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Subaru surges, Jeep stumbles in annual auto report

Discussion in 'Auto, Tractor, Motorcycles, Racing, and Mechanics' started by Scorpio, Feb 23, 2016.



  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Скорпион Founding Member Board Elder Site Mgr Site Supporter ++

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    Subaru surges, Jeep stumbles in annual auto report
    Phil LeBeau | @Lebeaucarnews

    1 Hour AgoCNBC.com

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    Subaru Outback vehicles sit on display at Uftring Subaru in East Peoria, Illinois.
    Subaru, which has quietly grown its sales in the U.S. over the last 10 years, is now winning praise for the quality and reliability of its cars and crossover utility vehicles.

    The Japanese automaker climbed three spots, to second place, in Consumer Reports' 2016 Brand Report Card, released Tuesday.

    The annual ranking of auto brands, which is based on the predicted reliability of dozens of models and road tests, is considered to be one of the most important independent evaluations of vehicles. (See the full list below).

    "When you drive a Subaru, they actually drive extremely well. They ride well, they handle well, they are reliable, they do have a lot of the features including a lot of advanced safety features that you really only normally see in higher-priced cars," said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports' director of automotive testing.

    The only brand to top Subaru was Audi, which also rose three spots from last year's rankings. Both automakers had 100 percent of their tested models recommended by Consumer Reports.

    The ratings organization this year changed its methodology, including giving higher weighting to models that come with collision-mitigation systems, such as auto emergency brakes. This helped Audi, in particular.

    Consumer Reports' auto ranking also highlights a split between its evaluations and the popularity of certain brands. Jeep, which was the fastest-growing mass-market brand in the U.S. last year, was ranked the second-worst auto brand by Consumer Reports.

    Fisher said the styling of the current Jeep vehicles may be attracting buyers, but in the organization's opinion, the models have numerous reliability issues.

    "Unfortunately, since Fiat has taken over many of these brands, with Fiat Chrysler the reliability continues to not be very good," Fisher said. "[There are] lots of problems with these vehicles, trips to the dealership, trips to the mechanic, and that is not good when you spend $30,000 for a new vehicle on average."

    In response to the ranking, Matt Liddane, vice president of quality at FCA North America, said, "We respect Consumer Reports' opinion, as they're one of the many third-party evaluators we receive comments from."

    "With that being said, we encourage customers to experience our vehicles for themselves. We continue to aggressively pursue both product and ... quality improvements as they are top priorities for the company, and our internal measurements are showing progress."

    The 2016 Brand Report Card is based on dozens of evaluations and testing that Consumer Reports does at its automotive test center in Connecticut.

    However, the reviews did not include any of the diesel models Volkswagen is restricted from selling as it tries to make those models compliant with EPA emissions rules.

    Consumer Reports also has not yet tested the Tesla Model X. And with only Tesla vehicle, the Model S, being evaluated, Consumer Reports said there was insufficient data to rank the brand.

    Consumer Reports 2016 Auto Brand Rankings
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    A brand must have at least two models with test and reliability data to be included. Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Maserati, Ram, Smart and Tesla lack sufficient data.

    Questions? Comments? BehindTheWheel@cnbc.com.


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    tigerwillow1 Silver Member Silver Miner

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    I've had both a Subaru and Audi for over 200k miles each. I really like both of them, with maintenance being the major exception. After having both for over 10 years I couldn't help noticing that I spent more almost every year for Audi parts than for Subaru parts over the entire 10 years. This is parts only, I do all the work myself.
     
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    TAEZZAR LADY JUSTICE ISNT BLIND, SHES JUST AFRAID TO WATCH Midas Member Site Supporter

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    I too, am a DIY'er & I have had Subies for 15 years. I did a post on installing a tow bar on my new 2015 Forrester.
    I think it is the most vehicle for the buck.
    I learned about Subies from my son who had a 1984 Subaru Brat. His old Subie could not be killed.
    It had a toggle switch & a push button switch - no key. EVERYONE of his buddies used it & when dad (me) came to town, I had to put
    gas, oil, coolant, & sometimes tranny fluid, brake fluid, well, you get the picture. The damned car refused to die !!!
    So when I moved to the forest, my Lincoln MK VIII had to go & I got a Subaru Outback. In a 128,000 miles all I did to that car, other than regular maint.,
    was to install a set a sparkplug wires.
    BTW, I also have a Dodge diesel 4x4 pick up (4 door), I really like it, no complaints, BUT, I feel safer in my little Forrester....

    The Subaru is much safer in the snow & ice than the pickup.
     
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    Scorpio Скорпион Founding Member Board Elder Site Mgr Site Supporter ++

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    subies are a great vehicle going back a lot of years,

    used one in the mountains above Spokane, and it was far better than any truck
    sure it didn't have the clearance, but the thing would flat go just about anywhere
     
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