Are American Cars Reliable, And Does it Even Matter?
Itís 2013, but stereotypes of American vehicles from the Ď70s still linger in the automotive industry, with buyers wondering if domestic cars can ever be as reliable as imports.
Over the past six years, annual report cards from Consumer Reports indicate that domestic automakers are sitting among the bottom of the pack in terms of reliability and satisfaction ratings. Out of a score of 100, the big three domestic automakers average a score of just 55.7. Individually, Ford ranks the highest, with an unimpressive average score of 63.1 over the same time period, with GM averaging 56.1 and Chrysler averaging a simply abysmal 48.
J.D. Power also shows that a number of domestic automakers have below the industry average numbers in regards to problems per 100 vehicles. Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram are the worst according to the 2012 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability study, with GMC and Chevrolet also performing below the industry average.
Additionally, cars from these manufacturers donít get the nod from Consumer Reports, with the percentage of recommended vehicles per year often dipping below 50%. Itís a little worrying when Chrysler as a whole, had 0 cars recommended in 2009.