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