Most reliable vehicle brands of 2018

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Brands from Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) continue to occupy the bottom third of CR's rankings. The low reliability score cost the Model S its "Recommended Buy" status with the magazine.

The magazine says the Model S has dropped to below average reliability due to suspension problems and other issues such as its extending door handles.

Tesla ranked No. 27 in reliability, down six spots. There are only a few small surprises in its 2018 survey, and sadly, those surprises aren't great for domestic automakers of all flavors. "The majority of the problems that we're seeing with Tesla truly are mechanical issues". "It can take a year or two for vehicle makers to work out the kinks with new technology".

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Tesla introduced more complexity into the Model S by offering all-wheel-drive and air suspension standard, Fisher said.

"Suspension issues for Model S have improved 65 percent since past year", she said, "and we continue to make further improvements".

Lexus and Toyota continued their dominance on the manufacturer rankings where the two brands posted a one-two finish for the second year in a row. Seven of the top 10 brands in this year's reliability rankings are from Japan and South Korea, including Subaru, Kia, Infiniti, and Hyundai.

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Volvo ranked dead last. But the usually reliable Fusion drops to "Below-Average", mainly because of problems with the Sync 3 infotainment system screen.

Japanese automobile brands dominated the top four slots in this year's reliability rankings announced by a leading USA consumer advocate magazine on Wednesday. The Blue Oval was immediately followed by General Motors' Buick, which fell out of the top 10. Buick has it the worst of all, dropping 11 places to 19th overall. The redesigned Enclave SUV had a "Much-Worse-Than-Average" rating, with owners reporting problems related to the new nine-speed automatic transmission. Subaru, Kia, and Infinity also stayed in the top six spots. Dodge edges up three spots to number 21 out of 29 brands thanks partly to the "Better-Than-Average" reliability rating of the Dodge Charger, which has steadily improved over the past few years. The Lincoln brand came in at No. 20, although its reintroduced Lincoln Continental model was recommended for reliability.

At the bottom of the list was the Volvo brand of Sweden's AB Volvo.

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