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The 15 Most Reliable Cars on the Road Today

By Mike Richards Updated: 04/25/2019 Posted: 12/05/2018

The reliability of modern-day vehicles has certainly reached new levels. However, it would be quite irresponsible to state that every modern-day car is reliable. Manufacturers are looking for improvements in every department and cars clocking in 100,000 or more miles are nothing out of the ordinary. Owning a traditionally reliable brand, however, doesn’t mean you should be careless about maintenance. If serviced regularly, some cars will reward you with far more than 100,000 miles. So what are the most reliable cars?

Here is our list of the cars that you can be sure will start and get you wherever you want, whenever you want if you look after them properly. Here is the list of the most reliable cars on the road today.

1990-97 Mazda Miata

The Mazda Miata is a very stylish car with some excellent features. It is very comfortable to drive and reliable. Purchasers who have appraised the 1997 Miata on the Kelley Blue Book’s site have given it a general rating of 9.8 out of 10. This car can give you excellent mileage. It has a balance between ride and handling, which is an outstandingly reliable feature of a car. With a low budget, this car should be your choice for its overall performance and reliability.

1992-1995 Honda Civic

The Honda Civic has been known as the most reliable car since 1992. According to JD Power, it has quite good marks in dependability and accessory performance. This car has much lighter materials to improve fuel economy, which can give you great mileage. It is also reliable, with few mechanical issues. It can give you a better and smoother driving as well as safety. You can put this in your list for its safety features and good rating.

2002 Ford Focus

According to both AOL Autos and the MSN Autos list, the 2002 Ford Focus is the best car to buy. The past performance of this car is incredibly good. It has received 4.5 out of 5 stars in customer reviews at This car is also much appreciated for its great gas mileage and its reliability. The range of engine and other electrical system equipment are very strong and safe to drive.

2004 Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima is not only reliable also very comfortable to drive. Maxima has a 3-liter V6 engine, having been included in Ward’s 10 Best Engines list. This car has very safe features and a great interior. It is also very comfortable to drive on the road. The overall equipment package for this car is also very reliable. It also gives you more mileage than any similar car. So, the overall equipment and the electrical system of this car are very reliable, making this vehicle a good choice for you.

2012 Nissan Leaf

In the 2017 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, the 2012 Nissan Leaf rated above average for its performance and reliability. It is very comfortable and easy to drive. This car presently gives purchasers the alternative of renting the auto’s battery – with a guarantee to replace it when it achieves the end of its usable life.  In 2012, according to the Euro NCAP crash-test program, this car scored the full five-star rating. This car features a wide range of electronic stability controls, which makes this affordable vehicle more reliable.

2012-18 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR- V has a great reputation for its quality and reliability. The Honda is also reputed for its standard safety features. It also earned a full five stars in independent Euro NCAP testing. It incorporates a crash cautioning framework that cautions you about activity behind you while turning around, which is a great safety feature. Also, it comes with some excellent optional safety features counting its propelled SENSING driver-help framework for the best spec EX demonstrate.

2014 Toyota Avalon

The Toyota Avalon gets a high score for its overall performance from JD Power. The safety and dependability of this car are great. The 2014 model is highly reliable according to consumer reports. It has a quite good score on quality electronics and body interior. Besides being reliable, this vehicle is also very safe and provides a smooth driving experience.

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

According to JD Power, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class gets the highest score in reliability. Also, it has beat Audi A6 and BMW 5-series. It has a very high-quality body interior with good safety features. This car is also very comfortable. It can give you a great fuel economy with its 2.1-liter diesel engine with an electric motor. The system control of this car can give you excellent safety, according to crash tests by the independent safety body Euro NCAP. So, if you are looking for an elegant, safe, reliable and comfortable car, this car will be a good choice for you.

2014 Mazda3

The 2014 Mazda is usually very well rated for dependability or reliability. It comes with very good features and has a very good performance. According to the latest survey, it rated 82% in reliability. It can give you excellent mileage with safety and is also very comfortable to drive. The best part of this car is, it has top score for mechanical reliability. When you decide to buy a reliable car, this issue is the most important thing to notice. So, you can put this car in your list too.

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2015 Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson has a score of 7.8 out of 10 in overall performance and quality, according to US News. It is stylish and provides plenty of power. When it comes to the reliability, this car has performed well in the past. It can give you great fuel efficiency: 28 mpg on the highway. This car handles responsively and safely. It achieved a perfect five-star score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). With lots of standard features and the electrical system, the Hyundai Tucson is sure to provide you with a comfortable and reliable drive.

2015 Buick LaCrosse

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse has good ratings in overall performance. It was rated five stars out of 5 in safety by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It comes with a four-cylinder engine with electric-assist to save fuel. Customer Reports as of late named the four-chamber motor LaCrosse as having the most astounding anticipated reliability in the auto section. It also comes with great standard safety equipment.

2015 Toyota Prius

This 2015 Toyota Prius is a very efficient car with a good rating in overall performance. It is known as a comfortable, driver friendly ride, with an impressive 44 mpg. History has shown this vehicle to be reliable, with no major recalls or known serious mechanical problems. As a new hybrid vehicle, one of the first mass-produced, in fact, you may expect some teething problems with the technology. However, these issues have been ironed out in the earliest models of Prius, leaving the 2015 model with none of the previous problems.

2015 Lexus GS

This article would be incomplete without mentioning the Lexus GS. It has a very good rating in performance and quality. This car has an excellent past performance, with good mileage cover. It has a very classic design and quite impressive safety features. The most attractive part of this car is, you can get a safe and smoother ride with this vehicle on top of its excellent reliability.

2015 Lexus IS

The Lexus IS got the full five stars in its Euro NCAP safety tests. It is a very safe and reliable car. It is one of the best rated Lexus models in the 2017 Driver Power consumer loyalty review. Lexus is famous for building reliable vehicles, which should give buyers peace of mind. This car is very stylish and has various safety features for the driver’s comfort, such as anti-lock brakes, traction control, and stability control.

2016 Dodge Challenger

The 2016 Dodge Challenger has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. It also rates highly in quality, overall performance, and design. Its PCM (Performance Packages Powertrain) can prevent the cruise control system from disengaging. This car is also user-friendly. It has a quite good level of fuel efficiency of 25 mpg on the highway.