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Car Quality Ratings and Rankings: The 3 Best Car Manufacturers from 1975 to 2010

This page provides multi-year tables of the Top 3 car makers by two measures of quality - infrequency of trouble-prone models and overall reliability. The "Top 3 Car Makers by Infrequency of Trouble-Prone Models" table gives the 3 best manufacturers for years 1990 (covering model years 1984 to 1989), 1995 (covering model years 1987 to 1994), 2000 (covering model years 1992 to 1999), 2005 (covering model years 1997 to 2004), and 2010 (covering model years 2004 to 2009). The "Top 3 Car Makers by Overall Reliability" table gives the 10 best manufacturers for years 1975 (covering model years 1971 to 1974), 1980 (covering model years 1974 to 1979), 1985 (covering model years 1979 to 1984), 1990 (covering model years 1984 to 1989), 1995 (covering model years 1987 to 1994), 2000 (covering model years 1992 to 1999), 2005 (covering model years 1997 to 2004), and 2010 (covering model years 2004 to 2009).

Three Best Car Companies by Infrequency of Trouble-Prone Models in Years 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010

This ranking of the car companies is based on each manufacturer's infrequency of trouble-prone models. It provides a measure of how well each company's models successfully avoided the bottom end of the model-quality spectrum.

Top 3 Car Makers by Infrequency of Trouble-Prone Models

Car Company 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010

BMW AG

Top 3

-

Top 3

-

-

Daimler (Mercedes-Benz and Smart)

- Top 3 - - -

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (Subaru)

- - Top 3 Top 3 -

Honda Motor Company

Top 3 - - - Top 3

Hyundai Motor Company

- - - - Top 3

Suzuki Motor Corporation

- Top 3 - Top 3 -

Toyota Motor Corporation

Top 3 - Top 3 Top 3 Top 3

Volvo

- Top 3 - - -

By this measure of quality, Toyota Motor Corporation made the Top 3 for all but 1995, and in that year it placed 4th.

Note that only Europe-based and Japan-based manufacturers were among the 3 best manufacturers by infrequency of trouble-prone models.

Although Volvo was owned by Ford Motor Company for some of the above model years, it was treated as a separate company for all of the model years.

Three Best Car Companies by Overall reliability in Years 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010

This ranking of the car companies is based on the average of the overall reliability ratings of each manufacturer's models. It provides a measure of how well a manufacturer's models performed over the entire model-quality spectrum.

Top 3 Car Makers by Overall Reliability

Car Company 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010

Daimler (Mercedes-Benz and Smart)

Top 3 Top 3 Top 3 - Top 3 - - -

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (Subaru)

- Top 3 - - - - Top 3 Top 3

Honda Motor Company

- - - Top 3 Top 3 Top 3 Top 3 Top 3

Mazda Motor Corporation

- - Top 3 Top 3 - - - -

Nissan Motor Company

Top 3 - - - - Top 3 - -

Toyota Motor Corporation

Top 3 Top 3 Top 3 Top 3 Top 3 Top 3 Top 3 Top 3

By this measure of quality as well, only Toyota made the Top 3 car companies for all of the 8 years.

Selecting the 3 Best Car Manufacturers by Infrequency of Trouble-Prone Models

Two sections of the April issues of Consumer Reports are used in selecting the 3 best companies by infrequency of trouble-prone models. They are (1) the table of Used Cars to Avoid and (2) the reliability charts.

Finding the three best car makers by infrequency of trouble-prone models involves two steps.

The first step is to count each manufacturer's entries in CR's table of Used Cars to Avoid. Each model year of each model is treated as a separate entry.

Next, as the number of automobile models of a car manufacturer varies greatly from company to company, it is necessary to take account of the fact that a manufacturer with more models has a greater opportunity to have more model years of low quality. To compensate for a possibly inflated, or deflated, frequency of trouble-prone model years of a manufacturer, as well as a variability in model data sufficiency, the number of a maker's entries in CR's Used-Cars-to-Avoid list is divided by the total number of overall reliability ratings for the manufacturer found in the reliability charts of the same issue of Consumer Reports.

To be ranked in a given year, the manufacturer must have at least 5 overall reliability ratings.

Selecting the 3 Best Car Manufacturers by Overall Reliability

One section of the April issues of Consumer Reports is used in selecting the 3 best companies by overall reliability - the reliability charts.

To rate and rank car makers using Consumer Reports' overall reliability ratings, a number is first associated with each of CR's overall ratings. A +1.0 is ascribed to a rating of Much Better Than Average, a +0.5 to a rating of Better Than Average, a 0 to a rating of Average, a -0.5 to a rating of Worse Than Average, and a -1.0 to a rating of Much Worse Than Average. Then an average is taken over all of the manufacturer's model years and models offering an overall reliability rating. Lastly, the automobile manufacturers with at least 5 overall reliability ratings are ordered from best to worst for each of the years 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 2000, 2005, and 2010.

As Consumer Reports did not offer an overall reliability rating in its 1995 reliability charts, a simple average of the manufacturer's reliability percentrank averages for model years 1988 to 1994 was taken.

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