Asian vehicles have long been associated with reliability. When compared to domestic vehicles, Asian cars that have been imported over the last few decades are substantially more reliable and feature higher quality attributes.
Car shoppers have come to appreciate the qualities that Asian cars have to offer, whether it’s a more durable design or just better reliability. But there have also been Asian cars that are less than satisfactory. While it can be a rarity, there are quite a few Asian cars that have reliability issues.
When it comes to choosing a new Asian car there are more than a few models that have been generating buzz. Asian cars are historically better-built vehicles although the domestic vehicles are starting to creep up in terms of quality.
We’ve compiled a list of the Asian cars that suffer the most in terms of quality. Whether it be high maintenance costs or certain parts of the vehicle breaking far before it is supposed to. Many of these cars are wonderful vehicles in some way, but the quality issues are just something that will drive potential owners crazy.
Read on below as we take a look at some of the most problematic new Asian cars.
20 Kia Rio
The Kia Rio was once the cheapest car in the United States. Known for offering quality design and a boatload of standard features, the Rio is the perfect car for a first-time driver. But the base model Rio is notorious for suffering engine seizure at around 79,000 miles, which is quite an expensive repair.
19 Nissan Quest CV
The Nissan Quest has always been an also-ran minivan compared to the competition that was on the market. Nissan was looking to market the Quest to a younger demographic and it seems to have failed. Common failures for the Quest include complete loss of the on-board computer system.
18 Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf. Where do we begin with this car? First and foremost, the leaf has always been one of the better selling electric cars on the market, even outlasting the Chevy Volt. But the car still has its fair share of reliability issues that have plagued it since the start.
17 Hyundai Accent
Hyundai already had its reputation tarnished in the early ‘90s because of the lackluster reliability of the Excel. But the Accent has managed to go on in one form or another. The Accent has its fair share of reliability issues that follow the car to this day and make it a questionable choice.
16 Smart Fortwo EQ
The little Smart Fortwo EQ is a tiny little commuter car that has a bad reputation for being unreliable. One of the worst problems with the Smart Fortwo EQ is the fact that these things are known for getting engine fires. This is a dangerous aspect of these small cars and several lawsuits are pending.
15 Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE
Is it a golf cart or a Mirage? No, it's the Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE. A unique little electric car that has been on the market for some time now. The most common failures with these center around the battery and the airbag system. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE has not been a popular vehicle by any means.
14 Toyota Yaris
Toyota has always had some sort of cheap vehicle on the market, whether it be the Tercel or the Echo. The Yaris has had its fair share of mechanical issues, which is why the small car is generally of the bottom of most new car buyers lists. Toyota just can’t seem to get it right with the small cars.
13 Toyota Prius C Two
When Toyota decided to branch out with the Prius lineup and give us a whole bunch of little gas savers the Prius C Two was a rather unique model. But maintenance issues have plagued this model from the start and caused buyers to be frustrated with high repair costs and a battery that goes out after time.
12 Nissan Versa SV
The Versa has never really found a footing on the market. Perhaps it could be because of the awkward styling or the lack of performance. The Versa has issues with many of the components going out and other smaller issues such as peeling in the interior after a few years. You’d think the Versa would have lived up to the stellar Nissan Reputation.
11 Mitsubishi Mirage
When Mitsubishi brought the Mirage back to the American market the car was replacing the outgoing Lancer model. The current Mirage is a barebones economical car that suffers from reliability issues and a generally cheap design, which the car has been universally panned for. The Mirage does have the distinction of being one of the cheapest vehicles on the road.
10 Nissan Versa Note
Where do we start with the Note? This rather odd-ball looking hatchback was the addition to the Versa line to compete with the Honda Fit. But aside from being one of the most unsafe cars on the road, there is also a good deal of issues with the maintenance on this vehicle. We have to wonder what Nissan was thinking.
9 Hyundai Veloster
Who can forget the bug-eyed Veloster? This unique roadster has been designed to fill the gap between cheap thrills and the economy. But the Veloster has also been one of the most unreliable Hyundais to hit the market with all kinds of problems. This model is known for its electric issues so much so that Hyundai dealers are trying to give these away.
8 2020 Acura ILX
The ILX is perhaps one of the most expensive Honda Civics on the market. There isn’t anything that makes the ILX worth buying and we have to think that Honda was just a little bit lazy when it came to this model. The ILX will go down as a forgettable model, to say the least.
7 Mirage G4
The bug-eyed little Mirage G4 is another experiment in the compact car market from Mitsubishi. But the car has been universally panned for shoddy build quality and lackluster reliability that follows the car sometimes as soon as it leaves the lot. The G4 is one of the cheapest cars on the market though.
6 Honda Fit
The Honda Fit has never been able to replicate the success of the larger Civic. You have to wonder what Honda was thinking when the Fit was proposed. The car has its fair share of reliability issues and the lackluster build quality makes the fit a laughing stock compared to other cars on the market.
5 Infiniti Q70
The Q70 is an Infiniti model that has been on the market for some time now – perhaps too long, as consumers are just downright tired of this thing. The Q70 has a lot of issues that consumers have been complaining about. One of the things that it does have in its corner is the stellar warranty.
4 Nissan Sentra
The Sentra used to be one of the best compacts that you could get. These days, it's relegated to rental fleets with a less than exciting design that could stand to be left. The Sentra also has its fair share of reliability issues, which makes the model seem to be less desired.
3 Toyota C-HR
Where do we even start with this one? The C-HR is about the weirdest car that you can get. You don’t know what it is or where to start with it. We can’t get over the odd-ball styling and the lack of interior space. Then you throw in reliability issues and you have a car that just needs to go back to the drawing board.
2 Mazda 3
The original Mazda 3 was a groundbreaking car. It offered one of the most feature-packed and fun to drive compacts that you could get. Sadly, the newest version is plagued with issues and doesn’t feature any of the uniqueness that made the original Mazda 3 such a stand out a vehicle.
1 Toyota Prius Prime
Another Prius in a line up of too many, the Prius Prime is supposed to be top of the line in the Prius collection. This model doesn’t offer anything unique in the way of design when compared to the others. We have to wonder what Toyota was thinking when they decided to split the Prius lineup up.