Consumer Reports has compiled the data from its latest Annual Auto Surveys to determine the most reliable cars today. The goal is to spotlight models that will give owners fewer problems than their competitors based on data collected on more than 300,000 vehicles built in the last two years.
They examined 17 trouble areas, ranging from nuisances such as squeaky brakes and broken interior trim to major failures, like transmission repairs or trouble with four-wheel-drive systems, weighing the severity of each type of problem to create a predicted reliability score for each vehicle, from 1 to 100.
The results show that modern hybrid-electric models, despite their technical complexity, are among the most reliable cars on the road.
“With today's inflated car prices, people are keeping their vehicles longer than ever," said Jake Fisher, senior director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports. "A hybrid can provide years of trouble-free miles, and they are a good defense against rising fuel prices. With a top-rated hybrid, you get solid reliability, better fuel economy, and lower maintenance costs without sacrificing acceleration, ride comfort, or cabin quietness.”
Consumer Reports says that 36 percent of prospective car buyers it surveyed are considering a hybrid purchase. Click through our gallery to see what you think of the top 10 cars in this year's crop.