While Ford has failed in reliability aspect due to some of its latest vehicle technologies, the other automaker, Jeep became the most reliable domestic brand. This statement comes from the latest annual-survey data from Consumer Reports. The automaker's high reliability rating is partly due to the redesigned Grand Cherokee SUV, which is a substantial achievement, because the preceding Grand Cherokees featured an unimpressive reliability records.
The annual Consumer Reports reliability results were announced today at an Automotive Press Association lunch in downtown Detroit. These results are based on the responses to the Consumer Reports 2011 Annual Auto Survey with 1.3 million cars leased (owned) by CR subscribers. The organization reports that Chrysler models are also doing better, unlike the mentioned Ford which meets certain technology pains.
Becoming the most reliable domestic brand, Jeep moves up seven spots to 13th place among 28 automakers. Chrysler, on the other hand, jumped 12 spots, featuring an above average rating for the Chrysler 200. As for Dodge, the company is raising its rating three points due to the Durango. In fact, three models (Dodge Durango, the Chrysler 200, and Jeep Grand Cherokee) exceled among others. Consumer Reports states that about 35 percent still rate as below average.