Consumer Reports 10 Most Reliable Cars You Can Buy Today
Reliability Over Price
While the price of a vehicle is an important consideration when shopping for a new car that fits your budget, there is a lot to be said for the maxim “You get what you pay for.” Which is why many car shoppers are willing to go a little above their budget to ensure that the price of a new car will provide the benefit of long, trouble-free service for the first few years of ownership.
However, it is an unfortunate fact that this does not always prove true. Earlier we learned that many models of cars are predicted to wind up in a garage for repair within the first 12 months of ownership. And worse yet, many models also wind up with chronic problems that defeat the purpose of investing more toward a new car that should have performed admirably.
Help for Car Shoppers
That is the message of a recent analysis by Consumer Reports automotive experts who found from their latest auto surveys that not all cars perform as well as expected, leaving car shoppers disgruntled to say the least.
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With that in mind, the good folks at Consumer Reports offer a follow-up of their “10 least reliable vehicles” with a new list that is focused on the “10 most reliable cars” that you can buy today.
Gleaning directly from a database containing useful information based on approximately 320,000 vehicles, CR analysts calculated their prediction of which new car models will give car owners the fewest number of problems covering 17 trouble areas ranging from minor nuisances to expensive repairs involving engines and transmission problems.
Please note that the reliability rating is on a 1-100 scale and it is very interesting to see the difference in numbers comparing the least reliable vehicles with the most reliable vehicles.
For a more detailed breakdown of each vehicle’s features, please visit the Consumer Reports website. Note that while access to some information requires a CR membership, the potential savings make it negligible in comparison when looking for the latest information to aid your car buying research.
10 Most Reliable Cars
That said, here is a list of 10 models you should be considering that are presented in a ranked order, starting with the most reliable of their top 10 recommendations for reliability in a new car.
1. 2022 Lexus GX
Price Range: $56,125 - $65,635
CR MPG: Overall 17 / City 12 / Hwy 24 mpg
Rated #3 of 30 Luxury midsized sport-utility vehicles
Reliability Rating: 95
2. 2022 Kia Niro Electric
Price Range: $39,090 - $44,650
CR MPGE: Overall 112 / City 123 / Hwy 102 mpge
Rated #1 of 44 Electric vehicles
3. 2022 Toyota Prius Prime
Price Range: $28,670 - $34,450
CR MPG: Overall 69 / City 56 / Hwy 81 mpg
Rated #3 of 8 Compact cars
Reliability Rating: 93
4. 2022 Toyota Prius
Price Range: $25,075 - $33,370
CR MPG: Overall 52 / City 43 / Hwy 59 mpg
Rated #2 of 8 Compact cars
Reliability Rating: 91
5. 2022 Cadillac XT5
Price Range: $43,995 - $55,895
CR MPG: Overall 20 / City 13 / Hwy 30 mpg
Rated #2 of 32 Luxury compact sport-utility vehicles
Reliability Rating: 89
6. 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Price Range: $27,650 - $38,550
CR MPG: Overall 34 / City 25 / Hwy 42 mpg
Rated #1 of 4 Roadsters
Reliability Rating: 88
7. 2022 Honda Insight
Price Range: $25,760 - $29,790
CR MPG: Overall 54 / City 44 / Hwy 62 mpg
Rated #1 of 8 Compact cars
Reliability Rating: 87
8. 2022 Toyota Highlander
Price Range: $35,855 - $51,460
CR MPG: Overall 22 / City 14 / Hwy 32 mpg
Rated #2 of 14 Midsized sport-utility vehicles 3-row
Reliability Rating: 86
9. 2022 Subaru Crosstrek
Price Range: $23,145 - $36,345
CR MPG: Overall 29 / City 20 / Hwy 39 mpg
Rated #1 of 14 Subcompact sport-utility vehicles
Reliability Rating: 85
10. 2022 Mazda CX-9
Price Range: $35,630 - $47,560
CR MPG: Overall 22 / City 15 / Hwy 32 mpg
Rated #4 of 14 Midsized sport-utility vehicles 3-row
Reliability Rating: 85
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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.
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