Top 10 Worst Automakers of 2016: Consumer Reports

Top 10 Worst Automakers of 2016: Consumer Reports

If you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, why should you judge an automaker by a single car?

Consumer Reports has tested thousands of vehicles in its history and with all that data, the publication has collected enough information to judge automakers by their entire lineup, ranking them based on their combined road test scores, predicted reliability, safety information and owner satisfaction.

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As a result, Consumer Reports has released a list ranking automakers based on their consistency in delivering vehicles that serve consumers well, as well as automakers that consistently release vehicles that perform poorly in all aspects.

Find out the top 10 worst automakers of 2016 according to Consumer Reports below.

10. Nissan


Hurting Nissan in this year’s rankings are new transmissions that are problematic, according to Consumer Reports. Although the company has an average predicted reliability, the publication only recommends 33 percent of its models, giving it a road test score of 71 and an overall score of 63.

9. Infiniti


Nissan’s luxury arm doesn’t fare much better with worse than average predicted reliability and only 20 percent of its models recommended. Infiniti has an overall score of 63 and a road test score of 76.

8. GMC


The first American automaker on the list is GMC, sporting a worse than average predicted reliability and a road test score of 71. Consumer Reports also only recommends 17 percent of its models, attributing to its overall score of 60.

7. Cadillac


Cadillac may be trying to change its image from top to bottom, but it looks like more work needs to be done. Only a quarter of its lineup is recommended and it earned an abysmal worst rating in predicted reliability. It did, however, earn a road test score of 76, but its overall score of 58 doesn’t bode well.

6. Dodge


Dodge struggles in this year’s rankings with only 17 percent of its test models recommended and worse than average predicted reliability. It has a road test score of 73 and an overall score of 58.

5. Chrysler


Another brand under the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) umbrella, Chrysler doesn’t perform much better than Dodge with an overall score of 58, landing it in the middle of the list for worst automakers of 2016. Its road test score is worse at 73, but what really hurts the brand is the fact that not a single model is recommended. It also has worse than average predicted reliability.

4. Land Rover


The only European automaker in this top 10 list comes from the U.K. in the form of Land Rover. Known for luxurious, off-road capable SUVs, Land Rover earns a worst rating for predicted reliability and also doesn’t have a single model recommended by the publication. It has an overall score of 55 and a road test score of 71.

3. Mitsubishi


Mitsubishi is Japan’s worst automaker of 2016, netting an overall score of 51 and the lowest road test score of the bunch at 46. It does, however, have average predicted reliability, but Consumer Reports also doesn’t recommend a single model.

2. Jeep


As you can tell, FCA is getting hammered on this list and it might not come as a surprise, as its brands typically rank lowest in numerous Consumer Reports studies. Jeep has a worst predicted reliability rating, has no recommended models and a 55 road test score. Overall, it scores 43.

1. Fiat


Topping the list of worst automakers of 2016 according to Consumer Reports is Fiat itself. Not a single model is recommended by the publication and like Jeep, it has a worst rating for predicted reliability. Its overall score is 38 and its road test score is 52.


  • wcjeep

    Would not have guessed GMC for this list. The rest are not surprising. Which is too bad. I really like Jeep Wrangler’s.

  • The Cycling Snob

    FIAT: Fix It Again Tony. Lol.

  • Jon Austin

    @ wcjeep: Don’t put too much stock in Consumer Reports’ vehicle testing. These folks are not car people. I’m on my 3rd Jeep Wrangler in 6 years, all have been great, and each is better than the last. (And, yes, I realize I’m just a sample of one.) But if we all blindly followed Consumer Reports’ advice on automotive purchases, we’d probably all be driving Honda Civics and Toyota Priuses (Pruii?). Yuck.

  • Felix James

    Nissan is NOT reliable like the other Japanese brands.

  • Felix James

    LOL indeed. Except if you work for Fiat.

  • Rickers

    FCA is a disaster

  • Dom

    I knew most Chrysler brand products sucked, but I at least thought Jeep was good. I guess not.

  • Alex Spenser

    Never understood how CR always seems to demote the home teams. My GMC pulls 6k lb daily and in 150k miles, replaced a spark plug wire. Honda is shaking up management due engine issues. Pretty much it has to be a Toyota to win @ CR.

  • Mark S

    Audi and Subaru were tops this year (they underlined that the results did not take into account the VW Group issues, but they did (again) admonish VW).

  • smartacus

    i can’t imagine getting anything from Chrysler, Dodge, FIAT, JEEP. Not even a Wrangler or Viper or Hellcat. Just better to live life in peace.

    *ditto Nissan. I can live just fine without a GTR, 370z, or Frontier pickup.

