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The Top 10 Most Reliable Cars for 2022

By Jason Collins | February 9, 2022

The most recent reliability rankings in the annual Auto Reliability survey from Consumer Reports have Japanese import brands dominating the ranks. Six out of the top ten are Honda, Nissan, and Toyota and their respective luxury divisions, including Acura, Infiniti, and the leading brand, Lexus. The only domestic brand in the top ten is Buick from General Motors.

If reliability ratings are a big factor for you as you consider your next new car, then continue reading to find out what the most reliable cars are for 2022.


The Top 10 Most Reliable Cars for 2022

According to Consumer Report rankings, below are the top ten most reliable new cars for 2022:

  1. Lexus GX
  2. Kia Niro EV
  3. Toyota Prius Prime
  4. Toyota Prius
  5. Cadillac XTS
  6. Mazda MX-5 Miata
  7. Honda Insight
  8. Toyota Highlander
  9. Subaru Crosstrek
  10. Mazda CX-9

The Top 10 Least Reliable Cars for 2022

According to Consumer Report rankings, below are the top ten least reliable new cars for 2022, starting with the least reliable vehicle:

  1. Mercedes-Benz GLE
  2. Ford Explorer
  3. Ford Mustang
  4. Chevrolet Silverado 1500/GMC Sierra 1500
  5. Chevrolet Corvette
  6. Volvo XC90
  7. Volkswagen Tiguan
  8. Tesla Model Y
  9. Chrysler Pacifica
  10. Subaru Ascent

Most Reliable Vehicles in detail:

1. Lexus GX

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The 2022 Lexus GX is a luxury, three-row, midsize SUV and the most reliable vehicle available, with a perfect score of 100. Consumer Reports notes that the interior is quiet and nice and further describes it as comfortable with a "high level of refinement." The controls are user-friendly, and there are plenty of standard driver-assistance features. Unfortunately, although it's a three-row SUV, it isn't very spacious.

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Separating itself from rivals in its class, the GX is one luxury SUV that can go just about anywhere. Its truck-like body-on-frame construction and adjustable suspension system are powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine. Off-roading is a breeze as it climbs over any obstacles. Several crossover rivals may offer more comfort, but the Lexus GX is a unique choice if you can look past its poor fuel efficiency.

Browse Lexus GX listings here.


2. Kia Niro EV

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The 2022 Kia Niro EV is an affordable and roomy electric compact car with an impressive driving range that exceeds 200 miles. This all-electric hatchback offers the best of both worlds, combining the convenience of a spacious two-row crossover with the technology of an electric vehicle.

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The Kia Niro EV is mechanically similar to the Hyundai Kona Electric, sharing the same 201-horsepower electric motor, front-wheel-drive setup, and many of the same technology and safety features. However, the Niro EV stands out from its class rival with its roomier back seat, larger cargo area, and smooth handling. Consumer Reports describes the Niro EV as feeling more refined and substantial than the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf.

Impressive technology is enjoyed behind the wheel of the Niro EV with multiple levels of regenerative braking and a user-friendly infotainment system that offers quick responses.

Browse Kia Niro EV listings here.


3. Toyota Prius

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The 2022 Toyota Prius remains a remarkably efficient compact car that overtakes nearly all other hybrid vehicles in both fuel efficiency and cargo space. The base model comes loaded with driver assistance and infotainment technology, while safety ratings are also excellent.

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The Prius makes 121-horsepower from its hybrid powertrain, which results in a sluggish acceleration but still boasts a smooth transition between electric and all-gas power. This can easily be looked past if you consider the fact it returns better fuel economy than nearly any other hybrid car on the market, with EPA ratings of 58 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway for the base L Eco trim.

A three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty for most hybrid components have you covered for peace of mind.

Browse Toyota Prius listings here.


4. Toyota Prius Prime

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Add a plug and some unique features to the 2022 Toyota Prius above, and you will get the 2022 Toyota Prius Prime. If you are fully committed to the Prius brand and want some pure electric range, you will benefit from the Prius Prime. The Prius Prime has a J.D Power predicted reliability score of 74 out of 100 and comes with the same warranty as to its Prius sibling.

