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How All 34 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
34th Sebring Gen 2 2001—2006 50.47
33rd 200 Gen 2 2015—2016 38.98
32nd Pacifica Gen 1 2004—2008 29.65
31st 200 Gen 1 2011—2014 28.21
30th Town & Country Gen 5 2008—2016 26.95
29th PT Cruiser Gen 1 2001—2010 20.34
28th 300 Gen 1 2005—2010 18.49
27th Town & Country Gen 4 2001—2007 17.84
26th Pacifica Gen 2 2017—2018 16.32
25th 300C Gen 1 2005—2010 13.55
24th Sebring Gen 3 2007—2010 13.3
23rd 300 Gen 2 2011—2016 11.94
22nd Crossfire Gen 1 2004—2008 11.42
21st Concorde Gen 2 1998—2004 8.37
20th 300M Gen 1 1999—2004 6.81
19th Sebring Gen 1 1995—2000 5.48
18th Aspen Gen 2 2007—2009 5.43
17th Town & Country Gen 3 1996—2000 3.86
16th 300C Gen 2 2011—2016 3.69
15th Voyager Gen 4 2000—2003 2.7
14th Concorde Gen 1 1993—1997 1.61
13th LeBaron Gen 2 1986—1986 1.59
12th Cirrus Gen 1 1995—2000 1.42
11th Grand Voyager Gen 5 2008—2008 1.09
10th Town & Country Gen 2 1991—1995 0.72
9th Fifth Avenue Gen 1 1985—1987 0.54
8th New Yorker Gen 13 1988—1993 0.5
7th LeBaron Gen 3 1987—1995 0.48
6th Imperial Gen 1 1990—1993 0.25
5th New Yorker Gen 14 1994—1996 0.23
4th New Yorker Gen 12 1983—1987 0.18
3rd New Yorker Gen 11 1981—1982 0.0
2nd Pacifica Hybrid Gen 2 2017—2018 0.0
1st Town & Country Gen 1 1990—1990 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).