The top 10 most reliable cars

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Have you ever wondered if the car you’re driving is a reliable car? I love my Honda and think they’re one of the most reliable cars out there. But is my trust in Honda misguided or is there some truth in that? Let’s find out!

Top 10 Most Reliable Cars

Who made it to the top 10 most reliable cars?

Consumer reports released their latest Annual Auto Survey results. The survey looked at more than 420,000 vehicles and ranked a car’s reliability based on which of these cars will give owners the least amount of problems.

CR’s study looked at 17 trouble areas, such as squeaky breaks, broken interior trim to more severe problems like transmission repairs, trouble with four-wheel-drive systems et cetera.

Number 1: Mazda MX-5 Miata-Reliability: 95

The charming convertible roadster introduced in 1990 based on fun and affordable performance. Starting at around $25,000 to $38 thousand dollars.

Number 2: Toyota Prius Prime – Reliability: 94

According to Consumer Reports, the Prius Prime is for those tempted to buy a fully electric car but has anxiety about the range and hassle of a full-on electric vehicle.

Although the Prius Prime can resort to gas power, it has the ability to go all-electric more often and for longer distances.

Number 3: Toyota Prius – Reliability: 92

The Prius is synonymous with when you think about a hybrid car.

Number 4: Lexus GX – Reliability: 91

Lexus is owned by Toyota so you can expect the same build quality and reliability with the brand.

Number 5: Hyundai Kona – Reliability: 90

The Kona is a subcompact SUV from Huyndai. The brand has been known for its affordability. It’s encouraging to see the brand’s reliability increasing.

Number 6: Mazda CX-3 – Reliability: 89

Another subcompact SUV making the list.

Number 7: Lexus NX – Reliability: 89

The second Lexus car to make the list.

Number 8: Toyota 4Runner – Reliability: 87

The third Toyota product rounding out the top 8.

Number 9: Mazda CX-9 Reliability 87

Mazda’s second representative, CX-9 is classified as a 3-row midsize SUV.

Number 10: Lexus GS Reliability 87

The third Lexus is rounding the top ten list of reliable cars from consumer reports for 2020.

Top 10 Least Reliable Cars

Well since we listed the top 10 most reliable cars, it is not fair to not list the top least reliable cars. Here it is:

Number 1 Chevrolet Colorad9 Reliability score of 4

Number 2 Chevrolet Camaro Reliability score of 5

Number 3 Jeep Wrangler Reli Reliability score of 12

Number 4 Alfa Romeo Giulia – Reliability score of 13

Number 5 Volkswagen Atlas Reliability score of 13

Number 6 Volkswagen Tiguan Reliability score of 15

Number 7 Acura MDX Reliability score of 15

Number 8 Tesla Moel Reliability score of 15

Number 9 Chrysler PacificaReliability score of 16

Number 10 Chevrolet Traverse – Reliability score of 17

Now that we named the top ten least reliable cars for 2020, I hope that these cars are not one of your favorites or currently own!

10 most reliable cars of 2020, according to Consumer Reports:

  • Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Toyota Prius Prime
  • Toyota Prius
  • Lexus GX
  • Hyundai Kona
  • Mazda CX-3
  • Lexus NX
  • Toyota 4-Runner
  • Mazda CX-9
  • Lexus GS

10 least reliable cars of 2020, according to Consumer Reports:

  • Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon (same body style, different badging)
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia
  • Volkswagen Atlas
  • Volkswagen Tiguan
  • Acura MDX
  • Tesla Model X
  • Chrysler Pacifica
  • Chevrolet Traverse

How automotive brands ranked for reliability:

For completeness, here’s the list from Consumer Reports’ reliability according to brands.

  1. Lexus
  2. Mazda
  3. Toyota
  4. Porsche
  5. Genesis
  6. Hyundai
  7. Subaru
  8. Dodge
  9. Kia
  10. Mini
  11. Nissan
  12. Honda
  13. Infiniti
  14. Audi
  15. Lincoln
  16. Ford
  17. BMW
  18. Buick
  19. Chrysler
  20. Mitsubishi
  21. Mercedes-Benz
  22. GMC
  23. Tesla
  24. Volvo
  25. Chevrolet
  26. Jeep
  27. Volkswagen
  28. Acura
  29. Alfa Romeo
  30. Cadillac

Best cars to own in 2o2o

Blue=average selling price, Yellow=2019 sales figures

Cheapest cars to own

Kelley Blue Book does extensive research to determine which cars are the least expensive to own over 5 years.

The costs are determined by factors such as financing, insurance, state fees, fuel costs, scheduled maintenance and repairs, and depreciation of the vehicle.

Compact Car — 2020 Hyundai Elantra
5-Year Cost to Own: $31,056

Midsize Car — 2020 Honda Accord
5-Year Cost to Own: $35,185

Full-Size Car — 2020 Chevrolet Impala
5-Year Cost to Own: $49,006

Sports Car — 2020 Fiat 124 Spider
5-Year Cost to Own: $40,558

Entry-Level Luxury Car — 2020 Acura ILX
5-Year Cost to Own: $40,146

Luxury Car — 2020 Volvo V90
5-Year Cost to Own: $62,116

Hybrid — 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
5-Year Cost to Own: $30,918

Electric Vehicle — 2020 Nissan LEAF
5-Year Cost to Own: $40,186

Subcompact SUV — 2020 Hyundai Venue
5-Year Cost to Own: $30,936

Compact SUV — 2020 Subaru Forester
5-Year Cost to Own: $35,362

Midsize SUV (2-row) — 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe
5-Year Cost to Own: $40,674

Midsize SUV (3-row) — 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander
5-Year Cost to Own: $40,995

Off-Road SUV – 2020 Jeep Wrangler
5-Year Cost to Own: $39,045

Full-Size SUV— 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe
5-Year Cost to Own: $65,178

Luxury Subcompact SUV — 2020 Lexus UX
5-Year Cost to Own: $42,617

Luxury Compact SUV — 2020 Lexus NX
5-Year Cost to Own: $47,881

Luxury Midsize SUV (2-row) — 2020 Lexus RX
5-Year Cost to Own: $56,252

Luxury Midsize SUV (3-row) — 2020 Acura MDX
5-Year Cost to Own: $55,270

Luxury Full-Size SUV— 2020 Infiniti QX80
5-Year Cost to Own: $83,155

Minivan — 2020 Chrysler Voyager
5-Year Cost to Own: $44,300

Midsize Pickup Truck — 2020 Toyota Tacoma
5-Year Cost to Own $39,496

Full-Size Pickup Truck — 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
5-Year Cost to Own: $47,697

Final Thoughts

Well, that is disappointing, I was hoping that Hondas will make it to the top of the list on reliability.

It certainly didn’t make the cut according to the 2020 consumer reports’ latest findings. Even when looking at the brand as a whole, Honda slipped all the way down to number 12.

What happened? Has Honda’s reputation as a reliable car brand gone down the tubes?

I still love my Hondas and plan on driving until the end of its time. It’s a little sad to see Hondas not rank high on reliability for sure.