One of the most frequent questions we hear from people who are buying a car is, “What is the most reliable car?” Or “What is the best new car?”
Obviously, these people are interested in getting the best, most dependable car for their money. They also realize that all car brands are not the same in terms of quality and reliability.
Fortunately for us as automotive consumers, Consumer Reports magazine puts out several car-related issues each year in which it publishes the results of vehicle reliability studies conducted with actual owners. The results are also posted on the company’s web site, which requires a subscription to view all the details.
In this years latest results, the Audi company came out on top . Subaru was ranked second, followed by Lexus, Porsche, and BMW for the top five spots
Toyota, which has ranked in the top five in years past has slipped to the #8 position this year. And Honda has fallen to the #10 spot.
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We hear the question all the time, “Where can I find a good cheap reliable car?”
The people who ask this question obviously have limited funds but are looking for the best car that can be purchased with the least amount of money. Unfortunately, finding a car that’s inexpensive AND good AND reliable can be very difficult. Although not impossible, it’ll take a lot of looking, test driving, and inspecting before the right car is found, at the right price.
Cars with prices in the $1000-$3000 price range (cheap) will nearly always be cars that are at least 10-15 years old, with lots of miles, considerable wear-and-tear, and may have been damaged at some time in its life. Again, this doesn’t necessarily make them bad cars, but it’ll take some effort to prove otherwise.
We also often see questions about which vehicles are the most reliable. Although some vehicle brands such as Honda and Toyota have exhibited outstanding reliability over many years, it doesn’t mean that every Honda and Toyota is reliable, especially those with lots of miles, accident damage, and those that have been driven hard and maintained poorly. It’s not wise to assume that an old Honda or Toyota, or any other brand, is going to be a good (or bad) buy based on the brand’s reliability reputation.
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