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The 10 Least Reliable Car Brands And The Ones To Avoid Most

What are the least reliable car brands for 2024? According to Consumer Reports, Stellantis brands and luxury automakers dominate the list. Check out the ten worst automakers in terms of reliability. Should you avoid them?

What are the ten least reliable and ten most reliable car brands for 2024? First, let's look at the least reliable automakers. I've covered Subaru's reliability ranking, which is number six best overall, but which are the worst? You may want to avoid them. 

According to CarEdge, "It's never been more clear that more money often equals more problems," says Ray Shefska. Spending a lot of money on a car does not mean it has high quality. Let's take Subaru as an example. They are considered a value brand in terms of pricing and are in the top ten for reliability. 

Conversely, Mercedes-Benz, a high-dollar luxury car brand, is the second worst on this year's list for reliability. You can spend over $100,000 on a luxury car, but it doesn't necessarily translate to reliability. 

Then, there is the maintenance of many luxury brands. Here is my recent report on the car brands with the highest maintenance costs. You can probably guess which automaker is number one. Check out the list here. 

How Does Consumer Reports Rank Car Brands For Reliability?

Every year, Consumer Reports asks its members about problems they've had with their vehicles in the previous 12 months. This year, they gathered data on over 330,000 vehicles from the 2000 to 2023 model years, with a few early-introduced 2024 model years. 

CR says, "We study 20 trouble areas, from nuisances—such as squeaky brakes and broken interior trim—to major bummers, such as potentially expensive out-of-warranty engine, transmission, EV battery, and EV charging problems. We use that information to give reliability ratings for every major mainstream model. We weigh the severity of each type of problem to create a predicted reliability score for each vehicle, from 1 to 100." 

Here's a breakdown of the ten least reliable car brands in 2024. Ray Shefska says, "If you buy one of these cars, you ought to have a car maintenance emergency fund at your disposal or start getting quotes for extended warranty protection!" 

man with a broken down car with the hood up

The 10 Least Reliable Car Brands of 2024, According To Consumer Reports

1. Chrysler

  • Predicted Reliability Score: 18/100
  • Recalls: 17 (across all FCA brands)
  • Average Selling Price: $47,818

2. Mercedes-Benz

  • Predicted Reliability Score: 23/100
  • Recalls: 8
  • Average Selling Price: $75,264

3. Rivian

  • Predicted Reliability Score: 24/100
  • Recalls: 1
  • Average Selling Price: est. $85,000

4. (Tie) Volkswagen

  • Predicted Reliability Score: 26/100
  • Recalls: 4 (across all Volkswagen Group brands)
  • Average Selling Price: $37,327

5. (Tie) Jeep

  • Predicted Reliability Score: 26/100
  • Recalls: 17 (across all FCA brands)
  • Average Selling Price: $50,918

6. Volvo

  • Predicted Reliability Score: 28/100
  • Recalls: 1
  • Average Selling Price: $58,901

7. GMC

  • Predicted Reliability Score: 36/100
  • Recalls: 6 (across all General Motors brands)
  • Average Selling Price: $61,434

8. Lincoln

  • Predicted Reliability Score: 38/100
  • Recalls: 21 (across all Ford Motor Company brands)
  • Average Selling Price: $62,707

9. Ford

  • Predicted Reliability Score: 40/100
  • Recalls: 21 (across all Ford Motor Company brands)
  • Average Selling Price: $51,167

10. Dodge

  • Predicted Reliability Score: 42/100
  • Recalls: 17 (across all FCA brands)
  • Average Selling Price: $46,822

girl with a broken down car

From frequent breakdowns to excessive recalls, these brands show signs of potential trouble for consumers. Surprisingly, the least reliable car brands are often expensive. With Mercedes-Benz, Rivian, and Lincoln on the list, it's clear that when it comes to reliability, you don't always get what you pay for.

If You Buy A Chrysler, Jeep, or Dodge, You’ve Been Warned

Other than that, I see a mix of manufacturers from around the world on this unfortunate list. Stellantis, to no one's surprise, has a heavy presence, with Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge all ranking poorly. I would say you should avoid these three brands of cars. 

