Advances in technology have led to the production of cars that are pack powerful engines, are more luxurious, and more reliable. Due to this, one wouldn’t be too far off the mark if he were to think that modern vehicles are more reliable compared to classic cars.
Most shoppers tend to go for cheap sports cars, with impressive performance and tech features without checking their reliability. Such buyers find out in the long run that what they considered as a good bargain had hidden costs in the form of costly repairs. It is very surprising how many top brands there are that have unreliable models in their lineup. Determining the reliability of cars is not easy in any way, that is why we rely on information from J. D. Power and Consumer Reports. Read on for a list of the most unreliable new sports cars on the market today.
10 2021 Nissan GT-R
Buyers of the 2021 Nissan GT-R have the option of choosing either the 565 hp base V6 or an optional 600 hp V6 engine. The GT-R is outshined by the Chevrolet Corvette and the Porsche 911 which both offer sharper handling and better quality interior materials.
According to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Nissan GT-R is one of the cars that has been recalled by Nissan North America, Inc. The recall is due to the weakness of the steering knuckle and the rear axle housing caused by improper heat treatment.
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9 2021 BMW Z4
According to J. D. Power, the 2021 BMW Z4 has an average reliability ranking of 75 on a scale of 1 to 100. BMW has recalled the 2021 Z4 along with some of its other models due to a variety of problems.
The latest recall is due to the Braking Assist failure, while the earlier recalls were caused by problems with the seatbelt and improperly welded fuel tanks. Despite these shortcomings and its similarities to the 2021 Toyota Supra, the Z4 has a larger infotainment screen and a more luxurious cabin than the Supra.
8 2021 Acura NSX
Although the 2021 Acura NSX is quick and fast, it can’t outrun the likes of the Audi R8 and the McLaren 570S. The NSX comes with one powertrain (a turbocharged V6 supported by 3 electric motors) while competition like the Mercedes-AMG GT offers several choices including a feisty 630 hp V8.
After a minor upgrade in 2019, the NSX has carried on practically unchanged to 2021, with its ancient 7-inch infotainment screen and all. For the 2019 and 2020 model years, the Acura NSX got an average reliability rating according to usnews.com.
7 2021 Jaguar F-Type
When compared with the infotainment systems found in the Porsche Cayman and the Chevrolet Corvette, the F-Type’s infotainment system responds slowly and is not too user-friendly. The Cayman also beats the F-Type in terms of cabin room, sharp handling, and the availability of manual transmission.
Unfortunately, some 2021 F-Types have been recalled due to problems with seatbelts automatic locking retractors which may fail to properly secure a child during a crash. Earlier in 2021, Jaguar had to recall certain 2020 F-Type vehicles due to problems with the Antilock Braking System and the Dynamic Stability Control system.
6 2021 Toyota Supra
The 2021 Toyota Supra is one of the vehicles that were recalled recently due to issues with the Braking Assist. Although the mechanical braking system works just fine, failure of the Braking Assist increases the possibility of a crash.
The 2021 Toyota Supra is given a predicted reliability score of 73 on a scale of 1 to 100 by J. D. Power. Despite having so much in common with the BMW Z4 in terms of chassis and powertrains, the Supra comes only with automatic transmission.
5 2021 Dodge Challenger
Recently Chrysler recalled some of the 2021 Dodge Challengers to fix certain safety issues. Failure to properly bond the windshield to the vehicle during manufacturing has caused it to detach in collisions thereby increasing the chance of injury.
The second recall was due to safety system indicators that were not sufficiently illuminated – a situation that can lead to crashes. Although the Challenger trails rival like Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro in terms of handling, it beats them to the punch in cargo space.
4 2021 Chevrolet Camaro
According to Consumer Reports, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recalled the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro up to three times in less than one year. The first recall was due to issues with improperly attached seatbelts while the second recall was due to issues with the axle shaft.
Add the third recall (due to a problem with the steering wheel airbag) and you see why Consumer Reports rates the Camaro low on reliability. Despite other flaws like poor outward visibility and tight rear seats, it offers a thrilling driving experience.
3 2021 Lexus LC
Powered either by a 5-liter V8 or a 3.5-liter V6 hybrid powertrain, the 2021 Lexus LC is a sports car with quite a few imperfections. It lacks the sports-car athleticism of the BMW 8-Series and the Porsche 911 – both of which are similarly priced.
In addition, rivals like the Mercedes Benz SL offer more luxury features and also has an infotainment system that is more user-friendly than what the Lexus offers. When you consider the extremely tiny storage space it offers, it would make more sense if the Lexus LC was a 2-seater.
2 2021 Audi R8
The 2021 Audi R8 is a flashy supercar that has been engineered to near perfection but for the few bad manners that it comes with. With two capable V10 power plants available for motivation, the R8 offers blood-chilling speeds while playing an out worldly exhaust soundtrack.
All its good points come at a steep entry price – some lesser-priced options like the Mercedes-AMG GT and the Porsche 911 offer top performance too. Apart from having a practically absent storage space, the Audi R8 also offers very poor fuel economy.
1 2021 Audi TT
The 2021 Audi TT is a stylish but soon-to-be-axed sports car that is available either as a 2- seater convertible or a 4-seater coupe. Despite offering good fuel economy and affordable pricing for its class, it still has some flaws that it carried over from previous model years.
Rivals like the Toyota Supra, the BMW Z4, and the Porsche Cayman offer way more power and driver assistance features. Although the coupe variant has four seats, the rear seats can only serve as additional storage, being too tiny for passengers.