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Which Cars Are the Most and Least Reliable?

October 24, 2017

Which Cars Are the Most and Least Reliable?Steady as she goes. There’s something to be said for reliability.

Buying a new car can be costly, and when forking over that type of cash, most drivers expect to be happy with their wheels for years to come. However, not all new cars are trouble-free. Some vehicles have transmission troubles, make weird noises, squeak, leak, or simply require more than their fair share of maintenance visits.

To help you get a feel for the most and least reliable cars on the road, InsuranceHotline.com took a look at Consumer Reports’ latest study on which vehicles they think are likely to be dependable and which ones may lead to years of headaches.

Top 10 least reliable cars

According to Consumer Reports’ latest guide to car reliability the following 10 vehicles are the least reliable with the most troublesome being the Tesla Model X.

  1. Tesla Model X
  2. Cadillac Escalade
  3. Volvo XC90
  4. Ford Fiesta
  5. Ford Focus
  6. Fiat 500
  7. GMC Acadia
  8. Jaguar F-Pace
  9. Mercedes-Benz GLC
  10. Chevrolet Camaro

Top 10 most reliable cars

The following vehicles, on the other hand, came out on top as the most reliable with the Kia Niro leading the way. Consumer Reports predicts that these new cars will give owners fewer problems than their competitors.

  1. Kia Niro
  2. Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86
  3. Lexus ES
  4. Lexus GS
  5. Audi Q3
  6. Toyota RAV4
  7. Lexus IS
  8. Toyota Prius v
  9. Toyota Prius c
  10. Infiniti Q70

Buying a new car

While reliability is certainly one factor that should be considered when buying a new car, there are many others too like safety ratings, fuel efficiency, how well it handles and drives, as well as how much insurance will cost. It’s on this latter consideration that InsuranceHotline.com can help. Before buying any car—whether new or used—compare car insurance quotes first. It takes a just a few short minutes to compare quotes from more than 30 insurance providers, and could save you a few hundred dollars, if not more. On average, shoppers save $700 after comparing car insurance quotes with us.

This article is updated annually to reflect the the most current information released by Consumer Reports.

  • Greggers

    “Consumer Reports also identified a growing dissatisfaction with new
    transmission systems that were developed to improve fuel efficiency.” Old fashioned manual transmission gives the best of both worlds – efficiency and reliability.

  • mr215

    many modern cars;
    do not have good front bumpers.
    have cramped cabins.
    have chromed and complex dashes that extend too far in cabin.
    rely too much on complex electronics rather than good engineering.
    have CVT that are not great.
    otherwise are great if you choose carefully. keep it simple if you want to keep car longer with less problems. just my opinion.

  • Roberto Da Silva Ribeiro

    Most cars on the least reliable list are North American. Notice?

  • mrBean

    Avoid the Jeep Patriot (the Compass and Caliber share the same wheelbase) at all costs unless you are prepared for additional repair costs and modifications. The rear wheel toe and camber cannot be adjusted resulting in premature rear tire wear – can be fixed with aftermarket parts. Rust issues include excess rust on frame components, gas tank neck and body in general. Electrical issues with heated seats and with ignition system. Stay away!

  • CheeMiss

    quote: As automakers go, Lexus came out on top in overall reliability, followed by Toyota, Audi, Mazda and Subaru.

    Strange that Honda didn’t make it on their list.

  • M. Souliere

    Ever notice that Consumer Reports always trashes American. Most unreliable publication.

  • Scott Trimble

    Any publication that lists Kia as a reliable car loses all credibility. I guess Honda’s just aren’t reliable.