Consumer Reports releases auto reliability rataings

A Tesla Model 3 sedan its first car aimed at the mass market is displayed during its launch in Hawthorne California

Toyota Up, Cadillac Down, Chrysler and Tesla Rise in Consumer Reports' Study

A survey of 640,000 consumers showed all-new or updated models are more likely than prior models to develop engine problems, jerky transmissions or suffer failures in high-tech features. Toyota's own brand topped the rankings, followed by the company's luxury Lexus brand. "We don't go around recommending that people buy cars that are below average, so if it is average or better, that is not a bad thing at all", In regards to giving the Tesla Model 3 an average reliability score, Consumer Reports says, "let's be very clear, we are not giving it super high marks". A spokesperson for the automaker was dismissive of the Consumer Reports rating when we reached out for comment.

Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) probably won't be too pleased with the initial impressions of its new Model 3 sedan from a famous consumer products ratings agency.

Feedback, overall, includes new technology transmissions breaking down or shifting badly.

"More often than not, our data suggests it's prudent for consumers to wait for the technology to mature", Jake Fisher, head of Consumer Reports auto testing, said in a statement ahead of a presentation in Detroit.

Other brands seeing improvement from a year ago include Kia, BMW, Subaru, Infiniti and Honda. The Cascada and Envision kept Buick in the top 10.

While Chevrolet's Bolt EV was the brand's most reliable model, ranking above average, all other Chevys were below average, including the Volt and Cruze, the latter of which performed well on the 2016 survey.

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CR says Acura's seven-spot drop - the biggest in this year's survey - can be attributed to all its models, save for the aged RDX CUV, being below average in reliability.

Other models seeing below-average reliability scores included the Hyundai Tucson, which CR blames on its 7-speed DCT; Subaru Impreza; Cadillac XT5; Buick LaCrosse; and GMC Acadia. Kia, making its first foray into the top three also had the highest-ranked vehicle in the 2017 study, its Niro hybrid.

The Model 3 is the luxury electric vehicle maker's newest auto, and Consumer Reports said it had no data on the vehicle.

Models improving included the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. Kia came in third, Audi came in fourth and BMW came in fifth.

Rounding Lexus, which ranked at the top of the list previous year, fell one spot in the 2017 study.

The good news, Fisher stressed, is that carmakers are learning how to correct problems with their infotainment systems rather quickly, while it can take years to fix mechanical problems - such as the dual-clutch transmissions that continue to be a reliability issue on the Ford Focus and Fiesta models.

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