The Least Reliable Toyota Models Still Recommended by Consumer Reports

Toyota has a reputation for reliability. Unfortunately, not all Toyota models get high marks when it comes to reliability. The good news is while these cars are among the least reliable Toyota models, they’re still recommended by Consumer Reports. Let’s find out why.

The 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback gets average reliability ratings

A blue 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback driving down an empty road, the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is one of the least reliable Toyota models
2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback | Toyota

The 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is a compact car that ranks near the middle of the pack. Consumer Reports gave it a 67 overall score, along with a 66 in road tests. The organization also gave it both a three out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating and a three out of five predicted reliability rating. 

While the new Toyota Corolla Hatchback didn’t necessarily land the highest marks, Consumer Reports does recommend it, explaining that this year’s model is ideal for “budget-minded driving enthusiasts who appreciate excellent fuel economy.” The organization isn’t wrong either. This year’s new Toyota Corolla Hatchback starts at $20,715 and delivers an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

The 2021 Toyota Avalon gets disappointing reliability ratings

A red 2021 Toyota Avalon driving along a tree lined highway
2021 Toyota Avalon | Toyota

This year’s new 2021 Toyota Avalon also finds itself among the least reliable Toyota models still recommended by Consumer Reports. The organization awarded this year’s model with a three out of five predicted reliability rating, which is nothing short of disappointing. The good news is that such a low reliability rating isn’t the norm for this new Toyota car.

The even better news is that the 2021 Toyota Avalon impressed in road tests. In fact, Consumer Reports awarded it a 93 overall score in road tests. Overall, Consumer Reports says, the 2021 Toyota Avalon is a “sensible alternative to higher-priced luxury cars.” It’s enjoyable to drive, is fuel-efficient, and boasts an upscale appearance both inside and out.

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 and RAV4 Prime struggle with reliability

A 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime parked, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime is one of the least reliable Toyota models
2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime | Toyota

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 often finds itself among the best new compact SUVs. The bad news is that it’s one of the least reliable Toyota models. Unfortunately, such a low rating isn’t all that unusual for the Toyota RAV4. In fact, while the organization gave the 2020 model a three out of five reliability rating, it gave the 2019 an even lower two out of five reliability rating.

Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime a similar rating. However, the RAV4 Prime did earn significantly higher ratings in both road tests and predicted owner satisfaction. While Consumer Reports gave the RAV4 a 72 in road tests, it gave the RAV4 Prime an 85 in road tests. The RAV4 Prime also earned a four out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating, compared to the RAV4’s three out of five rating.

A white 2021 Toyota Sienna parked in the wild, the 2021 Toyota Sienna is among the best new minivans of 2021
2021 Toyota Sienna | Toyota

There’s no denying that the 2021 Toyota Sienna has a lot going for it. After all, it’s Consumer Reports’ pick for the best midsized minivan of 2021. TrueCar also ranks it as the best minivan of 2021. Though, it’s no surprise as to why. The new Toyota Sienna earned an 80 overall score in road tests, along with a four out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating.

As for its three out of five predicted reliability rating? While that does make it one of the least reliable Toyota models, Consumer Reports’ data shows that previous model years struggled with minor transmission problems and suspension issues. With that in mind, simply keep an eye out for similar Toyota Sienna problems. 

The 2021 Toyota Supra is one of the least reliable Toyota models

A yellow 2021 Toyota Supra on the track
2021 Toyota Supra | Toyota

The 2021 Toyota Supra is among the best sporty cars over $40,000. It comes equipped with a 255-horsepower engine but is available with a faster, 382-horsepower engine. Consumer Reports also gave it a 91 overall score in road tests, adding that the new Toyota Supra is “wildly entertaining, and the driving experience is far more rewarding than the cold, hard numbers suggest.”

Unfortunately, while Consumer Reports does recommend the new sports car, it is one of the least reliable Toyota models. In fact, the organization gave this year’s new Supra a three out of five predicted reliability rating. Consumer Reports added that the 2021 Toyota Supra has also been recalled three times by NHTSA.

Is Toyota still the most reliable car?

Toyota is known for manufacturing some of the most reliable cars. In fact, models like the 2021 Toyota Camry, 2021 Toyota Corolla, and the 2021 Toyota Prius are among the most reliable new Toyota models recommended by Consumer Reports. As for the least reliable Toyota models? While they did earn disappointing reliability ratings, at the very least, Consumer Reports still recommends them.

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