In general, cars are built better and last longer than they ever have in the past. That said, some cars are definitely built better than others. And while you can generally trust Toyotas, not everyone wants a Toyota. If you’re looking to buy a reliable new car, are there any that you should make sure you avoid? And how do you know which ones those are?
Thankfully, our friends over at Consumer Reports recently released the results of their annual reliability survey. This year, they gathered data from more than 330,000 vehicles and only included vehicles with at least two years of data when calculating reliability scores. So which vehicles came out on the bottom? Let’s take a look.
The Jeep Wrangler is essentially unbeatable off-road, but for a lot of potential owners it may not be worth the trade-off in reliability. The Wrangler only scored a 27 in that category, with the main trouble areas being the steering and suspension, electric system, and engine and drive systems.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
While the Jeep Grand Cherokee may be more comfortable on the road than the Wrangler, with a score of 26 it’s also less reliable. The main trouble areas are the suspension, electrical accessories, drive system, in-car electronics, body hardware and noises/leaks.
If you test drive a new Volkswagen Jetta, its low starting price and good fuel economy might tempt you to buy one. Just be careful, because with a score of 25, its reliability could quickly become an issue. The main trouble areas are the brakes, electrical accessories, climate system, and in-car electronics.
If you want a midsize pickup truck, the Nissan Frontier is indeed a midsize pickup truck. It’s just not a very reliable one, coming in with a score of 23. The main problem areas are the transmission, electrical accessories and body hardware.
Jeep Grand Cherokee L
We’re sure that it comes as a great surprise to all of you that making the Jeep Grand Cherokee longer hasn’t resulted in a more reliable SUV. In fact, with a score of 23, it’s even less reliable than the regular version. The main problem areas are the suspension, electrical accessories, drive system, in-car electronics, body hardware and noises/leaks.
The Rivian R1T is ridiculously quick and offers excellent off-road and towing capabilities. Unfortunately for owners, with a score of 22, it hasn’t proven to be particularly reliable. Trouble areas include the drive system, climate system, body hardware, and noises/leaks.
Volvo XC60 PHEV
We love the Volvo XC60's styling and the fact that Volvo offers a plug-in hybrid, but with a reliability score of 21, it’s probably better to stay away. The main trouble areas include the battery, charging, electrical accessories, climate system and in-car electronics.
Ford F-150 Hybrid
In theory, a hybrid Ford F-150 should give you all the benefits of a gas-powered pickup truck, only with better fuel economy. Unfortunately for owners, with a score of 19, it’s also given them plenty of reliability headaches. Trouble areas include the transmission, electric system, battery, electrical accessories, drive system, in-car electronics and noises/leaks.
If you forgot that Volkswagen sold the Taos, that’s OK. You’re not the only one. Now that you’ve been reminded it exists, you can go right back to forgetting about it because it clocks in with a score of only 18. Trouble areas include the brakes, electrical accessories, transmission, engine, electric system, in-car electronics, and noises/leaks.
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
Here at Jalopnik we’re huge fans of minivans, and a hybrid minivan is a fantastic idea. We just wish the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was reliable enough to recommend. With a score of only 14, it’s decidedly not. Trouble areas include the battery, electric charging, electric motor and in-car electronics.
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