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European makes are completely absent from the "best" column of the Consumer Reports latest reliability survey, which Japanese carmakers have practically annexed as their own sovereign nation. Among sedans, for example, Toyota/Lexus and Honda dominate the "most reliable" list, while Mercedes and BMW sport two entries each among the "least reliable." In fact, 29 of 31 cars earning a top rating were Japanese — half from Toyota and Lexus. Results are similar in SUVs. Among minivans, none from any company made the most reliable, Chrysler's entries having slipped from the list. [Thanks to Eric for the tip.]

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