Most Reliable Cars to Buy With Your Lemon Law Settlement

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When our clients receive a successful settlement from their lemon law claim, one of the first questions they ask is: “How do I avoid getting a lemon again?” When considering another vehicle, the following trustworthy resources can help.

Consumer Reports is a well-known nonprofit organization that tests a wide range of consumer products. The organization also provides a review of the products’ quality. One of the most-watched releases each year is the organization’s report on automobile reliability. Every year, Consumer Reports gathers information on the most popular vehicle models and ranks them from the most reliable to least reliable. When you are considering a new vehicle, reports like this can help you pick a car that’s right for you.

How are cars evaluated for reliability?

To understand how reliable cars are, Consumer Reports uses surveys. The company sends out surveys to vehicle owners and asks them about their experiences with their vehicles. Consumer Reports gets individual reports from a wide range of owners. On average, the company uses 200 to 300 samples for each model year. With so much information on vehicle reliability, Consumer Reports can create its list of the most and least reliable cars.

Top 10 Most Reliable Cars in 2023

According to Consumer Reports, the top 10 most reliable cars in 2023 are:

  1. 2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid (Reliability Score: 93)
  2. 2023 Lexus GX (Reliability Score: 91)
  3. 2023 Mini Cooper (Reliability Score: 89)
  4. 2022 Toyota Prius (Reliability Score: 89)
  5. 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata (Reliability Score: 85)
  6. 2023 Lincoln Corsair (Reliability Score: 82)
  7. 2023 Toyota Corolla (Reliability Score: 81)
  8. 2023 Subaru Crosstrek (Reliability Score: 80)
  9. 2023 BMW 3 Series (Reliability Score: 80)
  10. 2022 Toyota Prius Prime (Reliability Score: 77)

10 Least Reliable Cars in 2023

The following 10 models were found to have the greatest risk of problems, according to Consumer Reports:

  1. 2023 Jeep Wrangler (Reliability Score: 24)
  2. 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE (Reliability Score: 23)
  3. 2022 Jeep Gladiator (Reliability Score: 21)
  4. 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500/GMC Sierra 1500 (Reliability Score: 19)
  5. 2022 Chevrolet Bolt (Reliability Score: 17)
  6. 2022 Ford Explorer (Reliability Score: 16)
  7. 2022 Nissan Sentra (Reliability Score: 9)
  8. 2022 Lincoln Aviator (Reliability Score: 8)
  9. 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric (Reliability Score: 5)
  10. 2022 Ford F-150 Hybrid (Reliability Score: 4)

The rankings are based on information from car owners on more than 300,000 vehicles, and predictions for 2023 models are based on overall reliability for the past three model years. Rankings may vary slightly between different studies and sources, but the above lists represent the 10 most and least reliable cars according to Consumer Reports.

Most reliable car brands

Based on the survey, Consumer Reports determined which manufacturers built vehicles with the fewest issues. According to Consumer Reports, the most reliable brands of cars in include:

  1. Toyota
  2. Lexus
  3. BMW
  4. Mazda
  5. Honda

Reliable car brands

Reliable cars are those that are generally reliable but are not at the top of the list. Based on the survey results, these include:

  1. Audi
  2. Subaru
  3. Acura
  4. Kia
  5. Lincoln
  6. Buick
  7. Genesis
  8. Hyundai
  9. Volvo
  10. Nissan
  11. RAM
  12. Cadillac
  13. Ford

Less reliable car brands

Less reliable brands are those that had an above-average number of problems. According to Consumer Reports, the least reliable car brands include:

  1. Tesla
  2. Chevrolet
  3. GMC
  4. Volkswagen
  5. Jeep
  6. Mercedes-Benz

Cars that were not ranked

Although Consumer Reports sent out surveys to vehicle owners across the country, the organization did not get enough data to rank these vehicle brands. For a brand to be ranked, they need to have sufficient survey data for two or more models. Either due to low model count or insufficient data, they did not rank:

  • Alfa Romeo
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • Fiat
  • Infiniti
  • Jaguar
  • Land Rover
  • Maserati
  • Mini
  • Mitsubishi
  • Polestar
  • Porsche
  • Rivian

Consumer Reports Overall Brand Report Card

Consumer Reports ranked 32 brands based on the Overall Scores of their models, which include road tests, reliability, satisfaction, and safety. Please bear in mind that these are overall scores, not just the reliability scores.

        BRAND           OVERALL SCORE

  • BMW                           81
  • SUBARU                     79
  • MINI                            79
  • LEXUS                         77
  • HONDA                       77
  • TOYOTA                      76
  • GENESIS                     76
  • MAZDA                        75
  • AUDI                            74
  • KIA                               73
  • ACURA                        72
  • BUICK                         71
  • HYUNDAI                   71
  • PORSCHE                   70
  • DODGE                        68
  • LINCOLN                    66
  • TESLA                          66
  • INFINITI                     65
  • VOLKSWAGEN          64
  • VOLVO                         64
  • NISSAN                        63
  • FORD                            63
  • CHEVROLET               62
  • CADILLAC                   62
  • CHRYSLER                  62
  • MERCEDES-BENZ     56
  • GMC                             55
  • MITSUBISHI               54
  • ALFA ROMEO             53
  • JAGUAR                        52
  • JEEP                              46
  • LAND ROVER              45

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