Special Report

These New Cars Are Most Likely to Break Down

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There are many important things to consider when buying a new car, and something that often gets overlooked is how long it will last before repairs are needed. Some cars are built to last, while others have problems that could mean the car will spend considerable time in the shop and cost thousands in repairs. 

To help car buyers identify potentially troublesome cars, product review site Consumer Reports conducted its latest annual Auto Reports survey of approximately 420,000 vehicles and determined how likely each model is to have serious problems. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed models for the 2020 model year with a predicted reliability score of 1 out of 5, meaning Consumer Reports has determined these are the new models most likely to report serious problems down the road. 

The models on this list include both luxury models and lower-end vehicles. More expensive luxury models can be costly to fix, and to insure, particularly if the encountered problems are common. These are the most expensive cars to insure

While many different automakers and brands appear on this list, some appear more than others. Notably, Land Rover and Chevrolet have at least five models each with a predicted reliability score of just 1 out of 5. These are the car brands with the most frustrated drivers.

Click here to see the new cars that are most likely to break down.
Click here to see our methodology.

Source: Courtesy of Audi USA

1. Audi A8
> Consumer Reports overall score: 67
> MSRP: $83,800
> Fuel efficiency: 21 MPG

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Source: Courtesy of Audi USA

2. Audi A6
> Consumer Reports overall score: 65
> MSRP: $54,900 – $73,900
> Fuel efficiency: 26 MPG

Source: Courtesy of Chevrolet

3. Chevrolet Traverse
> Consumer Reports overall score: 65
> MSRP: $29,800 – $53,200
> Fuel efficiency: 20 MPG

Source: Courtesy of BMW

4. BMW 3 Series
> Consumer Reports overall score: 63
> MSRP: $40,750 – $56,000
> Fuel efficiency: 29 MPG

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5. Lincoln Nautilus
> Consumer Reports overall score: 63
> MSRP: $41,040 – $63,800
> Fuel efficiency: 18 MPG

Source: Courtesy of Acura

6. Acura RDX
> Consumer Reports overall score: 61
> MSRP: $37,600 – $47,700
> Fuel efficiency: 22 MPG

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Source: Courtesy of Toyota

7. Toyota C-HR
> Consumer Reports overall score: 61
> MSRP: $21,295 – $26,350
> Fuel efficiency: 29 MPG

Source: Courtesy of Volkswagen USA

8. Volkswagen Atlas
> Consumer Reports overall score: 61
> MSRP: $31,545 – $49,195
> Fuel efficiency: 20 MPG

Source: Courtesy of Volkswagen USA

9. Volkswagen Tiguan
> Consumer Reports overall score: 61
> MSRP: $24,945 – $38,795
> Fuel efficiency: 25 MPG

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Source: Courtesy of Chevrolet

10. Chrysler Pacifica
> Consumer Reports overall score: 59
> MSRP: $33,745 – $45,845
> Fuel efficiency: 21 MPG

Source: Courtesy of Honda

11. Honda Passport
> Consumer Reports overall score: 59
> MSRP: $31,990 – $43,780
> Fuel efficiency: 21 MPG

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Source: Courtesy of Acura

12. Acura MDX
> Consumer Reports overall score: 58
> MSRP: $44,400 – $60,150
> Fuel efficiency: 21 MPG

Source: Courtesy of RAM

13. Ram 1500
> Consumer Reports overall score: 58
> MSRP: $32,145 – $57,265
> Fuel efficiency: 17 MPG

Source: Courtesy of Ford

14. Ford F-150
> Consumer Reports overall score: 57
> MSRP: $28,495 – $70,910
> Fuel efficiency: 19 MPG

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Source: Courtesy of Tesla

15. Tesla Model X
> Consumer Reports overall score: 57
> MSRP: $81,000 – $138,000
> Fuel efficiency: 87 MPG

Source: Courtesy of Cadillac

16. Cadillac XT6
> Consumer Reports overall score: 56
> MSRP: $52,695 – $57,095
> Fuel efficiency: 18 MPG

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Source: Courtesy of Chevrolet

17. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
> Consumer Reports overall score: 54
> MSRP: $28,300 – $56,800
> Fuel efficiency: 17 MPG

