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Toyota and Lexus came in the second and third places, respectively, while Tesla and Lincoln ranked in the last two places out of 26 total brands included in the report.
Mazda received a total average score of 83 points on a 0-100-point scale, with the average brand ranking being between 41 and 60 points. Rankings are "based on the average predicted reliability score for vehicles in the brand’s model lineup," according to the analysis.
This undated combination of photos shows clockwise from top left the logos for Nissan, Honda, Mazda and Subaru. Sixty-four cars and SUVs sold in the U.S. earned Top Safety Pick awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (AP Photos)
Consumer Reports included seven different new vehicles in Mazda's average. The MX-5 Miata received 98 points, the CX-30 received 95 points, the CX-3 received 87 points, the CX-5 received 85 points, the CX-6 received 80 points, the CX-9 received 70 points and the CX-3 received 64 points.
The Japanese auto brand benefitted from being among the smallest and lacking capital to continually offer new multispeed transmissions and infotainment gadgets, said Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing for Consumer Reports.
“A lot of times new technology gives us trouble,” Fisher said. “They’re a little bit conservative when it comes to new technology.”
Ford and its Lincoln luxury brand fell in the survey, with Lincoln finishing last among 26 brands after introducing new SUVs. Electric car maker Tesla was second from the bottom with reliability troubles on three of its four models.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.