The incredibly picky folks at Consumer Reports have revealed their list of the most reliable cars of 2020 the yearly ranking contains a few surprises especially the number one car on the list but before we get to that let’s look at the list as a whole for starters there are no American cars on it, in fact, there are no German cars either there is one Korean vehicle but the other nine all come from Japan you’re probably not surprised but maybe you should be because those Japanese automakers have managed to dominate the list without a single Honda or Nissan on it let’s see
the Lexus GS Lexus kicks off the list with its underappreciated GS midsize sedan the GS is the stalwart of the luxury brands to Dan lineup last getting a full model change back in 2011 Lexus gave it a further facelift in 2015 but as the old saying goes if it ain’t broke don’t fix it the long production run has given the Lexus plenty of time to iron out any kinks in the GS for 2020 the lineup consists of the v6 powered GS 350 and that tire shredding GSF a slightly underwhelming but also underappreciated performance sedan
Mazda cx-9 with crossover steamrolling the competition in recent years it should come as no surprise they make up the bulk of this year’s Consumer Reports list Mazda’s handsome cx-9 is the first of six high riders to show up here sliding in at night we are big fans of the three-row family haulers blend of driving fun and usability saying quote the whole package is overall quite strong in our 2019 Mazda cx-9 review for 2020 the cx-9 gains slightly more power a new second-row captain’s chair option and additional standard safety features
the Toyota 4runner one of two old-school SUVs on this list the venerable Toyota 4runner is a rock climber in the traditional sense its body-on-frame construction gives it genuine off-road credentials plus a strong tow rating the boot it might not match it’s car-based competition for on-road manners but as we said in our 2020 Toyota 4runner TRD pro review quote if you spend much of your life outdoors this is the truck to take you there the 4runner is also a top choice for resale value and let’s be frank it’s just an indestructible go-anywhere machine
Lexus and ex Lexus’s compact NX squeezes in next starting a run of smaller models. the NX showed up on the scene a few years ago very loosely related to the hyper-popular Toyota rav4 like many other crossovers it comes in either front or all-wheel-drive guises two engine options are available at turbo inline 4 or a hybrid setup pairing batteries to a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder normally small crossover are touted for being sporty that’s not necessarily the case here instead we call the NX to quote an impressively quiet and smooth-running machine.
Mazda cx-3 the tiniest crossover in Mazdas lineup is next to the inaugural drivers choice of the subcompact crossover class a pint-sized cx3 blends fun and a surprising amount of space it burst onto the scene in 2016 using a modified version of the Mazda 2 platforms CX 3 buyers can snap it up in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive that might not sound like a fact worth pointing out but it is because several of the cx-3 subcompact competitors don’t offer all-wheel drive the car makes use of a 2 liter naturally aspirated engine and six-speed automatic stick to the front-drive version and you can expect as much as 34 miles per gallon.
the Hyundai Kona bucks the trend of this year’s Consumer Reports list by being a brand new model it’s also the only one not from a Japanese automaker. it showed up last year quickly earning critical and commercial success we even gave it our Auto guide.com utility vehicle of the Year award underneath the CONUS skin are the bones of the accent the subcompact crossover comes in front or all-wheel drive with a 2-liter 6-speed automatic combo producing just shy of 150 horsepower there’s also an available 175 horsepower 1.6-liter turbo 4 which turns the Kona into an unexpectedly fast car for its class there’s also an electric version generally speaking it’s an absolute value and is handily the best-looking model in its class.
Lexus GX the Lexus GX is the leather and wood luxury version of the Toyota 4runner that they both place on this list isn’t too surprising but the Lexus finishing a solid 4 spots higher is the GX once featured the same big bore 4 liter v6 as its Toyota sibling however newer models come standard with a 4.6 liter. v8 the extra cylinders give the SUV a brawny attitude and at least as evidence on this list added reliability 2020 changes to this long-running model include a huge new grille and some added safety features atrocious in the eyes of some frankly some of us here at Auto Guide love it this is a luxury SUV that you really can take off-road it’s capable and as this list can attest durable too.
Toyota Prius the icon of the hybrid movement the Prius continues to be one of the most reliable cars on the market. it’s not hard to see why the Prius remains popular. it’s unique design makes a statement while the car itself offers a painless car ownership experience even the Prius can’t fight the crossover onslaught unaided though so Toyota gave it an all-wheel-drive option for 2019
Toyota Prius prime
Toyota Prius prime so it’s settled then a plug is better Consumer Reports separates out the plug-in Prius Prime from the regular Prius allowing the former to just edge out the latter the Prius Prime comes equipped with an 8.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery allowing it to travel up to 25 miles on nothing but electrons plus owners can charge it at home with full juice coming in 5.5 hours from a conventional 120-volt outlet
Mazda MX-5 Miata say it with us Miata is always the answer the best-selling two-seat convertible of all time has been going strong for 30 years now and a welcome twist the Japanese answer to classic British roasters didn’t just banish their notorious reliability to the bin but has now taken the crown for Consumer Reports. most reliable rankings how’s that for having your cake and eating it too the MX-5 got a bump in power last year bringing its total pony count to 181 horsepower it’s enough to make you fall in love all over again well at least that’s what we said in our recent review that’s Consumer Reports most reliable 2020 models now you have extra ammo to justify that sports car purchase and there you have it the most reliable cars of 2020 but before you watch another one of our videos and definitely not watch a video from one of our competitors be sure to share this article and subscribe to the newsletter.