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As Americans latch on to their cars longer than ever in a weak economy, Consumer Reports has compiled its annual list of the best used models on the market.The report is based on how often serious problems were reported for three-year-old models from 13 automakers.
The usual suspects – Honda and Toyota – topped the list this year, with the latter claiming five of the top 10 spots. But most automakers showed modest improvements over last year, the report says.
Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler showed double-digit gains in reliability compared to the same report a decade ago.
Falling to the bottom of the pack was BMW, with 30 per cent of its used models reported for troubles.
The report also found some pretty telling results when it looked at how common problems were reported for certain models at ages 1 and 5.
“The 2007 Toyota Prius averaged six problems per 100 cars in its first year and 26 at age five,” the report says. “The Mini Cooper S hatchback averaged nine per 100 cars in the first year and 113 by age five.”
See the full report at ConsumerReports.org.
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