Consumer Reports has released their 2019 top picks for most and least reliable vehicles that you can buy.
Generally speaking, if you buy a car, you want it to last. Some people prefer to just lease and then move on to the next car once it runs out, but most people prefer to own their car outright. And if you want to own, you definitely want it to last 5, 10, or even 15 years.
But not every car is made to the same quality. Some cars are known for lasting just a few years, while others are known to last long enough to be handed down to their owner’s children. We'll start with the latter list, according to Consumer Reports.
The Top Ten Most Reliable Cars Are:10. Mazda CX-59. Lexus NX8. Honda Fit7. Kia Sedona6. Mazda65. Toyota Prius4. Subaru Crosstrek3. Toyota Prius Prime2. Lincoln Continental1. Toyota Prius C
Quite the interesting mix we have here. Perennial favorites Toyota have now lost everything but the Prius to the top ten list, with rival Mazda scoring to spots with the Mazda6 and the Mazda CX-5 midsize crossover. The Kia Sedona ensures Hyundai Motor Group’s placement, while the Lincoln Continental is a big surprise considering nobody is buying them.
One suspects Lincoln didn’t have enough data to make a reliable car rating.
And what reliability list would be complete without its opposite, the least reliable cars. Here they are in top ten format.
The Top Ten Least Reliable Cars Are:10. Volkswagen Atlas9. Cadillac CTS8. Alfa Romeo Giulia7. Kia Cadenza6. Cadillac Escalade5. Cadillac CT64. Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD3. Tesla Model X2. Buick Enclave1. Jaguar F-Pace
It's no surprise seeing the F-Pace on this list. Jaguar has been losing market share for some time and it mostly comes down to making expensive but unreliable vehicles. Cadillac is a clear loser with three vehicles on the list, while Alfa Romeo’s reputation for poor build quality seems to ensure it gets at least one car on this list every year.
The Tesla Model X is an interesting choice considering how the Tesla Model 3 gets most of the headlines for poor build quality.
In general, Subaru takes the award for the most reliable overall car brand, so regardless of the vehicles you see on this list, you can’t go wrong with buying a Subaru.