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Lexus, Toyota and Acura top Consumer Reports’ annual reliability survey, but General Motors, along with Volvo and Audi are on the rise, cutting into the top 10.

Overall, Japanese brands took seven of the top 10 spots. All Lexus and Acura models earned an above average reliability score. All Infiniti, Mazda, and Toyota models were average or better.

The consumer magazine, whose annual ranking based on surveys of its readers are closely watched, says Audi has quietly been climbing through the reliability ranks. This year, it is fourth, up from eighth last year. The A6 sedan, Q7 SUV and Allroad wagon, all have “much better than average” reliability.

GM made its mark with its GMC truck brand, which came in ninth. That was up from 12th last year. GMC wasn’t the only GM stand-out, however. Buick climbed nine slots to 12th place, with all models rated average or better.

One of the key issues tripping up automakers in the survey continued to be balky electronics systems, especially in-car infotainment. CR says many of the systems are “buggy, with frustrating screen freezes, touch-control lag, or a reluctance to recognize a cell-phone, an MP3 device, or a voice command.”

Via USA Today