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Consumer Reports' most reliable cars of 2014

Consumer Reports released its annual vehicle reliability survey Oct. 28. Automakers from Ford to Toyota play close attention to how reliable their new cars are deemed because the results are highly visible to car shoppers and can be used in marketing campaigns to help sway prospective car buyers.

For years, Japanese brands including Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Mazda and Infiniti have dominated the rankings. And while they still comprise a large number of vehicles on the list, those brands are ceding some dominance to Volkswagen's luxury Audi brand and several General Motors brands, led by Buick and GMC. Though the Detroit-based automaker only has two individual cars that rank among the top three in their class, every single one of its cars scored average or better. Volvo cars have also made big strides in the annual survey.

"A lot of people do buy these vehicles just banking on their quality -- I'm going to go buy a Honda or a Toyota because I know it's going to be reliable," Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, said in an interview with Bloomberg News. "Some of our data is showing that's not the case."

In fact, Nissan plummeted in the rankings to 22nd among the 28 brands surveyed. But that still proved better than Ford and Lincoln -- they finished behind every brand but Mini. Chrysler's four major brands all fell between 18th and 24th.

The results are Consumer Reports' prediction of the reliability of 2014 model-year cars and trucks based on a survey of readers who own 1.1 million vehicles from the 2011 through 2013 model years. See which cars were most reliable in the 18 different classes.

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