The 10 most (and least) reliable cars of 2020

It might sound odd but not all later-designed cars are better than their predecessors. This has been proven true many times based on consumer reports.

Although redesigned vehicles and brand-new models often make headlines and Internet buzz, the old models are typically more likely to perform well on the road.

“When you redesign a new vehicle, often you get better fuel economy, better safety, potentially better features,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing for Consumer Reports. “But if you want … reliability, your best bet is to wait a year or two until those initial growing pains have been worked out.”

Case in point: Tesla. The Model 3 electric compact car, the company’s best-seller earned the envied Consumer Reports recommendation this year after failing to earn that status on the previous year.

Fisher said, that recommendation comes “with an asterisk,” though. Since Tesla regularly updates its vehicles that use wireless technology, customers could experience unforeseen bugs in the future.

Toyota’s luxury brand, Lexus, and its namesake brand ranked first and third, respectively. Mazda was second in the Consumer Reports brand reliability rankings.

Korean brands Genesis, Hyundai and Kia, all part of the same parent company, ranked fifth, sixth and ninth, respectively. They beat rival Japanese brands Nissan (11th), Honda (12th), Infiniti (13th) and Acura (28th).


There is no gap anymore between the Korean manufacturers and the Japanese, their reliability is equal.

Jake Fisher

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Oddly enough, General Motors luxury brand Cadillac ranked last among the 30 brands included in the survey. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brand Alfa Romeo was second to last.

The report was based on surveys of more than 400,000 owners of current-generation vehicles made within the past three years. The owners, vehicle infotainment, evaluated safety systems, engine performance and other aspects of the cars and trucks.

Based on the data, Consumer Reports predicts 2020 leaders

Japanese Reliable Cars 2020
Lexus comes out on top as the most reliable car brand in 2020

  1. Mazda MX-5 Miata
  2. Toyota Prius Prime
  3. Toyota Prius
  4. Lexus GX
  5. Hyundai Kona
  6. Mazda CX-3
  7. Lexus NX
  8. Toyota 4-Runner
  9. Mazda CX-9
  10. Lexus GS
  1. Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon (same body style, different badging)
  2. Chevrolet Camaro
  3. Jeep Wrangler
  4. Alfa Romeo Giulia
  5. Volkswagen Atlas
  6. Volkswagen Tiguan
  7. Acura MDX
  8. Tesla Model X
  9. Chrysler Pacifica
  10. Chevrolet Traverse

How automotive brands ranked for reliability


  1. Lexus
  2. Mazda
  3. Toyota
  4. Porsche
  5. Genesis
  6. Hyundai
  7. Subaru
  8. Dodge
  9. Kia
  10. Mini
  11. Nissan
  12. Honda
  13. Infiniti
  14. Audi
  15. Lincoln
  16. Ford
  17. BMW
  18. Buick
  19. Chrysler
  20. Mitsubishi
  21. Mercedes-Benz
  22. GMC
  23. Tesla
  24. Volvo
  25. Chevrolet
  26. Jeep
  27. Volkswagen
  28. Acura
  29. Alfa Romeo
  30. Cadillac

Consumer Reports is a collective experience of thousands of people. If you like to buy a specific model but listed on the least reliable, it’s your choice to make a decision. Not all cars listed on the “least reliable” are always faulty or uncomfortable though.