Consumer Reports Lists Most and Least Reliable Cars in 2016

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After we’ve learned that Lexus is top dog and Tesla could do better in Consumer Reports’ brand reliability survey for 2016, now the time has come to talk about the same subject in deeper details. If its the most and least reliable cars you’re interested in, you won’t be that surprised to find out that domestic offerings are not as reliable as imports from Japan. And yes, water is still wet.
Based on the publication's 2016 Annual Auto Survey, Consumer Reports analyzes no less than 17 “trouble areas” to determine which car is more reliable than the other. Drop dead last, the worst offender is the Cadillac Escalade, which suffers from problems with the transmission and electronics.

Next on the shame list, we have the Ford Focus, Jeep Renegade, Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL, Chrysler 200, Tesla Model X, Ram 2500, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, Ford Fiesta, and Fiat 500L. Yup, nine out of 10 cars in the least reliable list are from North American manufacturers.

Regarding the latter, Consumer Reports’ animosity toward the Fiat 500L is a well-known subject. Recalled one too many times for things as different as the dim-witted automatic transmission and a badly folded knee airbag, the 500L was a bad idea from the start. As if its reliability wasn’t enough of a problem, the 500L also happens to be a slow seller. In the case of the Tesla Model X, the fancy but flawed Falcon Wing doors are the biggest hiccup.

As for the most reliable cars on sale in the United States in 2016, would you believe that the Toyota Prius ranked first? Yup, that same Prius that’s been recently recalled over a problem with the parking brake. Lower down, the list continues with the Lexus CT200h, Infiniti Q70, Audi Q3, Lexus GX, Lexus GS, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Chevrolet Cruze, Audi Q7, and Toyota 4Runner.

Shameful as it is to the U.S. auto industry, a compact-sized sedan is the only vehicle from a North American automaker to have made Consumer Reports’ list. Just like in the brand reliability survey, the most valuable automotive brand in the world is the big winner in 2016. Reliability data gathered from owners of more than half a million vehicles doesn’t lie.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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