American brands take 11 of bottom 12 spots in Consumer Reports reliability survey
by Brian León, special from The Car Connection
Buick had the biggest fall in the Consumer Reports reliability ratings, dropping 11 spots from last year to 19th place, mostly for issues with the 9-speed automatic transmission in the new Enclave SUV. (Image courtesy of General Motors)

American brands such as General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and even Tesla had a rough showing in the results of Consumer Reports’ annual reliability survey released last week, which gathered data on half a million vehicles this year.


Volvo was dead last in 29th place, but every American marque occupied the next 11 worse spots, from Cadillac at 28th to Ford at 18th. For the second year in a row, Lexus and Toyota took the top two spots respectively, though the two brands switched places this year.

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