Turns out hybrid cars offer more than just saving money at the pump. According to a recent report, they are also the most reliable car category of 2023.
Consumer Reports, a non-profit research and consumer advocacy organization, released its rankings for the most reliable car brands and brands on Tuesday. and models Based on data from car owners on more than 300,000 cars. Projections for 2023 models are based on overall reliability for the past three model years.
Hybrids, midsize and large sedans were among the most reliable vehicles based on models from 2000 to 2022 and several early 2023 models, while electric vehicles and full-size pickups had the lowest average reliability scores.
“With today’s inflated car prices, people are keeping their cars longer than ever,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports. good protection against rising fuel prices”.
He said top-rated hybrids offer reliability, better fuel economy and lower maintenance costs without sacrificing acceleration or a quiet, comfortable ride.
The top performing hybrids include the 2023 Lexus NX, 2023 Ford Maverick, and 2023 Toyota Corolla.
According to Consumer Reports, more than 1 in 3 potential buyers (36%) are considering a hybrid as their next car or truck purchase, up from 29% in 2019.
Owning a hybrid means lower fuel costs. And that could be a deciding factor for some potential buyers, who are faced with pump prices that have risen from an average of $3.42/gallon a year ago to $3.76 today.
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What are the least reliable cars?
While this year’s rankings highlight hybrid vehicles as some of the most reliable options on the road, the same isn’t true for plug-ins.
According to Consumer Reports, the Toyota Prius Prime and RAV4 Prime EVs have lower reliability scores than their hybrid counterparts, and the plug-in Chrysler Pacifica hybrid was named one of the least reliable vehicles in the survey.
Only full-size pickups fared worse in reliability than EVs. Consumer Reports notes that with so many new EV models on the market, it’s no surprise the results are “low.”
Tesla Motors, the market leader in EV sales, continues to have problems with the body, steering and suspension, paint and trim, and climate system. Model 3 has average reliability, while other Telsa models – including the S, Y and X – are below average.
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Less than half of Consumer Reports’ EV models have average or better predicted reliability data, with owners reporting charging problems, battery problems and electric motor problems.
Mercedes-Benz has been named Consumer Reports’ least reliable brand for the first time after owners reported electronics problems such as draining screens.
Pickup trucks continue to rank lower in reliability, with only seven of the 17 models in this year’s survey earning average or higher reliability scores.
What is the most reliable car?
This year was a victory for Asian automakers, with Japanese or Korean companies accounting for seven of the 10 most reliable brands.
Once again, Lexus is the top-scoring brand in Consumer Report’s reliability survey. All Lexus models scored above average for reliability.
“Our data can help people choose a satisfying vehicle that can go the distance and avoid the headache of a repair shop, which is more important than ever with high prices, low inventory and more vehicle choices,” Fisher said in a statement Tuesday.
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What are the most reliable car brands?
What are the most reliable car types?
1. Hybrid cars
2. Sports/sports cars
3. Hybrid SUVs
4. Medium/large cars
5. Compact pickups
6. Compact SUVs
7. Luxury compact SUVs
8. Luxury compact cars
9. Luxury medium/large cars
10. Compact SUVs
11. Medium-sized two-row SUVs
12. Compact cars
14. Mid-size pickups
15. Mid-size three-row/large SUVs
16. Electric vehicles
16. Full size pickups
What are the least reliable car models?
Consumer Reports’ ranking of the least reliable car models includes cars with at least two model years of information. The reliability score is based on a scale of 1 to 100 and factors such as squealing breaks and problems with four-wheel systems.
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)
What are the most reliable car models?
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)
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