Consumer Reports 10 Least Reliable Cars for 2021

Here are the cars whose owners reported the most problems in Consumer Reports' annual survey of owners.

Dan Carney, Senior Editor

December 1, 2021

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Consumer Reports' 2021 Auto Reliability Report was another bonanza for Asian brands, which grabbed eight of the top 10 spots for reliability. No owners of the winning Lexus GX reported any problems whatsoever from three models years of the vehicle!

Meanwhile, the bottom of the list is most American and European cars, with a sole Subaru among them representing the Asian companies. This annual ranking is popular with drivers because of new cars cost so much and owners keep them for a long time.

“The pandemic is creating a scramble for consumers as they face a reduced supply of new cars and significantly higher prices. That's why it's more important than ever that people get trusted help finding safe, secure, and reliable vehicles,” said Marta Tellado, president, and CEO of Consumer Reports. “Our annual reliability reports, combined with our comprehensive auto testing, can empower consumers with the trusted information to make better purchases and navigate this unusually difficult marketplace.”

For a look at the most problematic models, and perhaps surprising worst-place finsher, click through the slide show.

About the Author(s)

Dan Carney

Senior Editor, Design News

Dan’s coverage of the auto industry over three decades has taken him to the racetracks, automotive engineering centers, vehicle simulators, wind tunnels, and crash-test labs of the world.

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