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The Best Hatchbacks in 2011 by James Bleeker

Photograph of a 2010 Toyota Yaris Hatchback on 11 August 2011
Photograph of a white 2010 2-door Toyota Yaris hatchback.

The Toyota Yaris has a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of a perfect 4.00 over a 4-year data history (a perfect 4.00 over an 8-year data history, if its predecessor, the Toyota Echo, is included in the computations) and is among the Top 30 automobiles in 2011.

The Toyota Yaris comes in the following editions: a 2-door hatchback, a 4-door hatchback, and a sedan.

The best hatchbacks by the 2011 Auto Reliability Grade Point Average (GPA) are:

The Toyota Echo, a 2-door hatchback with a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of a perfect 4.00 over a 4-year auto reliability data history,
The Toyota Yaris, a 2-door or 4-door hatchback (and the successor to the Toyota Echo with a more refined interior) with a 2011 Reliability GPA of a 4.00 over a 4-year auto reliability data history,
The Honda Fit, a 4-door hatchback with a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 4.00 over a 4-year auto reliability data history,
Toyota Motor Corporation's Scion xA, a small 4-door hatchback with a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 4.00 over a 3-year auto reliability data history,
The Toyota Prius, the 4-door hatchback hybrid with a 2011 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.88 over a 10-year auto reliability data history.

These hatchbacks are among the Top 30 automobiles offering 3 or more model years of reliability data in 2011.

The method of computation of the GPAs is probably familiar to nearly every college, technical school, and high school student. A Grade Point of 4.00 (that is, an A) is given to a Consumer Reports "Much Better Than Average" rating, a GP of 3.00 (that is, a B) is given to a CR "Better Than Average" rating, a GP of 2.00 (that is, a C) to an "Average" rating, a GP of 1.00 (that is, a D) to a "Worse Than Average" rating, and a GP of 0.00 (that is, an F) to a "Much Worse Than Average" rating. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is an average of the Grade Points and is computed using Microsoft's Average(a:b,[c:d],...) function. The above GPAs are the Average GPAs given in the table "The Updated 2011 Motor Vehicle Reliability Grade Point Averages (GPAs) and Grades with Reliability GPAs for Four 4-Year Age Ranges and an Overall Average Reliability GPA" on the Updated Auto Reliability Grade Point Averages and Grades page.

The sources for Consumer Reports' ratings are the reliability tables in (1) the April 2011 issue of Consumer Reports, (2) Consumer Reports New Car Buying Guide: 2011, and (3) Consumer Reports Used Car Buying Guide: 2011.

Consumer Reports defines reliability as the infrequency of reported serious problems.

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