Source: Courtesy of GMC

18. GMC Sierra 1500
> Consumer Reports overall score: 54
> MSRP: $29,600 – $58,500
> Fuel efficiency: 17 MPG

Source: Courtesy of Land Rover

19. Land Rover Range Rover
> Consumer Reports overall score: 54
> MSRP: $90,900 – $209,500
> Fuel efficiency: 17 MPG

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Source: Courtesy of Land Rover

20. Land Rover Range Rover Sport
> Consumer Reports overall score: 54
> MSRP: $68,650 – $114,500
> Fuel efficiency: 18 MPG

Source: Courtesy of Land Rover

21. Land Rover Range Rover Velar
> Consumer Reports overall score: 54
> MSRP: $56,300 – $90,790
> Fuel efficiency: 21 MPG

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Source: Courtesy of Chevrolet

22. Chevrolet Camaro
> Consumer Reports overall score: 53
> MSRP: $25,000 – $68,000
> Fuel efficiency: 20 MPG

Source: Courtesy of Cadillac

23. Cadillac XT4
> Consumer Reports overall score: 52
> MSRP: $35,695 – $42,295
> Fuel efficiency: 23 MPG

Source: Courtesy of Lexus

24. Lexus LS
> Consumer Reports overall score: 52
> MSRP: $75,450 – $100,865
> Fuel efficiency: 20 MPG

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Source: Courtesy of Alfa Romeo

25. Alfa Romeo Giulia
> Consumer Reports overall score: 51
> MSRP: $39,345 – $74,445
> Fuel efficiency: 27 MPG

Source: Courtesy of Land Rover

26. Land Rover Discovery
> Consumer Reports overall score: 51
> MSRP: $52,300 – $69,200
> Fuel efficiency: 17 MPG

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Source: Courtesy of Land Rover

27. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
> Consumer Reports overall score: 45
> MSRP: $42,650 – $56,850
> Fuel efficiency: 20 MPG

28. Land Rover Discovery Sport
> Consumer Reports overall score: 44
> MSRP: $37,800 – $52,800
> Fuel efficiency: 21 MPG

Source: Courtesy of Cadillac

29. Cadillac Escalade
> Consumer Reports overall score: 41
> MSRP: $75,195 – $98,295
> Fuel efficiency: 16 MPG

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Source: Courtesy of Chevrolet

30. Chevrolet Colorado
> Consumer Reports overall score: 37
> MSRP: $21,300 – $43,000
> Fuel efficiency: 18 MPG

Source: Courtesy of GMC

31. GMC Canyon
> Consumer Reports overall score: 37
> MSRP: $22,200 – $44,300
> Fuel efficiency: 18 MPG

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Source: Courtesy of Fiat USA

32. Fiat 500X
> Consumer Reports overall score: 35
> MSRP: $24,590 – $29,495
> Fuel efficiency: 23 MPG

Source: Courtesy of Fiat USA

33. Fiat 500L
> Consumer Reports overall score: 29
> MSRP: $22,500 – $24,645
> Fuel efficiency: 27 MPG

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34. Jeep Wrangler
> Consumer Reports overall score: 28
> MSRP: $28,295 – $42,125
> Fuel efficiency: 18 MPG

Methodology

To determine the cars that are most likely to break down, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed all 2020 model vehicles from Consumer Reports with a reliability score of 1 out of 5. Consumer Reports also awards an overall model score out of 100, which incorporates reliability and other measures of quality. We excluded all models that were not awarded an overall score by Consumer Reports, as well as models with an overall score of 70 or higher. MSRP ranges and combined fuel efficiency figures are also from Consumer Reports.

These data come from Consumer Reports’ latest Auto Reports survey, conducted in 2019 and covering approximately 420,000 vehicles. Respondents were asked to report issues they experienced with their vehicles in one of 17 areas, ranging from engine problems to climate control issues to malfunctioning electrical systems. Using this information, experts at Consumer Reports assigned a predicted reliability score of 1 to 5 for these vehicles. The vehicles listed below are the 2020 model vehicles that received a score of just 1 out of 5.

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