DETROIT — Japanese brands took the top seven spots in Consumer Reports’ annual reliability rankings, pushing aside their US and European rivals. Toyota Motor Corp.’s Scion, Lexus, and Toyota brands took the top three spots and the Toyota Prius C, a subcompact hybrid, got the best overall score. Mazda, Subaru, Honda, and Acura were close behind.
The rankings, released Monday, predict the reliability of 2013 model-year vehicles based on surveys of Consumer Reports’ readers. This year, 800,000 people submitted information on 1.2 million vehicles from the 2010 to 2012 model years.