The Best Used Cars Under $5,000 for 2021 (2023)

The last time anew carSold for less than $5,000 in 1990 and the vehicle was the infamous Yugo. In 2021, 5,000 will not buy much of anything older than 8 years. While older, out-of-warranty cars are inherently riskier purchases, careful research can still yield reliable, quality, and even fun drives that list for less than $5,000.

Using a combination of owner feedback, reliability ratings, average transaction prices, and the experience of Forbes Wheels staff, we've compiled a list of 20 great candidates for buyers on a budget. To meet our criteria, we looked at cars newer than the 1996 model year that were also available for less than $5,000. We prioritize models with good reliability values ​​and low running costs.

For older vehicles, buying from an individual can sometimes generate more value than buying from a dealer. It's still possible to get good cars for under $5,000 from dealers, but the private market tends to have lower asking prices, and some sellers have detailed maintenance records to show.

In addition, since even the most historically reliable cars suffer from a lack of maintenance over time, we recommend a mechanical inspection before purchase. In theory, this is easier than ever because there are now mobile mechanic services booked via smartphone that can come directly to the vehicle.

1 2007-2012 Honda-Tuning

Why we chose it:The fit may be small, but it's a great value. It has an excellent reliability record, achieving up to 31 mpg combined. Despite its compact size, the Fit's minivan-like interior makes great use of space. It's loud and boisterous on the freeway, but fun to drive, with responsive handling and a willing engine. The first generation models (2007 and 2008) are a little cheaper than the later ones, but a little less reliable.

Advantage:

  • Reliable and cheap to run
  • fun to drive
  • Space and fuel savings

Opposites:

  • loud and small
  • Solid handling, small tires can wear out quickly
  • Missing interior.

2. Toyota Avalon 2000-2008

Why we chose it:Toyota's largest and most conservative car, the Avalon is built for a quiet, comfortable ride and excels on long road trips. It's also a steadfast champion of reliability: every generation of the Avalon deserves high marks for durability and owner satisfaction. While not necessarily exciting to drive or look at, it is a step below oneLexusIt means good interior design and materials. These years cover two generations of Avalon, although all are good choices.

Advantage:

  • reliable and safe
  • Good mpg for a big car
  • Comfortable, refined and quiet.

Opposites:

  • Repairs can be expensive
  • The newer ones hardly come under $5,000
  • Not exciting to drive or watch

3. 2004-2006 Vástago xB

Why we chose it:el funkyMiniDesigned for Tokyo rather than Tampa, the xB truck looked like no other car or crossover when it was new and remains distinctive today. The first-gen xB is smaller than the later 2008-2015 model, but tends to get better valuation and reliability ratings from owners. It still has plenty of room inside, gets good gas mileage and is easy to park. The xB isn't fast and noisy on the Autobahn, but it's agile and fun to drive.

Advantage:

  • Still stylish 17 years later
  • Reliable and cheap to buy
  • fun to drive

Opposites:

  • Hard to find units with low mileage
  • Noisy on the highway and prone to cross winds
  • Slow with automatic transmission

4. Coche Lincoln 1998-2011

Why we chose it:Beneath the Town Car's sleek exterior are the same rugged mechanical parts found in a Ford Crown Victoria police car. As a result, the Lincoln has a solid reputation for durability and longevity. Inside is a comfortable and welcoming place with plenty of amenities and room for up to six people in a pinch. The downside is that the V8-powered, rear-wheel drive city car is really huge at 215 inches long and 4,300 pounds, so fuel economy and handling aren't great.

Advantage:

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  • very durable
  • Lots of space and luxury
  • powerful and quiet

Opposites:

  • 15 mpg in the city
  • huge size
  • Some have seen the use of taxis and are best avoided.

5. 1997–2006 Lexus ES

Why we chose it:The high-end sister of LexusToyotaCamry, all versions of the ES, are rated very highly as used cars, with excellent reliability records and a host of JD Power awards. As you would expect from a luxury vehicle, both ES generations of these years have powerful V6 engines, comfortable interiors and calm, refined drivers. Low-mileage models can be hard to find at $5,000, but these ES years are on the lower end of their depreciation curve.

Advantage:

  • Impeccable reliability
  • luxurious and quiet
  • Good safety ratings

Opposites:

  • Hard to find low mileage cars
  • Some features can be expensive to repair and it is important to ensure timing belt maintenance has been performed.
  • anonymous style

6. 2004–2006 Vastagus xA

Why we chose it:The conventional-looking half of Toyota's original Scion range, the xA is powered by the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and uses many of the same mechanical parts as its boxy xB brother. The xA's better aerodynamics mean it's quieter than the xB, achieving 30mpg combined, but is slightly less spacious inside. It also gets rave reviews from owners and scores well for reliability, although its unconventional interior design may not be to everyone's liking.

