Best SUVs in 2012

2012's Best SUVs Sold in North America: Table and Charts
by James Bleeker

This page provides the table giving the 2012 Auto Reliability GPAs and Grades of the best sport-utility vehicles in 2012, a chart of manufacturer shares of the best SUVs in 2012, and a chart depicting the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 15 best SUVs in 2012 and the 15 worst SUVs in 2012.

The Table

The table below provides the Auto Reliability GPAs and Grades of the best of the sport-utility vehicles sold in the U.S.

Letter grades for automobile reliability are determined thusly: A if the Auto Reliability GPA is 3.50 to 4.00, B if the Auto Reliability GPA is 2.50 to 3.49, C if the Auto Reliability GPA is 1.50 to 2.49, D if the Auto Reliability GPA is 0.50 to 1.49, and F if the Auto Reliability GPA < 0.50.

The cutoff for the list of the best SUVs in 2012 is an Overall Auto Reliability GPA of 2.75, a modest B by letter grade. The list is in descending order of Overall GPA, i.e., from best to worst.

The Overall Reliability GPAs and Grades of
the Best SUVs in 2012




ID


Auto Manufacturer
Line/
Brand/
Make/
Marque



Model

Overall Reliability GPA

Overall Reliability Grade
No. of Model Yrs of Data
23 Toyota Toyota Highlander, V6 4.00 A 10
55 Honda Honda CR-V 3.81 A 10
13 Toyota Toyota 4Runner, V6 3.81 A 10
60 Honda Honda Element 3.79 A 8
10 Toyota Lexus RX Hybrid 3.78 A 5
27 Toyota Toyota RAV4, 4-cylinder 3.69 A 10
22 Toyota Toyota FJ Cruiser 3.67 A 3
64 Honda Honda Pilot 3.60 A 9
24 Toyota Toyota Highlander Hybrid 3.58 A 6
9 Toyota Lexus RX 3.50 A 10
46 Honda Acura RDX 3.42 B 5
8 Toyota Lexus LX 3.31 B 6
311 Nissan Infiniti EX 3.25 B 3
308 Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Outlander 3.17 B 5
45 Honda Acura MDX 3.13 B 10
344 Subaru Subaru Forester, non-turbo 3.06 B 10
4 Toyota Lexus GX 3.00 B 8
312 Nissan Infiniti FX 2.88 B 9
285 Kia Kia Sportage 2.86 B 5
28 Toyota Toyota RAV4, V6 2.83 B 6
76 BMW BMW X3 2.75 B 8
Note: To be among the Best of 2012, the Overall Reliability GPA must be based on at least 3 model years of data.

Note that among these better vehicles in 2012, there is not one by General Motors Corporation, the Chrysler Group, or Ford Motor Company.

The manufacturers which have offered one or more of the least trouble prone sport-utility vehicles in 2012, as reported by Consumer Reports subscribers and measured by the Overall Reliability GPA, are Toyota Motor Corporation (with 7 of the 10 best and 10 of the 21 best), Honda Motor Company (3 of the 10 best and 5 of the 21 best), Nissan Motor Company, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, the Subaru Division of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd, Kia Motors Corporation, and BMW AG.

Here too, Toyota and Honda dominate the best in 2012.

Chart of Manufacturer Shares of the Best in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 10 best SUVs in 2012

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 10 best sport-utility vehicles in 2012.

All of the 10 best sport-utility vehicles have an Overall Reliability GPA of 3.50 or better in 2012 and a Reliability Grade of A.

Chart of the Reliability GPAs of the Top 15 and Bottom 15 SUVs

The following bar graph depicts the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 15 best sport-utility vehicles and 15 worst sport-utility vehicles in 2012

Bar graph depicting the Overall Reliability GPAs of the 15 best SUVs and 15 worst SUVs in 2012.

 

Caution      When the number of model years of data (appearing in the far right column) for a vehicle is limited to more recent years, the reliability GPAs, Average GPA, and Minimum GPA of that vehicle may be less reflective of the vehicle's reliability over a longer period of time.

