Buyer Beware: These are the Least Reliable Car Brands of 2019


When you’re shopping for a new car, the last thing you want to be worried about is reliability. If you’ve ever had a car break down on you at a critical moment, you know how frustrating it can be to find out your vehicle is a lemon.

To help you avoid that fate, here are our picks for the worst car brands to buy from in 2019.


BMW makes fast, stylish cars with “precision German engineering” and high price tags to match that high pedigree. They also make vehicles that are notoriously difficult to repair, parts that are infamously expensive, and mechanics that are needlessly complex.

Essentially, it’s not a question of “if” your BMW breaks down, but a question of “when.”

And when it does, you’re going to be paying a pretty penny to take it to an authorized mechanic who can actually work on the thing. In short, unless you’re flush with cash, it’s best to steer clear of this German automaker.


Surprisingly, 2019 Acuras have proven to be less reliable overall than prior years’ models from the brand. Notably, both the RDX and MDX have been widely criticized for issues from drivetrain malfunctions to internal electronics errors. Even the transmission and the brakes have had numerous issues, according to several owners.

While some model years of these vehicles have been solid, if pricey, entries into their respective categories, we’d like to issue a heartfelt “buyer beware” to anyone thinking of buying a new Acura. These vehicles are just too expensive to have this many issues.


We promise we don’t have it out for German cars; Volkswagen has earned its low reputation through numerous reliability reports. Following their disastrously dishonest behavior in 2015 to hide emissions amounts from testing equipment, Volkswagen has been on a downward slide of poor vehicle quality and bad PR.

This year, the Atlas and Tiguan are both major offenders in terms of overall reliability, with many owners citing issues with the (surprise, surprise) emissions and fuel systems, the in-car electronics, and even the power equipment. Likewise, the 2019 Jetta suffers from transmission issues despite being a brand-new redesign for 2019. It’s time to give Volkswagen’s entire brand a wide berth.