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The Most and Least Reliable Cars

October 27, 2016

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 Kia Optima, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Expedition, while those on the least reliable list include the Ford Focus, Acura TLX, and Mercedes S-Class. The full lists are below.

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

CategoryMost ReliableLeast Reliable
Subcompact CarsToyota Prius CFord Fiesta
Compact Cars Toyota Prius Ford Focus
Midsized Cars Kia Optima Chrysler 200
Large Cars Hyundai Azera Dodge Charger
Luxury Compact Cars Lexus CT 200h Acura TLX
Luxury Midsized/Large Cars Infiniti Q70 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Sporty Cars Lexus RC Ford Mustang
MinivansToyota SiennaDodge Grand Caravan
Small SUVsToyota RAV4Jeep Cherokee
Midsized SUVsToyota 4RunnerJeep Grand Cherokee
Large SUVs Ford Expedition Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL
Luxury Compact SUVs Mercedes-Benz GLC Lincoln MKC
Luxury Midsized/Large SUVsLexus GXCadillac Escalade
Pickup TrucksToyota TundraRam 2500

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle, Edmunds Price Promise, 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.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

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About: Gregg Fidan


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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