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Lexus RX vs. Jeep Liberty Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending December 31, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year and Model Percent of Average  
2010 - 2015 Lexus RX
12.8571428571% Best 60% Worst
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2004 - 2009 Lexus RX
19.7142857143% Best 72% Worst
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TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the Lexus RX

Lexus RX Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearComment
2013 The strongest advantage of any Lexus over its German competitors isn't how it looks or how it drives, but how long it lasts without becoming a headache. The LS large luxury sedan might be the king here, but the RX also does very well based on our members' Car Reliability Survey responses. For the 2010s, the first model year of the current generation, not a single owner (out of 30 participating) reported a repair during 2012. For the 2004s, the first model year of the second-generation RX, only two out of 29 owners reported a repair. This would be impressive for new cars, much less some that have been driven about 90,000 miles while aging for eight years. One caveat: the 2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport (and only the F Sport) is the first (and so far only) model equipped with Toyota's new eight-speed automatic transaxle. New transmission designs often have teething issues, which probably explains why Toyota/Lexus is only offering it in a single low-volume application this year. Buy an RX 350 F Sport, and for no additional charge you can beta test the new transmission! We don't have reliability data for the current Cadillac SRX (not quite enough owners have signed up yet), but judging from other GM models one probably would not age as well. I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt by rating the Lexus only "better" rather than "much better." Check the latest Lexus RX reliability stats. full 2013 Lexus RX review
2016 The longer someone intends to keep a car and the higher the priority they place on reliability, the more likely I am to recommend a Toyota or Lexus no matter what I think of the car itself. No other manufacturer has as consistently produced cars that tend to require few repairs for ten-plus years. Cadillac and Lincoln have mixed records. Sometimes their cars are fairly reliable, sometimes they are awful. Previous MKXs have been reliable, but the new one shares little with them. The related 2015-2016 Edge has been pretty good so far. Based on a new platform and with a new engine and a new transmission, the XT5's reliability is entirely unknown. The previous all-new Cadillac, the 2013 ATS, has been troublesome. Risk-averse buyers who prefer the XT5 should wait for the 2018. full 2016 Lexus RX review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Lexus RX

Lexus RX Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr SUV 245-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid
6-speed shiftable CVT FWD
Lexus just makes a very good quality vehicle full 2010 Lexus RX review
2010 4dr SUV 245-horsepower 3.5L V6 Hybrid
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
Personal experience with my previous car, a Toyota LandCruiser HDJ100. My RX450h is one year old: no problems reported in 18.000 miles. One of my friend has a 10 years old RX300 with 190.000 miles: no problems reported too. full 2010 Lexus RX review
2008 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
brand reputation and proven performance for long-term problem-free operation full 2008 Lexus RX review
2008 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Consistent reliability in Consumer Reports. Decent warranty. full 2008 Lexus RX review
2008 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Proven brand history of being one of the most reliable vehicles on the road. full 2008 Lexus RX review
2008 4dr SUV 209-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid
CVT AWD
Lexus vehicles have always been reliable. So far so good with our current vehicle. full 2008 Lexus RX review
2006 4dr SUV 208-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid
CVT AWD
From checking with other owners, online forums and CRO, and my own experience, this car is as worry free as it gets. Just no problems, at all. full 2006 Lexus RX review
2004 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
No major repairs in 77k miles full 2004 Lexus RX review
2004 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
I like never having to take it in for repair. I mean never! full 2004 Lexus RX review
2004 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Made by Toyota, enough said. full 2004 Lexus RX review
Lexus RX Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2004 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
WE HAD A 2004 RX - LOVED EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE TRANSMISSION - EXTREMELY JERKY AND FELT LIKE IT WAS NOT GOING TO GET IN GEAR - THE SUV WOULD LITERALLY JERK AROUND. LEXUS SAID IT WAS FINE AND NOT TO WORRY (NO WARRANTY THOUGH) - NO COVERAGE - NO MORE LEXUS full 2004 Lexus RX review
2002 4dr SUV 220-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
Even after doing alot of research prior to my purchase, I had a major repair just after hitting 100k. The transmission went out and apparently it was very common in the RX300. full 2002 Lexus RX review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Jeep Liberty

Jeep Liberty Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
Over 31,000 miles, and everything works, no squeeks, no broken parts, very reliable. full 2007 Jeep Liberty review
2006 4dr SUV turbocharged 160hp 2.8L I4 Diesel
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
With the hot tune i have over 100 more TQ from stock and over 40HP and boy can you feel that TQ! Great for towing my small RV and it runs up the hills now! 100 more TQ make it feel like a whole new vehicle and 18mpg towing a 5k trailer! Beat that! full 2006 Jeep Liberty review
2005 4dr SUV turbocharged 160hp 2.8L I4 Diesel
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
I have only had two things go bad under warranty. the ball joints were recalled and the EGR valve had to be replaced. full 2005 Jeep Liberty review
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Its Ruggedness full 2005 Jeep Liberty review
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
It has only needed 1 minor repair in 85,000 miles not including 2 recalls full 2005 Jeep Liberty review
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Jeeps are known for longevity. full 2005 Jeep Liberty review
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
I have not had a single problem to this date. full 2004 Jeep Liberty review
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
after 7 years and 158,000 miles the Liberty has proven to be dependable and trustworthy. full 2002 Jeep Liberty review
Jeep Liberty Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
No significant problems yet, but just waiting to see what happens due to past brand experiences. full 2005 Jeep Liberty review
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
It has suffered several serious problems despite being just five years old and mostly driven on-road. Cracked radiator, broken driveshaft, now leaking power steering hoses. I have owned 10-year-old cars that never had so many problems. full 2005 Jeep Liberty review
2003 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Catalytic converter failed after just 35k miles. Had a couple of transmission issues, although they were covered by the 7 years powertrain warranty. full 2003 Jeep Liberty review
2003 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 3.7L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
The front ball joints had to be replaced. Air conditioning went out. Front brakes have a short life. full 2003 Jeep Liberty review