The most reliable car for sale as of the beginning of 2015 is the Scion xB, as reported by consumer advocacy organization Consumer Reports. Scion is a sub-brand of Toyota, which is second only to its own luxury brand Lexus in the reliability rankings of car manufacturers as of 2014.
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.