The Auto Reliability GPAs are automobile reliability statistics that are obtained from Consumer Reports' auto reliability survey data summarized in the reliability tables of (1) Consumer Reports: New Car Buying Guide: 2012, (2) Consumer Reports: Used Car Buying Guide: 2012, and (3) the April 2012 issue of the Consumer Reports magazine.

The method of computation of the GPAs is probably familiar to nearly every college, technical school, and high school student. A Grade Point of 4.00 (that is, an A) is given to a Consumer Reports Used Car Verdict of "Much Better Than Average," a GP of 3.00 (that is, a B) is given to a CR "Better Than Average" rating, a GP of 2.00 (that is, a C) to an "Average" rating, a GP of 1.00 (that is, a D) to a "Worse Than Average" rating, and a GP of 0.00 (that is, an F) to a "Much Worse Than Average" rating. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is then computed for each vehicle age group 0-to-4 years, 2-to-6 years, 4-to-8 years and 6-to-10 years using Microsoft's Average(a:b,[c:d],...) function. The Overall GPA given in the table and chart above is the average of the four 4-year GPAs.

To view the GPAs for the four 4-year age groups, visit www.AutoOnInfo.net.

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Volume 6 of AutoOnInfo.net’s Car Quality Series is intended primarily as an aid to consumers in selecting a vehicle that both is reliable in the short term and provides a prospect of only modest repairs in the long term, and secondarily as an aid to auto industry analysts and reporters. To this end, it provides a list of the 50 Best Cars available in the U.S. in 2014 using the Overall Reliability GPA, AutoOnInfo.net’s standard measure of reliability now for several years, covering model years 2002 to 2013 for ranking pickup trucks, sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), family cars, wagons, small cars, hatchbacks, sport/sporty cars, coupes, convertibles, upscale cars, luxury cars, and hybrids, and includes each car’s reliability GPA and grade and the number of model years upon which the GPA and grade are based. As a further aid, it includes 2014 brand and manufacturer GPAs for comparison and contrast and for better assessing long term performance and ownership expenses. In addition, it offers more than 30 full color charts depicting each brand’s and car company’s share of the 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 Best Cars and each brand’s and auto maker’s share of the best pickups, best midsize sport-utility vehicles, best small SUVs, best family cars, best wagons, best small cars, best hatchbacks, best sport/sporty cars, best coupes, best convertibles, best upscale cars, best luxury cars, and best hybrids in America. For further study and better understanding of auto quality in North America, it offers 10 charts that display, using a bar graph with an axis value of 2.00 (for quick viewing of how much above or below average a brand’s or auto maker’s  Reliability GPA falls), the 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 Reliability Grade Point Averages of each major brand and manufacturer, as well as a line graph plotting the 2010 to 2014 Reliability GPA ranks of the 6 most prominent manufacturers by U.S. sales.
The 100 Worst Cars in America in 2014 offers lists of the worst cars and trucks available in the U.S. It uses AutoOnInfo.net’s Overall Reliability GPA covering model years 2002 to 2013 for ranking pickup trucks, sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), minivans, family cars, wagons, small cars, hatchbacks, sport/sporty cars, coupes, convertibles, upscale cars, and luxury cars in order to aid consumers in avoiding a vehicle that may require a larger number of repairs and a greater number of expensive repairs. To this end, it includes each car’s reliability GPA and grade and the number of model years upon which the GPA and grade are based, as well as brand and manufacturer GPAs for comparison and contrast and for better assessing long term performance and ownership expenses.   In addition, it is offered as an aid to auto news reporters and auto analysts for better understanding and assessing the differences and changes in brand and auto manufacturer product quality and sales.  Further to assist consumers, reporters, and analysts in better understanding auto quality in North America, it offers 10 color charts that display, using a bar graph with an axis value of 2.00 (for quick viewing of how much above or below average a brand’s or auto maker’s  Reliability GPA falls), the 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 Reliability Grade Point Averages of each major brand and manufacturer, as well as a line graph plotting the 2010 to 2014 Reliability GPA ranks of the 6 most prominent manufacturers by U.S. current sales.

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