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Most Reliable New Models by Segment

November 8, 2012

Reliability is one of the most important decision factors for car shoppers. That's why Consumer Report's annual reliability survey gets so much attention.

This week, CR released details on individual models with the best and worst predicted reliability. Below you'll find 3 data tables covering the Best and Worst models by Category, Best and Worst models by brand, and Vehicle segments with the best reliability.

Although this information is useful, I recommend taking it with a grain of salt. These days, new vehicles are generally reliable no matter which brand or model you go with. The differences between the best and worst models have been shrinking each year, so use this information as simply one factor in your consideration list, not your only factor.

It's important you test drive several different vehicles and see which ones suit your tastes best. Use the CarWoo Deal Finder to get the best deals when you're ready to buy.

Best and Worst Models by Category

Most reliableLeast reliable
Small sedan/hatchbacks
Toyota Prius C Ford Focus Hatchback
Scion xD Volkswagen Jetta Sedan (4-cyl.)
Honda Fit Ford Focus Sedan
Subaru Impreza Sedan Nissan Versa Sedan
Mazda3 
Toyota Matrix 
Nissan Leaf 
Subaru Impreza (hatch) 
Mini Cooper Clubman 
Toyota Corolla 
Family cars
Toyota Prius Plug-in HybridHyundai Sonata (turbo)
Toyota PriusHyundai Sonata Hybrid
Toyota Camry HybridChrysler 200 Sedan
Toyota Camry (4-cyl.)* 
Upscale/luxury cars
BMW 328i Jaguar XF
Lexus CT 200h Jaguar XJ
Lexus IS Sedan (RWD)Dodge Charger
Audi A7 Chrysler 300 (V8)
Infiniti G SedanFord Taurus SHO
  BMW 7 Series
  Buick LaCrosse (V6)
  Buick Verano
Sporty cars/coupes & convertibles
Lexus IS Convertible Volvo C70
Honda CR-Z Volkswagen Beetle
Cadillac CTS CoupeMini Cooper S
  Infiniti G Convertible
Wagons/minivans
Scion xBChrysler Town & Country
Toyota Venza (4-cyl.)Dodge Grand Caravan
Mazda5 
Subaru Outback (4-cyl.) 
Toyota Sienna (FWD) 
Small/compact sporty SUVs
Mazda CX-5Mini Cooper Countryman
Toyota RAV4 (4-cyl.)BMW X3 (6-cyl., turbo)
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 
Toyota RAV4 (V6) 
Subaru Forester (turbo) 
Kia Sportage 
Honda CR-V 
Midsized SUVs
Toyota FJ CruiserFord Explorer (V6)
Toyota Highlander (V6)Ford Edge
Toyota 4Runner (V6)Dodge Journey
Toyota Highlander (4-cyl.) 
Mazda CX-9 
Luxury/large SUVs
Lexus RXLincoln MKX
Lexus RX Hybrid Lincoln MKT
Toyota SequoiaFord Flex (EcoBoost)
  Nissan Armada
  Volkswagen Tourareg
Pickup trucks
Toyota Tundra (V8, 2WD)Ram 2500 (turbodiesel)
Toyota Tacoma (4-cyl., 2WD) Ford F-250
  Ford F-250 (turbodiesel)

Best and Worst Models by Brand

BrandBest modelWorst model
Acura Acura TSXAcura MDX
Audi A7 S4
BMW 328i 7 Series
BuickEnclaveLaCrosse (V6)
Cadillac CTS CoupeSRX
ChevroletVoltCorvette
Chrysler300 (V6) 300 (V8)
DodgeDurango (V6)Charger
FordF-150 (V6)Explorer (V6, 4WD)
GMCTerrain (V6)Sierra 2500 (turbodiesel)
HondaFitOdyssey
Hyundai Hyundai VelosterHyundai Sonata (turbo)
InfinitiG Sedan G Convertible
Jaguar Jaguar XJ Jaguar XF
JeepPatriotWrangler (4-door)
KiaSportageSorento (V6)
LexusCT 200hGX
LincolnLincoln MKSLincoln MKX
Mazda CX-5 3 (SkyActive)
Mercedes-BenzE-Class (V6) E-Class convertible
Mini Cooper ClubmanCooper Countryman
NissanLeafArmada
Ram1500 (V8)2500 (turbodiesel)
ScionxDxB
SubaruImpreza SedanLegacy (6-cyl.)
Toyota Prius CSienna (AWD)
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen (5-cyl.) Jetta (4-cyl.)
VolvoXC70 C70

Most Reliable Vehicle Segments

Car typeAverage predicted reliability score
Fuel-efficient hatchbacks50
Wagons37
Compact sports sedans25
Compact pickups25
Small SUVs24
Small hatchbacks24
Family cars14
Coupes & convertibles4
Small cars2
Upscale compact SUVs-1
Full-sized pickups-7
Luxury cars-7
Large SUVs-10
Midsized SUVs-11
Sporty cars-13
Luxury SUVs-16
Minivans-21
Upscale cars-26
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