Talking Cars 174: New-Car Reliability

Our experts discuss what CR members told us about the reliability of their vehicles, and we answer your questions

Main themes: Our panel talks about the results of CR’s Annual Auto Survey. First, they explain what reliability means to CR. After that, Jake, Jen, and Jon talk about some of the vehicles that performed the worst in our survey. Finally, they discuss how many cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans suffer from headaches in their first year of production.

Audience Questions:

  • Has there ever been a situation where the first year of a model has been the most reliable?
  • What vehicle is reliable, can carry two kids, can tow a motorcycle, and works well for city and highway driving?
  • Is there a used car for under $20,000 that is fuel-efficient, fun to drive, and reliable?
Talking Cars 174
Panelists: Jake Fisher, Jon Linkov, and Jen Stockburger

Consumer Reports Consumer Reports

As with other “Talking Cars” episodes, this one is available free through Apple Podcasts. (Subscribe to the audio or video.) You’ll also find the audio on Spotify and video on YouTube.

All Questions, episode 173
Honda CR-V Engine Issues, Nissan Altima, episode 172
CR Ranks Automated Driving Systems, episode 171
Google Maps, Alexa, Subaru Forester, episode 170
Subaru Ascent and Audi E-Tron, episode 169

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Jon Linkov

I owe my career to two fateful events: my father buying a 1965 Corvette and my purchase of an Audi A4 rather than a Chevy Tahoe. The Corvette jump-started my love of cars, and the Audi led me to automotive journalism, track days, and amateur car repair. In my free time I cycle as much as possible, no matter the season.