New vehicles are getting more and more expensive. The last thing you want to do is spend $50k plus on an unreliable car. These are ten vehicles that Consumer Reports predicts will be the least reliable in 2024.

Through analyzing extensive data from over 330,000 vehicle surveys, Consumer Reports identifies potential problem areas ranging from minor annoyances to major faults that could lead to expensive repairs. This study looks into everything from squeaky brakes to serious engine and EV battery issues, calculating a reliability score for each car based on the severity of these problems.

To make the cut for this list, a vehicle must have data from at least two model years, ensuring a thorough and accurate prediction. These are 10 models that might be more headache than they’re worth.

2024 Jeep Wrangler

Stellantis
  • Reliability Score: 27
  • Fuel Economy: 18 mpg overall, 13 city, 24 highway
  • Main Issues:
    • Steering and suspension problems
    • Electrical system issues
    • Engine and drive system faults

The 2024 Jeep Wrangler has a reliability score of 27 and a price range between $31,995 and $91,545. It achieves an overall fuel economy of 18 miles per gallon, with city and highway efficiencies at 13 and 24 mpg, respectively.

Key issues include problems with the steering, suspension, electrical systems, engine, and drive system, leading to one recall related to visibility concerns.

Performance tests indicate a 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of 7.3 seconds, with emergency handling and braking both rated at 2 out of 5.

Despite improvements in powertrain and features, the Wrangler faces criticism for its uncomfortable ride, high noise levels, and inefficient fuel economy, though its climate system scores well.

2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Stellantis
  • Reliability Score: 26
  • Fuel Economy: 20 mpg overall, 14 city, 28 highway
  • Main Issues:
    • Suspension, electrical accessories, and drive system problems
    • In-car electronics and body hardware issues
    • Noises and leaks

The 2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee, with a reliability score of 26, is priced between $38,035 and $74,670. It offers better fuel efficiency than the Wrangler, with an overall rating of 20 mpg (14 city/28 highway).

The vehicle ranks 12th among 17 midsize SUVs, facing issues in suspension, electrical accessories, drive system, in-car electronics, and body hardware, accompanied by three recalls affecting steering and visibility. The Grand Cherokee’s long braking distances, peculiar control designs, and the Jeep brand’s subpar reliability record are notable drawbacks.

It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds, with its climate system rated highly, yet it scores poorly in fuel economy and rear seat safety.

2024 Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen
  • Reliability Score: 25
  • Fuel Economy: 34 mpg overall, 21 city, 54 highway
  • Trouble Spots:
    • Brake issues
    • Electrical accessory malfunctions
    • Climate system and in-car electronics problems

The 2024 Volkswagen Jetta, with a reliability score of 25, falls in the price range of $21,435 to $28,825 and boasts impressive fuel efficiency at 34 mpg overall, with 21 city and 54 highway.

It ranks 16th out of 16 in compact cars, struggling with brakes, electrical accessories, climate system, and in-car electronics. Despite these issues, the Jetta is noted for its excellent fuel economy, quick acceleration, and user-friendly controls. However, owner satisfaction is low at 1/5.

Performance-wise, it accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 9 seconds and has a road test score of 81/100. Its fuel economy is highly rated at 5/5, but headlights and comfort are less impressive, scoring 2/5 and 50/100, respectively.

2024 Nissan Frontier

Nissan
  • Reliability Score: 23
  • Fuel Economy: 18 mpg overall, 12 city, 24 highway
  • Trouble Spots:
    • Transmission issues
    • Electrical accessory malfunctions
    • Body hardware problems

The Nissan Frontier has a reliability score of 23 and is priced between $30,030 and $42,900. It achieves 18 mpg overall, with 12 city and 24 highway, ranking fourth among nine midsize pickup trucks.

Key issues include transmission, electrical accessories, and body hardware, with one recall related to airbag deployment. Predicted owner satisfaction is rated at 2/5.

The Frontier performs reasonably well in acceleration, achieving 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds. However, it is criticized for its rough ride, tight rear seating, and lack of telescoping steering column.

The truck is praised for its strong powertrain and modern infotainment system, with short stopping distances that surpass competitors like Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, and Toyota Tacoma.

Despite its strengths, it does not compare favorably in comfort and refinement to the Honda Ridgeline or Hyundai Santa Cruz, with ride and fuel economy both rated at 2/5.

2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Stellantis
  • Reliability Score: 23
  • Fuel Economy: 19 mpg overall, 13 city, 28 highway
  • Trouble Spots:
    • Suspension, electrical accessories, drive system issues
    • In-car electronics problems
    • Body hardware, noises, and leaks

The 2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, with a reliability rating of 23, is priced between $40,035 and $64,560. Its fuel economy stands at 19 mpg overall, with 13 city and 28 highway, ranking it 18th out of 21 in the midsize 3-row SUV category.

Common issues include problems with the suspension, electrical accessories, drive system, in-car electronics, and body hardware, along with noise and leak complaints. The vehicle is criticized for its slow acceleration, inadequate braking, and noisy V6 engine.

