Tundra Slips to Below Average Reliability in Latest Consumer Reports
By: Mike Levine Posted:
10-16-07 10:15 PT
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Reports has issued a press release that scores four wheel drive V8
versions of the new Toyota Tundra 'Much Worse Than Average' in CR’s
predicted reliability rating, down from its previous rating of 'Very
wheel drive V8 trucks are rated as 'Much Better Than Average' in the same
CR used car verdicts.
On its blog,
CR also announced that the Tundra will no longer qualify as a 'Recommended'
vehicle, and that it will no longer automatically award first year Toyota
cars and trucks with an assumed 'Better Than Average'
reliability until real-world data can be tabulated and verified. This
was one issue identified during a recent half-ton
comparison test that CR performed.
one more challenge Toyota has faced launching the Tundra, after four-star
crash test ratings in federal impact tests, camshaft problems in
early 5.7-liter V8 models, and the addition of a new, low-end trim
line to better value-price the truck for shoppers.
of these difficulties, the 2007 Tundra still continues to sell incredibly
well, with sales up 57.9% year to date through September.
be interesting to watch what impact, if any, the CR Ratings will have
over the next few months and if that might cause Toyota to miss its
first year target of 200,000 units in sales volume. The lowered rating
is also likely to ding resale values, at least for model year 2007
versions until the CR Ratings can return to their previous lofty levels.
begs the question, what is causing owners to rate the Tundra
lower than its predecessor?
From Consumer Reports' Press Release:
are based on responses on almost 1.3 million vehicles owned or leased
by subscribers to Consumer Reports or its web site, www.ConsumerReports.org.
was conducted in the spring of 2007 by Consumer Reports’ National
Survey Research Center and covered model years 1998 to 2007. Consumer
Reports’ expert team of statisticians and automotive
engineers used the survey data to predict reliability of new 2008 models.
Predicted reliability is CR’s forecast of how well models currently
on sale are likely to hold up. To calculate predicted-reliability ratings,
CR averages the overall reliability scores (used car verdicts) for the
most recent three model years, provided that the model remained unchanged
in that period and also didn’t substantially change for 2008. If
a model was new or redesigned in the past couple of years, one or two
years’ data may be used, or if that’s all that’s available.
Reports annual reliability survey is used in determining which makes
and models are recommended to consumers by CR. Consumer Reports recommends
only models that have performed well in tests conducted at its 327-acre
Auto Test Center in Connecticut, and that have average or better predicted
reliability based on its annual survey. In addition, vehicles must
perform well in government or insurance-industry crash and rollover
tests, if tested, in order to be recommended. Occasionally, Consumer
Reports may recommend a new or redesigned model too new to have compiled
a reliability record if the previous generation, or the manufacturer’s
reliability track record has been consistently outstanding, and if the
model scores well in CR’s tests.