How Large Sedans Rank for Reliability in 2018
While large sedan sales have slowed in the last few years, the segment remains a factor on the U.S. market. By the end of 2018, consumers will drive home more than 200,000 new four-door, full-size cars.
That’s not even counting the used market, where several hundred thousand more full-size sedans will be available in the coming years. Even as crossover SUVs take consumers away from this segment, car services and ride-hailing companies continue to prize the space and comfort of these models.
Here are the six large sedans that make up the bulk of sales in the segment ranked by their reliability ratings from Consumer Reports.
6. Dodge Charger
- Reliability: Below average
While the Dodge Charger has left behind its poor reliability ratings from 2013-15, owner surveys and other data still point to below-average scores in this department. Problem areas have included the drive system, brakes, and in-car electronics.
That added up to the lowest score of any sedan in the full-size segment.
5. Chrysler 300
Reliability: Below average
Since the Charger and Chrysler 300 ride on the same platform, it won’t be a surprise that this model scored only slightly higher than Dodge’s full-size car. Similar trouble spots in the drive system combined with issues reported in power equipment to get a below-average rating from Consumer Reports.
Also of note: Chrysler’s large sedan got hit with two recalls — one for the powertrain, one for the electrical system — in the past two years.
4. Nissan Maxima
- Reliability: Below average
Since the 2016 redesign, Nissan Maxima has had some issues with the brake system and in-car electronics, according to Consumer Reports data. There were also six recalls in that debut model.
Though the Maxima has improved since 2016, it still rated below average for 2018, coming out ahead of only Fiat Chrysler’s large sedans.
3. Ford Taurus
- Reliability: Average
Early 2019 will mark the end of Ford Taurus production, when the large sedan joins several other models being retired by the automaker. Since that will end a strong run in terms of reliability, Taurus may be worth a look on the used market.
Following the redesign of 2013, this model scored above average or better in three of four years. Compare that record to that of the unreliable small cars Ford produced during this time.
2. Chevrolet Impala
- Reliability: Above average
In the Chevrolet Impala, GM has one of its highest-rated vehicles in Consumer Reports rankings. Its overall score (91) is stellar, and its reliability rating climbed from average in 2014 to excellent by 2017.
For 2018, Consumer Reports predicted above-average reliability for this model. Since 2016, owners have reported no major problem areas in the Impala.
1. Toyota Avalon
- Reliability: Excellent
Over the past decade, the Toyota Avalon has been one of the most reliable cars sold in America. Since the 2013 redesign, no major (or even minor) mechanical problems have turned up in this car.
In fact, outside of some issues with in-car electronics in 2015, Avalon has been flawless, according to Consumer Reports. That rating holds for 2018.
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