  • me

    3 Jeeps in 6 years?? Yikes. Hardly a good test of quality and reliability. Try 1 Jeep for 8 years and see how it does.

  • Jeff T

    I’m confused about Nissan reliability. We have five in our family (versa, pathfinder, sentra, G35, and altima) not a single one has transmission issues noted or any other issues. Four of them have more then 250 000km on them.

  • Mark S

    CR does not go on many press launch trips, buys a fair few cars (as opposed to borrowing their long termers), runs a reliability survey, uses membership and donation fees and reviews washing machines, TV’s etc. (as opposed to ad money from those they are commenting on) may as you say make them less car people, but still a great resource. Members can access their site and you can see more info, for example see which cars in FCA are performing well vs badly and the range of the issues.

  • Mark S

    Lots of Trouble Usually Serious…… Do not care, would own an Evora or an Elise yesterday if I could afford one. Life is too short to drive appliances.

  • Mathieu Aube

    Ford has had terrible nightmares with their ecoboost engines. Timing chains, turbos, intercoolers etc and they’re not on the list? Hmmm

  • Joe Brown

    Nearly 40 years ago, CR hammered the Omni/Horizon, calling it unacceptable, and rated the Chevette a good vehicle. My ’78 Plymouth Horizon was a well executed front wheel drive vehicle that was fuel effecient and trouble free. My friend’s ’78 Chevette was back to the dealer several times a year for repair, and it was unsafe at any speed in ice or snow. CR has been putting out bogus unformation ever since in my view. It is time that CR be investigated.

  • 92clintonr

    Ok so all of your vehicles are 2016? This applies to 2016 vehicles only.

  • Mark S

    Not heard much on the ecoboost other than not hitting EPA numbers (which is no surprise considering real world vs EPA cycles). Have read and heard about issues with the speed shift boxes in cars like the Fiesta. Maybe its a numbers game? CR has not pushed Ford cars much, they are keen on the Impala and I think the same will go for Malibu (not sure if that will eclipse the Impreza in their eyes). They do seem to like the F150 though (again I wonder about the MPG in those V6 ecoboosts).

  • Jeff T

    Valid point, but I meant in general. I have seen Nissan rank lower in these reports for many year citing reliability. I realize these test scores also include a car’s performance and Nissan has some duds as vehicles which ranks them lower. Only one 2016 but no CVT issues after 35 000km. People buy cars for their own reasons so outside reliability I think these reports are kind of irrelevant.

  • 92clintonr

    Unfortunately these reports are just too general to have any sort of accurate validity. Considering you own five Nissan vehicles I would feel more comfortable coming to you for advice on a Nissan vehicle than I would with these reviewers.

  • Mark S

    The publicly available CR info is limited, they want u to pay the annual fee to see the details. Have looked at the Nissan reliability results in much detail (on the CR site), but one thing CR say is that if you exclude infotainment issues, cars in general are more reliable than ever. What I found when I use the CR reports (when I log into the site), is that you have to look at the models – for example the VW Beetle seemed to have a lot more issues than the Golf over the years. The FR-S/BRZ has improved over time, usual initial issues vs mid cycle. It is well worth watching the free Talking Cars videos on you tube, since they often explain some of the testing, how they do the reliability survey etc. and what the major issues they and their surveys are finding. Surveys though are surveys :S, not perfect.

  • Jeff T

    Agree with you on the to general thing. The five Nissan’s are in my immediate family but I do 90% of the servicing on them. I will say though Nissan had some cvt issues and we only have one cvt which is a 2016 so ot should be figured out.

  • Jeff T

    Thanks for the advice. You’re very right. There is a difference between being left stranded and not being able to connect your Bluetooth. These reports though consider both issues equal.

  • Barry Perrin

    Look its no secret..the authors are German,have relatives in Germany,are being bought off by the Germans…They sure do not live in North America!!!!!!

  • I take a lot of CR’s information with a grain of salt. Most of the information is good, but regarding automobiles, not so much.

  • I concur, the Chevette was joke.

  • Joe Brown

    I’ve owned three Grand Cherokees over the last 20 years, and all three have been great trucks. Yes, they are rather luxurious trucks and it has been a love affair with all three. I haul a 7,200 pound boat/trailer with my 2013, Overland, and I love everything about this vehicle from the Hemi horsepower to the 24 mpg (unloaded) on the highway. There have been very few quality issues with any of my Grand Cherokees. I really believe CR ratings go to the highest bidder.

  • Jon Austin

    Sorry to disappoint, but I just don’t keep my cars for that long. But if I had ANY problems with ANY of these 3 Wranglers, do you think I would keep buying them? (BTW, I bought a new 2000 Grand Cherokee, which we gave to my M-I-L in 2005, and it’s still going strong.)