Consumer Reports Releases List Of Most & Least Reliable Vehicles

When we look for a vehicle, one of the things we’re most interested in is the “reliability factor” of it.

For years, Consumer Reports has been at the forefront of telling us what products are best (and worst) for reliability, function, design and price.

While so many of us are trying to save money in what has been and “up and down market” for some time now, we would like to know the reliability of the vehicles we plan to purchase, whether today, this weekend, or some time later this year. Reliability is important, since it will in many cases determine how much we’re going to have to spend on repairs after the purchase…with or without a warranty.

So, I thought (since I’m one of those potential buyers in the next few months) that it would be a great idea to let you know the results of what Consumer Reports has learned in this year’s research about new cars.

Heads up – Domestic manufacturers didn’t fair so well. Of the 14 categories, only ONE was a “most reliable” for a domestic vehicle. That was the Large SUV class which went to the Ford Expedition. However, conversely, of the 14 “least reliable” categories, 12 went to domestic vehicles. That being said, read carefully what ratings were given by Consumer Reports in their study prior to signing on the doted line.

Here is a list of the most and the least reliable vehicles on the market…as you head out to test drive your next car!

Subcompact Most Reliable – Toyota Prius C – starting price $19,560

Subcompact – Least Reliable – Ford Fiesta – starting price $14,090

Compact – Most Reliable – Toyota Prius – starting price $24,685

Compact – Least Reliable – Ford Focus – starting price $17,225

Midsize – Most Reliable – Kia Optima – starting price $22,140

Midsize – Least Reliable – Chrysler 200 – starting price $22,115

Large – Most Reliable – Hyundai Azera – starting price $34,100

Large – Least Reliable – Dodge Charger – starting price $27,995

Luxury Compact – Most Reliable – Lexus CT 200h – starting price $31,250

Luxury Compact – Least Reliable – Acura TLX – starting price $31,900

Luxury Midsize/Large – Most Reliable – Infinity Q70 – starting price $49,850

Luxury Midsize/Large – Least Reliable – Mercedes Benz S-Class – starting price $96,600

Sporty Cars – Most Reliable – Lexus RC – starting price $40,155

Sporty Cars – Least Reliable – Ford Mustang – starting price $24,915

Minivans – Most Reliable – Toyota Sienna – starting price $29,750

Minivans – Least Reliable – Dodge Grand Caravan – starting price $23,595

Small SUVs – Most Reliable – Toyota Rav4 – starting price $24,910

Small SUVs – Least Reliable – Jeep Cherokee – starting price $23,595

Midsized SUVs – Most Reliable – Toyota 4Runner – starting price $34,010

Midsized SUVs – Least Reliable – Jeep Grand Cherokee – starting price $30,295

Large SUVs – Most Reliable – Ford Expedition – starting price $46,225

Large SUVs – Least Reliable – Chevrolet Suburban / GMC Yukon XL (tied) – starting price $49,700/$51,230

Luxury Compact SUVs – Most Reliable – Mercedes Benz GLC – starting price $39,150

Luxury Compact SUVs – Least Reliable – Lincoln MKC – starting price $32,880

Luxury Midsize/Large SUVs – Most Reliable – Lexus GX – starting price $51,280

Luxury Midsize/Large SUVs – Least Reliable – Cadillac Escalade – starting price $73,395

Pick Up Trucks – Most Reliable – Toyota Tundra – starting price $30,020

Pick Up Trucks – Least Reliable – Dodge Ram 2500 – starting price $31,780

Happy Shopping….Caveat emptor!


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