Consumer Reports is the go-to for assessing car reliability, gathering real-world data from actual buyers. For its latest list, they’ve analyzed over 300,000 vehicles from model years 2000 to 2023, ranking automakers on everything from engine performance to electronics. This year’s findings cover a broad spectrum, from luxury to mainstream, electric vehicles (EVs) to gas guzzlers. Notably, brands like  Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lucid, Maserati, Mitsubishi, and Polestar were excluded due to insufficient data.

Hyundai

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 56/100

Hyundai’s reliability dipped this year, with an average rating that saw a four-point drop. Despite a few models performing decently, the majority fell short of the mark. High maintenance costs and poor performance in models like the Kona Electric and Santa Cruz suggest it might be wise to steer clear for now.

Buick

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 55/100

Straddling the line between luxury and mainstream, Buick’s appeal lies in its upscale interiors and user-friendly tech. However, lacking electric options and the discontinuation of sedans mark a strategic shift. Despite its reliability ranking, Buick remains one of the more dependable domestic brands.

Infiniti

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 53/100

As Nissan’s luxury arm, Infiniti mixes style with dated designs. Its emphasis on SUVs like the QX50 and QX80, alongside the solitary Q50 sedan, showcases a brand in transition. Strong powertrains and fit and finish are highlights, though mixed reliability scores suggest room for improvement.

Tesla

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 48/100

Tesla’s allure hasn’t waned, despite being known for build quality issues that affect its reliability. High maintenance costs and problematic models such as the 2020 Model S and 2021 Model Y highlight the challenges. Tesla’s push for innovation continues to test the balance between cutting-edge technology and dependability.

Ram

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 46/100

Ram has made impressive strides in quality and comfort, but reliability issues linger. Notable problems with models like the 2013 Ram 1500 underscore the brand’s challenges. While recent models have shown improvement, buyers should proceed with caution.

Cadillac

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 45/100

Cadillac, known for luxury, falls short on reliability compared to its sibling, Buick. With most models scoring low, Cadillac’s lineup, including the CT5 and XT5, reflects a brand struggling to match its luxury aspirations with dependable performance.

Nissan

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 45/100

Nissan’s reliability has plummeted, affecting its competitiveness. High maintenance costs and problematic models like the Pathfinder and Sentra cast a shadow over the brand’s value proposition.

Genesis

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 44/100

Genesis has carved a niche in luxury, challenging rivals with high customer satisfaction. However, reliability ratings for models like the GV80 and GV70 reveal a gap between customer love and long-term dependability.

Audi

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 43/100

Audi’s commitment to performance, style, and technology is evident. The brand’s move towards electric vehicles, like the E-Tron series, reflects a forward-thinking approach. However, reliability remains a concern across the lineup.

Chevrolet

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 43/100

Chevrolet’s significant drop in reliability rankings is alarming. With issues in models like the Bolt and Silverado, Chevy faces challenges in maintaining its reputation amidst recalls and dependability concerns.

Dodge

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 42/100

Dodge, known for performance, is narrowing its focus to SUVs and an upcoming electric muscle car. The brand’s transition reflects industry trends but also raises questions about future reliability.

Ford

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 40/100

Ford is pushing electrification with models like the Mustang Mach-E, yet reliability issues persist, especially in hybrids and the Explorer. This discrepancy underscores the challenges of balancing innovation with dependability.

Lincoln

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 38/100

Lincoln distinguishes itself with luxury SUVs that blend comfort with technology. Despite not selling pure EVs, Lincoln’s plug-in hybrids like the Aviator and Corsair suggest a cautious approach to electrification, focusing on refined luxury over groundbreaking technology.

GMC

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 36/100

GMC’s reliability struggles reflect a broader issue within General Motors. Popular models like the Sierra 1500 and Yukon face significant reliability challenges, affecting the brand’s overall score.

Volvo

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 28/100

Volvo’s reputation for safety doesn’t necessarily equate to reliability. Issues with the climate system, electrical components, and brakes, especially in models like the XC90 and XC60, highlight the brand’s challenges in ensuring dependable performance despite its strong safety credentials.

Jeep

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 26/100

Jeep’s rugged image comes with a cost—frequent visits to the repair shop. Ranking low for reliability, Jeep’s lineup, including the Gladiator and Wrangler, faces issues that make them less reliable than desired. This consistency in ranking low underscores a need for improvement.

Volkswagen

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 26/100

Volkswagen’s entire range suffers from reliability issues, with no models standing out for dependability. The Taos and Tiguan, in particular, face challenges, pulling down VW’s overall reliability score. This widespread issue suggests Volkswagen has work to do to enhance its lineup’s reliability.

Rivian

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 24/100

As a newcomer, Rivian’s ambition to redefine electric vehicles comes with growing pains. The R1S and R1T showcase innovation but face reliability challenges. Rivian’s journey reflects the balance startups must find between pioneering features and ensuring their vehicles are ready for the long haul.

Mercedes-Benz

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 23/100

Mercedes-Benz, synonymous with luxury, faces surprising reliability challenges. Models like the E-class and GLE struggle with dependability, impacting the brand’s prestige. Mercedes’ drop in rankings signals a need to address these issues to maintain its luxury standing.

Chrysler

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Predicted Reliability Rating: 18/100

With a focus narrowed down to the Pacifica, Chrysler’s reliability concerns, especially with the plug-in hybrid version, are worrying. As the brand leans heavily on a single model, ensuring its reliability becomes crucial for maintaining customer trust and satisfaction.

Author: Abbie Clark

Title: Co-Founder

Expertise: Automotive Industry, Electric Vehicles, DIY Car Repairs

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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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