How reliable is the vehicle you’re driving?

Both Ford and Honda have reported problems with high-tech infotainment systems

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo, the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg TDI R-Line is on display during the media preview of the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago. The U.S. government says Volkswagen cheated a second time on emissions tests, programming about 10,000 cars with larger diesel engines, including the 2014 Touareg, 2015 Porsche Cayenne and the 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8 and Q5, to emit fewer pollutants during testing than in real-world driving conditions. (AP photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo, the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg TDI R-Line is on display during the media preview of the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago. The U.S. government says Volkswagen cheated a second time on emissions tests, programming about 10,000 cars with larger diesel engines, including the 2014 Touareg, 2015 Porsche Cayenne and the 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8 and Q5, to emit fewer pollutants during testing than in real-world driving conditions. (AP photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — We all want to make sure our family is safe out on the road and this year there are some surprising results when it comes to vehicle reliability tests. The good news is, you don’t have to spend top dollar to buy a good family car. Safety is number one when it comes to your family, so before you put money into a new ride, Consumer Reports released its 2016 vehicle reliability survey.

Here’s what it found:Toyota and Lexus topped the list for most reliable brands. Buick is also in the top three.

There were some surprises though, Subaru dropped out of the top 10 reliable brands because of problems with the Legacy Sedan and Outback Wagon. The Honda Civic is another model with declining reliability.

Experts suggest you keep this in mind when you shop: don’t just shop by brand because not all vehicles in a brand lineup are created equally. Wait a year or two before buying a new or redesigned model to give the kinks a chance to be worked out. Avoid complicated new systems. Increased complexity equals increased problems. Both Ford and Honda have reported problems with high-tech infotainment systems.

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