MSN reliability ratings provide a measure of reliability for different vehicle components, such as engine, brakes and heating and air conditioning systems. Reliability ratings are useful for determining how well a vehicle functions without problems and how likely the vehicle requires repairs compared to competitive models.
The website gives reliability ratings for the steering and suspension system, transmission and driveline, starting and charging and accessories. A vehicle?s components are thoroughly inspected before being scored and ranked for reliability. Reliability ratings are helpful when purchasing a car to determine if it is going to be dependable. Ratings change from year to year for each type of vehicle model. Vehicles that maintain steady reliability rankings from year to year are considered to be better than those that have fluctuating rankings.