As of 2015, inexpensive reliable cars include the 2005 to 2006 and 2008 to 2009 Ford Focus sedan, the 2004 to 2007 Honda Civic sedan and the 2008 Mazda3. Other reliable inexpensive cars include the 2004 Acura RL, TL and 2004 and 2005 4-cylinder TSX, the 2004 to 2005 Toyota Camry and 2004 to 2008 Pontiac Vibe. Prices may vary, but all of the vehicles typically cost less than $10,000 with standard equipment and average mileage.
An important safety feature, electronic stability control, is optional equipment on the 2009 Ford Focus, 2008 Mazda3 and beginning in 2005, the Pontiac Vibe. ESC is a standard feature on all of the Acura models. Toyota offered the ESC as optional equipment beginning with the 2004 V6 Camry and the 2005 4-cylinder model. Honda began offering the stability control feature on its Civic sedan as an option in 2009, and as standard equipment in 2012. The ESC system applies corrective braking automatically to prevent a car from spinning out or plowing out when a driver executes an extreme steering maneuver.
The Ford Focus, Mazda3, Honda Civic and Pontiac Vibe are in the subcompact and compact car category, while the Acura RL, TL and TSX and Toyota Camry are in the midsize and large car category. As new cars, the models performed well in road tests conducted by Consumer Reports.