How Asian, Domestic, and European Automakers Rank for Car Reliability

    CR’s exclusive reliability ratings can help you choose a new car that is likely to be dependable now and years down the road

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    Despite manufacturer promises of improvements, attention to detail, and “industry best practices,” the first model year of most vehicles can be a reliability risk. 

    We know this because Consumer Reports members who responded to our 2021 Auto Surveys told us about the problems they had with their cars, minivans, SUVs, and trucks over the previous 12 months. From this voluminous data we can predict the reliability for almost every mainstream 2022 model.

    It often takes automakers a few years to overcome these initial reliability failings, meaning problems can surface during the second and even third model years. 

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    And a model that is unreliable when new rarely gets better as it ages. While repairs may be covered under warranty when a vehicle is new, it still costs consumers time to take the vehicle to and from the dealership for repairs.

    Below you’ll find a breakdown for each car brand, separated by Asian, domestic, and European regions, based on where an automaker’s headquarters is located.

    We highlight the most important reliability news, where cars have done well, and where they have seen their reliability slip. CR members can click through the model names for a detailed breakdown of the past and predicted reliability. (See how the brands rank and look up individual models.)

    How We Score Reliability
    Every year, CR asks its members about problems they’ve had with their vehicles in the previous 12 months.

    We study 17 trouble areas, from nuisances (such as squeaky brakes and broken interior trim) to major bummers (like out-of-warranty transmission repairs or trouble with four-wheel-drive systems). We weight the severity of each type of problem to create a Predicted Reliability Score for each vehicle, from 1 to 100. We use that information to give reliability ratings for every major mainstream vehicle. (The reliability rating is then combined with data collected from our track testing, as well as our owner-satisfaction survey results and safety data, to calculate each test vehicle’s Overall Score.)

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    We investigate, research, and test so you can choose with confidence.