Special Report

These New Cars Are Most Likely to Break Down

Methodology

To determine the cars that are most likely to break down, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed all 2021 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 50 or higher. Finally, Consumer Reports produces a predicted owner satisfaction score, all models receiving a score of 4 or higher were excluded. MSRP ranges and combined fuel efficiency figures are also from Consumer Reports.

These data come from Consumer Reports’ latest Auto Reports survey, conducted in 2020 and covering approximately 329,000 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.

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