7 Of the Most Reliable Cars on the Market Today

Sure, it’s a great thing if the new car you’ve got your eye on has a luxurious heated steering wheel, Bluetooth pairing, and excellent gas mileage to boot. But at the end of the day, fancy features and a beautiful exterior mean nothing if that new car isn’t reliable.

Nowadays, it’s more and more common for car shoppers to prioritize these exciting features (and we don’t blame them – who doesn’t want to be able to jam out to their own music via Bluetooth?). But, if your car can’t consistently get you from point A to point B without giving you trouble at every turn, or is constantly needing repairs (oh the struggle of needing new headlights!), it’s just not worth it.

That’s why we’ve scoured the new car market, as well as assessments by Consumer Reports, JD Power, and others to find the most reliable models on the lot. Whatever your budget or taste, there’s an option on this list for you.

1.  Toyota Prius Prime

The Toyota Prius is about as basic as it gets, but basic isn’t always a bad thing! With its improved battery tech, and extremely efficient four-cylinder engine, the Prius Prime provides a solid value for an affordable price. Plus, Toyota’s plug-in hybrid allows 25 miles of electric range, 54 mpg of traditional fuel, and 640 total miles of total driving range.

If you’re a commuter looking for a reliable, everyday vehicle, consider checking out the Toyota Prius Prime.

Starting Price: $27,750

2.  Hyundai Elantra

One of our favorite options for car shoppers on a budget, the Hyundai Elantra has proves that you don’t need to shell out a ton of money for a great, reliable car. Comparable to the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, the Elantra put simply, is a car that’s both affordable to buy and affordable to keep up, thanks to its stellar track record when it comes to reliability.

If you want your Elantra to have a bit more kick, Hyundai also offers Eco and Sport models that provide improved efficiency and performance, respectively.

Starting Price: $18,950

3.  Audi Q3

There’s no doubt about it, the Q3 is one of the most reliable crossovers out there. Much more affordable than Audi’s Q5 and Q7 models, the Q3 still manages to offer the same sense of luxury and performance.

With the broad application of this particular engine throughout Audi’s lineup, you won’t have to worry about expensive or long-winded repairs, should the need for one ever arise (and we’re pretty sure it won’t with this car).

Additionally, the Q3 provides Audi’s standard all-wheel drive tech, along with HID headlights, LED tail lights, a panoramic sunroof, and more – making it a great all-around option for small families and crossover fans alike.

Starting Price: $34,700

4.  Lexus GX

A no-nonsense luxury SUV, the Lexus GX features superb off-road capabilities, as well as an exceptional predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 for its 2020 model. Plus, the baseline model will satisfy most shoppers with its infotainment system and great safety features.

If you’re in the market for a reliable luxury option that can stick with you for the long haul, the Lexus GX is a pretty solid option.

Starting Price: $53,000

5.  Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda has consistently proven to have a great track record when it comes to reliability, and the MX-5 Miata upholds that legacy well. This speedy roadster received top marks from Consumer Reports 2019 recommendations, making it one of the best-reviewed and most affordable roadsters on the market.

Other highlights to this well-rounded choice include 34 mgp, one of the best manual transmissions available on the market, and to quote Consumer Reports, it’s a vehicle that’s just “super fun” to drive.

Starting Price: $25,730

6.  Volkswagen Tiguan

Now here’s perhaps one of the more divisive entries on this list. While the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan boasts a long warranty, excellent safety scores, and third-row seating (one of the only compact SUVs out there to do so), the Tiguan lags behind in a few other areas. US News reports that although the Tiguan is one of the most reliable and affordable options out there, it lacks in performance and gas mileage.

Starting Price: $24,295

7.  Hyundai Kona

With a reliability score of 90 from Consumer Reports, the Hyundai Kona is among the most affordable subcompact SUVs out there. With all wheel drive standard on all models plus an electric option for those looking for a more sustainable vehicle, the Kona proves that you don’t have to go luxury to find the features you’re looking for.

Starting Price: $20,100

Before saying yes to any new vehicle, make sure to do your due diligence when it comes to research, and don’t be afraid to talk candidly with your dealer. Who knows, there may be an earlier generation model available (which will likely come with a discount!).

The good news is, it’s pretty hard to come across a bad car these days, as most on the market today are making leaps and bounds when it comes to reliability.

Claire Biggerstaff
Claire Biggerstaff is a freelance writer and photographer from Charlotte, NC. Her curiosity leads her to write about a wide variety of topics. On her off days, she enjoys reading Polygon articles, and curling up to a good YouTube playlist.

    You may also like

    Leave a reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    More in Headlights