Consumer Reports, a non-profit consumer research and advocacy organization, released rankings for the most trusted vehicle types and brands on Tuesday. and models based on car owner information on more than 300,000 vehicles. Predictions for 2023 models are based on the overall reliability of the last three model years.
Hybrid cars and midsize and large sedans were found to be among the most reliable vehicles based on model years 2000 through 2022 and some early 2023 model years, while electric vehicles and full-size pickups scored the most. lower mean trust scores.
“With today’s inflated car prices, people are keeping their vehicles longer than ever before,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports, in a statement. “A hybrid can provide years of trouble-free miles and are a good defense against rising fuel prices.
He said high-quality hybrids offer reliability, better fuel economy and lower maintenance costs without sacrificing acceleration or a quiet, comfortable ride.
Top-performing hybrids include the 2023 Lexus NX, 2023 Ford Maverick, and 2023 Toyota Corolla.
More than 1 in 3 potential buyers (36%) are considering a hybrid as their next car or truck purchase, up from 29% in 2019, according to Consumer Reports.
Owning a hybrid means lower fuel costs. And that could be a deciding factor for some potential buyers facing pump prices that have soared from an average of $3.42 a gallon a year ago to $3.76 today.
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What are the least reliable vehicles?
While this year’s rankings highlight hybrid vehicles as some of the most reliable options on the road, the same isn’t true for plug-ins.
The Toyota Prius Prime and RAV4 Prime electric vehicles have lower reliability scores than their hybrid counterparts, according to Consumer Reports, and the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid was found to be one of the least reliable vehicles based on the survey.
Only full-size pickups fared worse on reliability than EVs. Consumer Reports notes that with so many new EV models on the market, it’s no surprise that the results are “poor.”
Models from Tesla Motors, the market leader in electric vehicle sales, continue to experience issues with body hardware, steering and suspension, paint, trim and climate control. The Model 3 has average reliability, while other Telsa models, including the S, Y and X, are below average.
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Less than half of Consumer Reports EV models have sufficient data on predicted average or better reliability, with owners reporting charging issues, battery issues, and electric motor issues.
Mercedes-Benz was named Consumer Reports’ least reliable brand for the first time after owners reported electronic problems such as screens going dark.
Pickup trucks continue to rank downwards in reliability, with only seven of the 17 models in this year’s survey having average or better reliability scores.
What is the most reliable vehicle?
This year has been a win for Asian automakers, with Japanese or Korean firms making up seven of the top 10 most trusted brands.
Again, Lexus is a top-rated brand in Consumer Report’s reliability survey. All Lexus models scored above average for reliability.
“Our data can help people choose a satisfying car that can go the distance and avoid workshop headaches, which is more important than ever with high prices, low inventory and more vehicle choices,” Fisher said in a statement on Tuesday.
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What are the most reliable car brands?
24. Mercedes Benz
What are the most reliable types of vehicles?
1. Hybrid cars
2. Sports/Sports Cars
3. Hybrid SUVs
4. Medium/large cars
5. Compact pickups
6. Compact SUVs
7. Luxury compact SUVs
8. Luxury compact cars
9. Medium and large luxury cars
10. Compact SUVs
11. Mid-size two-row SUV
12. Compact cars
14. Medium sized pickups
15. Three-row/large midsize SUV
16. Electric vehicles
16. Full Size Pickups
What are the least reliable car models?
Consumer Reports’ least reliable car models ranking includes cars with at least two model years of data and factors in issues like squeaky brakes and problems with four-wheel drive systems.
1. 2023 Jeep Wrangler
2. 2022 Mercedes GLE
3. Jeep Gladiator 2022
4. 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500/GMC Sierra 1500
5. 2022 Chevrolet Bolt
6. 2022 Ford Explorer
7. 2022 Nissan Sentra
8. 2022 Lincoln Aviator
9. 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric
10. 2022 Ford F-150 Hybrid
What are the most reliable car models?
1. Toyota Corolla Hybrid 2023
2. 2023 Lexus GX
3. 2023 Mini Cooper
4. 2022 Toyota Prius
5. 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata
6. 2023 Lincoln Corsair
7. 2023 Toyota Corolla
8. 2023 Subaru Crosstrek
9. 2023 BMW 3 Series
10. 2022 Toyota Prius Prime
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