Report: The Most Reliable Car Brands

Reliability is one of the most important factors you should consider when it comes to buying a car. A recent report lists some of the most reliable car brands on the market right now.

Consumer Reports' New Auto Reliability data show which brands consumers can count on.

Which Car Brands Are the Most Reliable?

The report is comprised of data collected from surveys of Consumer Reports members’ experiences with more than 300,000 vehicles.

“Owners reported everything from transmissions needing replacement after as little as 5,000 miles to display screens that required hardware replacement and misaligned tailgates and doors,” noted the publication.

Here are some key findings from the report:

  • Eight out of the top 10 most reliable brands are from Asian automakers, with Lexus, Mazda, and Toyota in the top three spots.
  • Buick comes in at #5, the highest ranking domestic car brand.
  • Overall, hybrids and plug-in vehicles have been found to be the most reliable models.

The reliability rankings show the vehicle brands and the average scores, which are calculated on a 0-to-100-point scale. The average rating falls between 41 and 60 points.

Due to insufficient data, the rankings do not include the following brands: Alfa Romeo, Dodge, Fiat, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Mitsubishi, and Polestar.

Here Are the Top 10 Most Reliable Car Brands

Ranking / Vehicle BrandAverage Score
1. Lexus76
2. Mazda75
3. Toyota71
4. Infiniti69
5. Buick66
6. Honda66
7. Subaru66
8. Acura64
9. Nissan63
10. Mini60

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Read Consumer Reports' full car reliability rankings (subscription required).

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“If you can buy that three-year-old vehicle for a third less than what a new one would be, then go ahead and buy the three-year-old used vehicle,” Clark says. “On the other hand, if the gap is less than that, that would push you more toward buying a new one.”

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