My old MR2 might have been a rare one, but when I sold it in 2010 with 355,000kms on the clock, the only major thing it had replaced since it was bought was the clutch, which was replaced at 305,000kms (it went the day I bought it). That was a car built in 1989 and driven hard every single day.
Compared to my 2002 Alero, which has had the front hubs replaced, warped rotors replaced twice, fuel pump replaced, and now it throws an ABS/Trac/Service vehicle light randomly even though the car drives fine. I cannot wait to get rid of this.
Anyway, the article doesn't really make much sense to me that they're comparing a bunch of 2010-2011 models for reliability when they haven't even been on the road that long.