The big decision of buying a car is not one to be taken lightly as it can be the difference between a being happy or sad about your revenue on the long run. When you’re shopping for a new car, you can’t trust all the ads you see on TV or online.
Each automaker is going to tout its biggest benefits and go hard at the flaws of its competitors. So who can you really trust when deciding on your next car? Fellow drivers who already own the car you’re considering.
Consumer Reports gathered the data for its 2018 Annual Auto Survey. They made use of responses of over 500,000 vehicles, which they ranked from the most reliable to the least reliable for 2018. Coming in dead last: the Ram 3500.
The rankings for the least reliable car were determined by studying 17 trouble areas ranging from squeaky brakes to major out-of-warranty repairs. The Ram 3500 earned its place as the least reliable due to buyers’ issues with its steering and suspension, fuel and emissions system, engine cooling, and annoying noises and leaks.
The Ram Trucks however wasn’t the only American car manufacturer to make the list. As a matter of fact, six of the ten least reliable vehicles are American made, four of which were manufactured by General Motors.
Buyers reported trouble with transmission, in-car electronics, climate system, fuel and emissions system, and even the engine in the General Motors vehicles. Honda was the only other manufacturer to appear more than once on the list; accounting for two cars.
Here is the full list of the 10 least reliable cars of 2018, counting down to the worst:
10. Honda Odyssey
9. Volkswagen Atlas
8. Buick Enclave
7. Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
6. Kia Cadenza
5. Chevrolet Traverse
4. Honda Clarity
3. Cadillac ATS
2. Tesla Model X
1. Ram 3500
So if you’re in the market for a new vehicle, you’d be wise to avoid these makes and models. And if you already own any of these cars, there is no need to fret.
Regardless of what car you drive, all you need to do is to properly maintain your car and it will serve you for a long time.