The Most and Least Reliable Cars by Class

Data from car owners gathered over multiple years reveal which models skip the repair shops—and which practically live in them

Whether you drive a family hauler, commuter car, or performance sedan, your goal is the same—to avoid the repair shop.

To predict how cars will hold up, Consumer Reports conducts its Annual Auto Reliability Survey—the largest of its kind. This year we gathered detailed data from our digital and print subscribers on more than half a million vehicles.

Our survey takes a deep dive into the numerous things that can go wrong with a vehicle. We study 17 trouble areas, from nuisances, such as squeaky brakes and broken interior trim, to major bummers, such as 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. That score 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.

This list reveals the most and least reliable cars, SUVs, and trucks in our Annual Auto Survey. Click through the vehicle names to access the model pages with detail reliability insights, along with road tests, owner satisfaction, pricing, and more.

CategoryMost ReliableLeast Reliable
Subcompact CarsToyota Prius CFord Fiesta
Compact CarsToyota Prius 1Ford Focus
Midsized CarsKia Optima 1Chrysler 200 1
Large CarsHyundai Azera 1Dodge Charger
Luxury Compact CarsLexus CT 200h 1Acura TLX
Luxury Midsized/Large CarsInfiniti Q70 1Mercedes-Benz S-Class 1
Sporty CarsLexus RC 1Ford Mustang
MinivansToyota SiennaDodge Grand Caravan
Small SUVsToyota RAV4Jeep Cherokee
Midsized SUVsToyota 4RunnerJeep Grand Cherokee
Large SUVsFord Expedition 1Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL
Luxury Compact SUVsMercedes-Benz GLC 1Lincoln MKC
Luxury Midsized/Large SUVsLexus GXCadillac Escalade
Pickup TrucksToyota TundraRam 2500

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