A Mazda dealership near Capitola now has another reason to feel good about the Mazda cars and SUVs in its showroom. According to the recently released Consumer Reports’ annual reliability survey, Mazda came out on top as the most dependable brand in beating out competitors like Toyota and Lexus, who won in past years. The report was released at an online meeting of the Automotive Press Association of Detroit.Brands that fell this year include Ford and its Lincoln brand. The latter came in last among 26 brands in the survey. Tesla didn’t score well. The electric car manufacturer finished next to last, thanks to trouble with three of its four vehicles.
According to Capitola area Mazda dealerships, this is the first time Mazda took the top slot in the Consumer Reports survey, which included members who owned vehicles between the 2000 and 2020 model years. All told, the survey included over 300,000 models. Among the problems that plagued other automakers included new transmission and infotainment system technology. Jake Fisher, Senior Director of Auto Testing for Consumer Reports, pointed out that new touchscreen technology has been a problem for some automakers, while other manufacturers have been experiencing troubles with continuously variable transmissions, as well as nine and 10-speed transmissions. “A lot of times, new technology gives us trouble,” he said.
The top brands that trailed Mazda included Toyota, Lexus, Buick and Honda. In addition to Lincoln and Tesla, other brands that landed at the bottom of the list included Mini and Ford. Buick rose by two spots. Fisher attributed this to the brand’s cancellation of the Regal and Regal TourX, which he called unreliable.Consumer Reports ranked the 2020 Ford Explorer SUV as one of the models that scored the lowest among all manufacturers, with engine, transmission and electronic problems. The Ford Escape also ranked below par. Consumer Reports said Ford’s Lincoln luxury brand dropped to last place after the automaker discontinued two reliable sedans, the MKZ and Continental.
According to Fisher, Tesla’s problems included issues with the new Model Y SUV, which owners indicated had mismatched paint and misaligned body panels. One Tesla owner reported spotting hair baked into the vehicle’s paint job. The Tesla Model 3 fared well. The model was deemed reliable by the consumer organization. “It’s surprising with all the technology in Teslas, it’s somewhat the basic issues they seem to struggle with,” Fisher said.Consumer Reports stated that nearly half of the new auto models scored much worse than average for reliability.
If you’re looking for a reliable Mazda car or SUV, visit Cardinale Mazda Salinas and explore our new and pre-owned selection of Mazda models. You’ll be treated to the area’s best customer service. Visit Cardinale Mazda Salinas at 555 Auto Center Circle in Salinas. We’re about 40 minutes from Capitola. Or discover our inventory on our website. Our showroom is open daily to help with all your automotive needs.
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