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Consumer Reports’ 20 least reliable for 2015

Updated January 5, 2016

It is fall, the time of year that excites the Motor City. For those who may never heard that term, it refers to Detroit, Motown, Motor City, Home of the Big Three, you know, the auto industry. And, there are a lot of excited people running around hoping that the latest version of their top vehicle is named (you choose):

 

  • Car of the Year
  • Truck of the Year
  • Car of the Century
  • Truck of the Century
  • Universally Great Car
  • Universally Great Truck

 

The list seems to grow every year and get a bit sillier, as well. You have the “Best Car for the Snow;” “The Top Car for the summer;” “The Best Car Automotive Electronics,” and more. Of course, there are some lists that automotive manufacturers would do anything to make, anything, make no mistake about it. However, the selfsame automakers just cannot seem to make those lists, though they may make others. In this case, the lists they may want to get on are those offered by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), whose ratings give vehicles the Seal of Approval and others such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, whose ratings provide cars and light trucks the federal stamp of approval.

 

Just as there are lists that car manufacturers want to be on, there are others that they would just as soon avoid. After all, how would you like to be on a list of the least reliable cars for 2015? Isn’t it much better to be on the “Car of the Year” side? Of course, it is.

 

Consumer Reports recently released its reliability lists for 2015. The vehicles you expect on the Best side did appear there. However, there were some real surprises on the other side. For example, would you have expected Mercedes-Benz to have two of the 20 Least Reliable Cars for 2015? Or, would you have expected Infiniti to have another? And, would you have expected two manufacturers to place ten vehicles on the list? That’s the case with Fiat Chrysler and General Motors.

 

CR’s work isn’t opinion; it is fact-based. The consumer magazine used the experiences of thousands of motorists who commented on their new cars and trucks. The 20 Least Reliable vehicles picked themselves as their location on the list was determined by real-world results. So, rather than let you wait longer, here’s a listing of the 20 Least Reliable Cars for 2015, as determined by Consumer Reports.

 

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

  • Electronics
  • Steering Systems
  • Drive Systems

 

Lincoln MKC

Lincoln MKC

Lincoln MKC

  • Electronics
  • Drive Systems
  • Power Equipment

 

Hyundai Genesis

Hyundai Genesis

Hyundai Genesis

  • Transmission Problems
  • Noise
  • Leaks

Acura TLX

 

Acura TLX

Acura TLX

  • Transmission
  • Electronics

 

GMC Yukon/Chevy Tahoe (corporate twins) SUV

GMC Yukon

GMC Yukon

  • Electronics
  • Power Equipment
  • Noise
  • Leaks

 

Chrysler 300

Chrysler 300

Chrysler 300

  • Electronics
  • Transmission
  • Climate Controls

 

Dodge Challenger

Dodge Challenger

Dodge Challenger

  • Transmission
  • Engine
  • Noise
  • Leaks

 

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

  • Brakes
  • Electronics
  • Power Equipment

 

Infiniti QX60

Infiniti QX60

Infiniti QX60

  • Transmission
  • Paint and Trim
  • Noise
  • Leaks

 

Ford Focus

 

Ford Focus

Ford Focus

  • Transmission
  • Electronics
  • Drive Systems

 

Cadillac ATS

Cadillac ATS

Cadillac ATS

  • Electronics
  • Engine
  • Climate Systems

 

Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan Pathfinder

  • Transmission
  • Power Equipment
  • Electronics

 

Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon (corporate twins) Pickups

Chevrolet Colorado

Chevrolet Colorado

  • Electronics
  • Climate Systems
  • Transmission

 

RAM 2500

Dodge RAM2500

Dodge RAM2500

  • Fuel System
  • Power Equipment
  • In-truck Electronics

 

Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL (corporate twins) SUVs

Chevrolet Suburban

Chevrolet Suburban

  • Electronics
  • Drive Control
  • Power Equipment

 

Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet Corvette

  • Electronics
  • Engine
  • Climate System

 

Jeep Cherokee

Jeep Cherokee

Jeep Cherokee

  • Transmission
  • Electronics
  • Drive System

 

Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac Escalade

  • Electronics
  • Drive System
  • Transmission

 

Ford Fiesta

Fprd Fiesta

Fprd Fiesta

  • Transmission issues
  • Noise
  • Leaks

 

Fiat 500L

Fiat 500L

Fiat 500L

  • Transmission Issues
  • Noise
  • Leaks

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