2016 Kia Niro. Photo by Kārlis Dambrāns.
Nobody wants a car that falls apart the moment you drive off the lot, but nobody wants a car that requires nonstop maintenance throughout the course of its life, either. If you're in the market for a new car and hoping to avoid a lemon, these models seem like they will go the distance.
When it comes to 2017 makes, Kia, Subaru, Lexus, Toyota, Audi, and Infiniti come out on top in terms of giving owners fewer problems to deal with, according to the Consumer Reports 2017 Annual Auto Survey. Based on their testing and data collected from over 640,000 vehicles, there are some models in particular that really shine. Here are the top five:
- Kia Niro: $US26,805 ($35,042)
- Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86: $US27,117 ($35,450)/$US25,025 ($32,715)
- Lexus ES: $US43,702 ($57,131)-$US44,017 ($57,543)
- Lexus GS: $US58,858 ($76,945)
- Audi Q3: $US40,125 ($52,455)
Surprised to see a Kia take first place? The Niro isn't exactly the best all-around car this year, but so far its reliability is unmatched. These rankings are based on 17 trouble areas they focus on - like squeaky brakes, broken trim, required transmission repairs, and faulty four-wheel-drive systems - and then converted into a point score that combines track testing, survey results, and safety data. You can learn more about their testing and see the rest of this year's most reliable cars at the link below.
10 Most Reliable Cars [Consumer Reports]