Despite its spacious and well-equipped interior, the Grand Cherokee L struggles with performance, achieving 0 to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds, and receives mediocre ratings for braking (3/5), fuel economy (2/5), and rear seat safety (2/5).

2024 Rivian R1T

Rivian
  • Reliability Score: 22
  • Fuel Efficiency: 70 MPGe overall, 74 city, 66 highway
  • Trouble Spots:
    • Drive system, climate system, and body hardware issues
    • Intrusive regenerative braking
    • Unintuitive controls and awkward door handles

The 2024 Rivian R1T, scoring a reliability of 22, ranges in price from $69,900 to $94,000. As an electric pickup truck, it boasts an MPGe of 70 overall, with 74 in the city and 66 on the highway, ranking second among seven electric pickups.

The R1T faces challenges with its drive system, climate control, body hardware, and noise/leak issues. Notable drawbacks include intrusive regenerative braking, non-intuitive controls, and awkward exterior door handles, alongside the absence of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

However, it impresses with a quick 0 to 60 mph time of 3.8 seconds and high predicted owner satisfaction, despite its headlights receiving a low 2/5 rating.

2024 Volvo XC60 Plug-In Hybrid

Volvo
  • Reliability Score: 21
  • Fuel Economy: 28 mpg overall, 21 city, 34 highway
  • Trouble Spots:
    • EV battery and charging issues
    • Electrical accessories
    • Climate system and in-car electronics

The 2024 Volvo XC60 Plug-In Hybrid, with a reliability score of 21, has a price range of $59,195 to $76,545. It achieves 28 mpg overall, with 21 in the city and 34 on the highway, ranking 15th among 25 luxury compact SUVs.

The primary issues are related to the EV battery, charging system, electrical accessories, climate control, and in-car electronics. Owners may find the ride overly stiff and the controls unintuitive.

Despite these drawbacks, it accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. Predicted overall owner satisfaction is rated at 2/5.

2024 Ford F-150 Hybrid

Ford
  • Reliability Score: 19
  • Fuel Economy: 20 mpg overall, 15 city, 24 highway
  • Trouble Spots:

The 2024 Ford F-150 Hybrid has a reliability score of 19 and is priced between $36,570 and $77,980. It offers a fuel economy of 20 mpg overall, with 15 city and 24 highway, and ranks 6th among 17 full-sized pickup trucks.

Common problems include the transmission, electric system, hybrid battery, electrical accessories, drive system, and in-car electronics, alongside noise and leak issues. The vehicle’s drawbacks are its ride quality, agility, and high step-in height.

However, it manages a 0 to 60 mph time of 6.3 seconds and has a braking rating of 3/5, along with a 5-star safety rating. Predicted owner satisfaction stands at 2/5.

2024 Volkswagen Taos

Volkswagen
  • Reliability Score: 18
  • Fuel Economy: 26 mpg overall, 17 city, 39 highway
  • Trouble Spots:
    • Brakes, electrical accessories
    • Transmission, engine, electric system issues
    • In-car electronics, noises, and leaks

The 2024 Volkswagen Taos has a reliability rating of 18 and is priced between $23,995 and $33,515. It offers a fuel economy of 26 mpg overall, with 17 in the city and 39 on the highway, ranking eighth among 12 subcompact SUVs.

The Taos faces issues with brakes, electrical accessories, the transmission, engine, electric system, and in-car electronics, in addition to noise and leak complaints. Owners may experience uneven power delivery.

It has a predicted owner satisfaction of 1/5, accelerates to 60 mph in 9.4 seconds, and receives ratings of 3/5 for headlights, 5/5 for braking, 2/5 for transmission, and 1/5 for rear occupant protection.

2024 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

2024 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
  • Reliability Score: 14/100
  • Fuel Economy: 27 mpg overall, 21 city, 32 highway
  • Trouble Spots:
    • Hybrid battery, charging system, and electric motor issues
    • In-car electronics

The 2024 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, scoring 14/100 in reliability, has a price range of $39,400 to $62,155. It achieves 27 mpg overall, 21 city, and 32 highway, ranking fifth out of eight in the 3-row minivan category.

The hybrid model struggles with issues related to the hybrid battery, charging system, electric motor, and in-car electronics. A notable downside is the loss of Stow ‘n Go seating flexibility typical of the non-hybrid versions.

The Pacifica Hybrid has a predicted owner satisfaction of 2/5, a 0 to 60 mph time of 8.3 seconds, and a headlights rating of 2/5.

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Author: Abbie Clark

Title: Co-Founder

Expertise: Automotive Industry, Electric Vehicles, DIY Car Repairs

Bio:

Abbie Clark is a writer, blog, and founder of RideRambler, Hey She Thrives, and The Bearded Bunch.

From clever car cleaning tricks to the freshest car features and reviews, Abbie loves sharing her knowledge on everything automotive. Outside of her time writing for her websites, you’ll find her fishing with her husband, deciphering her toddler’s babbling, or baking up something sweet.

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