There are many reasons why customers purchase a brand-new car. It could be the likelihood of no-hassle ownership or the fewer instances of service problems over time. But while there’s no guarantee of perfection, we all still want to get the most value for our money.
Consumer Reports recently released its 2016 Annual Auto Survey, which lists the 10 least reliable vehicles. These car owners face the highest risk of visiting their dealerships sooner and more frequently than others.
The same survey considers the different factors that can go wrong, specifically in 17 trouble areas. These include simple nuisances like an interior trim that is broken or noisy brakes, all the way to major problem areas like issues with the 4-wheel drive systems or transmission repairs no longer covered with warranty.
To get to the Overall score, the group took note of how severe each problem is to make a Predicted Reliability Score. This rating is then combined with data sets like safety information, those gathered from track testing, and even owner-satisfaction surveys. The 10 least reliable vehicles are listed below with the top-ranked car being the most problematic.