Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac among least reliable. Really?

Michael James

Pope Francis waves as a passenger in a Fiat 500L.

Infiniti, Mercedes and Cadillac aren’t the vehicles likely expected on “Least Reliable List.” But that’s exactly the case. The three automakers are on the soon-to-be released dubious “awards” list published by Consumer Reports.

The study detailed in publication’s December 2015 issue reveals Fiat Chrysler has fared the worst. It has five cars on the “Worst 10” list — the Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Ram 2500, Jeep Cherokee and Fiat 500L.

The latter was named the least reliable vehicle overall. Fiat unsurprisingly earned the title for least reliable auto brand.

“The transmission won’t shift gears,” one reader said of his 500L, according to a Consumer Reports video. “Had to be towed five times,” said another frustrated Fiat 500L owner.

Pope Francis waves while as passenger in a Fiat 500L.
Pope Francis waves while as passenger in a 2015 Fiat 500L It’s among the least reliable cars in 2015.

Consumer Reports created the rankings based on thousands of survey responses from vehicle owners, who were more than happy to share problems they’ve had with car electronics, brakes, transmissions, engine noise and leaks.

Lexus and Toyota came out on top as the most reliable car brands, though some luxury, high-price models such as the Mercedes Benz GL Class, Infiniti QX60, and Cadillac ATS were categorized among the 20 least reliable cars.

Here are the top bottom 10, the least reliable 2015 cars, according to Consumer Reports.

Cadillac ATS, Nissan Pathfinder, Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon, Dodge Ram 2500, Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL, Chevrolet Corvette, Cadillac Escalade, Ford Fiesta, Fiat 500L

Article Last Updated: November 13, 2015.

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