Honda Tops What Car?
Reliability Survey Yet Again
(Thursday 26 July 2012)
For the seventh year in succession, Honda is the number one manufacturer in the What Car?/Warranty Direct reliability survey. The survey is based on 50,000 Warranty Direct policies covering cars between three and ten years old, and gives the average failure rate which might also be read as the chance of a car from a given manufacturer suffering a breakdown of some sort in a one-year period.
In the case of Honda, that figure is 10%, which puts it a long way ahead of the field. Second-placed Toyota, for example, is rated at 17%.
Surveys like this tend to show Far Eastern cars in a very good light, and this one is no exception. Behind Honda and Toyota, third to eleventh places are taken by Lexus, Suzuki, Subaru, Hyundai, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Chevrolet, Nissan and Kia.
Chevrolet, being a US brand, seems like the odd one out here, but almost every Chevrolet sold in the UK in the past few years has in fact been Korean, and they would still be known as Daewoos if General Motors hadn't had a change of policy on that subject.
It's not until you get past Kia that European brands start to appear, with Skoda (considerably the highest-ranked of the Volkswagen Group manufacturers) and Ford sharing 12th with a 31% rating. Going some way to quell the long-standing assumption that French cars are not reliable, Citroen and Peugeot are 14th and 15th on 32% and 35% respectively.
Renault, on the other hand, is equal third from the bottom of the list with Jeep at 52%. Alfa Romeo is next on 55%, while Land Rover is well and truly in the naughty zone on 71%.