Cadillac Escalade
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Consumer Reports Auto Reliability Survey

Considering how big an investment it is to actually go out and buy a brand-new car, most buyers probably assume they are going to have a relatively trouble-free few years, at the very least, of ownership. Sadly, that's not always the case.

According to Consumer Reports, not all cars are as reliable as they should be. The magazine's Auto Reliability Survey compiled responses from the owners of hundreds of thousands of vehicles. Click here for more information from Consumer Reports, but first, scroll through the slideshow above to see five of the vehicles that were singled out as being unreliable.

Fiat 500L in yellow
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Fiat 500L

The first vehicle singled out by Consumer Reports is the Fiat 500L, which, while still small, is a slightly larger version of the two-door 500 hatchback. The Fiat's appearance on this list isn't a surprise, as the Italian brand has been at the bottom of most customer satisfaction and reliability rankings that we've seen over the last few years.

Specific complaints from readers of Consumer Reports ranged from problems with the car's automatic transmission, its interior electronics, and its poor safety report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Click on the image above to see the next least reliable vehicle.

Research the 2016 Fiat 500L
Ford Fiesta sedan in red
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Ford Fiesta

The second vehicle to perform particularly poorly on Consumer Reports 2016 Reliability Survey is the Ford Fiesta. Although it scored good marks for fuel efficiency, problems included a transmission that doesn't shift properly and unscheduled clutch replacements.

Research the 2016 Ford Fiesta
Chevy Tahoe SUV in white
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Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon

Seeing the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon on Consumer Reports' list of unreliable vehicles is surprising. While the V8 engines are generally known for their reliability, they aren't fuel efficient, and trouble spots include steering vibrations and problems with the in-car electronics.
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Ram 2500

This big truck rides better than its competitors, and it's perfect for hauling huge loads or massive trailers. But Consumer Reports says it's got issues with steering vibrations, emissions controls and sensors, and more.
Research the 2016 Ram 2500
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Tesla Model X

Falcon doors may be one of the signature features of the Tesla Model X, but they are also one of its worst, according to Consumer Reports. Not only do the doors take a long time to open and close, owners also report reliability issues with them. Other trouble spots include in-car electronics and climate controls.
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Chrysler 200 sedan in red
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Chrysler 200

Consumer Reports calls the Chrysler 200 "a mediocre car in a category overflowing with competent, and even excellent, alternatives." Problems abound with the car's automatic transmission, which CR calls "uncooperative" and "rough."
Research the 2016 Chrysler 200
2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali in dark grey
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Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL

Big American SUVs tend to be pretty reliable, which is why we're a little surprised to see the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL earn a spot on this list of the least reliable vehicles of 2016 from Consumer Reports.

There were reports of a slipping or rough-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, and problems with in-car electronics and four-wheel-drive components.

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Jeep Renegade crossover in red
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Jeep Renegade

The Renegade is the smallest crossover from Jeep. It's available with either a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with a six-speed manual gearbox, or a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a nine-speed automatic. It's that automatic transmission that gets the most complaints from Consumer Reports, along with faulty power equipment and problems with the radio.
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Ford Focus sedan in blue
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Ford Focus

Consumer Reports says the Ford Focus suffers from "poor reliability and, at low speeds, a jerky transmission." Clutch replacements were reported in CR's survey results. A narrow cabin was also a sore spot with testers.
Research the 2016 Ford Focus
Cadillac Escalade in black
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Cadillac Escalade

The least reliable vehicle in America, according to Consumer Reports, is the Cadillac Escalade. Transmission replacements, poor shifting, and problems with the in-car electronics were reported in CR's survey results. What's more, the magazine's testers weren't impressed with the Escalade's stiff ride and clumsy handling.
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