Recently, the Consumer Reports has released its annual Auto Reliability Rankings, and Japan is leading the competition.
Out of the 18 vehicle categories, ranging from subcompacts to sports cars to full-size pickups, Japanese models led 14 categories, which included the midsize car and midsize SUV rankings.
According to the survey, the most reliable new car to buy is the 2014 Subaru Forester SUV. Subaru Forester is a mid-size crossover, which has got a good reputation for having good ground clearance and functionality. The Forester combines the practicality of a small, wisely engineered SUV with the fun enthusiasts will enjoy.
The 2014 Subaru Forester is an exclusive car to the Japanese Domestic Market, and experts have also appreciated the redesigned Forester for its driving dynamics and good-enough off-road capability.
The Forester, which is roomier than previous versions, delivered a comfortable ride while being genuinely fun to drive. The car also had the best fuel economy in the tests despite being driven in the extreme conditions.
The two versions available in the market are priced at $24,320 for a non-turbocharged model with a manual transmission and $28,820 for a turbocharged SUV with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Bothe of them are among the less expensive SUVs in contention.
The Forester isn’t perfect, though, the experts said, stating that the base 2.5-liter non-turbocharged engine was merely “adequate” and that the manual transmission felt “rubbery.”
But at the same time, Consumer reports states that besides being practical and enjoyable to drive, Subaru has also proven to be very reliable.