Consumer Reports: Most reliable cars

Asian brands still rule the roost in dependability, but the Americans are moving up fast.

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Family Car: Ford Fusion Hybrid
Second: Ford Fusion V6
Third: Subaru Legacy 4-cyl.

Among family sedans the Ford Fusion Hybrid and V6 are the least likely to give you trouble, according to the latest Consumer Reports annual survey of 1.3 million of its subscribers.

Ford ranked tenth overall and had two of its models named best in their categories. While it's still the top-ranked domestic automaker in the reliability survey, Honda and Toyota -- including their Lexus, Scion and Acura brands -- fill out most of the top slots.

GM has improved a lot. In part, this has to do with the automaker killing off four brands and, with them, a lot of older, less reliable vehicle designs. Added to that, some of GM's newer models, like the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Equinox, are proving to be very dependable.

Toyota's recall troubles haven't hurt reliability ratings. Even though Toyota's safety problems bruised the automaker's reputation, they didn't affect its reliability score. This is because a safety recall isn't considered a reliability issue.

Chrysler's still in trouble. Chrysler Group remains the most troubled automaker of all in the survey. Its namesake Chrysler brand ranked last among all brands while the Dodge and Jeep brands also scored well below average.

German luxury brands stuck in a rut. Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi fared poorly this year, Consumer Reports said. Two European brands stood apart, though. Porsche ranked second among all brands in the survey and all six Volvo models in the survey scored average or better.

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Last updated October 27 2010: 2:36 PM ET
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