Reliable Cars Make the Best Deals

most reliable carsThe most reliable and dependable cars make the best deals, even if the initial price is higher.

First, any car that is reliable is going to spend fewer days in the shop, cost less for repairs, cost less for insurance, and create fewer inconveniencies for its owner. Some of those inconveniencies, such as lost work time, could also count as lost money.

Second, since reliable cars are more desirable and in greater demand, resale values are higher, making long-term overall ownership cost lower. High resale values also means high lease residual values, which translates to lower monthly lease payments.

Consumer Reports ( magazine produces reliability reports each year that rate and rank most automobile brands and models. This year, they have ranked 28 car companies and multiple models within each company. Each is rated in terms of how its tested reliability stacks up against the industry average. Brands whose vehicles were evaluated as having higher reliability than average rank highest.

The Best

The top 10 best overall vehicle brands, according to Consumer Reports, are:

  1. Lexus
  2. Mazda
  3. Toyota
  4. Audi
  5. Subaru
  6. Porsche
  7. Buick
  8. Honda
  9. Kia
  10. BMW

Notice that Buick is the only American car company represented in the list.

The Forester and Impreza were the outstanding models for the Subaru company, while other models didn’t do as well.

Lexus and Toyota, as well as Mazda and Honda, consistently show up at the top of reliability listings every year, which makes them smart choices.

Specific models that ranked highest were the Scion xB, Lexus CT 200h, and Lexus ES 300h Hybrid. In SUVs, ranked highest were the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Toyota Highlander (V6), and Lexus RX.

The significant climbers into the top 10 list this year were Buick and Audi. Audi has seen a continuing improvement over the last few years.

The Worst

Ranked at the bottom of the 28 brands were (beginning with worst):


The most reliable car makes and models make the smartest car deals because they have the lowest long-term cost, even if the initial cost is higher. Reliable vehicles make for a more satisfying ownership experience as well.


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