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Ranked by the number of problems reported by owners

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 the vehicles that were singled out as being unreliable, in descending order.

Last updated October, 2018

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Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey is a very nice minivan, with lots of space inside and some clever engineering to maximize room for either cargo or passengers. But, according to Consumer Reports, owners report problems with the Odyssey's in-car electronics, power equipment, and body hardware.
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Volkswagen Atlas

The Volkswagen Atlas is one of the roomiest vehicles in its class of three-row crossovers. If you really need a lot of space for people and their stuff, it's a pretty good option. But owners report problems with the Atlas, the most troubling of which are with its transmission. Other sore spots include its climate system along with various noises and leaks.
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Buick Enclave

The Buick Enclave was completely redesigned for 2018, and it's a very attractive luxury crossover. Owners who responded to Consumer Reports' annual survey, however, say that they have experienced minor problems with the Enclave's nine-speed automatic transmission, its climate system, and its emissions system.
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Chevy Silverado HD

We're surprised to see the Chevy Silverado HD on this list. Fullsize pickup trucks tend to be very durable vehicles, but owners have had major engine problems, says Consumer Reports. Less troubling but still irksome are issues with noises and leaks along with the truck's in-car electronics package.

It's worth noting that this rating applies to both the Silverado 2500 and its twin, the GMC Sierra 2500.

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Kia Cadenza

The Kia Cadenza is the kind of large, comfortable sedan that Americans have traditionally loved. Owners of the Cadenza, though, report problems with the fullsize sedan's climate control and fuel/emission system, according to Consumer Reports.
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Chevy Traverse

The Chevy Traverse is a large three-row crossover that's offered at competitive prices. But, like the Buick Enclave we already saw on this list, its owners report issues with its nine-speed automatic transmission. Problems with the car's electronics packages were also reported.
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Honda Clarity

The Honda Clarity is the second vehicle from the Japanese brand to appear on this list. Consumer Reports says the Clarity is comfortable but has "clumsy" handling. Owners say they've had problems with the Insight's climate control, fuel and emissions system, and body hardware.
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Cadillac ATS

Cadillac has long fielded complaints about its CUE infotainment system, and those continue with the ATS. On the plus side, Consumer Reports says the ATS is "a treat to drive."
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Tesla Model X

The Tesla Model X appeared on this same list a year ago, and it's the only vehicle to be ranked on the most unreliable vehicles list two years in a row. The crossover's rear doors, which open upward unlike any other vehicle on the road, are often cited as problematic. Owners also report problems with the vehicle's in-car electronics.
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Ram 3500 HD

The Ram 3500 HD is ranked dead last on Consumer Reports' list of the most unreliable vehicles in America for 2018. Owners say they've had issues with the truck's steering and suspension, fuel and emissions systems, and engine cooling while also noting strange noises and leaks.
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