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Which Cars Are the Most and Least Reliable?

October 30, 2018

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 a bumpy road ahead.

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 Ram 3500.

  1. Ram 3500
  2. Tesla Model X
  3. Cadillac ATS
  4. Honda Clarity
  5. Chevrolet Traverse
  6. Kia Cadenza
  7. Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
  8. Buick Enclave
  9. Volkswagen Atlas
  10. Honda Odyssey

Top 10 most reliable cars

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

  1. Lexus GX
  2. Toyota Prius c
  3. Toyota Prius Prime
  4. Mazda MX-5 Miata
  5. Toyota Corolla
  6. Lexus NX
  7. Toyota Prius
  8. Honda Fit
  9. Kia Sedona
  10. Toyota Highlander

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—make sure you compare car insurance quotes first before your big purchase. In a single search, you can compare quotes from more than 30 insurance providers to ensure you are getting the best price for your coverage on your new set of wheels.

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.

  • A Morris Mitchell

    We have a 2009 Kia Rondo with 200,000 km’s. With normal maintenance it’s been stone axe reliable.

  • DeltaDemon

    What they don’t take into account is the cost of the car. Sure, North American cars might be less reliable, they also cost 25% less. My first car (a Cavalier) cost 16k (with taxes) was considered considerably less reliable than the Honda of the time which cost 24K (plus taxes, whatever that is). My car lasted me 12 years (and it could have lasted at least another 3 but I got another car for free) and I never put in 8k of repairs. I did have to do, over the 12 years, about just under 5k of repairs. When you keep track of everything, the imports cost way more. Parts are at least 25% more expensive. Plus, compared to North American cars, imports are way more difficult to repair (if you do it yourself). I had to help a friend replace the alternator in a Honda Civic once. It took an hour to take off the alternator (and another two to put it back on)…never again. Too much work compared to my Cavalier.

  • tool_guy

    Owned 2 civics — one from new — and both started using oil at 170k. Owned 31 other cars and most did not use oil by then. Also for a number of years Honda used a plastic orange dipstick so it was difficult to see the oil level when you checked. No way to complain to company. Took them 10 years to stop using the stupid orange plastic dipstick — not referring to POTUS! Needed to replace tranny — standard — on 1st Honda. Air was intermittent on both after warranty ran out. Both Hondas needed catalytic converter replaced earlier than my other cars with comparable mileage. Guys who changed my oil (in two different places) said Hondas were usually down between changes. Great handling cars especially in the snow.