Top 10 Most Reliable American Cars and Trucks

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Interested in buying a domestic vehicle but want to make sure it’s as reliable as can be? AutoGuide has compiled a list of the most reliable vehicle in its respective segment based on Consumer Reports’ 2013 predicted reliability results from the 2013 Annual Auto Survey.

In order to predict a vehicle’s reliability, Consumer Reports surveyed vehicle owners to see the number of serious problems they’ve encountered with their vehicle over the past 12 months of ownership. The results are compiled from responses on 1.1 million vehicles owned or leased and only vehicles that receive Consumer Reports’ recommended rating are listed. The Dodge Dart and Jeep Patriot both have “average or better” reliability, but they were left off the list for scoring poorly in the publication’s tests.

So if you’re in the market for a small car, look towards the Chevrolet Sonic. The 2014 Sonic sedan is priced from $14,995 while the hatchback has a starting price of $15,595. The compact is available with either a 1.4-liter turbo Ecotec engine with 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque or a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 138 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque.

After being heralded as one of the best cars, if not the best Consumer Reports has ever reviewed, it’s no surprise to find the Tesla Model S as the most reliable American hybrid or electric vehicle. Available with three different battery options, the Tesla Model S has an estimated range of 230 miles to 300 miles with its performance ranging from 302 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque to 416 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. All that performance and eco-friendliness comes at a starting price of $70,890.

In the segment of compact luxury cars, the Buick Verano was the most reliable based on those surveyed. With a starting price of $24,625, the Buick Verano is an entry-level luxury sedan that comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder Ecotec engine with 180 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. Available as an option is a more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged Ecotec engine with 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.

Leading the midsized cars category in reliability is the Chevrolet Malibu which is available with a choice of three four-cylinder engines. The base model Malibu is priced from $22,965 and comes standard with a 2.5-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine with 196 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. Available is a Malibu with eAssist that gets 182 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque while the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine nets 259 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

In the market for a reliable upscale car? With a starting MSRP of $31,540, the Chrysler 300 should be at the top of your list to test drive. The flagship sedan comes standard with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine touting 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, while power hungry enthusiasts can opt for a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 363 hp and 392 lb-ft of torque. The V6 however will provide 19 mpg in the city and a best-in-class 31 mpg on the highway.

In the battle of the most reliable American muscle cars, the Ford Mustang comes out on top, trumping the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger. Though Mustang enthusiasts are awaiting the official debut of the 2015 Ford Mustang, it could be a prime time to buy the outgoing model as Ford starts to offer discounts to clear its stock. It’s worth noting that the more reliable model is the Ford Mustang GT that is equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 engine with 420 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. The Mustang GT starts from $31,695 though those on a budget can opt for the V6 model for $22,995.

Taking most reliable American large SUV is the Chevrolet Suburban that boasts a starting price tag of $47,295. What you get however is a 5.3-liter Vortec V8 engine with 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque with E85 FlexFuel capability. The 2014 Suburban is available in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and has a max towing capacity of 8,100 lbs. Then again, savvy shoppers will want to just wait for the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban to hit the market in Spring 2014, boasting loads of new changes and upgraded comfort.

In terms of luxury SUVs, the Buick Enclave is the most reliable American-made vehicle available in the segment. The luxury Enclave comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine as standard with 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. It’s also competitively priced at $43,680 and can be had with three-row seating for up to eight passengers.

Rounding off the ninth and 10th slots are the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, both claiming the title of most reliable trucks. Both vehicles got a major overhaul for the 2014 model year (2013 shown above) so today’s shoppers do have a choice between what’s left of the 2013 models and the new 2014 model. However, the most reliable models according to the survey are the 2500 and 3500 trims with diesel engines that come in the form of a 6.6-liter turbo-diesel with 397 hp and a whopping 765 lb-ft of torque. Both 2500 trucks are priced from $32,405.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • James Hoffman James Hoffman on Nov 30, 2013

    No doubt about it, they are in General Motors pocket, which in my opinion, is very opinionistic. Now I know for a fact, no opinion about it, is owned and operated by General Motors.

  • Jack Rohde Jack Rohde on Oct 02, 2015

    They mean designed in America and the headquarters in America, and no way a Chevy truck from the older years 1950 to 2000 will outlast a Ford truck treated equally, before roller cams pre 1986, Chevy motors had a tough time going 80,000 miles with out flat cams and rounded lifters because of the smaller lifter diameter's, all the Fords or Mopar's me and my friends had went to 200,000 miles with out any major engine work