You’re right to feel miserable when your car breaks down. It’s a pain, especially in the summertime. While there are things you can do to minimize the likelihood of your car breaking down, it helps to start with a great car. Not just any car, but a car you can actually trust. So which ones are reliable?
Here’s the Digital Trends line-up of 10 most trustworthy cars:
- Lexus ES: In 2016, Lexus topped J.D. Power’s Dependability Ratings List for the fifth year in a row. The ES in particular (ES 350 and ES 300h in the United States) has earned high marks for its sturdy construction and consistency. It’s also rather comfortable.
- Honda Fit: The Honda has long had high reliability ratings. But even the best car will conk out at some point. When that inevitably happens, Honda’s products are usually more affordable than what the competition offers.
- Audi A4: According to J.D. Power’s 2015 Vehicle Dependability Study, Audi, Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz owners reported fewer problems per 100 than the industry average after three years of ownership. The Audi A4 is the manufacturer’s top-selling car.
- Mazda MX-5: This is the best-selling sports car of all time, probably because it blends British style with Japanese quality. Digital Trends calls its manual gearboxes one of the best ever engineered.
- Porsche Boxster: High-performing sports cars experience a lot of stress because of the performance that’s demanded of them. But if you actually follow Porsche’s rigorous maintenance schedule, you’ll find that the car is remarkably reliable.
- Toyota Prius: The Prius is fuel-efficient and a long-timer award-winner. Recently, the 2013 Prius V won J.D. Power’s Dependability Award for compact multipurpose vehicles. Meanwhile, the 2016 Prius C earned Consumer Reports’ Most Reliable prize for subcompact cars.
- Subaru Impreza: The Impreza is not only spacious and comfortable, it’s fitted with some of the best safety tech on the market. You’ll want to skip the turbocharged models like the WRX STI because high-performance options typically burn more oil and face more mechanical problems.
- Hyundai Sonata: Digital Trends calls the Hyundai Sonata a wonderful example of Korea’s recent resurgence in the automobile industry. It particularly applauds the seventh generation unveiled in 2014.
- Buick Verano: Buck had three winners appear on this year’s dependability study by J.D. Power, but this the model that really stood out.
- Chevrolet Camaro: This muscle car was the highest-rated in its category in this year’s J.D. Power Dependability Study. Surprised? Well, its interior, transmission, and suspension setup have all been improved over what it was available in its predecessor.
(H/T Digital Trends)