Look around on a busy road and you’ll likely see an aged Toyota Camry passenger car or Tacoma pickup truck still soldiering on. Sightings like these are a testament to both the reliability and durability of these vehicles. Toyota cars, trucks, and SUVs are historically reliable. But which 2020 Toyota model impressed Consumer Reports as the most reliable?
According to Consumer Reports, most 2020 Toyota models rank well above average. In addition, there are several models that have a perfect score in terms of predicted reliability. The Toyota 86, Corolla, 4Runner, Prius, and Sequoia all have a consumer reports reliability score of 5 out of 5. So How do we figure out which one Consumer Reports would deem the most reliable 2020 Toyota model?
Of the models with a 5 out of 5 predicted reliability score from consumer reports, 2 have active recalls. The 2020 Toyota Corolla has 3 recalls and the 2020 Toyota Sequoia has 1 as well. What are the recalls for?
The 2020 Toyota Corolla has a recall that went active on November 4, 2020. This recall is for the gasoline fuel system. Fuel delivery can be impeded by a fuel pump that is not operating optimally. According to Consumer Reports, “if the fuel pump fails, the engine can stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.”
In addition, the rear seat belt can malfunction in the even of a crash with multiple impacts. This recall went active on December 11, 2019. The last 2020 Toyota Corolla recall posted on the Consumer Reports review is for a problem with the electronic stability control system. This recall, active since July 24, 2019, can interfere with the stability system or the braking assist function, which can increase the risk of an accident.
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The 2020 Toyota Sequoia also experienced a recall. Like the Corolla, the 2020 Toyota Sequoia has an active recall for the fuel pump system. This is the same recall that began on November 4, 2020. These models are by no means unreliable. However, when we have this many 5 out of 5 2020 Toyota reliability ratings, it comes down to splitting hairs. Recalls can be addressed with the manufacturer and instructions are given in terms of how to rectify the issues.
What about older Toyota model years?
At this point, our three finalists are the 2020 Toyota 4Runner, Prius, and 86. So now how do we decide which of these three is the most reliable 2020 Toyota model? One area we can look at is reliability history. This year’s scores are only strengthened by a strong reliability history.
The 2020 Toyota 4 Runner hasn’t received a score lower than 5 out 5 since the 2015 model year. The reliability rating for the 2015 4Runner was still 3 out of 5 though. The Toyota Prius hasn’t seen anything below perfect for the last decade. The 86 sports car doesn’t have a Consumer Reports reliability rating for the 2018 and 2019 model years. This is presumably because it didn’t change much since the 2017 model––which has a 5 out of 5 rating––came out.
The most reliable 2020 Toyota model
It’s pretty hard to argue with 5 out of 5 reliability ratings for 10 years. With this fact in mind, we think it’s safe to assume that Consumer Reports would agree with deeming the 2020 Prius as the most reliable 2020 Toyota model. Toyota offers a full lineup of reliable vehicles, however, and there isn’t one that we’d think of as unreliable in terms of predicted reliability. The quality and longevity of its vehicles is the Japanese brand’s calling card.