Most-Reliable Car Brands

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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, Automotive Editor - December 7, 2023
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With automakers packing more high-tech features and more advanced turbocharged and electrified powertrains into new cars than ever before, shoppers may be wondering if certain automakers have more reliable vehicles than others. Consumer Reports put out its annual auto reliability brand rankings and Japanese brands continue to dominate the list, while European and Domestic automakers continue to lag behind. While there were some changes compared to last year, consumers looking for something reliable will want to explore a car from Asia.

According to Consumer Reports’ data, Lexus topped its predicted reliability ratings with a score of 79 out of 100. Toyota (76), MINI (71), Acura (70), Honda (70), Subaru (69), Mazda (67), Porsche (66), BMW (64), and Kia (61) rounded out the top 10 most reliable automakers. As Consumer Reports points out, “Asian automakers are still leading reliability by a wide margin with an overall reliability average score of 63 for the region.” Seven of the automakers in the 10 top were Asian brands.

European automakers came in second place with an average score of 46 out of 100 for the region. Three European automakers, including MINI, Porsche, and BMW made it to the top 10 most reliable automotive brands. Domestic automakers trailed Asian and European ones with an average score of just 39. Tesla was the highest-ranking American brand in Consumer Reports’ rankings with a score of 48.

There are a few noteworthy changes compared to last year. For one, Toyota and Lexus switched places with Lexus retaking the top spot. Acura made a noticeable jump from eighth place last year to fourth this year. Last year, BMW came in third place, while this year, the European automaker finished in ninth. Mazda fell from fourth place to seventh place in 2023.

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While Lexus earned the top spot as the most reliable automaker, Toyota dominated the list when it came to the most reliable cars of 2023. Consumer Reports named the Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota Camry, and Toyota RAV4 Prime as the four most reliable cars. The BMW X5, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, Acura RDX, Toyota Corolla, and Toyota Highlander Hybrid rounded out the top 10.

It’s not surprising to see Toyotas top the list. The 4Runner is one of the older midsize SUVs on sale, as it came out for the 2010 model year and hasn’t received a large update since then. Unlike other midsize SUVs in the class, the 4Runner has a rugged V6 engine, easy-to-use tech features, and little in the way that can be considered cutting edge.

On the flip side, the X5 made the list of top 10 vehicles. The X5 is available with powerful turbocharged engines, has enormous 12.3-inch displays, and comes with far more advanced tech features than any other vehicle on the top 10 list. So, there’s something to be said about a luxury brand that knows how to make a plush and high-tech vehicle that’s reliable.

While Consumer Reports’ annual auto reliability brand rankings can help shoppers find a reliable vehicle, it’s not based on absolute science. The organization gathers its data by asking its members about the problems they’ve encountered with their vehicles over the past year in 20 key areas. Trouble areas include everything from powertrain problems, broken interior trim, squeaky brakes, and issues charging an EV battery. For 2023, Consumer Reports gathered data on roughly 330,000 vehicles from the 2000 to 2023 model years and even some from 2024.

Pictured: 2023 BMW X5 (Top), 2023 BMW X5 (Middle)

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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