DETROIT (WXYZ) - The Big 3 didn't fare very well in Consumer Reports' annual Auto Reliability Rankings.
General Motors had the best showing, with their GMC Brand placing in the top ten brands and with the Yukon being GMC's most reliable model. The Acadia was found to be GMC's least reliable model.
The GMC brand increased 3 spots over last year's testing.
Buick scored next best of the General Motors brands tested, coming in at 12 - an increase of 9 spots. The Verano was Buick's most reliable model, with the V6 LaCrosse being rated as the brands least reliable.
The next highest rated brand for GM was Chevrolet, which came in at 17. However, that was a drop of two spots over last year. Consumer Reports rates the Tahoe as Chevy's most reliable model, with the 1.8 liter Cruze fairing the worst in reliability.
Cadillac faired the worst out of GM's brands, coming in at 25th, one of the four lowest brands tested. The ranking was fourteen spots lower than last year's mark. The Cadillac XTS was the brands least reliable model, with the ATS fairing the best. However, none of the brands vehicles rated above an average reliability rating
However, the news is worse in Dearborn at Ford, where both the Ford and Lincoln Brands dropped a spot to finish behind Cadillac and at 26th and 27th out of the brands tested. Only Mini faired worse out of the brands tested.
Ford's V6 F-150 rated above average, but it was the only one of Ford's 31 models in the survey to earn that ranking. Seven others received an average score.
Consumer Reports says the automaker's reliability troubles stretch beyond the "historically problematic" My-Touch system. The magazine says several of the EcoBoost turbocharged V6 models also have poor reliability.
That includes the car named as Ford's least reliable, the C-MAX Energi, which along with the C-MAX and Fusion hybrids, were the only hybrid and electric vehicles tested that did not do well in the survey.
Consumer Reports says that, wheb combined together with the Lincoln brand, two-thirds of the company's 34 surveyed cars got scores that were much worse than average.
In fact all of Lincoln's vehicles scored worse than average reliability, with the MKS fairing the best. The MKT with EcoBoost was Lincoln's least reliable car in the survey.
Chrysler, the final member of the Big 3, also faired poorly in the Consumer Reports survey, with none of the company's brands finishing higher than 18th.
Of the company's brands, the Chrysler brand faired the best, with the V8 version of the 300 being rated as the best model. The Chrysler Town & Country was rated as the brand's worst model. Overall, the Chrysler brand rose 5 spots over last year's survey.
Chrysler's sister brand, Ram, also rose over last year's survey, jumping 6 spots to number 19 and posting the third highest increase over last year. The brand's 4 wheel drive V8 version of the 1500 was Ram's best fairing model. The diesel versions of the the 2500 & 3500 were the worst.
Chrysler's other brands, Jeep and Dodge, both finished close to the bottom at 23rd and 24th respectively. While that represents stability for Dodge, Jeep dropped 4 places over last year.
Jeep's best rated model was the Patriot. It's worst was the V6 Grand Cherokee. The 2.0 liter Dodge Dart was that brand's best rated model, rated at much better than average. The Grand Caravan was rated worst, coming in at worse than average.
Lexus, Toyota and Acura topped the survey at 1, 2 and 3. The top European automaker in the survey was Audi, which jumped four places to finish fourth.
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