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.
Grand Traverse to hold pension bond hearings
The Grand Traverse County Commission will host public hearings on the 2014 budget and a proposal to borrow more than $40 million to cover pension obligation costs during a committee meeting Wednesday night.Continued ...
Police make arrest in 1996 murder
A man is expected to be arraigned today on charges tied to the 1996 rape and murder of a woman in Kalkaska County.Continued ...
Estes sentenced to probation
A judge sentenced Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes to 18 months probation for driving while impaired.Continued ...
- Poll: Safe to bury radioactive waste less than a mile from Huron?
Young Gladiators reach title game
Traverse City St. Francis tipped off the season with not only a tournament victory, but an unusually early league contest as well.Continued ...
GT board: Open meeting violations?
Grand Traverse County’s governing board is under fire for limiting public comment at a contentious budget meeting attended by scores of citizens.Continued ...
Editorial: Big Rock’s nuke waste site got a pass
The issue: Critics assail Canadian nuke waste plan. Our view: Little has been said about how Big Rock’s waste is stored.Continued ...
GT County deer harvest down
The bucks dropped here. Actually, it’s true of both does and bucks: the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says hunters in Grand Traverse County alone reported 42 percent fewer deer killed this year compared to last year.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/03/2013
Competition beneficial; Bill the owner.Continued ...
Bullough repeats as all-league selection
The Michigan State defense led the Big Ten in virtually every category this season and that was reflected Monday on the all-league football teams selected by the coaches and media.Continued ...
Citizens turn out to support tribe
One of the first things Holly Thompson’s son noticed about the new Clinch Park was how it had erased any mention of his Native American history.Continued ...
Placek, Hicks and Yaakoby are honored
Traverse City West’s Katie Placek, Boyne City’s Kylie Hicks and Leland’s Noa Yaakoby were each named to their respective division’s all-state first team in selections announced by the state volleyball coaches association.Continued ...
Girls Basketball Roundup: Forest Area beats TC Christian
Forest Area led from start to finish, opening the girls basketball season with a 35-20 victory over Traverse City Christian. (Plus more)Continued ...
One arrested in Leelanau vehicle thefts
A string of Leelanau County vehicle thefts and larcenies led to a Mount Pleasant man’s arrest and a statewide manhunt for another suspect.Continued ...
Today's Local Sports: 12/03/2013
Schedule of local sports events for Dec. 3, 2013:Continued ...
Midwest Junior Hockey League Standings: 12/03/2013
Midwest Junior Hockey League Standings as of Dec. 2, 2013:Continued ...
Bowling Scores: 12/03/2013
Top scores from Lucky Jack's bowling leagues this week:Continued ...
Community in Brief: 12/03/2013
Merry Marketplace; Cookie Extravaganza; Art lecture. (Plus more)Continued ...
Clearing the Record: 12/03/2013
Because of incorrect information provided to the Record-Eagle, the amount of a grant awarded to Traverse City by the Great Lakes Fishery Trust was incorrect in a Nov. 23 story, and the trust's name was misspelled.Continued ...
- November 30, 2013
Community in Brief 12/03/2013
Extreme Precision Make-Over nominations sought; garden club meets for lunch; qualifying Lego tournament; and more.Continued ...
- November 26, 2013
Three arrested in drug bust
Authorities arrested three men in an investigation into the sale of heroin and cocaine.Continued ...
Sheriff's department warns of phone scam
Grandparents: Be wary of phone calls from your oldest grandson. The calls may be part of an elaborate scam aimed at the heartstrings and generosity of elderly patriarchs and matriarchs.Continued ...
Santa Claus coming to town Dec. 6
The 30-foot-tall blue spruce placed downtown at Cass and Front streets sets the stage for upcoming holiday festivities.Continued ...
Meth dump discovered in Benzie
Traverse Narcotics Team detectives are investigating a dump of methamphetamine lab components found in Benzie County.Continued ...
- Poll: Are you currently carrying student loan debt?
TC man takes over boat shows
Paul Jacobs developed his love of the water in Traverse City. His fondness for water bodies like Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan translated into an interesting new business venture for the retired Traverse City Area Public Schools teacher.Continued ...
- Grand Traverse to hold pension bond hearings