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The Most and Least Reliable Cars

November 1, 2018


Reliability is a huge factor when it comes to purchasing a vehicle. After all, no one wants to spend their hard-earned dollars on a car or truck that is constantly needing repairs.

Consumer Reports recently released their picks for the most and least reliable vehicles available on the market right now. Vehicles considered the most reliable include the Lexus GX, Toyota Prius C, and Mazda MX-5 Miata, while those on the least reliable list include the Volvo S90 and Cadillac ATS.

Note that Consumer Reports "reliability" mostly now refers to things like infotainment systems and other electronics not working as expected, so take these with a grain of salt. The full lists are below.

And for reliably low prices, make sure to use TrueCar No Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise.

RankBrand Least Reliable ModelAvg Reliability Score Most Reliable Model
1 Lexus IS 78 GX
2 Toyota Tacoma 76 Prius C
3 Mazda CX-3 69 MX-5 Miata
4 Subaru WRX 65 Crosstrek
5 Kia Cadenza 61 Sedona
6 Infiniti Q50 61 Q60
7 Audi A3 60 Q5
8 BMW X1 58 i3
9 MINI Cooper 57 Countryman
10 Hyundai Ioniq 57 Santa Fe XL
11 Porsche Cayenne 54 911
12 Genesis G90 52 G80
13 Acura MDX 51 ILX
14 Nissan Versa Note 51 Maxima
15 Honda Clarity 50 Fit
16Volkswagen Atlas 47 Passat
17 Mercedes Benz E-Class 47 GLS
18 Ford Mustang 45 Taurus
19 Buick Enclave 44 Encore
20 Lincoln MKZ 43 Continental
21 Dodge Journey 40 Charger
22 Jeep Compass 40 Renegade
23 Chevrolet Traverse 39 Impala
24 Chrysler Pacifica 38 300
25 GMC Sierra 2500 HD 37 Yukon
26 Ram 3500 34 2500
27 Tesla Model X 32 Model 3
28 Cadillac ATS 32 XTS
29 Volvo S90 22 XC60

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
- Gregg Fidan

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Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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