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The BMW M3 placed second among sports cars (Credit: BMW)

The BMW M3 placed second among sports cars in Consumer Reports 2014 reliability survey.

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.

The Honda Fit was the top-rated 2014 subcompact
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The Honda Fit was the top-rated 2014 subcompact in Consumer Reports annual reliability survey.

The Hyundai Accent ranked second among subcompact cars
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The Hyundai Accent ranked second among subcompact cars in Consumer Reports' reliability survey for the 2014 model year.

The third most reliable 2014 subcompact car, according
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The third most reliable 2014 subcompact car, according to Consumer Reports, is the Mazda2.

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Consumer Reports ranked the Scion xB as the
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Consumer Reports ranked the Scion xB as the most reliable small car in its 2014 reliability rankings.

The Dodge Dart is the second most reliable
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The Dodge Dart is the second most reliable small car for 2014, according to Consumer Reports' annual survey.

The Subaru Impreza was the third most reliable
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The Subaru Impreza was the third most reliable small car in Consumer Reports 2014 model-year reliability survey.

Consumer Reports predicted the 2014 Subaru Legacy would
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Consumer Reports predicted the 2014 Subaru Legacy would be the most reliable midsize car.

Consumer Reports annual reliability survey reported the Toyota
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Consumer Reports annual reliability survey reported the Toyota Camry is the second best midsize car for the 2014 model year.

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The Mazda6 was the third-ranked 2014 midsize car
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The Mazda6 was the third-ranked 2014 midsize car for reliability in the Consumer Reports survey.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe ranked first in Consumer
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The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe ranked first in Consumer Reports' reliability survey for the 2014 model year.

Consumer Reports said the Infiniti G coupe was
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Consumer Reports said the Infiniti G coupe was the second most reliable car in its class for the 2014 model year.

The Audi A5 placed third among coupes in
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The Audi A5 placed third among coupes in Consumer Reports' 2014 vehicle reliability survey.

The Lexus ES was the top-rated large car
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The Lexus ES was the top-rated large car in Consumer Reports' 2014 model-year vehicle reliability survey.

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The Acura TL ranked second among large cars
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The Acura TL ranked second among large cars in Consumer Reports' 2014 reliability survey.

The third-ranked large car in Consumer Reports 2014
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The third-ranked large car in Consumer Reports 2014 reliability survey was the Toyota Avalon.

The most reliable sports car in Consumer Reports
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The most reliable sports car in Consumer Reports 2014 model-year survey is the Porsche Boxster.

The BMW M3 placed second among sports cars
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The BMW M3 placed second among sports cars in Consumer Reports 2014 reliability survey.

The BMW 1 Series is the third most-reliable
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The BMW 1 Series is the third most-reliable sports car, according to Consumer Reports' 2014 survey.

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The Toyota Prius is said to be the
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The Toyota Prius is said to be the most reliable hybrid/electric car for the 2014 model year in a Consumer Reports survey.

Consumer Reports' 2014 model-year reliability survey ranked the
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Consumer Reports' 2014 model-year reliability survey ranked the Lexus ES 300h as the second best hybrid/electric car.

The Toyota Prius C rounded out the top-three
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The Toyota Prius C rounded out the top-three in the hybrid/electric category of Consumer Reports most reliable vehicle survey for the 2014 model year.

The Infiniti G37 took the top two spots
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The Infiniti G37 took the top two spots for luxury small cars in Consumer Reports reliability survey for the 2014 model year. The all-wheel drive iteration placed first while the rear-while drive version placed second.

The four-cylinder version of the Acura TSX took
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The four-cylinder version of the Acura TSX took the third spot among small luxury cars in the Consumer Reports reliability survey.

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The Audi A6 was the top-rated luxury sedan
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The Audi A6 was the top-rated luxury sedan in Consumer Reports' reliability survey for the 2014 model-year.

The second most-reliable luxury sedan in Consumer Reports'
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The second most-reliable luxury sedan in Consumer Reports' 2014 model-year survey is the Lexus LS.

