The Toyota Prius tops Consumer Reports list of the 10 most reliable vehicles of 2021. The Volvo XC60, on the other hand, placed 10th in the list of the least reliable models for the new year.
Toyota slipped a little in the average reliability score, relinquishing its top spot for the first time to Mazda.
Overall, Toyota vehicles performed exceptionally well with its Lexus NX reaching the second slot for the most reliable car in 2021.
Top 10 most reliable cars of 2021: Toyota Prius (1), Lexus NX (2), Buick Encore (3), Lexus GX (4), Honda HR-V (5), Toyota Prius Prime (6), Hyundai Kona (7), Audi A5 (8), Audi A4 (9) and Mazda CX-5 (10).
Top 10 least reliable cars of 2021: Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500 (1), Subaru Ascent (2), Volkswagen Atlas (3), Jeep Compass (4), Volvo XC90 (5), Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon (6), Tesla Model S (7), Jeep Wrangler (8), Ford EcoSport (9), Volvo XC60 (10).
Consumers may be surprised that Tesla fell into the list of least reliable. The company’s recent manufacturing miscues and low marks in quality studies are two reasons for the downgrade.
The rankings also project next year’s most reliable vehicles using assessments of current vehicle performance data provided by more than 300,000 car owners. The score is calculated based on the number of reported problems.
Among the 26 rated brands, Mazda stood out from the rest for its iterative vehicle design. Mazda is consistent and reduces the chances for design flaws or other defects. Mazda keeps it simple too. It may be the only manufacturer that doesn’t offer touch screens on its new models.
Top 20 vehicle brands: Mazda (1), Toyota (2), Lexus (3), Buick (4), Honda (5), Hyundai (6), Ram (7), Subaru (8), Porsche (9), Dodge (10), Infiniti (11), BMW (12), Nissan (13), Audi (14), Kia (15), GMC (16), Chevrolet (17), Volvo (18), Jeep (19), Mercedes-Benz (20)