A Look Back at the Least Reliable Cars and Trucks of 2020

As 2020 finally comes to an end, most of us are looking ahead to a brighter future. The last year presented an incredible number of challenges, and the auto industry experienced its fair share of hardships. From numerous vehicle safety recalls to a surge in excessive speeding tickets in cities across the country, drivers had to navigate several obstacles over the course of 2020. While many people purchased or leased a new vehicle with little problem, others may have found themselves with an unreliable car on their hands. Here are some of the worst-rated vehicle models of 2020; if you are in possession of one of them, be on the lookout for potential issues down the road.

2020 Chevrolet Models Deemed Most Unreliable

Consumer Reports surveys approximately 400,000 drivers to determine how to rate each vehicle for reliability. In 2020, the top two most unreliable vehicles were the Chevrolet Colorado (with a reliability score of 4 out of 100) and the Chevrolet Camaro (with a reliability rating of 5 out of 100). Although the Chevrolet Colorado is the most fuel-efficient pickup truck on the market, drivers consistently rate it as noisy, rough, clunky, and uncomfortable. Similarly, owners of the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro say the vehicle lacks clear sightlines and is uncomfortable to drive when more than two people are in the car.

Jeep Wrangler Struggles to Impress

Drivers determined that the third most unreliable vehicle of 2020 was the Jeep Wrangler. A subpar fuel economy rating, the deafening road noise that occurs when the vehicle is on the highway, and numerous engine and transmission issues have contributed to the overall reliability score of 12 out of 100. The 2020 Jeep Renegade also made the list, coming in at number 17 with a reliability score of 36 out of 100. In fact, only 45 percent of owners said they were satisfied enough with the Jeep Renegade to consider buying it again.

A Tough Year for Volkswagen

Two Volkswagen vehicles made the list of the top ten most unreliable vehicles of 2020. With a reliability score of 13 out of 100, the Volkswagen Atlas failed to impress consumers and often left drivers feeling wary about the car’s dependability. Similarly, the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan frustrated consumers with its poor acceleration power and numerous engine issues, leading to an overall reliability rating of 15 out of 100. While the 2020 Volkswagen Golf received a reliability rating of 54, drivers noted that the vehicle often felt too boxy and soulless, as there are virtually no customization options available.


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