Charts of Manufacturer Shares of Consumer
Reports' Used Cars to Avoid
by James Bleeker
Available below are charts of each manufacturer's
share of entries on Consumer Reports' Used-Cars-to-Avoid
list for years 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001,
2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, and 1992. Each model year
for each model listed is a separate entry. The list of Used Cars to Avoid
may be found in the April edition of each year's volume of Consumer Reports.
The list is based on the frequency of serious problems as reported by CR
Percents in each chart are rounded to
the nearest whole percent.
Two sets of charts are provided in order
to help visualize each manufacturer's vehicle quality
To view a chart corresponding to any
year, simply click the year.
Note that General Motors Corporation has
persistently remained in the pits by garnering the
greatest share of these "avoidables" in every year since
at least 1992. In contrast, Ford Motor Company has shown
significant improvement by this measure of quality,
reducing its share from 23% in 1992 to a more modest 10%
in 2010. Hyundai Motor Company, as well, has cut its
share of Used Cars to Avoid by half while increasing its
market share and greatly increasing its product
Also note that by this measure of
quality Toyota Motor Corporation has fallen to second
place (after Honda Motor Company) among manufacturers
with more than 5% of the U.S. new car market, going from
0% share of the "avoidables" in 1992 to 1% in 2010.