SUV Reliability 2010 – The 10 Most Reliable Sport-Utility Vehicles at Various Age Ranges

By converting Consumer Union's reliability ratings of "Much Better than Average," "Better than Average," "Average," "Worse than Average," and "Much Worse than Average" to grade points 4, 3, 2, 1, and 0 , respectively, for each model year of each SUV providing the necessary data, a 2010 SUV Reliability Grade Point Average may be obtained for age ranges 0-to-4 years, 2-to-6 years, 4-to-8 years, and 6-to-10 years. These Reliability GPAs provide a multi-year reliability summary for each SUV with sufficient data.

By these Reliability GPAs, the ten most reliable sport-utility vehicles for each of the age ranges may be selected.

By this selection, the 10 best SUVs in the age range 0-to-4 years , together with their 2010 Reliability GPA, are:

Toyota Motor Corporation's Lexus RX Hybrid , a midsize SUV with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
The V6 Toyota 4Runner , a midsize SUV with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
The Toyota FJ Cruiser , a midsize SUV with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
The Kia Sportage , a small SUV with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
Toyota Motor Corporation's Lexus RX , a midsize SUV with a 2010 GPA of 3.75,

The V6 Toyota Highlander , a midsize SUV with a 2010 GPA of 3.75,
The Honda Pilot , a midsize SUV with a 2010 GPA of 3.75,
The 4-cylinder Toyota RAV4 , a small SUV with a 2010 GPA of 3.75,
The Honda CR-V , a small SUV with a 2010 GPA of 3.75,
The Honda Element , a small SUV with a 2010 GPA of 3.75.

Of the ten most reliable sport-utility vehicles in the age range 0-to-4 years, Toyota Motor Corporation accounts for 6, Honda Motor Company accounts for 3, and Kia Motors Corporation accounts for one.

And the 10 (11 by tie) best SUVs in the age range 2-to-6 years , together with their 2010 Reliability GPA, are:

Toyota Motor Corporation's Lexus RX Hybrid , a midsize SUV with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
The V6 Toyota 4Runner , a midsize SUV with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
The Toyota FJ Cruiser , a midsize SUV with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
The V6 Toyota Highlander , a midsize SUV with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid , a midsize SUV with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,

The Honda Pilot , a midsize SUV with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
Honda Motor Company's Acura RDX , a small SUV with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
The Honda Element , a small SUV with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
Toyota Motor Corporation's Lexus LX , a large SUV with a 2010 GPA of 3.75,
Toyota Motor Corporation's Lexus RX , a midsize SUV with a 2010 GPA of 3.75,
The 4-cylinder Toyota RAV4 , a small SUV with a 2010 GPA of 3.75.

Of the eleven most reliable sport-utility vehicles in the age range 2-to-6 years, Toyota Motor Corporation accounts for 8 and Honda Motor Company accounts for 3.

And the 10 best SUVs in the age range 4-to-8 years , together with their 2010 Reliability GPA, are:

Toyota Motor Corporation's Lexus RX , a midsize sport-utility with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
The V6 Toyota 4Runner , a midsize sport-utility with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
The V6 Toyota Highlander , a midsize sport-utility with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
The Honda Pilot , a midsize sport-utility with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
The 4-cylinder Toyota RAV4 , a small SUV with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,

The Honda Element , a small SUV with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
Toyota Motor Corporation's Lexus LX , a large SUV with a 2010 GPA of 3.75,
Nissan Motor Company's Infiniti QX4 , a large SUV with a 2010 GPA of 3.50,
The Honda CR-V , a small SUV with a 2010 GPA of 3.50,
Nissan Motor Company's V6 Infiniti FX35 , a midsize sport-utility with a 2010 GPA of 3.33.

Of the ten most reliable sport-utility vehicles in the age range 4-to-8 years, Toyota Motor Corporation accounts for 5, Honda Motor Company accounts for 3, and the Infiniti division of Nissan Motor Company accounts for two.

And the 10 best SUVs in the age range 6-to-10 years , together with their 2010 Reliability GPA, are:

Toyota Motor Corporation's Lexus LX , a large SUV with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
The Toyota Land Cruiser , a large SUV with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
Toyota Motor Corporation's Lexus RX , a midsize sport-utility with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
The V6 Toyota 4Runner , a midsize sport-utility with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
The V6 Toyota Highlander , a midsize sport-utility with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,

The Honda Pilot , a midsize sport-utility with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
Nissan Motor Company's V6 Infiniti FX35 , a midsize SUV with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
The 4-cylinder Toyota RAV4 , a small SUV with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
The Honda Element , a small SUV with a 2010 GPA of 4.00,
The Honda CR-V , a small SUV with a 2010 GPA of 3.75.

Of the ten most reliable sport-utility vehicles in the age range 6-to-10 years, Toyota Motor Corporation accounts for 6, Honda Motor Company accounts for 3, and the Infiniti division of Nissan Motor Company accounts for one.

The consistently most reliable SUVs , those that are among the 10 most reliable for all age ranges, are:

The V6 Toyota 4Runner , a midsize SUV with an overall 2010 Grade Point Average of 4.00,
The V6 Toyota Highlander , a midsize SUV with an overall 2010 Grade Point Average of 3.94,
The Honda Pilot , a midsize SUV with an overall 2010 Grade Point Average of 3.94,
The Honda Element , a small SUV with an overall 2010 Grade Point Average of 3.94,
Toyota Motor Corporation's Lexus RX , a midsize SUV with an overall 2010 Grade Point Average of 3.88,
The 4-cylinder Toyota RAV4 , a small SUV with an overall 2010 Grade Point Average of 3.88.

Of these 6 consistently most reliable sport-utility vehicles, Toyota Motor Corporation accounts for 4 and Honda Motor Company accounts for 2.

In the above lists, a sport-utility vehicle is classed as small if its length is under 183 inches, midsize if its length is 183 to 192 inches, and large if its length is more than 192 inches.

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