Top 10 Least Reliable New Cars: The 2013 Edition

Top 10 Least Reliable New Cars: The 2013 Edition

10. Ford Taurus (3.5L EcoBoost)

If you’re shopping for a new car and reliability is at the top of your list of priorities, you might want to avoid the following vehicles found on this top 10 list.

Based on Consumer Reports‘ reliability studies and surveys, these are the top 10 least reliable new cars on the market right now with the rankings based on survey results covering 17 potential trouble spots. 

Kicking off the list is the Ford Taurus 3.5-liter EcoBoost model. The American automaker’s sedan is good for 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque from the 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6. That specific model (SHO) starts at $40,695 while getting 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The SHO model comes with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle activation with 19-inch wheels as standard.

You can read AutoGuide‘s review on the Ford Taurus here.

  • davinpeterson

    Surprised to see so many Ford’s on the list. Ford always brags about how their cars are better than Toyota. However, they are not as reliable as Toyota. I thought Chrysler was the leased reliable of the Big 3

  • Soyntgo4it

    Why would anyone even believe anything Consumer Reports say, you do realize they gave the Camry poor ratings then in another article praised it. I think that company needs to stop doing car reports and leave it to the real reviewers.

  • Don Falloon

    I’m curious why these cars are deemed least reliable. Really. The captions read like an advertisement with no info as to why these cars are so unreliable. Clicking on reviews gets you just that; reviews. Again, no reliability data. All I can assume is that the names were tossed into a hat and drawn out as a Halloween prank.

  • Kinetis

    I smell an article to promote page visits with the content having very little in relation to the title. Shame on Autoguide.

  • T_R

    Rubbish story and journalism. Next time you decide to add a car on a ‘least reliable’ list how about actually telling people the reasons why. This story is just a cheap shot fairy-tail without any real content.

  • chavitz

    Those crappy cars companies are the ones who make most of advertisment buzz here, including their cheerleaders

  • Jay80

    Preach it! You want reliable auto reviews, go to Edmunds. ‘Nuff said

  • Jason

    china cars are the most reliable

  • Jason

    yeah, toyota and mitsubishi are far most reliable than ford. it’s just that toyota and mitsubishi are underrated

  • Simon J

    I remember Ford filled up this list last year too.

  • Honest Abe

    All I can say is… LOL.

  • powerwagonmike

    davin, what do you mean when you say “leased reliable” are you attempting to say something about lease companies? Or has your education let you down, this doesn’t say much for your opinion. Did you mean to say least reliable? Or just exactly what were you attempting to ramble on about.

  • davinpeterson

    Yes, I meant least, not lease. Just a typo.

  • Honest Abe

    I think I smell a grumpy Ford fanboy….

  • Don Falloon

    Well, after 40 years of owning and driving Fords, except for a certain 2003 Windstar that I wouldn’t wish on my ex-wife — okay, maybe her — I think I’m qualified to speak from experience as to reliability of the species. Regardless of my favorites, that doesn’t change the fact that Autoguide’s *article* doesn’t quite qualify as investigative journalism. I came here looking for answers, not necessarily to launch a defense of the Blue Oval.

    And I am not grumpy. Nor do I think I smell, but I’ll take a shower as a precaution.

  • Tex

    Anybody see a recurring theme here???

  • Well said! I was thinking the EXACT SAME THING!

  • Alaskan Buyer

    Consumer Reports has NEVER liked Ford in any way shape or form. It seems like they have a hidden agenda against Ford in particular.

  • solstar

    looks that they don’t like V.W. either !

  • Carguy

    Find a review that praises MYTouch or their dual clutch transmission. It’s not Consumer Reports that say the cars are unreliable, it’s the owners of the cars saying it. I subscribe to three car mags and a regular reader of several blogs, they all say the same thing about the aforementioned Ford problems.

  • Pat

    When it comes to VW, Consumer Reports doesn’t know their arse from a hole in the ground. The original air-cooled Beetle was one of the most dependable cars for its day, and the water-cooled Beetles that have been around since 1998 are yet light-years ahead .

  • GhengisT

    Boo! Where are the facts, statistics, etc? Irony is I own a Genesis Coupe, with a 2.0T. That same exact engine powers the Hyundai Sonata which won JD Power & Associates “Most reliable sedan” award. The transmission in my coupe takes a bit of finess and the Sonata is FWD, so the only difference between the two. Ah this is a laughable article, and it just further implies that is not trustworthy source for information. Smells like the desperation of a male teen virgin who’s only hobby is Magic the Gathering.

