The Most Reliable Car Brands

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Due to the strong levels of competition that exists worldwide due to globalization, car companies are working harder than ever to become more reliable. While many car brands like to state how reliable their cars are, only independently done tests and consumer reviews can determine true reliability. The following are some of the most reliable car brands that exist today. You should also be aware that these companies have proven their reliability for years and years.


Popular around the world, Mazda has expanded its car lineup to producing SUVs and large sedans, in addition to the smaller cars and trucks that it has been known for. What makes Mazda so popular is that its vehicles have a reputation for lasting for a long time, not to mention being quite fuel-efficient and priced affordability.


Part of a luxury car line, Acura is notable for being the sole luxury brand that makes this list. Their car models, such as the TL and MDX, not only look stylish and come with a host of luxurious features, but they are quite reliable and have minimum maintenance demands. The only drawback is that the price of an Acura is quite high.


Known primarily for its trucks and SUVs, their motto of "built to last" certainly rings true. They are known for producing vehicles that have very low repair costs and maintenance costs. Part of this is because many of the parts that it needs are fully compatible with Chevrolet models. Their exteriors are also quite tough, which aids in their durability.


A Japanese company, Subaru has won over the hearts of the public with its reliability. What's remarkable about the company is that approximately 95% of all of the Subaru models that have been sold during the past decade are still in operation today. They also come with all-wheel drive and powerful engines.


Though it frequently gets overshadowed by some of its Japanese competitors in Honda and Subaru, they are continually improving their car models and becoming more popular throughout the world. Its Nissan Altima and Nissan Sentra models are two prime examples. Their cars look nice and are priced affordably.


As the second brand on this list that is produced by General Motors, Chevrolet has experienced a remarkable turnaround in reputation in recent years. In the past, it wasn't known for its reliability. Quite the opposite actually. But now, Chevrolet has turned things around, evident in the Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Sonic. This brand is an example of the positive influence that competition can have on a company.


Made by Chrysler, Dodge makes this list partly because of how reliable Dodge Rams are, which are made to withstand harsh conditions. In addition, the new Dodge Charger and Dodge Dart are also getting stellar reviews and represents the revitalization of American brands in terms of their reliability.

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The most reliable American car brand, they continue to get better. Its F-150 pickup model sells exceptionally well in the United States, and the new Ford Fusion is also quite popular. They have focused extensively on improving their reliability, which is evident in their place on this list.


Long known for its reliability, Honda's cars are popular around the world, especially the Honda Accord and Honda Civic. They are not only quite economical in price, but their value and reliability span hundreds of thousands of miles. Their reputation only looks to improve moving into the future.


The most reliable car brand in the world is Toyota. Its reliability isn't only reflected in public opinion, but also in its proven performance. Their reliability is matched by their efficiency and their affordability. Even its decades-old models are still on the road today and running remarkably well.

As more and more car brands focus on improving their reliability, you can expect the above car brands on the list to have some competition in future years.

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