Beware! Consumer Reports says this Tesla and 9 other cars are most unreliable – USA TODAY
Consumer reports just released the most and least reliable cars on the market. How does yours stack up?
Buyers put more weight on some factors when buying a new car than others — price, looks, even color. But if reliability is a prime issue, Consumer Reports magazine is offering some advice on models that you may want to avoid.
There are 10 models that the magazine cites as part of its 2017 reliability report that are likely to have some big problems, as reported by owners. The magazine, known for its independence, says this year’s study includes reports from owners of 640,000 vehicles.
Here are the 10 biggest dogs when it comes to reliability and what the magazine had to say about them, listed starting with the worst.
1. Tesla Model X (tie)
The electric luxury SUV — a breakthrough vehicle known for its upward opening “falcon” doors over the rear seats — is faulted for body issues — but not its drivetrain. Trouble areas include hardware, paint and trim and the climate control system.
2. Cadillac Escalade (tie)
The jumbo-sized luxury SUV has had trouble with its power equipment, transmission and climate control.
3. Volvo XC90
The luxury crossover has left some owners miffed over its electronics, power equipment and electrical system.
4. Ford Focus (tie)
The popular compact has a balky transmission and drive system.
5. Ford Fiesta (tie)
The subcompact also has trouble with the transmission, and the climate system is an issue, too.
6. Fiat 500
The quirky little subcompact hasn’t impressed owners with its brakes, power equipment and in-car electronics.
7. GMC Acadia
The family crossover SUV has issues with in-car electronics, power equipment and its drive system. The redesigned model has a display screen that can go blank and a rear-seat entertainment system that may not work, the magazine cites owners as saying.
8. Chevrolet Camaro (tie)
“Minor” transmission problems, in-car electronics and the drive system caused trouble in this one.
9. Mercedes-Benz GLC (tie)
Trouble comes with the brakes, steering/suspension and power equipment
10. Jaguar F-Pace (tie)
Owners reported trouble with the drive system, in-car electronics, noises and leaks in this luxury SUV.
Take a look at the Top 10 recommended new vehicles selected by Consumer Reports for 2017.