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Buying a car is such a complicated process. I always appreciate information from Consumer Reports on the topic.

Each year Consumer Reports issues a report on car reliability. It’s latest report showed hybrid vehicles and midsized or large sedans are among the most reliable, while electric vehicles and full-size pickup trucks are the two most problematic categories.

Seven of the top 10 most reliable brands are Japanese and Korean. Lincoln is the only domestic brand in this year’s top 10. 

Here are how the brands ranked, along with information about whether they went up or down in the rankings from last year:

  1. Toyota, up two spots
  2. Lexus, down one spot
  3. BMW, up ten spots
  4. Mazda, down two spots
  5. Honda, unchanged
  6. Audi, up five spots
  7. Subaru, down one spot
  8. Acura, down one spot
  9. Kia ranked ninth, up six spots
  10. Lincoln, up 14 spots
  11. Buick, down seven spots
  12. Genesis, up nine spots
  13. Hyundai, down four spots
  14. Volvo, up two spots
  15. Nissan, down seven spots
  16. Ram, up one spot
  17. Cadillac, down five spots
  18. Ford, down four spots
  19. Tesla, up four spots
  20. Chevrolet, down 10 spots
  21. GMC, down three spots
  22. Volkswagen, down two spots
  23. Jeep, down one spot
  24. Mercedes-Benz, down five spots

Consumer Reports based its rankings on a survey of owners representing more than 300,000 vehicles from the 2000 through 2022 model years, with a few new 2023 models included. The rankings are based on problems with vehicles in the past year.

For details on the pluses and minuses of different models within each brand, see Consumer Reports’ 2022 car reliability findings at CR.org/reliability.

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Rita Robison Consumer & Personal Finance Journalist

For more than two decades, Rita R. Robison has been a consumer and personal finance journalist making her living by finding the best bargains, calling out the crooks, and advocating for regular people just like you and me. In that time, Robison has talked to so many people who feel like their money just isn’t getting them what they want, where they want to be, or the life they thought it would.

The purpose of her blog is to help you get what you want from your money. Robison covers financial goals, budgets, debt reduction, saving, smart choices for buying goods and services, and retirement planning. You’ll also find articles on safety, such as avoiding scams, looking out for rip off companies, and getting informed on the latest recalls.

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