When purchasing a car, reliability, safety, and price are among the top things that consumers look at. While style and modernity are generally also ranked high in reasons that people purchase certain cars, reliability is often the overriding factor. Each year JD Power and Associates releases a list of cars that ranked highest in long term dependability. Here is the list that I have compiled with a few selections of my own.
1. Porsche- I know what everyone is thinking, well of course they did well Porsche is a sports car. Well aside from the fact that many people can’t afford to buy a Porsche hood ornament let alone the whole car, Porsche ranked high in long term dependability for a few reasons. The most important reason being, this car had the fewest problems reported by owners after owning the car for several years. Porsches are expensive running anywhere from $51,000 to upwards of $100,000 but if you have the money to invest, this car will stand the test of time.
2. Volvo- This car company has really done the work when it comes to creating a dependable car. From personal experience I can say that Volvos outlast much of their competition. Our 98 Volvo is still kicking with nearly 200,000 miles on it with minimal repairs. Volvo sedans start at around $26,000 while SUVs start at around $33,000.
3. Honda- Many people do not really care to place their safety and in the hands of a foreign made car, there are tons of people that would rather buy American but this Japanese car company knows their stuff when it comes to dependability. Hondas are inexpensive to work on if you do happen to run into trouble but for the most part they are dependable cars that run for upwards of 100,000 miles. Sedans start at $23,000 as do SUVs.
4. Toyota- Despite all the recalls that occurred earlier this year, Toyota is still on top of industry standards for dependability. The problem it was found was in only Camry’s produced in certain factories and the company has since improved their safety standards. A Toyota is an incredibly wallet friendly choice starting at around $17,000 for a sedan and $25,000 for a SUV.
5. Audi- Don’t count Audi out just because it landed the 5th spot on the list. These cars are still incredibly dependable and are a good choice for anyone wanting a dependable car even though they are a bit pricier than other vehicles. Audis start out at around $37,000 for sedans and $36,000 for SUVs.
All of these cars set the standard for dependability and anyone looking to find a car that is more reliable would be hard pressed. These cars are ranked according to rigorous standards and as such these rankings are the real deal. As with any major commitment like purchasing a car, it is important to make sure that the car fits your own personal standards and that you have made the right decision.
Daniele Sahr, The Most Reliable Cars 2010: JD Power (PHOTOS), huffingtonpost.com