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How Toyota Elevated Subaru’s Reliability Rating to Top-Ten Status

Here’s how the Toyota 86 sports coupe helped boost Subaru’s reliability rating.


Everyone knows about Toyota’s reliability, but what about Subaru? Toyota Motor owns a 16.48 percent stake in parent company Subaru Corporation and it’s a synergistic relationship paying off big for Subaru. Toyota gets Subaru’s boxer engine that sits low in the chase, making the Toyota 86 an affordable driving enthusiasts sports car. Subaru gets Toyota’s top reliability rankings after the Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86 twins are rated the #2 10 Most Reliable Cars on the road today by Consumer Reports (CR).

Toyota had seven of the top ten most reliable cars on the list counting their luxury division Lexus. That’s impressive for any automaker to achieve. Here’s the Consumer Reports 2017 “10 Most Reliable Cars” presented in rank order, starting with the most reliable. Kia Niro, Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 twins, Lexus ES, Lexus GS, Audi Q3, Toyota RAV4, Lexus IS, Toyota Prius V, Toyota Prius C, and Infiniti Q70.

Subaru benefits big time from Toyota, elevated to the top-ten list and is now ranked the #6 most reliable brand by Consumer Reports. Here’s the CR list for 2017. Overall brand rankings: (1) Toyota, (2) Lexus, (3) Kia, (4) Audi, (5) BMW, (6) Subaru, (7) Infiniti, (8) Buick, (9) Honda, (10) Hyundai, (11) Nissan, (12) Mazda, (13) Porsche, (14) Mercedes-Benz, (15) Ford.

The all-new 2018 Subaru BRZ tS is the benefactor of the relationship and the rear-drive coupe stands out in the Subaru lineup for the first time. Subaru is releasing an all-new Limited Edition 2018 BRZ tS (tuned by STI) limited to 500 units to celebrate Subaru’s 50th anniversary in the U.S. They will arrive next spring.

The BRZ tS gets Subaru Tecnica International (STI) upgrades that will blow the top off the BRZ’s fun-to-drive meter. The 2018 Subaru BRZ tS is available in Crystal Black, Crystal White, WR Blue, starts at $33,495, and benefits from Toyota’s excellent reliability rating. The Subaru brand gets elevated into rare status because of their partnership with Toyota.

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Halim Tsiang (not verified)    December 30, 2017 - 7:54AM

Sorry, I disagree. This writer of the article does not even give credit to Subaru's achievments ranking high or highest in safety ratings, durability, low cost of maintenance, resale value... all of which never depended on Toyota.

Denis Flierl    January 2, 2018 - 9:53AM

Even though Subaru does excel in safety ratings, maintenance costs, and resale value, they have nothing to do with reliability. All very different core values Hallm. Thanks for your response.