Reliable cars are hard to come by these days. When we say reliable, we mean cars that aren’t in need of repairs all the time. And it doesn’t matter if they’re minor ones like noisy brakes and damaged seat trims, or major defects like brake or transmission problems. These cars are like marathon runners, and they perform consistently well because their parts are built to last.
What if you survey around 34,000 original owners of three-year old vehicles, organize their most common complaints on their cars into eight categories*, and then filter out the brands with the least complaints from these owners? Which brands would stand out from the rest?
Here are the results of a Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) that was conducted last year**. We’re curious: Is your favorite brand included in the list?
Toyota’s upscale brand has been topping the dependability study for five years straight now, and there’s no stopping it. Lexus shows how a technologically-savvy luxury brand can also excel in reliability, especially these models:
- Lexus ES
- Lexus GS
- Lexus GX SUV
Porsche surpassed all the car brands (except for Lexus, of course) when it comes to dependability. Not bad for a car that ranked fifth in 2015.
Porsche 911 is considered one of the most reliable in their lineup. Of course, if you can’t afford it, then maybe you can opt for the sportier (and still quite reliable) models like the Boxster Roadster and Cayman coupe.