Top 10 Most Reliable Cars and SUVs of 2021

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Consumer Reports assesses vehicle performance data by more than 300,000 car owners to put together their rankings, which reflect the magazine’s predictions of 2021 model-year reliability.

Reliability is a huge factor in what makes cars worth buying. Folks at Consumer Reports evaluate based on regimented performance tests and survey results.

More than 250 models compete each year to meet the highest standards for performance, safety, reliability and more. They’re competing for the hearts of American car shoppers!

Scores improve depending on the number of problems reported in the last year for vehicles from the last three model years. The most reliable cars also scored well in dynamic safety tests, such as the challenging accident avoidance maneuver.

Here are the most reliable cars and SUVs of 2021, according to Consumer Reports.

10. Mazda CX-5

Mazda Cx5
Source: Car and Driver

As for the overall score among 26 rated brands, Mazda earned the highest. This is due in part to what Consumer Reports called an iterative approach to vehicle redesign.

In other words, Mazda doesn’t make major changes when it redesigns its vehicles. So, it is less likely that its vehicles will experience unexpected flaws and defects due to new technology.

Jake Fisher, senior director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports, believes Mazda still has a stylish design that ensures its vehicles aren’t stodgy.

Mazda is a prime example of a car that is both fun and reliable! It hasn’t invested much in modern infotainment systems, which often generate flaws and complaints.

9. Audi A4

Audi A4
Source: MotorTrend

Ever since the late ’90s, the Audi A4 has remained one of the best luxury sedans on the market. The A4 has never had issues with dependability, even in its early years!

A newer Audi has all the latest gadgets, including smartphone integration, available Virtual Cockpit and wireless charging.

You can find an A4 from 2003 for a drastically lower price without the gadgets but with the same top-notch driving performance.

The smooth and punchy 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine well-matched with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission results in an enjoyable driving experience.

The ride is firm yet nimble. You’ll feel tightly secured while sitting in the A4’s quiet cabin. Plus, the instrument panel shows pertinent information in a clear, comprehensive way you can rely on.

The interior fit and finish are outstanding, and the front seats are impressively comfortable! The A4 has standard FCW and city-speed AEB with pedestrian detection.

8. Audi A5

Audi a5
Source: Car and Driver

Based on the A4, the A5’s power comes from the same 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The A5 is available in coupe, convertible and hatchback body styles, all just as reliable. The A5 behaves similarly to the A4, providing a firm yet nimble ride! Those who opt for the convertible style can operate the soft top up to 30 mph.

It may take some time to master the controls, but they prove to be logical with familiarity. The A5 has standard FCW and city-speed AEB with pedestrian detection.

7. Hyundai Kona

Hyundai Kona
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The 2021 Hyundai Kona has a lot going for it, making it one of the more reliable vehicles. It’s easy to drive, boasts a comfortable interior, and has an above-average predicted reliability rating.

It finishes near the top of Consumer Reports subcompact SUV rankings. It has a slightly below-average starting price, making it a great value in the class. Those looking for a small crossover should give the Kona a try.

6. Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota Prius Prime
Source: Car and Driver

This plug-in Prius can usually drive for about 23-miles on electricity only. However, in colder weather and when quick acceleration is needed, the gas engine tends to start-up.

Consumer Reports assesses vehicle performance data by more than 300,000 car owners to put together their rankings, which reflect the magazine’s predictions of 2021 model-year reliability.

Reliability is a huge factor in what makes cars worth buying. Folks at Consumer Reports evaluate based on regimented performance tests and survey results.

More than 250 models compete each year to meet the highest standards for performance, safety, reliability and more. They’re competing for the hearts of American car shoppers!

Scores improve depending on the number of problems reported in the last year for vehicles from the last three model years. The most reliable cars also scored well in dynamic safety tests, such as the challenging accident avoidance maneuver.

Here are the most reliable cars of 2021, according to Consumer Reports.

5. Honda HR-V

Honda Hr V
Source: MotorTrend

The HR-V has a versatile, cargo-friendly rear seat that flips up or folds down flat and low, which is based on the recently discontinued Fit subcompact.

Compared to the CR-V, the HR-V is a bit louder, and the ride is stiffer. But it is also considerably smaller and less expensive, so it is still a good option for some.

The car’s handling is responsive and secure. Its power comes from a 141-hp four-cylinder driving either the front or all four wheels. Some of Honda’s HR-V strengths include its excellent 29 mpg overall, flexible interior, and generous rear-seat and cargo room.

Available features include heated leather seats, a sunroof and keyless entry. According to Consumer Reports, the EX is the better choice due to the active safety features and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

4. Lexus GX

Lexus Gx
Source: Car and Driver

The GX 460 is very quiet and quick. Surprisingly, it is highly capable of off-road and adept at towing a 6,500-pound load. The 4.6-liter V8 engine and six-speed automatic make for a slick powertrain.

Handling is lumbering but ultimately secure. The ride is extremely comfortable, especially at low speeds! The interior is plush, well-finished and spacious. It has FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection. Finding a good seating position is easy, no matter the driver’s height.

According to Repair Pal, “GX460 owners have to bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.8 times per year, compared to an average of 0.6 times for luxury midsize SUVs and 0.4 times for all vehicle models.”

3. Buick Encore

Buick encore
Source: Car and Driver

The Buick has an above-average predicted reliability rating and an upscale cabin! The Buick is one of the most reliable subcompact SUVs. Its small size makes it easy to maneuver. The handling is solid, and you’ll have a well-cushioned ride.

It has impressive ownership costs with an average annual repair cost of $466. The severity of repairs is average, and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Encore. Its user-friendly infotainment system is convenient.

2. Lexus NX

Lexus Nx
Source: Car and Driver

The NX is a pleasant and compact luxury SUV. Handling is responsive, and the ride is firm. Plus, the cabin is quieter than most.

The NX 300’s 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder gives ample acceleration and delivers 24 mpg overall. Its 300h hybrid gets an impressive 29-mpg overall.

Snazzy details in the interior make for a high-tech appeal and sleek style. FCW, AEB, BSW and rear cross-traffic warning are standard.

1. Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius
Source: Car and Driver

Consumer Reports tested the Prius, and it returned a phenomenal gas mileage of 52-mpg overall. Plus, the car handles responsively and rides comfortably.

The digital gauges that dominate the dashboard are visually appealing and contain an abundance of fuel-economy information. Also, the touch-screen infotainment system is easy to figure out.

The Prius can be driven solely on electric power, up to about 25-mph. The engine does, however, tend to moan when it kicks in. Hatchback versatility is a plus.

FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection are standard in the Prius. All-wheel drive is optional. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility are available on the 2021 Prius.

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