Discover the Most Reliable Car Brands: Who Tops the List? Staff
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In the landscape of automobile reliability, certain brands have distinguished themselves through consistent performance. Consumer Reports has published a comprehensive analysis of the latest brand rankings, offering insights into which car manufacturers are leading the pack in terms of reliability.

Top Performing Brands

Lexus and Toyota have emerged as frontrunners, showcasing robust reliability in their latest models. Lexus leads the ranking with a predicted reliability score of 79, closely followed by Toyota at 76. Not far behind, Mini holds a strong position with a score of 71.

Acura and Honda also demonstrate commendable reliability, securing the fourth and fifth spots respectively, both scoring 70. Subaru, Mazda, Porsche, BMW, and Kia complete the top ten, indicating a trend of high reliability across these brands.

Methodology of Scoring

The ranking system is derived from extensive surveys conducted among CR members, encompassing over 330,000 vehicles ranging from model years 2000 to 2023, including some early 2024 models. A total of 20 different trouble areas are evaluated, ranging from minor issues like squeaky brakes to major concerns like engine and transmission problems.

Vehicles are rated on a scale from 1 to 100, factoring in the severity of each problem type. This score is combined with track testing results, owner satisfaction survey outcomes, and safety data to generate an overall vehicle score.

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles: A New Focus

This year's analysis includes an expanded focus on electric vehicles (EVs), hybrids, and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). The study introduces three new trouble areas pertinent to these vehicles: electric motors, EV/hybrid batteries, and EV charging systems. The findings show that hybrids, on average, exhibit 26% fewer problems than traditional internal combustion engine vehicles. However, PHEVs and EVs still face challenges, often scoring lower in reliability compared to their gasoline counterparts.

Regional Comparisons

Asian automakers lead in overall reliability, with an average score of 63. European manufacturers follow with a score of 46, while domestic brands trail with an average of 39. Notably, cars, including sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, are identified as the most reliable vehicle type.

Insights on Specific Models

Lexus's NX model stands out as the brand's weak point, scoring average predicted reliability, while the rest of its lineup ranks above average. Toyota's 4Runner SUV is highlighted as one of the most reliable models. Conversely, the Toyota Tundra is noted for its lower reliability. Acura's RDX and TLX models are praised for their above-average reliability.


The automotive industry's reliability landscape is dynamic, with certain brands consistently demonstrating superior performance. This comprehensive analysis offers valuable insights for consumers considering their next vehicle purchase.

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This article was co-written using AI and was then heavily edited and optimized by our editorial team. Staff Staff

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