Hybrids, Plug-In Cars Score Well In Reliability Survey

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2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012

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Buyers of hybrids have long known that they can be surprisingly reliable, as well as costing little to run on a daily basis.

The 2012 Annual Auto Reliability Survey from Consumer Reports has confirmed this once again.

As reported via The New York Times, the Consumer Reports survey predicts the reliability of 2013 model-year cars based on reports of the reliability of 1.2 million vehicles up to 10 years old.

With a bloodline as strong as the Toyota Prius, it's no surprise that the 2013 Prius, the Toyota Prius V and the Toyota Prius Plug-In are all rated above average in predicted reliability.

So too is the Chevrolet Volt, proving its increasing owner base is still happy with the car, despite its previous life as a poster child for negativity towards plug-in cars.

And despite the recent troubles over battery life in Arizona, the 2013 Nissan Leaf also rates highly in the survey--the best of any Nissan model. Time will tell if that rating changes following battery woes...

It's no surprise that electric cars and hybrids are scoring highly though. Electric cars are very simple, and even hybrids are often no more complicated than non-hybrids--the planetary gearset in a Prius hybrid has fewer moving parts than a regular automatic, manual or CVT.

If recent studies by Consumer Reports on battery life are anything to go by, that's not proving a problem either. “We’ve got Priuses out there with 200,000 miles on them and 12 years in service,” explains Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports.

And our own research into battery replacement cost suggests that even when a battery needs replacing, the cost isn't quite as prohibitive as some expect. The longevity of newer lithium-ion batteries is yet to be fully ascertained, however.

Only the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid scored lower than average for predicted reliability in the tests.

Own a hybrid? Let us know how it's holding up, by leaving your thoughts below.


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Comments (6)
  1. 2006 Prius, 87,000 miles, has been amazing. Only, tires, accessory battery, and oil.

  2. My Volt has been perfect... The only money that I spent on it was to fix a nail puncture on one of the tires... Luckily, it was a slow leak so I didn't have to use the tire kits for it.

    I will be surprised to see how the EcoBoost line affect Ford's reliability and how the C-Max hybrid and its Energi models fair in quality for Ford...

    Ford didn't do so hot in its latest survey. It wasn't a surprise to me since I have family experience on how terrible the SW/FW bugs been affecting all that latest Ford models with Mytouch.

    Sony built with MS SW on a Ford is just NOT a good combination. There is nothing like pulling your fuse every 500 miles trying to reset the entire radio/climate/nav system...

  3. My 2010 Prius with 45k miles only needed maintenance services so far. My 2013 Volt at 1k miles is also flawless so far (fingers crossed) with 900 such miles on electric. ;-)

  4. I have a 2006 Prius 164,000 miles with the original brake pads. Tires were the most expensive out of all the maintenance items.

    My new 2012 Prius PHV has about 200 miles on it. EV miles for frequent short city driving and HV miles for the highway. It is an awesome upgrade in every way.

  5. So you drive about 24,000 miles per year or 2,000 miles per month or ~ 70 miles per day. You are the 25%...

  6. I used to do 30,000 miles per year. My commute has changed so most of my trips are short now.

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