The Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Silverado and Ford Escape are rated as the worst cars of the last five years by car website Automotive.com due to their low reliability. The Fiat 500 is also considered one of the worst cars for reliability and safety by consumer advocacy group Consumer Reports.
General Motors and Chrysler vehicles dominate the cars with the worst reliability of the five years preceding 2015. GM's Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, Cadillac CTS-V and Chevrolet Tahoe all make Automotive.com's least reliable list, as do Chrysler's Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango and Ram ProMaster. Chrysler's merger with Fiat has done little to alleviate the automaker's history of quality issues, while the numerous recalls for GM vehicles tarnished its reputation in the eyes of many drivers and automotive journalists. Many of the least reliable cars made by GM are affected by the automaker's recall of defective ignition switches that can cause the car to shut down even when at highway speed.
While the Fiat 500 was not ranked in the top 10 least reliable cars of the past five years by Automotive.com, the 2014 model has a strong claim to be the single worst automobile of the past five years as reported for Consumer Reports. The reliability of the 2014 Fiat 500L variant is 219 percent worse than average, while the injury rate for the Fiat 500 in crashes is the worst of all vehicles on the market in insurance data from its release through the 2012 model year.