What Is the Most Reliable Car?

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As of 2014, Toyota and Lexus brand cars are the most reliable, according to Consumer Reports. Other reliable brands include Scion, Honda, Subaru, Volkswagen and Mazda.

Toyota tends not to release new technology in its cars until it has worked out all the problems, resulting in cars that rank high on reliability; the same is true for Toyota's luxury division, Lexus. Even given its new hybrid technology, the Lexus CT200h ranks very high for dependability in comparison to other hybrids. Other specific models with high reliability rankings are the Scion xB, the Honda Civic, the Toyota Prius c, the Subaru Forester and the Volkswagen Passat 1.8T.

The Scion xB is a small four-door, front-wheel drive hatchback powered by a four-cylinder engine. It is based on the Japanese-market Toyota Bb wagon, which also shares its platform with the Toyota Echo and Yaris. In addition to being highly reliable, the xB is a Top Safety Pick of the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. However, its fuel economy of 24 miles per gallon in combined driving is not as high as that of some similarly sized competitors.

Overall, Japanese manufacturers produce the most reliable vehicles according to the statistics gathered by Consumer Reports. In addition to Lexus and Toyota, Mazda and Honda are ranked as the third and fourth most reliable brands of vehicles sold in 2014. Japanese automakers also dominate the reliability rankings for SUVs, with the Mitsubishi Outback Sport, Toyota Highlander, Lexus RX and Subaru Forester highlighted as some of the most reliable vehicles in the sport utility class.