Having a car breakdown is always a nightmare. Car repairs can be large unanticipated expenses and can severely disrupt your daily life. To minimize your chances of having to deal with such a nightmare read our list on the top ten most reliable cars of 2012.
Based on repair data provided by warranty data on the average repair costs over three to five years the top ten most reliable non-luxury cars currently on the road are:
The name Toyota is synonymous with reliability. The Toyota Avalon is Toyota’s flagship sedan, as well as, one of the cheapest cars to maintain over a three year period of time. The Avalon is a great car for someone who looking for dependability, safety, and reliability in a full-size sedan.
Honda is known for their economical, utilitarian approach to car making. For several decades the Honda Civic has been a staple of reliability. The Civic is one of the most fuel efficient cars on this list and is very easy and affordable to maintain. Out of the factory, the Civic doesn’t have too much power, but it is easy to find bolt-on parts to increase performance and has been the go-to car of tuners and car enthusiasts around the world.
The Accord is one of the longest lasting car models on the road today. The first Honda Accord rolled out all the way back in 1976. Since then the Accord has gone through 9 total redesigns to incorporate the latest and greatest in modern technology and manufacturing. What the Civic lacks in, the Accord more than makes up. On top of its superb reliability, the Honda Accord is also a top-safety pick by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).
The Toyota Camry is the most purchased mid-sized sedan in the United States. It also happens to be one of the most reliable. Camry owners typically have nothing bad to say about their cars. It is a car that can literally last a generation while requiring very little maintenance.
The Passat is the only German car to make the list. Based on a recent survey, only 2 percent of Passat owners have reported having to make a repair that cost them more than $200.00 besides routine maintenance since they have owned the car. What makes the results of this survey even more impressive is that the vehicles considered in this survey were all between 3 and 5 years old. It is also the only vehicle on the list to have less than a 5 percent major claims rate. The Passat is truly the culmination of German innovation and engineering.
If you are looking for a car that is a little sportier than most of the other mid-sized sedans on this list, the Mazda 6 might just be for you. The Mazda 6 combines driving excitement with reliability and dependability.
Despite its rather bizarre looks the Mazda 5 is the only car on this list to offer 3rd row seating. It is essentially a minivan/car hybrid. Don’t be mistaken though, this little guy is a top pick for reliability.
If you live in an area that gets quite a bit of snow, the Subaru Legacy might be the car for you. The Legacy comes with all-wheel drive and a turbocharged boxer engine. This fact combined with its stellar reliability make it one of the best picks on this list.
The Nissan Maxima is essentially a sports car in a 4-door disguise. With an available 290-hp engine and a 0-60 time of 6.1 seconds, it is definitely not a slouch. The best part is you can rest confident that you will be roasting tires for years to come.
The Nissan Altima combines the sportiness of the Maxima with affordability. Together, this makes the Nissan Altima one of the best selling cars on the market. Not only does the Altima have plenty of power, it also gets 38 mpg, not bad for a mid-sized sedan. If that weren’t enough, the Altima is also the most reliable car currently on the road. People have shared stories of their Altima lasting well beyond a quarter million miles with nothing more than routine maintenance.
Source: Auto Guide