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Americans don't want their cars to break down. The majority of car shoppers care more about the reliability of a car than they do about its safety, affordability or fuel efficiency, according to a consumer perception survey conducted by Cox Automotive and Kelly Blue Book.

Every year, Consumer Reports, the nonprofit consumer organization and magazine dedicated to independent product testing, surveys its members about the problems they’ve had with their vehicles in the previous 12 months to determine which car brands are most reliable. 

For their consumer satisfaction survey, CR gathered data on over 300,000 vehicles, covering a span of 22 model years, from 2000 to 2022, that address 17 trouble areas, including engine, transmission, in-car electronics, and more to determine a predicted reliability score for 24 auto brands.

Sedans, hatchbacks, and coupes make up the cars category, which is one of the most reliable vehicle categories in the survey with an average predicted reliability score of 58 out of 100. Those are followed by SUVs scored at 51, then minivans at 44. Pickups are the least reliable category with an average score of 39.

By category, hybrid cars and plug-ins turned out to be most reliable. Toyota (TM) tops the list of brands.

For some quality studies, such as J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study that lists the car brands with the most and least problems, some states allow automakers the right to opt-out, according to Kelley Blue Book. That is why Tesla is often not ranked, because it refuses to participate in many quality studies. Because Consumer Reports conducts a survey of owners, Tesla  (TSLA) - Get Free Report and can't opt out, and so appears in this ranking.

Based on Consumer Reports survey, these are the most reliable car brands, from best to worst, followed by the five most reliable car models.

24 toyota brand toyota
25 lexus brand lexus
22 midsize bmw 330e phev bmw
21 mx5 miata mazda
12 accord honda 22
20 audi sh
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23 2020 Acura ILX
2017 Kia Soul
3 large car navigator Lincoln
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16 S90 volvo (recharge)
11 altima nissan 2021
13 Ram Pickup 1500
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2 F150 ford 20
THUMB Tesla JS 102022
23 Chevrolet Corvette
11 gmc canyon gmc
3 vw sh
9 wrangler Jeep Wrangler jeep
1 mercedes benz mbenz
25 hybrid corolla toyota 2020
Luxury Midsize SUV: Lexus GX 460
9b mini miniusa
High-MPG Cars: 2016 Toyota Prius
Enjoy life: Mazda MX-5 Miata

The cars that scored the worst were the Ford  (F) - Get Free Report Explorer with a score of 16/100, the Nissan  (NSANY)  Sentra scored 9, the Lincoln Aviator scored 8, Hyundai's  (HYMTF)  Kona Electric scored 5, and at the bottom was the Ford F-150 Hybrid at 4.

Read the full results of the consumer satisfaction survey at ConsumerReports.org.