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Consumer Reports Rates Most Reliable Cars for 2010

Consumer ReportsThe results are in. And despite its recent quality issues, Toyota shares the top spot in Consumer Reports' Predicted Reliability Survey, along with Honda.

The survey is an annual gauge of how well automakers are progressing in terms of vehicle quality.

GM had the biggest improvement � 83% of its vehicles are now considered average or better, up from 50% last year.

Though tiny Toyota subdivision Scion sits at No. 1, and luxury sports car maker Porsche is No. 2, the real top dogs are Acura and Honda, Nos. 3 and 4 respectively.

With Toyota at No. 6, Lexus at No. 9 and Scion at No. 1, Toyota's survey results reflect that, even after the massive recalls of the past few years, shoppers are still reporting good reliability from the automaker.

However, Toyota and Lexus did fall three spots a piece from last year's survey.

At No. 10, Ford is the only domestic automaker in the top 10, which gives it an edge over the improving GM and bottom-dwelling Chrysler.

Here's a closer look at the results:
Consumer Reports

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