Consumer Reports has access to hundreds of thousands of drivers who voluntarily report their experiences in their annual reliability survey. These vehicles are truly the cream of the crop in terms of technology and overall owner satisfaction. So, counting down from number ten, here are the top ten most reliable cars of 2019. The reliability score will be shown next to each entry.
#10: Lexus GS 87/100
I've always like the Lexus GS for being a proper rear-wheel-drive mid-size car from a company that is notorious for being boring for years on end, and then making something incredible. Such is the case with the performance variant, the GS F. The 5.0-liter naturally aspirated is incredible by comparison to the turbocharged engines produced by the Germans. The GS makes a solid case for the top ten list because of its reliable but difficult to control infotainment and reliable powertrain.
#9: Mazda CX-9 87/100
Mazda is planning a significant overhaul of the brand over the next few years, and the Mazda CX-9 Signature is a preview of what Mazdas are going to look like in just a few years time. Real wood and metal accents replace the cheap interior plastics, while a punchy powertrain provides plenty of power. Mazda's latest infotainment and suite of safety features also make this one of the better values in the three-row segment, especially when compared to luxury automakers like Infiniti and Buick.
#8: Toyota 4Runner 87/100
I did a double take when I saw the 4Runner, and its Lexus-badged brethren on this list, but considering this generation 4Runner has been around for 10 years, I would hope that Toyota knows how to make it reliable. The 4.0-liter V6 has been around for nearly 20 years with upgrades over the engine's long lifespan. That and Toyota's aging but useful infotainment system make for a pleasant and modern experience in an otherwise archaic SUV.
#7 Lexus NX 89/100
I thought Lexus was swinging for the cheap seats when the NX came out, but reviewers are constantly singing this little luxo-ute's praises. Its turbocharged engine puts out a significant amount of power while Lexus's safety features continue to be some of the best in the business. While I'm not a fan of it, or the hundreds I see on the roads, it is definitely worthy of a spot on the list, after all, It's a Lexus.
#6: Mazda CX-3 89/100
The Mazda CX-3 is barely an SUV. Lifting a five-door Mazda2 and putting body cladding on the wheel arches doesn't make a vehicle more capable off-road. On the asphalt however, the CX-3 is a pretty awesome little machine. The handling is typical Mazda, it tucks itself nicely into the bends, and the ride is firm without being aggressive. Mazda's infotainment is stellar and the powertrain is robust and nearly indestructable.
#5: Hyundai Kona 90/100
Edging out the CX-3 for the Most Reliable Cute-Ute Award is the Hyundai Kona. The Kona has been around for a couple years now, and most of the bugs have been worked out, making this an incredible vehicle for the money. The amount of technology that Hyundai has crammed into this subcompact gives it quite a leg up on its competition. The 1.6T also provides plenty of power, while myriad color and trim options help make the Kona even more unique.
#4: Lexus GX 91/100
Lexus and Toyota continue to dominate Consumer Reports's Most Reliable Cars list, and the Lexus GX is no exception. Like the 4Runner, the GX was unveiled in 2009, and while the GX has been facelifted with Lexus's spindle grille, the GX still drives like a decade-old SUV should. It wallows about, but it is still comfortable and capable off-road. The V8 in the GX 460 has also been improved over the 13 years it has been in production, which leads to a reliable and durable powertrain.
#3: Toyota Prius 92/100
The 2020 Toyota Prius is the eco-friendly gift that keeps on giving. Toyota's iconic hybrid now comes with all-wheel-drive as an option, and the styling has been updated to make the Prius look a bit more conventional, despite looking like nothing else on the road. Toyota's latest infotainment and safety technology help to round out a list of positive characteristics that make the Prius a very good purchase.
#2: Toyota Prius Prime 94/100
I like the Prius Prime. I think the look of the Prius Prime gives the Prius more of a futuristic look and the PHEV drivetrain aids in the overall experience of this out of this world hatchback. The vertical infotainment screen gives the Prius Prime a Tesla-esque feel, while the gasoline engine helps to keep range anxiety at bay.
#1: Mazda MX-5 Miata 95/100
Everyone's favorite smiling roadster found its way to the top of Consumer Reports list of vehicles for 2019. It's no surprise because the Miata's interior technology and engine are both shared with Mazda's lineup, so the components have proven their worth. Add on the fact that the Miata's owner satisfaction is high and it begins to make perfect sense how the Miata is truly the best of the best.
With most of this data coming from ordinary drivers as well as the CR test team, this list is incredibly reliable in and of itself. If your favorite car isn't on this list, it might be on this list's evil twin, the 10 Least Reliable Cars.
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