10 of the Most Reliable Cars

Woman driving durable car

When shopping for a new car, look for one that will go the extra mile. A car with durable features and auto parts, such as updated technology and a long-lasting engine, can save you future financial headaches.

We took a look at J.D. Power’s Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), which reports the frequency of problems after three years of ownership. According to the VDS, the most commonly reported problems had to do with a car’s exterior followed by issues related to the engine and transmission, including transmission hesitation and rough shifting. Unreliable technology was the third most reported category specifically due to faulty Bluetooth connectivity and built-in voice recognition systems.

While these problems aren’t always preventable, having a durable car can surely help. Gathered below are some of the most reliable cars by type, make and model. These results can guide you towards vehicles that have encountered – and are predicted to encounter – fewer problems over time*.

Most reliable cars by category

Type of CarMake & Model
Small CarChevrolet Sonic
Compact CarToyota Prius
Midsize CarToyota Camry
Large CarToyota Avalon
Small SUVVolkswagen Tiquan
Large SUVChevrolet Tahoe
Compact SUVToyota FJ Cruiser
Light Duty PickupFord F-150
Heavy Duty PickupChevrolet Silverado HD
MinivanToyota Sienna

*Ratings above are based solely on dependability and do not encompass other factors that should be taken into consideration when purchasing a car.  


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