Here are the 5 Most Reliable Cars 2019
Posted By Macey Farnsworth on June 28th, 2019
With all the technological advances and new design features on the market, cars are becoming safer and more reliable. Industry experts measure a car’s reliability by the average cost of unplanned repairs, how frequently the car lands at the mechanics and the probability that the repairs will be severe.
Vehicles with the highest reliability ratings perform the best across all three categories.
Here are five cars that are leading the pack in the battle for the most reliable car title!
What the Toyota Yaris lacks in size it more than makes up for in reliability. Based on the Reliability Rating by RepairPal, which measures dependability by the cost, frequency and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance, the Toyota Yaris scores an impressive 5/5. It also scores second overall in the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study.
Yaris owners averaged 0.3 visits per year to the mechanic for unscheduled repairs and paid an average of $310 compared to the average $436 for similar style vehicles. The probability of a severe issue requiring major repairs occurring in a Toyota Yaris is just 6% compared to 11% for all vehicles.
The bottom line: You can’t go wrong with the Toyota Yaris if you are looking for an affordable, reliable subcompact car that is stylish and efficient. It is Toyota’s most affordable car on the market. It is inexpensive to purchase and own, making it a dependable, economic car that is easy to drive. The Yaris has a few more safety features than some of its rivals and excellent fuel economy.
The Kia Soul received a perfect 5/5 and the award for most reliable subcompact SUV from RepairPal’s Reliability Rating. Owners can expect to spend an average of $443 a year for repairs and maintenance. Kia Soul owners logged just 0.2 unscheduled repairs per year, and the probability of a repair being severe is 9%.
US News and World Report gave the Kia Soul a 4.5/5 for reliability, and it won the 2019 “Best Compact Car for the Money” award handily. Overall, the Kia Soul is one of the best compact SUVs on the market. It’s a well-rounded car, blending comfort, reliability and affordability into an attractive, hard-working SUV.
The bottom line: Drive the Kia Soul with confidence! It is a dependable SUV with a proven track record and national awards to show for it. Kia packed many high-tech features into the Soul and added an impressive standard warranty. To top it off, the Soul boasts good fuel economy and several excellent safety features.
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The Acura TLX ranked second out of 31 for luxury midsize cars in RepairPal’s assessments. While the average annual repair and maintenance costs for other cars was $762, the total annual cost for repairs and maintenance for an Acura TLX was a meager $428. Additionally, it logged an average of 0.4 visits to the repair shop for unscheduled maintenance per year. The probability that a repair will be serious is just 4%.
Kelly Blue Book gave the Acura TLX an impressive 4.3/5 stars for its combination of quality standard features, reliability and ease of use. Despite a crowded market, the TLX continues to be one of the top sellers for midsize luxury vehicles.
The bottom line: The Acura TLX is the perfect combination of reliability, luxury and affordability. It will serve you well for years to come and your bank account will appreciate the low overall maintenance costs.
Hyundai Elantra GT
US News and World Reports awarded the Hyundai Elantra GT an 8.3/10 overall and a 4/5 for reliability. Hyundai has a proven track record for building reliable cars that will go the distance. The Elantra GT earned a 5/5 from RepairPal and third overall in the compact car category for reliability.
The average annual cost for repairs and maintenance of an Elantra GT is $362 compared to an average $521 per year for other compact cars. Elantra’s average 0.2 unplanned visits to the mechanic each year and the probability of the repair being severe is about 10%.
The bottom line: The Hyundai Elantra boasts excellent overall reliability ratings and a below-average starting price making it a reliable car that won’t break the bank. It may not be the most spacious compact car on the market, but it is a steady workhorse that will serve you well, mile after mile.
Overall, Toyota makes affordable and dependable cars that stay on the road for many years. US News and World Report scored the Toyota Corolla an 8.5/10 overall with a 5/5 in the reliability category. Sweetening the deal is the Corolla’s excellent fuel economy, proving that Toyota is committed to its emphasis on quality, mileage and value.
RepairPal estimates the total annual cost for repairs and maintenance is $367 for the Corolla compared to an average $512 for all compact cars. Corolla owners brought their cars in for unplanned repairs an average of 0.3 times per year and the probability of necessary repairs being severe is just 8%.
The bottom line: It may not have unique or exciting features, but the Toyota Corolla is reliable and efficient. It remains one of the most popular Toyota models and one of the world’s best sellers. It may not compete on entertainment or luxury features, but Toyota’s priority is reliability, fuel economy and affordability.