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.
In first place on Consumer Reports' unreliable list is the Chevrolet Traverse. It's an extremely roomy three-row crossover that offers much improved efficiency over big truck-based utility vehicles like Chevy's own Tahoe. Too bad owners report problems with the crossover's transmission, in-car electronics and power equipment.
A stylish and practical minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica is an attractive option for growing families. What it isn't, according to Consumer Reports, is reliable, with owners complaining of problems with the van's in-car electronics, power equipment and drive system.
Tesla Model X
This is the third year in a row that the Tesla Model X appears on the least-reliable vehicle list. It's the only vehicle to earn that unfortunate distinction. 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, drive system and body hardware.
The Acura MDX is a roomy and comfortable three-row crossover that offers luxurious accommodations without the same level of sticker shock as its German competitors. Interestingly, the MDX is the only vehicle from a Japanese automaker to show up on the least-reliable list. Owners report problems with the crossover's in-car electronics, power equipment and drive system.
The first Volkswagen on the least-reliable list is the Tiguan. It's a compact crossover that competes with such hot sellers as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. According to owners who reported their findings to Consumer Reports, the Tiguan has problems with its power equipment, in-car electronics and steering and suspension systems.
The second Volkswagen on this list is the Atlas. It's one of the roomiest vehicles in its class of three-row crossovers, so 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' power equipment, in-car electronics, climate system and fuel/emissions system.
Alfa Romeo Giulia
The Giulia is an absolutely beautiful vehicle that drives at least as well as anything else in its luxury performance sedan segment. But owners report problems with its power equipment, in-car electronics and climate system.
Jeep's iconic Wrangler, available in both two- and four-door styles, is known the as one of the best off-road vehicles in the world. It's more popular today than ever before, but owners say they have problems with the Wrangler's in-car electronics along with its steering and suspension systems.
The Chevrolet Camaro is a classic muscle car that's at its best when it's powered by a roaring V8 engine. Unfortunately, Camaro owners report to Consumer Reports that it has problems with its power equipment, body hardware and transmission.
The Chevrolet Colorado, a competitive midsize pickup truck that competes with the Ford Ranger, Honda Ridgeline, Jeep Gladiator, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma, brings up the rear in Consumer Reports' latest reliability rankings. Owners report that the truck has problems with its transmission, drive system and emissions system.
It's worth noting that this rating applies equally to the mechanically similar GMC Canyon pickup truck.