If you are in the market for a new car, chances are you don’t have your heart set on just one make and model. Most people tend to shop around to find a vehicle that meets all of their needs. Typically the most important feature in a new vehicle is finding something that has a great safety rating. And this day and age, you are probably also looking for something that gets great gas mileage and looks nice too. But what about reliability? No one wants to be left stranded on the side of the road, so a great reliability rating doesn’t hurt either when deciding on a new car.
According to ConsumerReports.org, some of the most reliable manufacturers are Acura, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Scion, and Toyota. Surprisingly some of the lowest ranked manufacturers include Chrysler, Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Who would have ever thought that some of the nicest luxury vehicles available would rank lowest on the reliability list? As the former owner of a BMW, certainly not me. I loved my car. However thinking back, it did have its fair share of problems.
So which cars are the most reliable? Well, all of these vehicles have received high ratings in terms of reliability for 2010 models.
2010 Toyota Prius (Starting at $22,800)
The Toyota Prius has always ranked pretty high overall in performance and safety, but has recently been recognized as one of the most reliable vehicles on the market as well. The Toyota Prius is a full-hybrid so it is awesome for its gas mileage (50+mpg) and its planet-friendly features, but the Prius’ reliability tops the chart. The new technology that Toyota has to offer, along with their awesome features like anti-lock brakes, a voice-recognized navigation unit, a Smart Key system, and the advance charging system make the Prius stand out above the rest. Most Toyota Prius owners claim they have had little to no problems, other then routine maintenance services since purchasing their vehicles, which is pretty impressive for a fairly new model. And it looks great too, with several different models, options, and colors to choose from.
2010 Honda Accord (Starting at $21,055)
When it comes to reliability, Honda has always been known as one of the best. Next time you are out driving, take a look at the older cars around you. You will find that there is still many old Honda’s on the road today, and with their ever growing popularity, now you will see many more new ones too. Over the years, Honda Accords have become one of the most recommended cars on the market, not only for their performance and features, but their reliability ratings as well. The 2010 Honda Accord features a Vehicle Stability Assist feature that automatically adjusts brake pressure in case of an over-steer or under-steer situation, four-wheel disc brakes, and a tire pressure monitoring system for a safer more reliable vehicle. And for a roomy family vehicle it gets pretty impressive gas mileage as well, coming in at around 20/25 mpg (city/highway).
2010 Scion tC (Starting at $17,820)
A fave of the younger crowd, the Scion tC has many awesome standard features and well as some really great options to customize your ride. Made by one of the most reliable car companies in the world, Toyota, the Scion is definitely at the top of the charts for reliability. Some of the things that make the Scion great are the anti-lock brakes, Direct Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Vehicle Stability Control, and numerous airbags; at the driver and passenger front, side, and knee, as well as side curtain airbags in front and back seats. Best of all, most Scion owners reported very little to no problems with their vehicles since they were purchased. All of these fabulous features combined with the fantastic gas mileage (20/27 mpg) make the Scion tC a fantastic reliable buy.
2010 Ford Fusion (Starting at $19,695)
Since its debut, the Ford Fusion has topped the list in reliability. And being made by the most reliable American automaker, it is not really that surprising. Some of the great things the Ford Fusion has to offer in the reliability and safety department include; anti-lock brakes, great gas mileage (19/25mpg) and most importantly, very few consumers reported any breakdowns or major mechanical problems. The Ford Fusion features a SYNC infotainment system which also allows you to get turn by turn directions, search for the lowest gas station prices, and take phone calls without ever taking your eyes off of the road. The 2010 Ford Fusion was also featured as Motor Trend’s Car of the year for all of its fabulous features.
2010 Hyundai Sonata (Starting at $18,700)
Hyundai has improved considerably over the years, and now offers some of the most reliable vehicles on the road today. Surprisingly, the Sonata has even beaten out luxury cars that sell for almost twice its price. Most Sonata owners reported very few problems with their vehicles, and the few minor problems that were reported were all fairly low in cost to fix and most were reported after 100,000 miles. Some of the Sonata’s fantastic features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes with an electronic brake force distribution system, traction control, Electronic Stability Control, and a Vehicle Stability Control System. Overall the Sonata has earned a great reputation as far as reliability goes, and with a great gas mileage (21/32 mpg) too.
Reliability ratings were based off of the following systems; engine, transmission and driveline, steering and suspension, brakes, heating and air conditioning, starting and charging, and accessories. So on your next vehicle shopping excursion, print this list out and take it with you to make sure you don’t get a dud.
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