CarMD study – Toyota has fewest check engine light-related problems
CarMD.com recently released its first annual CarMD Vehicle Health Index which provided a ranking of vehicles and top manufacturers. According to the study, Toyota is the top-rated manufacturer based on the average repair costs and the percentage of problems related to a “check engine” light.
Toyota, including both Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles, has the lowest rating for 2011 with 0.67. In this report lower ratings were more desirable. The number two spot went to Hyundai, followed by Honda, Ford and General Motors.
This study from CarMD.com is actually the first to index vehicles using statistics based on repair costs and engine failures of vehicles, as opposed to manufacturer cost and safety ratings. The index rating for the study is based on the lowest combined average repair costs and issues for vehicles with a model year of 2001 through 2011. It looked at data in the United States between the dates of October 1, 2010 and October 1, 2011.
The annual report also included rankings for the best-selling 100 vehicles, along with the top 3 vehicles in each category and the most common issues by manufacturer. According to Art Jacobson, vice president of CarMD, the report was released using unbiased information to give a transparency to purchasing a new vehicle.
While looking at the top 10 ranked vehicles, Honda and Toyota together account for 4 of the top 10. The 2009 Toyota Corolla ranked number 1 with the lowest repair costs on average and the lowest check engine-light related issues. The 2009 Toyota RAV4, the 2009 Toyota Camry and 2008 Toyota Highlander were the top-rated Toyota vehicles in the study.
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