Looking for a reliable car? Lexus, Toyota and Audi are all safe bets.
Consumer Reports looked into more than 740,000 vehicles, and based on owner feedback the magazine predicted the most and least reliable new cars. Lexus topped the list of most reliable, but it’s the bottom of the list that is causing headaches.
“I thought I was going to have no problems at all,” said Donna Phillips, who bought a new 2013 Ford Fiesta. “Now, two years later, I’m disgusted.”
Since Phillips bought her car, she’s needed more repairs than she can count.
Consumer Reports isn’t surprised. The Ford Fiesta is on its list of least reliable cars. The only new car it predicts will be worse: the Fiat 500L.
Others on the least reliable list were the Cadillac Escalade, Jeep Cherokee and Chevrolet Corvette.
“The biggest problems with many cars are with the new automatic transmission technologies and the in-car electronics,” said Jon Linkoy of Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports has predicted reliability ratings for 170 models covering 28 car brands. Lexus, at the top of the list, is followed by Toyota, Audi, Mazda, Subaru and Kia, respectively.
Buick, at number seven, is the only American brand to make the top 10.
“Honda has fallen to eighth place,” Linkoy said. “That’s mainly due to problems with its infotainment system and glitches with the transmissions in new and freshened models.”
Consumer Reports named the 2016 Audi Q3 as the vehicle predicted to be the most reliable of all. Other top small SUVs included the Kia Sportage, Toyota RAV4, and Subaru XV Crosstrek.
Consumer Reports also yanked its recommendation of the Tesla Model S. While the car earned top scores for performance, its reliability came in below average.