Japan takes lead in auto reliability

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(NBC News) – Asian automakers rolled out on top in Consumer Reports’ latest reliability survey, taking seven of the top ten rankings.

Lexus and Toyota led the pack for the sixth straight year, with Lexus showing predictive reliability across all models.

Mazda, Subaru and Kia round out the top five.

American automakers all fell to the bottom half of the rankings.

Ford rated highest at 18th out of 29 manufacturers, and Tesla took a hit, dropping six spots to 27th.

The survey found some of the most common reliability issues for all cars were leaks and faulty power equipment.

Infotainment systems were the main reason consumers were bringing their new cars in for repairs.

If you’re in the market for a new car, Consumer Reports advises avoiding brand new models or redesigns.

“We’re finding a pattern of poor reliability in these because the manufacturers simply haven’t worked out all the bugs,” says Consumer Reports’ Mike Quincy. 

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