What are the Stallantis car brands?

Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Citroen, Dodge, DS, Fiat, Jeep, Lancia, Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, Ram, and Vauxhall. Not all those automakers are sold in the U.S. market.

What Are The Most Reliable Car Brands?

These are the top 10 most reliable car brands for 2024, and Consumer Reports ranks their overall scores. It's unsurprising that Toyota and Lexus top the charts—they are there every year. But seeing BMW, Kia, and MINI on the list may have been a surprise. 

  1. Lexus – 79
  2. Toyota – 72
  3. Mini – 71
  4. Acura – 70
  5. Honda – 70
  6. Subaru – 69
  7. Mazda – 67
  8. Porsche – 66
  9. BMW – 64
  10. Kia – 61

Lexus, MINI, Acura, Audi, Subaru, and Porsche improved their rankings and increased their presence in this year's top 10 rankings.

Consumer Reports says, "Asian automakers are still leading reliability by a wide margin with an overall reliability average score of 63 for the region, on a scale of 1 to 100. Seven of the ten most reliable brands are from Asian automakers. European automakers are in second place at 46, with three brands filling out the rest of the top 10 most reliable brands." 


After 13 years of working directly with most automakers and their service departments, I've seen that the Japanese brands are consistently among the best in reliability, and some luxury and the same domestic brands always seem to be among the lowest ranked. This mostly stays the same year to year. 

Wait, Don't Leave Yet, IT'S YOUR TURN

What reliability issues have you had with your car brand? Or do you own a very reliable car? If so, click the red Add New Comment link below and let us know.

Thanks for reading, everyone. I hope you enjoyed this story about the ten least reliable car brands. I'll see you tomorrow for my latest report.

I am Denis Flierl, a top Torque News and Subaru reporter since 2012. I’ve invested over 13 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role, working with every major car brand. I am an experienced Rocky Mountain Automotive Press member. You'll find my expert Subaru analysis here. Follow me on my The Dirty Subaru website, Dirty Subaru blog, X SubaruReportAll Subaru, WRXSTI, @DenisFlierlFacebook, and Instagram.

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Dina (not verified)    May 1, 2024 - 2:56PM

Hi Denis,
Thank you for writing this car safety review article. I wish I had this information last year when I was in the process of purchasing a pickup truck. I ended up getting a used 2022 Dodge Ram1500 BigHorn which was a big disappointment. Very impressive looking and ride felt smooth, however the safety factor was lacking. It has dim headlights making night time driving unsafe, the audio and navigation system has manufacture problems, sluggish gear shifting from 2wheel to 4wheel drive, and I hated the new gear shift round dial which used to be a stick lever in the older models.
While driving on an icy road in western Massachusetts this past winter season, my truck's brakes locked causing it to spin out of control, then slammed & bounced against the highway guard rails numerous times. It was totaled by my insurance company due to the truck's extensive body damage & some engine damage. It was a blessing in disguise because I don't have that vehicle anymore!
I now drive a 2024 Subaru Outback which is on your list of Safe/Reliable cars. Thank you.
- Dina

Dennis Boushie (not verified)    May 1, 2024 - 7:42PM

I recently traded my 2017 Toyota Highlander Limited. No issues. We only keep one vehicle, since retiring. We chose to change vehicles every 6-7 years. Bought a 2023 Honda Pilot Touring. At this point, I liked the Highlander better. Did not buy a Highlander because they stopped the six.

Donald Millsap (not verified)    May 10, 2024 - 7:43PM

I am a proud owner of a Kia Forte sedan. This is my second one, as I was hit by a driver running a red light driving a Ford F-350 truck on August, 4, 2016.The cars side air bags literally saved my life. My first Kia was a 2011, the one I bought after the accident is a 2017.
I'm permanently disabled and use a cane because of the accident but I'm still six feet above ground instead of 6' under.
Between my wife and kids we have had 6 Kia's since 2011. We were a Chevy and Nissan family before but we are extremely satisfied with the safety features that Kia has in place. The journey continues