The Audi A7 ranked third among luxury sedans
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The Audi A7 ranked third among luxury sedans in Consumer Reports annual reliability survey for the 2014 model years.

The Mazda5 was deemed most reliable among wagons
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The Mazda5 was deemed most reliable among wagons in Consumer Reports' annual survey for the 2014 model-year.

The second most reliable wagon for the 2014
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The second most reliable wagon for the 2014 model-year, according to Consumer Reports, is the Toyota Venza.

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The Audi Allroad was the third most reliable
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The Audi Allroad was the third most reliable wagon in Consumer Reports' survey for the 2014 model-year.

The Toyota Sienna took the first and third
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The Toyota Sienna took the first and third spots among minivans in Consumer Reports' 2014 model-year survey for reliability. The front-wheel drive version was awarded the top spot, while the all-wheel drive edition placed third.

The Nissan Quest ranked second among minivans in
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The Nissan Quest ranked second among minivans in Consumer Reports' reliability survey for the 2014 model-year.

The non-turbo version of the Subaru Forester took
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The non-turbo version of the Subaru Forester took home the top spot among small SUVs in Consumer Reports' 2014 model-year survey.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport placed second among small
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The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport placed second among small SUVs in Consumer Reports' reliability survey for the 2014 model-year.

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The third most reliable small SUV, according to
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The third most reliable small SUV, according to Consumer Reports' 2014 model-year survey, is the Toyota RAV4.

The Toyota 4Runner was rated the most reliable
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The Toyota 4Runner was rated the most reliable midsize SUV for the 2014 model-year by Consumer Reports.

The Toyota Highlander with a V-6 engine, and
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The Toyota Highlander with a V-6 engine, and the Highlander with a 4-cylinder engine, ranked second and third, respectively, in Consumer Reports' reliability survey for the 2014 model year.

The Toyota Sequoia is said by Consumer Reports
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The Toyota Sequoia is said by Consumer Reports to be the most reliable large SUV for the 2014 model year.

The second most reliable large SUV in Consumer
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The second most reliable large SUV in Consumer Reports' 2014 is the Chevrolet Tahoe.

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The GMC Yukon is the third most reliable
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The GMC Yukon is the third most reliable large SUV in Consumer Reports survey of 2014 model-year vehicles.

The BMW X1 was rated the most reliable
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The BMW X1 was rated the most reliable luxury small SUV by Consumer Reports in its survey of 2014 model-year vehicles.

The Infiniti EX placed second among luxury small
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The Infiniti EX placed second among luxury small SUVs for reliability in Consumer Reports' survey.

The Audi Q5 equipped with a V-6 engine
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The Audi Q5 equipped with a V-6 engine ranked third among luxury small SUVs for reliability in Consumer Reports' survey.

The Lexus RX was rated most reliable luxury
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The Lexus RX was rated most reliable luxury SUV in Consumer Reports survey for the 2014 model-year.

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Second for reliability among luxury SUVs in the
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Second for reliability among luxury SUVs in the 2014 model-year is the Lexus RX Hybrid, according to Consumer Reports.

The Audi Q7 is the third most reliable
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The Audi Q7 is the third most reliable luxury SUV for the 2014 model-year, according to Consumer Reports.

The Honda Ridgeline grabbed the top spot for
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The Honda Ridgeline grabbed the top spot for reliability among small pickups in Consumer Reports' survey.

The second most reliable small pickup in Consumer
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The second most reliable small pickup in Consumer Reports survey is the Nissan Frontier.

The third most-reliable small pickup, according to Consumer
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The third most-reliable small pickup, according to Consumer Reports, is the Toyota Tacoma with a four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive.

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The Toyota Tundra with a V-8 engine and
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The Toyota Tundra with a V-8 engine and two-wheel drive was rated the most reliable large pickup by Consumer Reports, while the Tundra with a V-8 and four-wheel drive placed second in the 2014 model-year survey.

The Ford F-150 ranked third among large pickups
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The Ford F-150 ranked third among large pickups in the Consumer Reports survey.

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