Survey: Here Are The Most Reliable And Least Reliable Cars Brands

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In a recent survey by 'Consumer Reports', Lexus, Toyota and Buick hit the sweet spot with the most reliable car brands, surely a reward for their conservative approach to new technology.

Lexus has taken thetop spot in fourth straight years and Toyota came second. The Toyota Prius and Lexus CT 200H, both hybrids were named the most reliable vehicles. Buick - General Motors luxury brand - cracked the third place since the survey began in the1980s.

Rounding the top five were Audi and Kia, while Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat, and Ram - all owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - were the worst or the least reliable performers. Even electric car manufacturer Tesla fared poorly.

Consumer Reports forecasts the reliability of 2017 model-year brands and individual vehicles based on the survey responses from their subscribers.

The survey collected comments from their subscribers comments on vehicle they own from 2000-2017 model years. Nearly 500,000 subscribers responded to the survey.

Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports' director of automotive testing said the top performers had something in common: They tend to add newer technologies slowly and bit-by-bit rather than all at once.

For example, when Lexus introduced its new 2016 RX SUV, it used an older engine and an 8-speed gearbox which was previously been used in another Lexus vehicle.

Also when Buick introduced Encore small SUV in 2012 in the U.S., it was built on a small-car platform used in prior vehicles and had a 6-speed gearbox rather than using the 8- or 9-speed gearbox coming into vogue.

On the flip side, Honda fell in this year's survey and partly was because of its 2016 Civic small car, which comes with two engines, a new steel underbody, and a new CVT gearbox. Shortly after it went on sale, Honda recalled for engine failure and customers also reported problems with the car's infotainment system.

Tesla was added to this year's survey because the magazine had enough responses from the subscribers. It suffered multiple problems with its new Model X SUV, which included water leaks and issues with climate control.

Fisher said Tesla should, in fact, perform better as it has fewer mechanical parts since it is an electric car; however, it stumbles with flashy features like the Model X's glitch-prone falcon-wing doors.

Here are the top ten most and least reliable vehicles and their scores on a scale of 0-100:

Most Reliable:

Toyota Prius (94)
Lexus CT 200h (94)
Infiniti Q70 (91)
Audi Q3 (91)
Lexus GX (90)
Lexus GS (89)
Mercedes-Benz GLC (89)
Chevrolet Cruze (89)
Audi Q7 (88)
Toyota 4Runner (88)

Least Reliable

Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon (13)
Fiat 500 L (13)
Ford Fiesta (13)
Ram 2500 (13)
Tesla Model X (12)
Chrysler 200 (11)
Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL (10)
Jeep Renegade (8)
Ford Focus (6)
Cadillac Escalade (3)

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