espanol

Most Trustworthy Car Manufacturers

Every year Consumer Reports rate consumer automobiles according to their reliability. Japanese-made cars continue to dominate the ratings (8 of the top 10). The top-rated American-made car might surprise you—Buick. Your best chance at avoiding buying a lemon and later needing a lemon law attorney is to buy a highly-rated vehicle. Research and then go shop as an informed buyer so you can avoid the troubles and stress that come with a lemon

Current Reliability Rating for Consumer Automobiles 

Consumer Reports, a non-profit agency, provides a reliability score for each manufacturer they test. Here are the most recent results for overall trustworthiness of car companies:

  1. Lexus, 76
  2. Mazda, 75
  3. Toyota, 71
  4. Infiniti, 69
  5. Buick, Honda, Subaru, 66
  6. Acura, 64
  7. Nissan, 63
  8. Mini, 60
  9. Hyundai, 56
  10. Chrysler, 54
  11. Porsche, 52
  12. Chevrolet, 48
  13. Audi, Cadillac, 47
  14. BMW, 45
  15. Ford, 44
  16. Kia, 43
  17. Volvo, 42
  18. Ram, 40
  19. GMC, 37
  20. Mercedes-Benz, 34
  21. Volkswagen, 31
  22. Genesis, 30
  23. Jeep, 26
  24. Tesla, 25
  25. Lincoln, 18

How Does Consumer Reports Arrive at These Rankings?

Interestingly enough, Consumer Reports does not test the newest models released by each manufacturer themselves. Instead, these ratings are compiled based on surveys sent in by people who have paid for Consumer Reports memberships. The survey asks about problems they have had with any new cars they may have purchased. 

This creates some skewed data. How many Consumer Reports members bought brand new Mitsubishis, Lamborghinis, Cadillacs, Saabs, Rolls Royces, Alfa Romeos, Pontiacs, Bentleys, Fiats, Jaguars, Polestars, Land Rovers, Lotuses, Smarts, Maseratis, and Mercuries last year? You’ll notice none of these auto manufacturers are listed in the report. Certainly, American consumers would like to know how the #11 most popular car brand, Cadillac, is rated. 

Furthermore, it seems likely that Consumer Reports subscribers are going to be picky shoppers who do their research (meaning fewer purchases of non-top-rated cars). It also follows that buyers who’ve done careful research before purchasing a new car may want to defend their purchases as a matter of pride by reporting fewer problems with their Consumer-Reports-backed purchases. Consumer Reports states, “For a brand to be ranked, we must have sufficient survey data for two or more models.” The end result is that only about half of the manufacturers represented by American consumers are actually reviewed and rated.

A Few Observations About the Reliability Ratings

There are a few findings of interest in this year’s results:

  • Including all reviewed automakers, the average score range is 41-60. 
  • Asian automakers score 62 on average. 
  • European automakers score 44 on average. 
  • American brands are the least reliable at 42 on average.
  • Cars (sedans, coupes, wagons, hatchbacks, convertibles) score 57 on average. However, American cars score 38 on average—this is a huge dichotomy.
  • The top-rated overall vehicle, with a perfect score, was the Lexus GX, an SUV.
  • The lowest-rated overall vehicle was the Chevy Tahoe/GMC Yukon, virtually identical vehicles with mostly all the same components. These cars scored 2 out of 100.
  • SUVs, in general, score 50 on average. American SUVs score 45 on average. Electric SUVs are the lowest among SUV classes.
  • Minivans and trucks are the least reliable at 43 on average. 
  • Electric vehicles have fewer parts than gas engines, yet still rate worse for reliability. Oddly enough, EV problems are typically not coming from their powertrains but rather from their “high tech” features. For instance, cabin electronics was a top complaint for Tesla.

Need an Anaheim Lemon Law Attorney?

Are you stuck with a new car that continues to experience the same defect over and over after multiple repairs? Contact “the Lemon Law lady” today for a free case review!

Do You Have A Lemon?

Free Case Review
  • Free Case Review
  • Have you had multiple repair attempts?
  • Did the problem start in the first 60,000 miles?

    did you purchase the vehicle in CA?

    is your vehicle a 2017 or newer?

    did your problems start in the first 60,000 miles?

    have you taken your vehicle to the dealer at least 2 times, or for one visit that lasted over a month?

    It sounds like your vehicle may not qualify for CA Lemon Law.Thank you for your inquiry. For more information about CA Lemon Law see our FAQ page here.

    ★★★★★
    "Pleased with the Service"

    Happy to hear from you. I was very pleased with the service you provided. I couldn’t be happier. The timing was excellent. I retired June 1st and didn’t really need the car anymore. I didn’t go out and buy another car. I decided to hang on to my money for a while.

    JOSEPH KIRKSEY

    ★★★★★
    “Great Help and Great Service”

    Valerie did a fantastic job handling my lawsuit. She was in constant contact with me, she was honest and kept me informed every step of the way. I appreciate her great help and her great service and I would definitely use her again and recommend her to anybody out there that needs help.

    DONALD MOORE

    ★★★★★
    "Beyond Satisfied"

    I am beyond satisfied. After being told that I did not have a case by other attorneys, I was referred to Ms. Campbell and I am so glad I called her. During the initial consultation, Ms. Campbell was very thorough and answered all of my concerns. She assured me that this was not an overnight fix, however, it took less than three (3) months to resolve. Ms. Campbell was available every step of the way. I rarely called or emailed her because she always kept me in the loop. Every case is different but I am glad mine was quick and painless. I would recommend LemonLaw123 to anyone without any reservations. I could not have asked for better representation. Thank you!!!!

    LAURA R.

    ★★★★★
    "100% Recommended"

    I would 100% recommend LemonLaw123 to anyone without any reservations. Valerie made the process easy and headache-free. She was available every step to the way. Just a phone call or text away, ready to answer any question I had. I could not have asked for better representation. Thank you

    JORGE ROMO

    ★★★★★
    "Amazing Attorney"

    Valerie C. is an amazing attorney who is extremely experienced in the area of Lemon Law. As a fellow attorney, she earned my respect as an experienced litigator who never settled for anything less than the best for her clients. I recommend Lemon Law 123 to my family and friends as I know she will give them the care, attention, and legal expertise every client deserves. You will get the best results with the Lemon Law 123 team.

    DAVID G.