Car Reliability Rankings 2010 – The Best Family Cars

Likely the most important component of automobile quality is reliability, as few people want the irritation, inconvenience, and expense of dealing with serious problems. This article employs this component to compose lists to help guide consumers to the best family cars available in the U.S. new and used car markets.

The lists in this article include car models that are more than 180 inches (457.2 centimeters) in length. They include sedans, coupes, and wagons. They exclude any of those models with only a one-year data history, as a one-year data history may provide a weak, and possibly misleading, guide to the reliability that a car buyer may experience in an ownership period of more than one year.

The first list gives those family car models with a 2010 Car Reliability Grade Point Average between 3.25 and a perfect 4.00 for the age range 0-to-4 years. These family cars are:

Ford Motor Company’s front-wheel-drive Lincoln MKZ,Zephyr, a sedan with a 2010 0-to-4-Year Car Reliability GPA of a perfect 4.00,

Ford’s 4-cylinder Mercury Milan, a sedan with a GPA of 4.00,

Nissan Motor Company’s rear-wheel-drive Infiniti M35, a sedan with a GPA of 4.00,

The V6, front-wheel-drive Ford Fusion, a sedan with a GPA of 3.75,

Toyota Motor Corporation’s Lexus ES, a sedan with a GPA of 3.50,

Toyota’s Lexus LS, a sedan with a GPA of 3.50,

Honda Motor Company’s Acura TSX, a sedan with a GPA of 3.50,

The 4-cylinder Honda Accord, a coupe and sedan with a GPA of 3.50,

The Mazda3 Sedan, with a GPA of 3.50,

The Nissan Altima Hybrid, a coupe and sedan with a GPA of 3.50,

The 4-cylinder Subaru Outback, a wagon with a GPA of 3.50,

The Toyota Camry Hybrid, a sedan with a GPA of 3.33,

The front-wheel-drive Volvo S60, a sedan with a GPA of 3.33,

The 4-cylinder Toyota Camry, a sedan with a GPA of 3.25,

Honda’s Acura TL, a sedan with a GPA of 3.25,

The V6 Honda Accord, a coupe or sedan with a GPA of 3.25,

Nissan’s all-wheel-drive Infiniti G Sedan, with a GPA of 3.25,

The 4-cylinder Nissan Altima, a coupe and sedan with a GPA of 3.25.

Of these 18, Toyota Motor Corporation accounts for 4 (22%), Honda Motor Company accounts for 4 (22%), Nissan Motor Company accounts for 4 (22%), Ford Motor Company accounts for 3 (17%), and Mazda Motor Corporation, Fuji Heavy Industries’ Subaru division, and Volvo each account for 1. Note that during the time period corresponding to the above age range, Volvo was a division of Ford Motor Company; consequently, when account is taken of this, Ford Motor Company accounts for 4 (22%) of the 18.

The second list gives those family car models with a 2010 Car Reliability Grade Point Average between 3.25 and a perfect 4.00 for the age range 2-to-6 years. These family cars are:

The 4-cylinder Honda Accord, a coupe and sedan with a 2010 2-to-6-Year Car Reliability GPA of a perfect 4.00,

Ford’s front-wheel-drive Lincoln MKZ,Zephyr, a sedan with a GPA of 4.00,

Ford’s 4-cylinder Mercury Milan, a sedan with a GPA of 4.00,

Nissan’s Infiniti I35, a sedan with a GPA of 4.00,

Nissan’s rear-wheel-drive Infiniti M35, a sedan with a GPA of 4.00,

The Nissan Altima Hybrid, a sedan with a GPA of 4.00,

Toyota’s Lexus ES, a sedan with a GPA of 3.75,

Toyota’s Lexus LS, a sedan with a GPA of 3.75,

The 4-cylinder Toyota Camry, a sedan with a GPA of 3.75,

The V6 Honda Accord, a coupe and sedan with a GPA of 3.60,

The V6 Toyota Camry, a sedan with a GPA of 3.50,

Honda’s Acura TL, a sedan with a GPA of 3.50,

Honda’s Acura TSX, a sedan with a GPA of 3.50,

The V6, front-wheel-drive Ford Fusion, a sedan with a GPA of 3.50,

The Mazda3 Sedan, with a GPA of 3.50,

The Toyota Avalon, a sedan with a GPA of 3.25,

Honda’s Acura RL, a sedan with a GPA of 3.25.

