Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The results of Consumer Reports' annual car reliability survey are in. Japanese automakers came out on top, but this year they face some stiff competition.
The most reliable car you can buy in 2014 is the Subaru Forester SUV according to Consumer Reports.
To find out which cars are least likely to give you trouble, Consumer Reports asked subscribers if they'd had any serious car problems in the last 12 months.
"We gathered responses on 1.1 million cars, and we used that huge sampling of data to predict how well new cars that are now on sale will hold up," said Consumer Reports' Rik Paul.
The most reliable carmakers: Lexus, Toyota, and Acura. All three of those carmakers are Japanese.
"European and American manufacturers have moved up in the rankings," said Paul. "They're giving the Japanese automakers some tough competition."
Audi came in fourth place, making it the most reliable European brand. Volvo, also European, jumped up to number seven.
GMC, with SUV's like the Acadia, was named the top American brand at number nine.
Paul says the report did not have good news for Ford and Lincoln.
"Ford and Lincoln have had trouble with the MyTouch 'infotainment' system for the last two years. Our survey found that complaints went down after Ford updated the system, but the rate of problems is still too high."
Overall, Ford ended up near the bottom of the new-car reliability rankings.
Cars from Mini had the most problems in Consumer Reports' survey. The Ford C-Max Energi plug-in was the least reliable car according to the report.