Coming up in the April issue of Consumer Reports is their Automobile guide for 2007, which includes reliability rankings for the 2006/2007 model year. As Usual, Japanese brands dominate with Honda and Toyota taking most of the top spots for reliability.

In the issue they also predict reliability for the ’07 model year versus where they placed last year. Top spots went to Toyota, Honda, Scion, Acura and Lexus while the MINI dropped from 11th to a predicted 28th.

Consumer Reports provides the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. It’s based on CR’s annual surveys of their approximately 6 million magazine and Web site subscribers. These surveys ask about any serious problems they’ve had with their vehicles in the preceding 12 months. They generate hundreds of thousands of responses–the 2006 survey, for instance, provided information on just over 1.3 million vehicles–which give them a solid foundation for our reliability Ratings.

[ Japanese Brands Dominate ]

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