even without optional technology. That’s because all models come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense package, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, auto high beams and full-speed dynamic radar cruise control.

More small cars with the best car safety ratings:

  • 2017 Mazda3
  • 2017 Subaru Impreza
  • 2017 Toyota Corolla

Midsize Cars with the Best Car Safety Ratings

2017 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord has always been good at marrying style and safety, and the 2017 model gets top safety ratings when equipped with the optional Honda Sensing package. Once again, headlights make a difference. The IIHS says the halogen lights are acceptable, but the LED projector lights earn a marginal rating.

2017 Mazda6

This sporty sedan is also one of the safest midsize cars, earning a Top Safety Pick+ rating for 2017 with optional front crash prevention. In the Mazda6, this crash prevention technology is called Smart City Brake Support, which helps detect objects ahead (at low speeds) and enables sudden braking by moving brake pads closer to the disc. The IIHS gives acceptable ratings for the available LED headlights, but only marginal ratings for the halogen lights.Auto safety ratings

2017 Volkswagen Jetta

The 2017 Jetta earns the Top Safety Pick+ rating with optional Front Assist (with Autonomous Emergency Braking). Opt for the HID projector headlights over the halogen reflector lights, which earned only a marginal rating.

More midsize cars with the best car safety ratings:

  • 2017 Kia Optima
  • 2017 Nissan Altima
  • 2017 Nissan Maxima
  • 2017 Subaru Legacy
  • 2017 Subaru Outback
  • 2017 Toyota Camry
  • 2017 Toyota Prius v

Small SUVs with the Best Car Safety Ratings

2017 Honda CR-V

The only bad thing Car and Driver notes about the 2017 CR-V is its “ubiquity” and “anonymity.” But it’s not surprising that everyone drives one, because this SUV is sleek, a gas-sipper and safe. Equipped with Honda Sensing and LED reflector headlights, it’s one of the safest small SUVs.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

The Outlander is a budget-priced SUV with three-row seating for up to seven passengers, making it a great family get-around car. And it gets excellent car safety ratings, as long as you opt for the Touring Package that has a Forward Collision Mitigation System and LED projector headlights.Auto safety ratings

2017 Toyota RAV4

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 Is a Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with LED headlights — and it’s a pretty fun little SUV, too. All RAV4 models come standard with Toyota’s Star Safety System. That means you get enhanced vehicle stability control, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and Smart Stop Technology. (This last feature sounds hi-tech, but it’s pretty basic. When you accidentally press the brake and accelerator pedals at the same time, it brings the car to a stop).


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Car Reliability by Region (Manufacturer):

History of Auto Maker Dependability

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Which Makes Hold Up the Best?

Reliability has always been a relative subject as automotive manufacturers differ in quality of design, assembly and materials. However, in the opinion of our editors, some basics have held true for quite some time. Keep in mind that these are general observations, and carmakers with lesser reputations do come out with dependable models, and vice versa:

European

European manufacturers have held the upper hand in luxury and performance. Fit, finish and quality materials have produced some very impressive cars. But initial quality does not always hold up well over time, as a result, a lot of European models are thought to be susceptible to a higher than average number of repairs. And the higher cost of some imported parts can make things worse.

American

The big three U.S. automakers have their hands full right now. Economical upheavals have been brought on by factors such as too many models to produce efficiently, past disregard of the need for economically greener cars, and extreme labor costs (UAW). Quality and reliability of American made automobiles had already been a topic. There was a significant downturn following the late 60s muscle car era, but over the last decade we have seen improvement. Ford Motor Company seems to have a jump on the pack.

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