Advantage:

  • Excellent reliability ratings
  • Cheap to buy and own
  • Good features for a cheap car.

Opposites:

  • seltsames Dashboard-Layout
  • small interior
  • Limited cargo space with rear passengers

7. Toyota Camry 2002-2006

Why we chose it:The Camry's legendary reliability and easygoing nature made it America's best-selling car for many years. While it's hard to go wrong with most Camrys, the fifth-generation model seems to have the strongest reliability ratings and lowest owner ratings in the sub-$5,000 range these years. Available with either a four-cylinder or a V6 engine, Camry is practical and quiet in every way. It returns 21 to 24 mpg combined and the cost of ownership is low.

Advantage:

  • Known reliable
  • Popular and easy to find in different versions
  • Low maintenance

Opposites:

  • not exciting
  • Sloppy maintenance can be a problem
  • Base motor not very strong

9. 2004–2008 Acura TSX

Why we chose it:It may take a bit of searching for a clean, low-mileage car, but the first-gen TSX is one of the most entertaining daily drivers you can buy for under $5,000. It's a nice machine with responsive handling, a high-revving 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine with up to 205 hp and an available manual gearbox. It has a solid reputation for reliability, but it's a bit small inside and the combined fuel economy of up to 23mpg is just so-so.

Advantage:

  • Good looks inside and out
  • fun to drive
  • Reliable in the long term with proper maintenance

Opposites:

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  • smaller back seat
  • Maintenance over time can become expensive
  • Hard to find with low mileage

10. 1996-2011 Mercury Grand Marquis

Why we chose it:Mechanically related to the Lincoln Town Car, the Grand Marquis is just as durable, just as big, and just a little less luxurious. In modern times, "grandma" was popular with pensioners and was therefore in good hands with many. The Mercury scores high for comfort, reliability and low maintenance costs, but fuel economy is poor. The Grand Marquis handles better than you might expect, but the rear-wheel-drive V8 setup isn't ideal for snowy weather.

Advantage:

  • Very comfortable and quiet.
  • reliable and resilient
  • V8-Power

Opposites:

  • bad fuel consumption
  • impractical size
  • Oldtimer-Feeling

11. 2006–2011 Hyundai Azera

Why we chose it:Hyundai's answer to the Toyota Avalon, the Azera, is similar in many ways. It's a roomy but conservative sedan with lots of features, including standard navigation on higher trims. The Azera has two available V6s with up to 263 horsepower, but like the Avalon, it's more about smoothness than fun. While lagging behind the Toyota overall, the Azera has high reliability ratings and is generally considered by owners to be a very good long-term value.

Advantage:

  • refined and spacious
  • Lots of standard features
  • Low running costs

Opposites:

  • smooth design
  • Quiet ride, but imprecise handling
  • Mediocre fuel consumption

12 Toyota Corolla 2003-2007

Why we chose it:Corollas have been the standard choice of cheap bikes for decades and have an enviable reputation for reliability and simplicity, but over the years and price range in our example, the ninth-generation model, built from mid-2002 to late 2007, takes the highest spot. These Corollas are cheap to buy and run when not interesting to drive or look at. The base engine in those years was a 130-horsepower four-cylinder, but a rare 170-horsepower XRS version was offered in 2005 and 2006, making it more fun to drive.

Advantage:

  • trustworthy
  • Easy to drive and live with
  • Low maintenance and acquisition costs.

Opposites:

  • Because of their reputation for reliability, some cars have been neglected.
  • More device than car
  • More interesting XRS is hard to find

13. 2003-2008 Pontiac tuning

Why we chose it:Pontiac may not have survived the Great Recession, but first-gen Vibe owners love their cars. The first generation Vibe consistently gets higher marks for reliability and value than its sibling, the Toyota Matrix, and the newer 2009-2010 Vibe. The vibe isn't as sporty as it sounds, but it offers two four-cylinder engines with up to 180 hp and available all-wheel drive. The hatchback's body is comfortable, offers good cargo space and the Vibe gets 25 to 29 mpg combined. The related Toyota Matrix from those years is also a good choice, but not rated as highly.