  • Pat

    The problem, though, is that only a tiny sampling of owners report a specific problem, and CR assumes a certain percentage of every model sold will therefore have the same issues. This in turn sways John Q Public into thinking a certain make and model of car is a lot worse than it actually is. It goes the other way, too. When someone sees great reliability scores, he or she will think that a certain car is a lot better than it actually is. The truth is that practically all cars built today are much more reliable than they were 20 years ago, and the differences between the highest-rated and the lowest-rated cars for dependability is insignificant.

  • survivor2011

    Its a reincarnated Karman Ghia…but uglier.

  • survivor2011

    Perhaps you should take your Valium and calm down

  • survivor2011

    Oh and I post as a current Bug owner. This is is the most expensive car I have ever owned….combining ALL my previous cars! Example: 8,000.00 transmission. VW knows about this issue and it is well documented….ZERO concern or remediation…pffft!

  • Paul

    What a dumb article. Least reliable and then when you hit the link to read the review to see what the issues are they sing the praises of the car. Talking about the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Another sample of misleading article title just to get you to read it

  • Pat

    I have 2 New Beetles, a 2000 and a 2010, 96k and 51K respectively.. No problems at all.

  • David

    How can you put a car as 9th most unreliable and not mention anything about what is unreliable in it?!

  • RickRayFSM

    Aren’t VW ‘s known as Hitler’s revenge?

  • RickRayFSM

    Isn’t FORD an acronym for “F…ing Old Rusty Dodge?”

  • asdf

    Vw’s were good when they were make in Germany. Got 450k outta a jetta. only thing went wrong was the tranny everything else was still good.

  • Vaughn Wilcox

    Seriously, how can you have an article about the 10 least reliable cars without saying what’s wrong with them?

    All you’re doing is regurgitating specs.


  • Lars

    Found On Road Dead

  • Rip Stickowitz

    In no way did any of this article point out why these cars are unreliable.You raised trolling to new standards of bs.

  • BarkingSpider

    Fixed Or Repaired Daily

  • Paul Quinn

    I have an XTS with 20k on it, never had a problem and what a nice car !

  • Brendan Cullis

    F’ed On Race Day

  • Brendan Cullis

    What are these so called 17 trouble spots? Define please? BTW I have a 2013 Genesis Coupe 2.0T. I love it.

  • Brendan Cullis

    Total bias rambling. No explanation as to why these cars are bad.

  • Happy

    Four old rusty doors

  • Happy

    F’ed on raw deal

  • John Adelaide

    Found on rubbish dump or Fool on road danger!?

  • Frank

    You shouldn’t it has 20k miles on it….

  • Douggseven

    Click the review.

  • Douggseven

    Click the reviews to read what the issues are.

  • Douggseven

    Click the reviews.

  • Douggseven

    Not really. VWs are serial offenders when it comes to poor reliability. Looks like your Jetta got lucky.

  • Douggseven

    Click the review.

  • Douggseven

    Wow, just…wow.

    I think he’s trying to say Japan – but eve that’s not the case anymore. The Pathfinder is from a Japanese manufacturer and it’s on the list. And don’t forget – Nissans are just Datsuns with a new name. Datsun was considered the worst cars on the market – so much so that they had to change their name. Not much has changed. Nissans still rust out early due to cheap and flimsy steel, reliability is poor across the board, and are ugly as hell.

  • Douggseven

    Consumer Reports relies on magazine revenue to make money – not as space. They aren’t biased to any manufacture. This is what they claim. But they tend to review Japanese cars higher than they deserve. While I’ve never purchased Japanese myself – I have heard plenty a horror story about their nameplates.

  • Matt

    What a pointless article. Maybe summarize what makes the vehicle unreliable? Don’t tell me to click the review. An article about unreliable cars should include what makes them unreliable without having to go to another article.

  • Iggi

    I drive a 2010 Genesis Coupe 3.8 GT Manual Transmission with 50K miles. I change the oil 2x a year with semi-synthetic. I’ve replaced the tires at around 36K miles, other than that, there are no issues. What makes my car unreliable?

  • Kyle Sapp

    agreed! they are junk

  • Colby

    Ok. There is a reoccurring theme of Fords. I was surprised not to see any Chevys considering all the bad stuff that is happening to my friends’ new Chevys. I am in no matter a Ford fanboy or a Chevy hater but I just can’t see what makes them unreliable. I have found Fords to be the most reliable.

  • Dollface

    Of the 6 fords either myself my family or in one case a friend of mine owned they all turned out to be crap and 4 of them had the exact same transmission issues. I think that is a factor I dont care either way I am not a car person but ^ bad cars in a decade in the same circle is a little telling I will never buy another ford.

  • Colby

    I guess it is just luck and where they are made (what factory). Everybody has different experiences of different brands. For me, I am never going to buy a Chevy. To you, you are never going to buy a ford.