Most, and least, reliable cars for 2011

Consumer Reports published its predictions for reliability amongst 2011 car models.

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Consumer Reports predicts that the 2011 Audi A6 3.0T will be the worst car for reliability. Audi

Correction: We incorrectly reported that the Consumer Reports survey predicted the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country would rank as the least reliable car. In fact, Consumer Reports predicts that the 2011 Audi A6 3.0T will be the least reliable car for that model year. Chrysler brand vehicle are predicted to be the least reliable overall. We have changed the photo at the top of this blog to reflect our correction.

Consumer Reports published predictions for reliability of 2011 vehicle models based on what car owners told it of previous model year performance. Consumer Reports' survey asked 1.3 million owners to rate the reliability of their 2001 to 2010 model year cars. Using that data, the organization devised predictions of where different brands will end up with their 2011 models.

Scion topped the list, while co-brands Toyota and Lexus both dropped a bit from the previous year, probably due to all the flap over unintended acceleration. Porsche showed up second with a six-point gain from the previous year. It was followed by perennial quality winners Acura and Honda.

Hitting the very bottom of the list was Chrysler, with its Town & Country minivan being rated as the worst car for reliability. Audi, which plummeted in reliability, appears just above Chrysler, and is followed by Mini.

Audi also showed the largest overall drop in reliability, while Cadillac had the biggest gain.

Consumer Reports Predicted five best 2011 models

Rank Make Best modelWorst model Percent change
1 Scion xD xB -
2 Porsche Boxster 911 6
3 Acura RL TL (AWD) 2
4 Honda CR-V Element -2
5 Infiniti G sedan (AWD) G coupe -1

Consumer Reports Predicted five worst 2011 models

Rank Make Best modelWorst model Percent change
23 BMW M3 135i -2
24 Dodge Ram 1500 (2WD) Journey 1
25 Mini Cooper Hatchback Cooper Convertible -3
26 Audi A4 (4-cyl.) A6 (3.0T)* -7
27 Chrysler 300 (V8) Town & Country -1

(Source: Consumer Reports)