The most and least reliable cars you can buy

When shopping for a new car, more than half of drivers cite reliability as the top thing they look for in a vehicle. After all, no matter how slick your new car looks, if it breaks down when you need it, you’ve basically got a 4,000-pound paperweight.

With that in mind, Consumer Reports  has released its annual list of the most reliable cars you can buy today, as well as the least. These rankings are based on the Annual Reliability Survey. The survey looks at 17 key trouble areas, ranging from brakes that squeak to transmission repairs that fall outside of warranty. They survey 400,000 car owners, who have a combined 640,000 vehicles between them. Their survey found that it was often entirely new models of vehicles or completely redesigned vehicles that came with the most problems. Consumer Reports also identified infotainment systems as a pain point for many drivers as well.

To calculate the score, Consumer Reports weighted the severity of the problems with the vehicle to develop a Predicted Reliability Score. They combined it with test track data, owner satisfaction survey results and safety data to create an Overall Score. These vehicles are the ten highest scoring, and the ten lowest.

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, here are the cars to consider — and to potentially avoid.

All prices in U.S. dollars.

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Most reliable vehicles

Kia Niro
Price as tested: $26,805
Highlights: Good fuel economy combined with cargo versatility. Advanced safety features available on higher-end models.
Lowlights: Handling lacks agility, ride is a bit choppy.
(Car and Driver)

Most reliable vehicles

Subaru BRZ
Price as tested: $27,1117
Highlights: Responsive handling, first rear-wheel drive sportscar from Subaru.
Lowlights: Slightly jittery ride, relatively plain cabin, elevated noise level.
(Car and Driver)

Most reliable vehicles

Lexus ES
Price as tested: $43,702-$44,017
Highlights: Good handling, good combo of size and fuel economy on hybrid model.
Lowlights: Can be stiff, not very “fun,” some cheap-seeming elements inside cabin.
(Business Insider)

Most reliable vehicles

Lexus GS
Price as tested: $58,858
Highlights: Good combo of ride, handling, roominess and quietness.
Lowlights: Infotainment has “distracting” mouselike controller.
(Road & Track)

Most reliable vehicles

Audi Q3
Price as tested: $40,125
Highlights: Compact crossover vehicle, quiet with comfortable ride and responsive handling.
Lowlights: Simplistic cabin with tight space, cramped driving position.
(Reuters)

Most reliable vehicles

Toyota RAV4
Price as tested: $29,014-$29,753
Highlights: Quieter cabin and smoother ride than previous models, great mpg on hybrid model, roomy rear seat, standard safety features.
Lowlights: Need to get higher-end model to get adjustable lumbar support and comfortable faux-leather seats.
(PA Motoring)

Most reliable vehicles

Lexus IS
Price as tested: $48,149
Highlights: V6 engine gives the car some zip, decent fit and finish.
Lowlights: Handling and ride comfort both middle of the road, cramped interior, all-wheel-drive version has a hump at the driver’s right leg.
(Car and Driver)

Most reliable vehicles

Toyota Prius V
Price as tested: $28,217
Highlights: Roomy rear seat, generous cargo area. Excellent mpg.
Lowlights: Electric motor/engine have to work quite hard, can have some rocking on uneven pavement.
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Most reliable vehicles

Toyota Prius C
Price as tested: $20,850
Highlights: Good gas mileage, ideal for urban driving due to compact size.
Lowlights: You get what you pay for, not a substitute for the real Prius. Noisy, cramped, not much cargo space.

(Getty Images)

Most reliable vehicles

Infiniti Q70
Price as tested: $53,825-$58,655
Highlights: Smooth ride, agile handling, good quality interior.
Lowlights: Less quiet cabin, “lacks pizzazz.”
(Reuters)

Least reliable vehicles

Chevrolet Camaro
Price as tested: $47,020
Highlights: Good handling, precise manual shifting, easy to use infotainment system
Lowlights: Visibility bad, tight rear seat, minor transmission problems, in-car electronics and drive system have reliability issues.
(Car and Driver)

Least reliable vehicles

Mercedes-Benz GLC
Price as tested: $49,105
Highlights: Plush interior, powerful four-cylinder engine, comfortable front seats.
Lowlights: Reliability issues with brakes, steering/suspension and power equipment.
(Autoblog)

Least reliable vehicles

Jaguar F-Pace
Price as tested: $53,895
Highlights: Fast, comfortable seats.
Lowlights: Reliability issues with drive system, in-car electronics, noises and leaks. Ride is stiff and choppy, infotainment and air conditioning systems have issues.
(Car and Driver)

Least reliable vehicles

GMC Acadia
Price as tested: $51,585
Highlights: Steady ride, responsive handling, family-friendly three-row styling.
Lowlights: Reliability issues with in-car electronics, power electronics and drive system. Many luxury features unavailable even on some mid-priced models.
(Car and Driver)

Least reliable vehicles

Fiat 500
Price as tested: $18,600-$26,050
Highlights: Engaging drive, quick, good grip.
Lowlights: Choppy ride, awkward driving position, limited cargo area. Reliability issues with brakes, power equipment and in-car electronics.
(Reuters)

Least reliable vehicles

Ford Focus
Price as tested: $20,485-$40,990
Highlights: Agile handling, quiet cabin, good-quality materials.
Lowlights: Reliability issues with transmission and drive system. Narrow driving position.
(PA Motoring)

Least reliable vehicles

Ford Fiesta
Price as tested: $17,795-$24,985
Highlights: Agile handling, relatively quiet cabin.
Lowlights: Reliability issues with transmission and climate system. Rear seat is cramped and stiff, sluggish ride.
(Car and Driver)

Least reliable vehicles

Volvo XC90
Price as tested: $56,805
Highlights: Good handling, quiet and plush interior, comfortable seats.
Lowlights: Unintuitive touch-screen infotainment system, ride is stiff. Reliability issues with in-car electronics, power equipment and electrical system.
(International Business Times)

Least reliable vehicles

Cadillac Escalade
Price as tested: $87,360
Highlights: Impressive tow capacity with powerful V8 engine.
Lowlights: Rides stiffly, not very roomy or comfortable in second and third rows, confusing infotainment system. Reliability issues with power equipment, transmission and climate system.
(Car and Driver)

Least reliable vehicles

Tesla Model X
Price as tested: $110,700
Highlights: Cabin feels airy and futuristic, quick and good handling.
Lowlights: Second row doesn’t fold down for increased storage on some models. Not as quiet or comfortable as Model S. Reliability issues with body hardware, paint and trim, and climate system.
(PA Motoring)

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