Consumer Reports’ Predicted Reliability For 2017 Models


CR’s Annual predicted reliability issue showed up in the mail the other day, so I thought I’d share it. I’m not going to comment much on it, as folks tend to have strong feelings about the subject. But before anyone is going to say that CR has a bias against certain automakers, please note that GM vehicles are to be found both at the very top and very bottom of the rankings. And I will comment on one car.


The one that jumped out to me was the very poor showing by the Chevrolet Volt. It’s reliability has become under increasing fire, with class-action lawsuits about a defective steering column and many other various issues. I did wonder at the time if GM was going to be able to handle this issue with its “Prius fighter”. Apparently not.


For all-new 2017 vehicles, CR is taking a stab at predicting their future reliability based on brand record and other factors.