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The Toyota Prius Prime excels at its mission to reduce carbon emissions and earns an excellent EPA-rated 54 mpg combined. Every Prius Prime model features the same plug-in-hybrid system, offering up 25 miles electric driving range. The four-cylinder engine works with a battery pack, an electric motor, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) to maximize the compact car's efficiency.

The infotainment system is hassle-free, while drivers enjoy a long list of standard safety and technology features.

Browse Toyota Prius Prime listings here.


5. Cadillac XTS

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The 2022 Cadillac XTS received a reliability score of 89, which isn't far from perfect and ranks the Cadillac second as the most reliable vehicle in the luxury compact SUV segment. The only thing that seems to have taken a perfect score away from the Cadillac XTS is minor trouble with the in-vehicle electronics.

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The XTS features two engine options, including the 237-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and the naturally-aspirated 310-horsepower 3.6L V6 engine available on the higher trim levels.

The XTS results from Cadillac distilling Escalade-luxury into a smaller size SUV. The result is an upscaled and well-equipped cabin and loads of cargo space. Unfortunately, if you value driver-assistance features, you will have to pay more since they don't come standard. On the upside, Cadillac's standard warranty makes up for any misdemeanors since it exceeds most of the rivals in its class and offers complimentary scheduled maintenance.

Browse Cadillac XTS listings here.


6. Mazda MX-5 Miata

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Mazda has taken the idea of a charming and eccentric British roadster and infused it with Japanese reliability to produce a fun and affordable convertible sports car.

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Understandably, the 2022 MX-5 Miata earns its place as a top ten reliable vehicle because there is very little to fault. The spunky four-cylinder engine offers an eager and playful driving experience. While the cabin may be a little snug, it is well equipped with loads of standard technology and safety features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Miata's driver-assistance features are also standard across all models.

Thanks to its lightweight, the 2.0-liter engine gets high EPA fuel-economy numbers with 26/35 mpg city/highway and outperforms those numbers in the real world. Adding to the driving pleasure of the MX-5 Miata is the new Kinematic Posture Control, which sharpens handling.

Browse Mazda MX-5 Miata listings here.


7. Honda Insight

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The 2022 Honda Insight is a hybrid compact car with a J.D Power predicted reliability score of 78 out of 100. Thanks to its great fuel economy ratings, robust powertrain, user-friendly infotainment system, and an upscale cabin, it stands out.

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Against the Toyota Prius, the Insight has a more straightforward and intuitive infotainment system and a stronger powertrain, which is made up of a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor. The result is 151-horsepower and fuel economy estimates that rank high in its class.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2022 Honda Insight a Top Safety Pick+ and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a safety rating of five out of five stars.

Browse Honda Insight listings here.


8. Toyota Highlander

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The 2022 Toyota Highlander has a predicted reliability score of 82 out of 100 from J.D. Power. The Highlander is a midsize SUV with loads of standard safety technology on offer and excellent safety scores to boast from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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The Highlander's 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 295-horsepower and provides a solid driving experience, smooth ride, and composed handling. Inside the Highlander, the Infotainment system may not be as modern as some rivals, but it is far easier to operate and offers a quick response time. Many drivers favor physical controls for audio and climate settings. The interior is laden with high-quality interior materials for added comfort, even in the base model.

Toyota offers a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty on the Highlander.

Browse Toyota Highlander listings here.


9. Subaru Crosstrek

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The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is a subcompact SUV offering comfortable seats, easy-to-use tech features, an enjoyable driving experience, and good safety scores. The Crosstrek has a predicted reliability score of 79 out of 100 from J.D. Power.

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If you are looking for a small SUV, then the all-wheel-drive Crosstrek is an excellent option with its spacious first- and second-row seats and sizeable cargo space that surpasses many of its rivals. The interior feels sturdy and offers a wide range of driver assistance features and a user-friendly infotainment system laden with tech features.

The 2.0-liter engine may feel sluggish, but the 2.5-liter engine with an output of 182-horsepower offers a little more power if you prefer. The Crosstrek also offers agreeable driving dynamics and handles off-road excursions if you aim for the roads less traveled. Finally, safety is a priority for Subaru, with the Crosstrek earning good safety ratings and offering a long list of standard driver assistance features.

