Top ten Most Reliable Family Cars
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Sometimes it’s pretty difficult to determine what makes a vehicle reliable. But one sound way is to look back and see how much the average repair cost was for a vehicle over three to five years, and witnessing which ones suffered the least breakdowns.
Data was studied using 100,000 auto warranty policies linked to family cars by Direct Buy Warranty in order to determine this top ten list of most reliable family cars, listed in no particular order. It’s worth noting that not a single American vehicle made it onto the list.
The very first on the list is the Toyota Avalon, the Japanese automaker’s flagship sedan in the United States. According to the data, the Avalon was one of the cheapest vehicles to maintain over the past five years with typical Toyota dependability and safety ratings. Larger than the Camry, the Avalon is a ideal fit for those looking for size and dependability.
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I would to say that I am shocked by the lack of American cars. But, I’m not.
The writing in this feature is horrible. Calling the Legacy an “uglier WRX” is untrue when the GT model is no longer produced in 2013, as an example. Hire better writers or pay them more so they do a better job.
The Toyotas are reliable at careening out of control and killing you…
The Hondas are reliable at boring you to death with their awful driving dynamics, bland looks and awful interiors.
Ditto Carmang – the writer needs to wake up – it’s 2012.
I agree, such as the fresh Chevy Cruze, it looks superb but the safety and reliability on it was terrible (Consumer Reports).
Notice how this is all jap and german crap.
And yet both JD Powers and Consumer Reports not only rank VWs near the bottom of the list for reliability, but also rate VW’s service departments as bottom of the barrel, as well.
Nissan Took Gold And Silver, I would love to have a Maxima but I have an Altima, Maxima’s Little Brother.
hhhhhmm no american cars i wonder why?
the one thousand nine hundred ninety five carina diesel is the most reliable..best built car ever…end of story..phil j
My wifey’s ten year old two thousand three Toyota Corolla which we bought brand fresh in the fall of 2002, has 175,000 kilometers (that is 110,000 miles for my American friends) and she has driven it through ten Canadian winters. Except for some rust around the rear driver’s side wheel-well, NO PROBLEMS whatsoever. Only routine maintenance such as fluid switches, tires and brakes. Even the original battery lasted nine years. The car has not even needed a tune-up yet, so it still has the original spark corks and cables. Yes, it is a Japanese brand, but if you look under the fetish mask, you will find Japanese, American and even Mexican sourced parts and the car itself was assembled in Canada. Bottom line is, Toyota makes good quality cars. We have possessed North American cars in the past such as a one thousand nine hundred eighty seven Chevrolet Cavalier (bought brand fresh), one thousand nine hundred ninety four Pontiac Transport (bought brand fresh) and a one thousand nine hundred ninety three Ford Tempo (bought one year old) and they have all had a lot more problems than our Toyota Corolla.
I’m wondering how much the writer of the Passat review was paid by VW. I used to own a Passat and it was the most unreliable car ever built unless you count being able to rely on it to breakdown every 1-2 weeks without exaggerating. It was so bad VW gave me cash back to buy a different vehicle from them. From speaking with current owners and mechanics nothing has switched since the very first model – constant breakdowns and repairs – total lump of rubbish. I now own a Jetta TDI which is infinitely more reliable than the Passat despite it being three times as old as my Passat was when I got rid of it.
I have a two thousand two Toyota Corolla with 130,000 miles on it. I bought it as a demo in May two thousand two with Two,400 miles on it. When it got to about 120,000 miles it needed a fresh alternator and its 2nd battery. I receintly substituted the caps in front of the starter about two months ago. I switched the oil every Trio,000 miles religiously. I have the 3rd set of tires on it now. The car has been driven round tour from Michigan to California Two’ce, Pennsilvania once and through Indiana several times. The car has been totally reliable for me over the past ten years-but it seems the reliability has slipped some since I switched the starter caps two months ago. I fear the starter going next. I am presently pricing fresh Toyota’s. And yes…I am still interested in the Corolla!
Before: I wielded a one thousand nine hundred eighty one Datsun B210 (bought in 1984) and a one thousand nine hundred eighty six Buick Skyhawk (bought in 1988) Both of these cars witnessed moderate repair bills during their tenure. The Datsun died horribly as the last year I wielded it, it LIVED at the repair shop!
one of the safest most reliable vehicles i have ever wielded was a toyota