Saturday, May 15, 2010

Reliable Used Cars - The Best Used Cars You Can Buy

When buying a used car one of the most important factors that consumers consider is reliability. You sure don't want to spend your hard earned money on something that will break down and need costly repairs. If you're in the market for a used vehicle, here is a list of the best reliable used cars you can buy.

Reliable Used Cars - The Best Used Cars You Can BuyThis list is taken from Consumer Reports which rates cars on multiple years of reliability from 1999 to 2008. This data is taken from the Annual Auto Survey on more than 1.4 million new and used vehicles in which owners reported on serious problems with vehicles in the previous year. According to the survey results, here are the best ones to look for.

Reliable Used Cars - The Best Used Cars You Can BuySmall Cars

#1 Honda Civic - This car is both reliable and economical to drive. The redesign in 2001 saw its popularity grow even larger and in 2003 the hybrid model was introduced. The redesign in 2006 included standard anti lock brakes, curtain air bags and owners report that the ride is even better than before.

Reliable Used Cars - The Best Used Cars You Can Buy
Reliable Used Cars - The Best Used Cars You Can Buy

Next Best Choices

  • Toyota Echo
  • Scion xB
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Toyota Matrix
  • Pontiac Vibe
  • Mazda3
  • Mazda Protege
  • Subaru Impreza

Family Cars

#1 Honda Accord - This car has been a top choice for years. The redesign in 2003 made this car more agile and even quieter plus standard anti lock brakes were added.

Next Best Choices

  • Toyota Prius
  • Ford Fusion
  • Mercury Milan
  • Toyota Camry (except '08 V6)
  • Subaru Outback (6 cyl.)
  • Nissan Altima

Upscale Cars

#1 Lexus ES - This quiet and comfortable car has tested reliable for many years. In 2004 a stronger more fuel efficient engine was added.

Next Best Choices

  • Lexus IS
  • Toyota Avalon
  • Acura TSX
  • Lincoln MKZ, Zephyr (FWD)
  • Infiniti G20
  • Acura TL
  • Infiniti I30, I35
  • Infiniti G35 (Sedan)
  • Volvo S60
  • Buick Lucerne (V8)
  • Nissan Maxima

Luxury Cars

#1 Infiniti M35 - This car has been on the list of reliable vehicles since 2003. The redesign in 2006 added more comfort to this well built car.

Next Best Choices

  • Lexus LS
  • Lexus GS (6 cyl., RWD)
  • Acura RL

Sports and Sporty Cars

#1 Mazda Miata - This car gets points for reliability, easy handling, good performance and affordability.

Next Best Choices

  • Lexus SC
  • Honda S2000
  • Toyota Camry Solara
  • Acura RSX
  • Toyota Celica
  • Scion tC
  • BMW Z3, Z4
  • Acura Integra
  • Porsche Boxster
  • BMW M3
  • Subaru Impreza WRX/STi
  • Ford Mustang (V6)
  • Nissan 350Z


#1 - Toyota Sienna - The 2003 redesign gave this reliable vehicle more power and more room, and is also available with AWD.

Next Best Choice

  • Honda Odyssey

Small SUVs - Toyota RAV4 - This vehicle has been reliable since it was first introduced in 1996. The 2001 redesign brought more power plus more room inside and in 2006 an available third row was added.

Next Best Choices

  • Honda CR-V
  • Subaru Forester
  • Mitsubishi Outlander

Midsized and Large SUVs

#1 - Honda Pilot - Since first introduced in 2003 this vehicle has had excellent crash test results and reliability. There is plenty of room in this fuel efficient vehicle and it also has flexible seating for eight.

Next Best Choices

  • Toyota Highlander
  • Lexus RX
  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Infiniti FX35
  • Acura MDX
  • Infiniti QX4
  • Lexus GX
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Subaru Tribeca
  • Nissan Xterra ('05-'08)
  • Toyota Sequoia

Pickup Trucks

#1 - Honda Ridgeline - This vehicle delivers all you need in a truck but handles and rides like a sedan. It has an in-bed, weather-tight lockable trunk and a smooth V6 engine.

Next Best Choices

  • Toyota Tacoma ('05-'08)
  • Toyota Tundra
  • Subaru Baja
  • Nissan Frontier ('05-'08)

As you can see from the results, Toyota and Honda come out way ahead of the pack for reliable used cars. If you are in the market for a used vehicle, this list will point you in the right direction for reliability.

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