The 2017 Consumer Reports Annual Reliability Survey has been released.
Just because you purchased a brand new car doesn’t mean it will be free of troubles. The annual survey from Consumer Reports looks at 17 trouble areas, ranging from squeaky brakes to out-of-warranty transmission repairs or issues with all-wheel-drive systems. The publication weighs the severity of each type of problem in order to create a Predicted Reliability Score for a vehicle.
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These are the 10 most unreliable vehicles based on this year’s study. We can’t help but notice how many of these are vehicles in their first model year, reminding us of the risk of buying a car before all the production kinks are worked out.
10. Chevrolet Camaro
Issues with the Chevrolet Camaro include minor problems with its transmission, in-car electronics, and drive system.
9. Mercedes-Benz GLC
Mercedes-Benz‘s popular crossover could cause headaches for new owners. Consumer Reports notes issues with the model’s brakes, steering and suspension, and power equipment.
8. Jaguar F-Pace
There’s plenty of consumers falling in love with the Jaguar F-Pace, the brand’s first SUV. But the British automaker’s reputation for reliability isn’t great and the F-Pace suffers from issues with its drive system, in-car electronics, noises, and leaks.
7. GMC Acadia
Another crossover to land on the list, the GMC Acadia has a few trouble spots with its in-car electronics, power equipment, and drive system. The main complaints from owners targeted the infotainment system, including issues with blank screens, a glitchy rearview camera, and a navigation system that stops working. Owners have also complained about rough shifting from their transmissions.
6. Fiat 500
You might want to avoid the compact Fiat 500 if you’re looking for a city car. Consumer Reports notes issues with the 500’s brakes, power equipment, and in-car electronics.
5. Ford Focus
The Ford Focus might be an attractive choice given its price, but the compact is plagued by poor reliability, a jerky transmission, and troublesome drive system.
4. Ford Fiesta
Like the Focus, the Ford Fiesta is one of the least reliable cars of 2017 according to Consumer Reports‘ Annual Reliability Survey. Issues for the Fiesta stem from its transmission and drive system.
3. Volvo XC90
Volvo may be well-known for its safety, but reliability is another question. The three-row XC90 SUV experiences issues with its in-car electronics, power equipment, and electrical system.
2. Cadillac Escalade
Yet another large SUV on the list, the Cadillac Escalade has never really had a reputation for great reliability. The latest model suffers from issues with its power equipment, climate system, and major problems with its transmission.
1. Tesla Model X
If you have been following the Tesla Model X since its launch, you may not be too surprised to hear about its reliability issues. Consumer Reports points out the Model X’s problems with its body hardware, paint and trim, and climate system.