2023 most complained about cars

We receive thousands of complaints every year from consumers like you. And by the time the complaint gets to us most people have already complained to NHTSA, their dealer and other sources.

During 2023 Ford topped our list with the most complaints followed by Chevrolet and Jeep. Imports were led by Kia and Hyundai with their problematic internal combustion engines.

Did your car make the list? Check out the slide show to find out.

10

#10

2014 Ford Focus

Transmission Problems

2014 Ford Focus

"Brought this car 6/2021 for 5500 for my daughter, she could have serious been injured. Dealership screwed me. She only got to drive it a total of maybe 10,000. She was driving 55 mph and it shifted down then stalled. A clutch and new transmission was put it. 6 months later same thing happened and now car starts up but won’t go into reverse. I have tried going back on dealerships but that won’t return my calls."

9

#9

2017 Kia Sorento

Engine Problems

2017 Kia Sorento

"I was driving over Mt. Hood in OR with my 3 kids to a wedding and suddenly my car lost power, started shaking and the engine light was flashing. Had to get it towed back to WA and kia dealership said it needed a new engine. I paid over $6,000 for a new engine and kia won’t reimburse me. I have been fighting with them sine last year"

8

#8

2013 Hyundai Sonata

Engine Problems

2013 Hyundai Sonata

"Engine locked up, disassembled and found two rod bearings heated and stuck to crank shaft and one main bearing seized up. Found no debris on the oil or engine, I believe a faulty oil balance pump possible the blame."

7

#7

2019 Ford Edge

Transmission Problems

2019 Ford Edge

"i purchased a 2019 Ford Edge with app. 60,000 miles on odometer. I am a 81 year old woman, and have not abused this car at all and have kept it serviced. About 5000 miles ago, the transmission began to surge. i took it to a Ford Mechanic twice. Each time he reprogrammed the computer, but neither time did it stop the surging. I took it back to the Ford Mechanic and he told me it needed a new transmission, which would cost me over 6000 dollars, For a vehicle that cost as much as it does, not to make it to at least 1000,000 miles without any major mechanical problem, the manufacturer should be held responsible to the buyer, by paying for the repair of the vehicle, /////it just ain’t right!"

6

#6

2015 Jeep Cherokee

Transmission Problems

2015 Jeep Cherokee

"Day 1 i bought my car transmission issues. Car was traded in 1.5mos ago i wasnt even aware of the recall. The dealer where i traded it in told me about the recall . They even lowballed the trade in offer due to the recall"

5

#5

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Electrical Problems

2018 jeep grand cheerokee

"I have what appears to be a paracitic draw. I have been through 6 batteries in 4 months. I took it to dealership and their Star mechanic said it was the alternator. I bought a Mopar alternator and replaced it 3 days later both batteries dead again with a bad cell. I have read and this is a common problem with my particular vehicle. It would be nice to have an answer without having to put another $1000’s in it for a vehicle i am buying."

4

#4

2018 Chevrolet Malibu

Transmission Problems

2018 Chevrolet Malibu

"Was driving the malibu on the interstate traveling 75 mph and all of sudden vehicle started to slo dwn and on the dashboard appeared - engine power is reduced. this could have resulted in an accident and not safe as i do travel back and forth to college. i had to make my way over to breakdown lane, turn car off and then turn back on and drive again. this has happened several times so far with the most recent may 7, 2021 "

3

#3

2013 Ford Fusion

Transmission Problems

2013 ford fusion

"(Flywheel breaking) I was driving than than it disengaged from drive into neutral causing me to pull over on the side of the road to wait for a tow to the Ford dealership and for them to diagnose it. The flywheel broke and caused damage to the transmission pump."

2017 Ford F-150

#2

2018 Ford F-150

Engine Problems

2018 Ford F-150

"After a long period of towing (approximately 4000# for 2+ hours)i stopped for gas. on restart of the engine, it had a very rough idle and there was a warning light for the auto start/stop system. it died and would not run for more than 5 seconds. to get it to run i had to keep it in neutral and rev the engine to approximately 2500rpm. it did not repeat the issue for the remainder of the trip (another 2+ hours of towing). this situation was in a gas station but could have been much worse if it was on a public road. "

2017 Ford Focus

#1

2017 Ford Escape

Transmission Problems

2017 Ford Escape

"Transmission has been bad ever since purchasing the vehicle. I just spent 3990.00 to have this repaired

Purge valve assembly has been not functional also. I have taken the car in twice for a reset on this and my check engine light is still on and when I have this checked it is this same item that is not working properly"

previous arrowprevious arrow
next arrownext arrow

Car complaints broken down by category

Engine Complaints
%
Transmission Complaints
%
Electrical and Battery Complaints
%