Consumer Reports just released its annual reliability rankings, and, as has been the case many times over the last several years, Japanese brands took the top spots. Still, some non-Japanese brands showed significant improvement over their performance in years past, with noteworthy gains shown by General Motors in particular.

However, Ford did not fare as well, with only a single model of the 31 surveyed getting an above-average reliability rating, the F-150 pickup with the base 3.7-liter V-6 engine. Of the 28 brands surveyed, Ford took 26th place, and Lincoln took 27th. Ford was dogged by ongoing issues with its in-cabin electronics such as MyFord Touch, as well as reliability issues with models powered by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6.

Although Lexus, Toyota, and Acura took the top three spots in the reliability survey, respectively, not all Japanese brands did as well, with Nissan ranking 22 out of 28. GMC was the sole domestic brand to rank among the top 10 in 9th place, with Buick coming in 12th this year, showing a nine-spot improvement from last year. Audi was the top-ranked German brand, taking 4th place, with the Q7 SUV and Allroad wagon earning much higher than average reliability scores.

The 2014 Subaru Forester, our SUV of the Year winner, received the highest predicted reliability score.

Source: Consumer Reports, Automotive News (subscription required)