Auto Brand GPAs

The 2013 Auto Reliability Grade Point Averages (GPAs) and Grades for Motor Vehicle Lines Sold in North America: The Complete Table and A Chart Depicting the Overall Reliability GPAs of Car and Truck Brands in 2013
by James Bleeker

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This page provides the table giving the 2013 Auto Reliability GPAs of the car and truck brands sold in the U.S. and a chart depicting the 2013 Overall Reliability GPAs of these lines, from best to worst.

The 2013 Table

The table below provides the 2013 Auto Reliability Grade Point Averages and Grades of nearly all of the car and light truck brands 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 brands of Toyota Motor Corporation and Honda Motor Company appear first because of the rather singular stature. The remaining brands are grouped by manufacturer, and manufacturers are listed alphabetically. Ford Motor Company's offloaded lines - Jaguar, Land Rover, and Volvo - are listed as manufacturers.

The 2013 Overall Reliability GPA and Grade of Brands of Motor Vehicles





ID




Auto Manufacturer



Line / Brand


Overall Reliability GPA
Grade Based on Overall GPA Average Number of Model Years of Data
11 Toyota Motor Corporation Lexus 3.63 A 7.20
39 Toyota Toyota 3.41 B 6.70
44 Toyota Scion 3.19 B 4.25
53 Honda Motor Company Acura 3.11 B 6.43
69 Honda Honda 3.31 B 6.87
81 BMW AG BMW 1.18 D 5.40
85 BMW Mini Cooper 1.52 C 4.67
95 Chrysler Group Jeep 1.24 D 6.00
103 Chrysler Chrysler 1.52 C 5.57
118 Chrysler Dodge 1.31 D 4.79
130 Daimler AG Mercedes-Benz 1.78 C 5.10
132 Daimler Smart ForTwo 2.00 C 2.00
135 Fiat SpA Fiat 2.00 C 1.00
161 Ford Motor Company Ford 2.07 C 6.79
169 Ford Lincoln 1.84 C 4.71
177 Ford Mercury 2.14 C 5.86
187 General Motors Corporation Buick 1.25 D 4.00
194 General Motors Cadillac 1.58 C 6.17
218 General Motors Chevrolet 1.46 D 6.17
227 General Motors GMC 1.37 D 7.50
233 General Motors Pontiac (with Toyota-engineered Vibe) 1.94 C 5.00
234 General Motors Pontiac (without Vibe) 1.52 C 4.25
237 General Motors Saab 2.00 C 4.50
244 General Motors Saturn 1.51 C 3.33
261 Hyundai Motor Company Hyundai 2.15 C 4.79
266 Jaguar - formerly owned by Ford Motor Company and presently by Tata Motors Limited Jaguar 0.83 D 1.67
277 Kia Motors Corporation Kia 1.99 C 4.44
280 Land Rover - formerly owned by Ford Motor Company and presently by Tata Motors Limited Land Rover 1.00 D 1.00
295 Mazda Motor Corporation Mazda 2.09 C 4.77
302 Mitsubishi Motors Corporation Mitsubishi 2.61 B 2.00
309 Nissan Motor Company Infiniti 2.68 B 6.00
328 Nissan Nissan 2.00 C 6.11
334 Porsche AG Porsche 2.08 C 3.75
346 Subaru Division of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd Subaru 2.47 C 6.80
349 Suzuki Motor Corporation Suzuki 2.50 B 2.00
359 Volkswagen AG Audi 1.98 C 4.25
373 Volkswagen Volkswagen 1.69 C 5.23
383 Volvo - formerly owned by Ford Motor Company and presently by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Volvo 2.01 C 4.63
Note: If the average number of model years of data is 2 or less, the Reliability GPA may less accurately reflect the brand's quality.

Chart of the 2013 Reliability GPAs of North America's Car and Truck Brands

The following bar graph depicts the Overall Reliability GPAs of most of North America's car and light truck brands in 2013, from best to worst.

Bar graph of the 2013 Auto Reliability GPAs of most of the car and truck brands sold in North America.

The 2013 bar graph provides several points of interest to the consumer.

1. Toyota Motor Corporation's three brands occupy 3 of the top 4 places.
2. Toyota Motor Corporation's and Honda Motor Company's brands occupy the top 5 places.
3. Hyundai's reliability ranking exceeds all of the Reliability GPAs of Detroit 3 brands. Nonetheless, Hyundai falls quite a bit below most of the Japanese brands. Mazda and Nissan are the exceptions.
4. Kia's Reliability GPA exceeds nearly all of those of the Detroit 3 brands.
5. Although the Ford and Mercury lines are far from the top, General Motors Corporation's and the Chrysler Group's are well below.

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: 2013, (2) Consumer Reports: Used Car Buying Guide: 2013, and (3) the April 2013 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. For each model year, 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) for each vehicle age group 0-to-4 years, 2-to-6 years, 4-to-8 years and 6-to-10 years is an average of the Grade Points and is computed using Microsoft's Average(a:b,[c:d],...) function. The Overall Reliability GPA of a model is the average of the four 4-year GPAs. The brand Overall Reliability GPA given in the table and chart above is the average of its models' Overall Reliability GPAs.

This page was created in September of 2013.

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