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How All 36 Generations Rank

Sorting models by their generation gives us a clearer picture of common problems across a group of similar vehicles. From there, we can assign scores to each generation to give you a basic picture of which to consider and those to avoid. The higher the score, the faster you should run away.

Rank Model Gen Years PainRank
36th Q50 Gen 1 2014—2017 4.91
35th G35 Gen 3 2003—2007 4.27
34th JX35 Gen 2 2013—2013 3.97
33rd Q60 Gen 2 2017—2017 2.45
32nd M45 Gen 3 2005—2006 2.06
31st M45 Gen 2 2003—2004 2.06
30th G37 Gen 4 2008—2013 1.99
29th QX56 Gen 1 2004—2008 1.99
28th M35 Gen 3 2006—2008 1.9
27th G35X Gen 3 2004—2005 1.4
26th QX60 Gen 1 2014—2017 1.33
25th QX4 Gen 2 1997—2003 1.21
24th FX45 Gen 1 2003—2008 0.9
23rd FX35 Gen 1 2003—2008 0.75
22nd QX80 Gen 2 2014—2017 0.75
21st I35 Gen 1 2002—2004 0.68
20th QX56 Gen 2 2009—2014 0.65
19th EX35 Gen 1 2008—2012 0.57
18th G35 Gen 4 2008—2008 0.51
17th I30 Gen 2 1999—2004 0.51
16th Q50 Hybrid Gen 1 2014—2015 0.41
15th Q70 Gen 1 2014—2016 0.38
14th EX37 Gen 1 2013—2013 0.37
13th QX50 Gen 1 2014—2016 0.37
12th QX70 Gen 1 2014—2016 0.33
11th M37 Gen 4 2011—2013 0.32
10th I30 Gen 1 1996—1998 0.11
9th FX35 Gen 2 2009—2012 0.06
8th Q70 Gen 2 2017—2017 0.0
7th Q60 Gen 1 2014—2016 0.0
6th Q40 Gen 4 2015—2015 0.0
5th QX60 Hybrid Gen 1 2014—2017 0.0
4th FX50 Gen 2 2009—2013 0.0
3rd QX50 Gen 2 2017—2017 0.0
2nd QX30 Gen 1 2017—2017 0.0
1st FX37 Gen 2 2013—2013 0.0

Answers to the most frequently asked questions

What Are Vehicle Generations?

Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, use similar engineering, and share features. Generational data is not always cut-and-dry – manufacturers might not always release generation information, some generations might last longer in different countries, and various trim levels and model variants can make the whole thing confusing. We do our best but make no guarantees about our generation data. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

Why Are Some Vehicles Missing a 1st / 2nd / 3rd Generation?

You might notice that some of our data starts at generation 5, 6, etc. So what happened to the older generations? One of two things. 1. some models have been around a long time and we don’t have any complaint or NHTSA data about them. 2. some new models share the same platform as existing models, so we typically tie them together. For instance, a new hybrid vehicle might be introduced during the 5th generation of its non-hybrid counterpart. We’ll typically start the hybrid’s generation at 5, unless it’s otherwise noted.

What is PainRank™? Where Does it Come From?

PainRank™ is a CarComplaints.com algorithm that uses complaint data from owners (the average mileage of failures, the cost to make repairs, etc), relative complaints analysis, sales numbers, NHTSA data, & owners’ own vehicle rankings to come up with a number representing how much pain a car inflicts on its owners. The higher the PainRank™ score, the more painful a car is to own (typically).