Browse Subaru Crosstrek listings here.


10. Mazda CX-9

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The 2022 Mazda CX-9 is a midsize SUV offering a punchy yet fuel-efficient engine. It received a predicted reliability score of 80 out of 100 from J.D. Power.

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It is difficult to find fault in the Mazda CX-9 when it stands out as one of the sportiest options in its class with excellent reliability and safety scores. Several rivals cannot keep up with the CX-9's handling agility and potent engine performance, including the Kia Telluride. Powering the CX-9 is a 227-horsepower turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. All-wheel drive is standard, making it an attractive option in its class. Better still, the CX-9 gets excellent fuel economy for a three-row midsize SUV.

The Mazda CX-9 is laden with standard driver assistance features and received excellent safety scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The infotainment display is mounted high on the dashboard, making it easier for drivers to see the crisp graphics on offer.

Browse Mazda CX-9 listings here.


The Top 8 Domestic Reliable Cars for 2022

According to Consumer Report rankings, below are the top eight most reliable domestic new cars for 2022:

  • Buick Envision
  • Chevrolet Trailblazer
  • Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
  • GMC Sierra 2500HD
  • Chrysler 300
  • Ford Bronco Sport
  • Mustang Mach-E
  • Ford Ranger

The Top 20 Most Reliable Brands for 2022

According to Consumer Report rankings, below are the top 15 most reliable car brands for 2022 and their predicted reliability scores:

  1. Lexus: 76
  2. Mazda: 75
  3. Toyota: 71
  4. Infiniti: 69
  5. Buick: 66
  6. Honda: 66
  7. Subaru: 66
  8. Acura: 64
  9. Nissan: 63
  10. Mini: 60
  11. Hyundai: 56
  12. Chrysler: 54
  13. Porsche: 52
  14. Chevrolet: 48
  15. Audi: 47

Survey Highlights

Brand rankings in the Consumer Report survey are based on detailed survey responses received from members about individual models for the most recent three model years. The survey results are evaluated, and a predicted reliability score on a scale from zero to 100 rates the participating models and brands.

Below are some of the highlights from the survey:

The average score sits between 41 and 60. Domestic automakers averaged 42, European brands averaged 44, and Asian brands took center stage with an average of 62.

Overall, the results indicate that cars are more reliable than SUVs and trucks, with an average reliability score of 57. The cars category includes coupes, convertibles, hatchbacks, sedans, and wagons. Trucks and minivans have an average of 43, while SUVs averaged 50.

Domestic brands, unfortunately, didn't follow the average trend above. American-built SUVs shared an average score of 45, and trucks averaged 41. Domestic cars came in lower with an average of 38.

Plug-in and gasoline-electric hybrids are some of the most reliable vehicles because some are tried-and-true models that have been in production for several years allowing automakers to clear out any bugs.

Some of the least reliable vehicles are the battery-powered, electric SUVs, which fall into a category dominated by Tesla. However, the reasons were primarily outside of their electric powertrain and based more on the vehicles' fit and finish and how well some features, like climate control, work. Tesla model owners mainly reported problems related to the cabin electronics of their electric cars. Unfortunately, Tesla took a second-to-last ranking as a result. The Tesla Model Y was one of the least reliable vehicles because of its body fit, weatherstripping, paint, climate system, and rear hatchback.

Unfortunately, technologically advanced transmissions were a topic of complaint, especially those vehicles aimed at greater fuel efficiency. Those complaints included continuously-variable transmissions, belt-driven, and gearboxes with eight to nine gears. Consumer Reports noted that transmission complaints mostly came in for certain Hyundai, Kia, Subaru, and Toyota models.

Surprisingly, several luxury automotive brands with models packed with all the latest technology ranked towards the bottom of the report for 2022. These luxury brands include Genesis, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, and Tesla. It was reported that infotainment system glitches were a featured complaint as automakers gravitate toward more digital controls and larger touchscreens.

The most reliable vehicle for 2022 is the Lexus GX SUV, with a perfect reliability score of 100. The GMC Yukon and Chevy Tahoe tied for last place with only two points. Lexus ranked first as the most reliable brand, while Lincoln lay last at the bottom of the ranks.