Exactly. In my own surveys the Caliber started out rough, but improved fairly quickly, so that now it's actually a bit more reliable than the Compass and Patriot, and quite good by any measure of reliability.
The problem with CR's system is that they hold poor initial reliability against a model for three years, even when it's clear that recently produced cars are reliable.
You'll see this in the Chevy Equinox and Pontiac Torrent, at least last time I checked. The Equinox has the reliability of the 2005 held against it. The Torrent was introduced in 2006, and so does not, even though a new Equinox should be just as reliable as a new Torrent.
My system will be smarter than this. Just need more participants.
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