Least Reliable New Cars of 2018 | Consumer Reports

Least Reliable New Cars of 2018 | Consumer Reports

[SNAP] Consumer Reports’ auto
reliability survey helps car buyers know which cars they
can count on out on the road and which ones they can’t. Our members tell
us about problems they’ve had with
their vehicles– anything from major
engine trouble to bugs with their in-car electronics. We’ve crunched the numbers
and the results are in. Here are the least reliable
new cars in seven key segments. We kick off our list
with family haulers, and the Honda Odyssey is
the least reliable minivan. Issues with the
Odyssey are centered around in-car electronics, like
display screens malfunctioning, with one driver needing
the entire display replaced by the dealer. The Chevrolet Traverse is
the least reliable large SUV in our survey. Owners tell us that
the transmission hesitates to change gears. In a more severe
case, one CR member could not get his
Traverse into gear at all, and noted racing
RPMs from the engine. The Tesla Model X is not only
the least reliable vehicle in the luxury SUV segment, but
the lowest ranked SUV overall. Problems with the body hardware,
such as the Falcon wing doors and in-car electronics,
continue to hassle owners. If you’re shopping for a
hybrid or electric vehicle, be wary of the Honda Clarity. Our members reported
an electronic glitch that causes warning
lights to falsely turn on in the instrument cluster. One Clarity owner reported a
rear hatch that was misaligned and wouldn’t open. The Malibu is the
second Chevrolet on our list and the least
reliable midsize sedan. Malibu owners experience
a variety of transmission troubles due to faulty sensors. Issues ranged from the car
slipping out of gear to cars only shifting into reverse. Other setbacks were
mainly electrical. In one extreme case, a
driver lost power steering on the highway and needed
to be towed to the dealer to reprogram the vehicle. Luxury sedans aren’t
immune to problems either, as owners
of the Volvo S90 told us of jerky drive
trains with rough shifts. Navigation systems
also have a tendency to report faulty location
information before relocating to the correct spot on the map. Rounding out our
list is the Ram 3500. The truck wasn’t only the
least reliable pickup, it’s also the least reliable new
vehicle in our entire survey. Ram owners told CR the truck
shakes at certain speeds, despite rebalancing the
wheels several times. Water leaks were also
reported, as one owner had headliner damage from a leak
located around the rear cargo light. Are you in the market
for a new or used car? Be sure to check out our
full reliability rankings at consumerreports.org. [SNAP]

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. It'd be nice to differentiate between convenience issues and functional issues.
    Breaking down on the side of the road is NOT the same as a glitch in onboard navigation. A transmission that won't shift is nothing like a broken stereo.

    When you list these problems side by side, all under the title of reliability, you do your credibility and your audience's time a disservice.

  2. Wait, how was this information collected? It says this info is coming from CR members at one point, so is this all based on survey? That seems pretty lame. I thought there'd be a better way to measure things. Also malfunctions should be scaled by how much they cost to fix, but that's not specified either.

  3. This is does not make it the least reliable since you did not ask all vehicle owners, only those that are members of the site. Also would like to see the representation of vehicle ownership among CR members. Not a Honda fan just a statistics nut. Sorry

  4. This list is a bit difficult to put in perspective because there just isn't a lot of time for these cars to shake out yet. The Odyssey may have a problem with the infotainment system and one Clarity may have a hatch alignment issue, but those are problems that were caught early. Looking at these vehicles over the course of years and decades would be a better measure of true reliability. How do they perform after 150, 300, 400k miles? Are they still going or becoming impossible to maintain? I predict the Hondas doing well long-term. Notice that the two GM vehicles on the list unfortunately have crippling transmission issues…which is likely a large-scale issue related to production, rather than a one-off incident. These problems don't get better with time.

  5. Save some time… Honda odessey, chevrolet traverse, tesla model x, honda clarity, chevrolet malibu, volvo xc90, and ram 3500.

  6. How was the Volvo S90 there? Or the Model X? This is biased. Kia and Volvo are so reliable. I love BMW, but there are very unreliable. Not one was on the list.

  7. WTF is least reliable? Most unreliable tells you exactly what this is about.
    Oh! and you forgot to mention my Nissan X-Trail . . .

  8. I was working in the ER when a family brought in Granpa. They thought he must have lost the plot when he bought three new cars in the same week. And, as his son said, "they were all Chryslers" which clearly proved insanity.

  9. All these car manufacturers want to stick you in a car with a 600-800 a month payment for 5 years plus all the problems you gonna have, bull shit

  10. Don't know I'd consider a lot of these to be reliability issues, more inconvenience issues. The only thing I'd consider to be reliability is if it doesn't start, or get you where you're going. The rest are mostly electronic related annoyances that shouldn't happen, but will, regardless of if you're buying a car or an iPad, and this is why I don't care what consumer reports has to "report" anymore.

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