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The most reliable car in South Africa

A recent Consumer Reports (CR) study found that Lexus builds the most reliable vehicles in the world scoring a reliability rating of 79/100, with the ES, NX, RX, and UX – all of which are available in South Africa – standing out as the brand’s most trustworthy models.

Few will be surprised to learn that Lexus’ parent organisation Toyota was in second with a score of 76/100, while BMW’s sub-brand Mini claimed third with 71/100.

CR determined these ratings by asking owners of these vehicles about the problems they experienced with them over the previous 12 months.

A total of 330,000 individuals were surveyed owning vehicles as old as 23 years, with 20 “trouble areas” under the microscope from irritations such as squeaky brakes, to major issues including engine and gearbox problems.

Thereafter, CR weighed the severity of each type of problem and used this data to create a “predicted reliability score” for each vehicle, ranging from 1 to 100.

The reliability rating was then combined with data collected from CR’s track testing, as well as its owner satisfaction survey results and safety data, to calculate each test vehicle’s overall reliability score.

In its latest study, CR found that vehicles from Asia have the highest overall score at 63/100, followed by European automakers at 46/100, and in third place the Americans at 39/100.

Moreover, sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons remained the most reliable vehicle type with an average rating of 57/100, trailed by SUVs at 50/100, and and minivans at 45/100.

Most reliable cars on the market

The most reliable car brands on the market, according to the Consumer Reports study, are detailed below.

The underlined brands are all available in South Africa, but not necessarily every model that is included in the report.

Brand Models Reliability score
Lexus ES, ES Hybrid, NX, NX Hybrid, RX, RX Hybrid, UX 79/100
Toyota 4Runner, bZ4X, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Corolla, Corolla Cross, Corolla Hatch, Corolla Hybrid, Crown, GR86, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, Prius, Prius Prime, RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid, RAV4 Prime, Sienna, Tundra, Venza 76/100
Mini Cooper, Countryman 71/100
Acura Integra, MDX, RDX, TLX 70/100
Honda Accord, Accord Hybrid, Civic, CR-V, CR-V Hybrid, HR-V, Odyssey, Passport, Pilot, Ridgeline 70/100
Subaru Ascent, BRZ, Crosstrek, Forester, Legacy, Outback, Solterra, WRX 69/100
Mazda 3, CX-30, CX-5, CX-50, MX-5 67/100
Porsche Cayenne, Macan 66/100
BMW 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, i4, iX, X1, X3, X5, X5 PHEV, X7 64/100
Kia Carnival, EV6, Forte, K5, Niro, Niro EV, Seltos, Sorento, Sorento Hybrid, Soul, Sportage, Sportage Hybrid, Sportage PHEV, Telluride 61/100
Hyundai Elantra, Elantra Hybrid, Ioniq 5, Ioniq 6, Palisade, Santa Cruz, Sonata, Tucson, Tucson Hybrid, Tucson PHEV, Venue 56/100
Buick Enclave, Encore GX, Envision 55/100
Infiniti Q50, QX50, QX60 53/100
Tesla Model 3, Model S, Model X, Model Y 48/100
Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 46/100
Cadillac CT5, Escalade, XT4, XT5, XT6 45/100
Nissan Altima, Ariya, Frontier, Kicks, Leaf, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue, Sentra 45/100
Genesis G70, G80, GV60, GV70, GV80 44/100
Audi A3, A4/Allroad, A5, A6, Q3, Q4 E-Tron, Q5, Q5 PHEV, Q7, Q8, Q8 E-Tron 43/100
Chevrolet Blazer, Colorado, Corvette, Equinox, Silverado 1500, Silverado 2500HD, Silverado 3500HD, Suburban, Tahoe, Trailblazer 43/100
Dodge Durango 42/100
Ford Bronco, Bronco Sport, Edge, Escape, Escape Hybrid, Escape PHEV, Expedition, Explorer, F-150, F-150 Hybrid, F-150 Lightning, Maverick, Maverick Hybrid, Mustang Mach-E 40/100
Lincoln Aviator, Corsair 38/100
GMC Canyon, Sierra 1500, Sierra 2500HD, Sierra 3500HD, Terrain, Yukon, Yukon XL 36/100
Volvo S60/V60, XC40, XC60, XC60 PHEV, XC90 28/100
Jeep Compass, Gladiator, Grand Cherokee, Grand Cherokee L, Renegade, Wrangler 26/100
VW Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, GTI, ID.4, Jetta, Taos, Tiguan 26/100
Rivian R1S, R1T 24/100
Mercedes-Benz C-Class, EQS, GLA, GLB, GLE 23/100
Chrysler Pacifica, Pacifica Hybrid 18/100

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