Hyundai has continued to receive praise. This time, the Korean carmaker has been named the “Most Reliable Manufacturer” in 2013 via the CarMD Vehicle Health Index Manufacturer & Vehicle Reliability Ranking.
The annual report by the California-based consumer organization compiles a system that helps drivers monitor vehicle health and minimize related repair costs.
The ranking details the manufacturers and vehicles with the lowest combined “check engine” repair incidents and costs.
The Index ranks the top 10 manufacturers, top 100 vehicles overall, top vehicles by category and the most common repairs by make.
Hyundai finished second to Toyota the past two years.
Hyundai’s 2013 Index rating was .80 with an average repair cost of $312.67, the lowest Index rating of all parent manufactures studied and the second lowest overall repair cost.
The 2013 index is based on more than 151,000 specific repairs performed on model year 2003 to 2013 vehicles from Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013.
The Index is determined by the manufacturers whose vehicles had the fewest percentage of CarMD repair incidents combined with the lowest cost per repair, per number of registered vehicles on the road.
The data for the 2013 CarMD Vehicle Health Index Manufacturer & Vehicle Reliability Rankings was procured from CarMD’s network of thousands of certified automotive technicians and database.
For more information, including the complete Index, methodology and archived data, visit https://corp.carmd.com.
Drivers can also visit www.carmd.com/Scorecard to see how their vehicle ranks and get a list of common repairs by year, make and model.
Article Last Updated: April 22, 2014.
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