MKZ — DETROIT (AP) — And the winner is ... Japan.
Japanese brands took the top seven spots in Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings, pushing aside their U.S. and European rivals. Toyota Motor Corp.'s Scion, Lexus and Toyota brands took the top three spots and the Toyota Prius C, a subcompact hybrid, got the best overall score. Mazda, Subaru, Honda and Acura were close behind.
The rankings, released Monday, predict the reliability of 2013 model-year vehicles based on surveys of Consumer Reports' readers. This year, 800,000 people submitted information on 1.2 million vehicles from the 2010 to 2012 model years. The rankings are critical for auto companies, since Americans frequently cite Consumer Reports as a main source of car-buying advice.
Ford and Lincoln, once top performers, plummeted to the bottom of this year's rankings because of persistent problems with glitchy touch screens and bumpy transmissions. Ford was also hurt because three normally reliable models — the Ford Escape, Ford Fusion and Lincolnare all new for 2013, so Consumer Reports couldn't predict their reliability.
Also near the bottom were Chrysler Group's Chrysler, Dodge and Ram brands, which have been getting a fast makeover since partnering with Italy's Fiat three years ago. Consumer Reports says models with more features and more powerful engines, like the V-8 versions of the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee — had the most issues.
The best-performing U.S. brand was Cadillac, from General Motors Co.
Volkswagen AG's luxury Audi brand made the biggest strides in this year's survey, climbing 18 spots to No. 8. It was the best-performing European brand.
Japanese brands lead Consumer Reports reliability rankings
MKZ — DETROIT (AP) — And the winner is ... Japan.
Two dead in separate Leelanau vehicle crashes
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Interim superintendent likely for TCAPS
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Kiel records top Boston time out of area runners
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Editorial: Eighth Street won't work until key issues resolved
Traverse City Commissioner Tim Werner was probably right. Unfortunately. During a recent walking tour of Eighth Street from Union to Woodmere, Werner jokingly objected to characterizing the argument about whether Eighth should be reduced from four to three lanes as the “never-ending debate.”Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 04/22/2014
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City grants preliminary approval of rezoning
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Prep Sports Roundup: TCW 11th; Scott ties for 1st
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28 area athletes finish 118th Boston Marathon
Rapid City's Kyle Kiel topped a list of 28 northwest lower Michigan runners who finished the 118th annual Boston Marathon on Monday.Continued ...
NMEAC awards set for Friday
Local environmental stewards will be recognized at the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council’s annual Environmentalist of the Year awards.Continued ...
Sports in Brief: TC Roller Derby teams split
The teams of Traverse City Roller Derby participated as part of a tripl header of roller derby action at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek on Saturday. (Plus more)Continued ...
Rotary Show marches on
There’s no telling what sacred cows will find themselves grazing in the sights of this year’s Rotary Show.Continued ...
College Notes: Otwell wins 1,500 meters at Jesse Owens Classic
Michigan State redshirt senior Julia Otwell (Traverse City Central) won the 1,500-meter run Friday in the Jesse Owens Track Classic at Ohio State. (Plus more)Continued ...
Manton man dies in motorcycle crash
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Benzonia Township man charged in overdose death
Authorities arrested a Benzonia Township man following a two-month investigation prompted by the drug overdose death of a Homestead Township man.Continued ...
Man hospitalized after jump
A homeless man was hospitalized after he jumped from the roof of the Flap Jack Shack and landed on a lower-level balcony.Continued ...
Today in Sports: 04/22/2014
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Clearing the Record: 04/22/2014
Because of a reporter's error, Traverse City Central soccer player Jennifer Rose was incorrectly identified in an April 18 sports story.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 04/22/2014
Reading by poet Fleda Brown; TCAPS Day Camp registration; program on smart phone apps; and more.Continued ...
- Poll: Should Eighth Street be reduced to three lanes?
- April 15, 2014
Rivers recede, residents watch sky for rain
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Traverse City man lands half-ton marlin
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Globetrotters bring show to TC
Chuck Schuba fully expects to see his former basketball team lose Wednesday. It’s almost a given.Continued ...
Old Hampel's Safe & Lock Shop demolished
The old Hampel’s Safe & Lock Shop has been demolished to make way for a family friendly café.Continued ...
TBAISD adopts new teacher evaluation model
Educators across the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District soon will be evaluated under new guidelines.Continued ...
Editorial: Board's email gyrations can't keep public out
The issue: GT Road Commission buys ipads, sets up own email addresses. Our view: Communications about official business are public, no matter the address.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 04/15/2014
More voices needed.Continued ...
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