Lincoln, however, was an exception, jumping 10 places up in the rankings.
Consumer Reports has published its annual reliability findings for brands, and American automakers have found themselves at the bottom. Predictably, Japanese brands sit at the top, with a few exceptions. Of the American brands, Lincoln rates as the most reliable despite some recalls, and Jeep the least.
However, even Lincoln has its detracting models. While the Lincoln Corsair ranks as the brand's most highly-rated model (82/100), the Aviator lands at an abysmal 8/100 on CR's reliability scores.
Meanwhile, Toyota rose two places in the rankings to become the outlet's most reliable brand with models like the Corolla Cross and Hybrid as highlights at 96/100 and 93/100 respectively.
Jeep's models are notably unreliable, and its most reliable model, the Cherokee, scored just 53/100. Notably, Jeep has had to recall 100,000 vehicles in the past year for software that could disable Jeep passenger airbags.
Consumer Reports asks members about the issues they've had with their cars in the last 12 months. For this year's survey, more than 300,000 cars were sampled ranging from 2000-2023 MY vehicles. The outlet focuses on "trouble areas" like a car's engine, transmission, and electronics.
Asian automakers ranked notably higher than American ones on the whole, and not just brand-by-brand. They scored an overall reliability average of 59/100 compared to domestic automakers' 40/100 score average. European brands came in slightly behind Asian ones, at 51/100.
BMW was a stand-out among Euro brands, rising an impressive 10 places in CR's ratings to become the third most reliable brand overall. Here, notable model reliability highlights include the 3 Series (80/100) and 4 Series (78/100). Mazda has also fallen two places in the rankings, held back by the CX-30 (52/100).
Finally, another Toyota brand managed to clinch second, falling from first. Lexus' reliability scores are particularly high despite this, with all its models achieving an above-average or better reliability score.