Consumer Reports: Hybrids Are Very Reliable
Hybrid cars outscored other vehicle segments for reliability, according to the Consumer Reports Annual Car Reliability Survey, released on Thursday. Nine hybrid models were included in the survey of 1.4 million subscribers of Consumer Report. All the hybrids earned above-average predicted-reliability ratings.
Some consumers have expressed concerns about reliability of hybrid batteries and other components. “We haven’t actually seen that,” said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Division. “They all get better reliability than their regular counterparts. They seem to be very reliable.”
Consumer Reports also found that non-hybrid gas-sippers such as the Honda Fit, Scion xD, Smart ForTwo, and Toyota Yaris had few problems. Ford scored well for domestic car companies, but the top 10 most-reliable brands sold in America are all owned by Asian automakers.