Of these 17, Toyota Motor Corporation accounts for 5 (29%), Honda Motor Company accounts for 5 (29%), Nissan Motor Company accounts for 3 (18%), Ford Motor Company accounts for 3 (18%), and Mazda Motor Corporation accounts for 1.

The third list gives those family car models with a 2010 Car Reliability Grade Point Average between 3.25 and a perfect 4.00 for the age range 4-to-8 years. These family cars are:

Toyota’s Lexus ES, a sedan with a 2010 4-to-8-Year Car Reliability GPA of a perfect 4.00,

Toyota’s rear-wheel-drive Lexus GS, a sedan with a GPA of 4.00,

Toyota’s Lexus LS, a sedan with a GPA of 4.00,

The 4-cylinder Toyota Camry, a sedan with a GPA of 4.00,

The V6 Toyota Camry, a sedan with a GPA of 4.00,

The 4-cylinder Honda Accord, a coupe and sedan with a GPA of 4.00,

The V6 Honda Accord, a coupe and sedan with a GPA of 4.00,

The Toyota Avalon, a sedan with a GPA of 3.75,

Honda’s Acura RL, a sedan with a GPA of 3.67,

Nissan’s Infiniti I35, a sedan with a GPA of 3.67,

The V6 Hyundai Sonata, a sedan with a GPA of 3.50,

The 4-cylinder Mazda6 Sedan, with a GPA of 3.33,

Honda’s Acura TL, a sedan with a GPA of 3.25.

Of these 13, Toyota Motor Corporation accounts for 6 (46%), Honda Motor Company accounts for 4 (31%), and Mazda Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Company, and Hyundai Motor Company each account for 1.

The fourth list gives those family car models with a 2010 Car Reliability Grade Point Average between 3.25 and a perfect 4.00 for the age range 6-to-10 years. These notable, durable family cars are:

Toyota’s Lexus ES, a sedan with a 2010 4-to-8-Year Car Reliability GPA of a perfect 4.00,

Toyota’s rear-wheel-drive Lexus GS, a sedan with a GPA of 4.00,

Toyota’s Lexus LS, a sedan with a GPA of 4.00,

The Toyota Avalon, a sedan with a GPA of 4.00,

The 4-cylinder Toyota Camry, a sedan with a GPA of 3.75,

The 4-cylinder Honda Accord, a coupe and sedan with a GPA of 3.75,

Honda’s Acura RL, a sedan with a GPA of 3.50,

Ford’s Lincoln Town Car, a sedan with a GPA of 3.25,

Nissan’s Infiniti I30,I35, a sedan with a GPA of 3.25.

Of these 9, Toyota Motor Corporation accounts for 5 (55%), Honda Motor Company accounts for 2 (22%), and Nissan Motor Company and Ford Motor Company each account for 1.

The final list gives those family cars with at least a 5-year data history which have achieved a 2010 Car Reliability Grade Point Average between 3.25 and a perfect 4.00 for all of their age ranges offering data. These both meritorious and venerable family cars, together with their overall 2010 GPA, are:

Toyota Motor Corporation’s Lexus ES, a sedan with an overall 2010 Car Reliability GPA of 3.81,

Toyota Motor Corporation’s Lexus LS, a sedan with an overall GPA of 3.81,

The 4-cylinder Honda Accord, a coupe and sedan with an overall GPA of 3.81,

The 4-cylinder Toyota Camry, a sedan with an overall GPA of 3.69,

Nissan Motor Company’s Infiniti I30,I35, a sedan with an overall GPA of 3.64,

The V6 Honda Accord, a coupe and sedan with an overall GPA of 3.62.

Of these 6, Toyota Motor Corporation accounts for 3 (50%), Honda Motor Company accounts for 2 (33%), and Nissan Motor Company accounts for 1.