Based on the many different vehicles you’ve owned in your lifetime, you likely have a few favorites that proved to be the most reliable. But today’s vehicle offerings are vastly different. Despite all the changes in the auto industry today, Consumer Reports‘ survey-driven metrics are still relevant. When it comes to finding the most reliable vehicle types on the road, these are the five Consumer Reports’ team says are the best contenders.
1. Hybrid cars are among the most reliable vehicle types
With the growing demand for electrification options on cars, there’s been a surge in EVs, PHEVs, and hybrids on the market. The more automakers produce and design these models, the better they get at it. USA Today shared some of the latest Consumer Reports findings that suggest hybrid cars are proving to be the most reliable model types on the market today.
Some top-performing hybrids in predicted reliability include the 2023 Lexus NX and the 2023 Toyota Corolla. The story goes on to say that more than one in every three car-buying consumers is considering a hybrid.
2. Sports cars
Another vehicle type to consider, if reliability is important, is the sports or sporty-type car. According to the predicted reliability data, these cars always perform well over time, partly due to their engineering and high-quality performance parts and materials. According to Consumer Reports, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is a top sports car contender in reliability, with an above-average score, as is the 2023 Mini Cooper. Another performance model that earns high marks in reliability is the 2023 BMW 3 Series.
3. Hybrid SUVs
Not all hybrids are created equal. And many of the plug-in hybrid and EV models are still below average in reliability rankings. But not the hybrid SUVs. In addition to hybrid cars, hybrid SUVs are proving to be more and more dependable than ever. In the latest Consumer Reports report, you can expect long-term reliability by going with a hybrid SUV, like the Honda CR-V Hybrid and the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid. These vehicle types are consumer favorites, too, because of their higher fuel efficiency, ease of use, and smoother driving dynamics.
4. Midsize/large cars
Midsize sedans and larger cars have always been reliable rides. And based on the latest reporting and member surveys from Consumer Reports, the big cars are still just as dependable. In fact, you’ll be in good hands with any large car model from 2000 to 2022, including top segment favorites like the Toyota Avalon. The Chevy Impala and Nissan Maxima also earned above-average reliability ratings.
5. Compact pickups
Pickup trucks can be hit or miss when it comes to reliability ratings. With so many models and variations to configure, it can be tough to pin down which models are more reliable than others. However, the latest survey results from Consumer Reports indicate the compact pickup segment is leading the charge in dependability. Out of the 17 trucks in the survey, only seven earned average or better-than-average scores. A few top mentions that deserve a look in this category include the 2023 Honda Ridgeline, the 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz, the 2023 Jeep Gladiator, and the 2023 Ford Maverick, according to U.S. News and World Report Cars.
So, before you buy any new 2023 model, consider these types of vehicles first if you want reliability. Based on the responses of other vehicle owners and the latest data, these models seem to have the best results.