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 unreliable technology, 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 Car Make & Model
Small Car Chevrolet Sonic
Compact Car Toyota Prius
Midsize Car Toyota Camry
Large Car Toyota Avalon
Small SUV Volkswagen Tiquan
Large SUV Chevrolet Tahoe
Compact SUV Toyota FJ Cruiser
Light Duty Pickup Ford F-150
Heavy Duty Pickup Chevrolet Silverado HD
Minivan Toyota 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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