The Most and Least Reliable Cars on the RoadIf you're in the market to buy a new car then you might want to look to Toyota, Lexus or Kia.

Not sure which dealership to head to first when looking to buy a new car? With so many car brands to choose from it can be difficult to decide. However, a recent ranking of the most and least reliable car brands by Consumer Reports might help.

Based on a survey of their subscribers, Consumer Reports has identified the car brands with vehicles that are more likely to be trouble-free from day one as well as those that are more likely to give you a headache further on down the road.

The top five most reliable car brands

Based on the average reliability score of their models, Toyota tops the list as the company with the most reliable vehicles:

  1. Toyota
  2. Lexus
  3. Kia
  4. Audi
  5. BMW

The bottom five car brands

On the flipside, Cadillac drivers were less than impressed with their ride:

  1. Cadillac
  2. GMC
  3. Ram
  4. Dodge
  5. Volvo

Beyond the brands

Consumer Reports goes further and identifies the specific vehicle make and models they deem the most and least reliable. This is important because, "a vehicle's reliability can seriously affect how satisfied you'll be with a car over the years, and it can significantly influence resale value".

The most and least reliable vehicles according to Consumer Reports
Most Reliable Least Reliable
1. Kia Niro 1. Tesla Model X
2. Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 2. Cadillac Escalade
3. Lexus ES 3. Volvo XC90
4. Lexus GS 4. Ford Fiesta
5. Audi Q3 5. Ford Focus
6. Toyota RAV4 6. Fiat 500
7. Lexus IS 7. GMC Acadia
8. Toyota Prius v 8. Jaguar F-Pace
9. Toyota Prius c 9. Mercedes-Benz GLC
10. Infiniti Q70 10. Chevrolet Camaro

In the market to buy a new car?

Knowing about a vehicle's reliability is certainly one component of making a better buying decision, but so too is knowing how much that vehicle will cost you to insure. Year after year, for the lifetime that you own the car, truck, or SUV, you'll need auto insurance and you'll want to factor this cost into your buying decision as well. Compare auto insurance rates to see which vehicles will help you spend less on auto insurance. At, we shop the market to help you get the lowest rate, and no one covers as much of the market as we do.

Article updated yearly with the latest results from Consumer Reports.

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