Advantage:

  • Inexpensive to purchase and operate
  • Good looking
  • practical hatchback body

Opposites:

  • hard seats
  • It's not as sporty as it looks.
  • Poor performance with the base engine

14,2007-2011 Toyota Yaris

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Why we chose it:The Yaris replaced the awkward-looking Toyota Echo in 2007, bringing with it a cuter design and slightly better fuel economy. The reliability of the small Toyota is first class and the running costs are low. Available as a hatchback or sedan, the Yaris looks good but doesn't make as good use of its interior space as the Honda Fit. It feels small and not fun to drive. A nicer Yaris debuted in 2012, but these cars are hard to find for less than $5,000.

Advantage:

  • Very cheap
  • good fuel economy
  • Low maintenance costs

Opposites:

  • Small size means space is limited
  • not very fun to drive
  • Early models lacked the standard anti-lock braking system

15 Honda Civic 2006-2011

Why we chose it:The futuristic-looking eighth-generation Civic was available in two body styles, a sleek coupe and a wedge-shaped sedan. It also came with multiple powertrain options. The most interesting are the sporty 197hp Si and the 42mpg hybrid, but the regular Civics were worth their time too. All Civics of this generation are reliable and inexpensive to maintain, although the hybrid's battery pack has long been out of warranty and can be very expensive to replace.

Advantage:

  • Good looks inside and out
  • reliable and efficient
  • Sport and hybrid models available

Opposites:

  • Small rear seat, especially on coupes
  • seltsames Dashboard-Layout
  • The longevity of hybrids is unknown

16Volkswagen Golf 2010-2011

Why we chose it:The sixth generation Golf brought a new level of sophistication and driving pleasure to the well-known hatchback and impressed with its petrol-powered 2.5-litre five-cylinder diesel engines and the economical 2.0-litre diesel four-cylinder engines. The latter later became the focus of the diesel emissions scandal, but Volkswagen eventually implemented an emissions fix for them with only a small loss in performance. These Golfs are still attractive, efficient, and reliable, but 2012 and newer models generally can't be found for less than $5,000.

Advantage:

  • practical and efficient
  • Attractive and fun to drive.
  • Nice if spartan interior.

Opposites:

  • Dieselgate-Stigma
  • Hard to find
  • Base models lack features

17th scion 2008-2012 xD

Why we chose it:As the successor to the previous Scion xA, the more upright looking xD continued the same formula. This model gets slightly lower reliability ratings than the xA, but it also has a more conventional and logical dashboard layout that some drivers will prefer. Based on the Yaris and powered by a 128hp four-cylinder engine, performance isn't very appealing, but the xD has a nicer interior and generally higher specification for a price similar to today.

Advantage:

  • The high-cross style still looks contemporary
  • Nice interior and features.
  • High quality, low cost

Opposites:

  • mediocre performance
  • The fuel consumption is only mediocre for a small car
  • Small cargo area with raised rear seats

18 2010–2012 Mazda3

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Why we chose it:The new Mazda3 for 2010 improved reliability and rust resistance over the outgoing model, and also added a bit of space. Even if the style with the big, smiling forehead is not to everyone's taste, the overall package is right. Powered by either 144 or 165 hp four-cylinder engines, the second generation 3 Series is a car that's fun but still has decent gas mileage. The top-of-the-line models and the popular MazdaSpeed3 fall outside of this price bracket, but the lower-end pre-2013 models are a decent buy.

Advantage:

  • Sporty handling that implies driving experience.
  • Practical hatchback available
  • Very well designed interior.

Opposites:

  • The finest cost upwards of $5,000
  • Fewer features on base models
  • smiling forehead

19 2011–2012 Mazda2

Why we chose it:The small Mazda2 was the automaker's answer to the Honda Fit andNissanVersa, and philosophically closer to the former, a fun yet minimalist little car. Power comes from a 100hp 1.5 liter engine, but that's more than enough to have some featherweight fun.MazdaAnd still get up to 31 mpg combined. Compared to the Ford Fiesta, the 2 performs much better than this car in reliability and owner satisfaction. The 2's weakness is cargo space, of which it has very little.

Advantage:

  • cute and funny
  • Low owning and operating costs
  • comfortably indoors

Opposites:

  • 2013-2014 2 costs over $5,000
  • lack of cargo space
  • Few technical features

20. 2004–2008 Chrysler Crossfire Cupe

Why we chose it:This unusual looksports carIt's definitely not like the other cars on this list, but available data suggests owners like it to be a reliable car, and surprisingly, you can pick up a decent one for $5,000. A product of the former DaimlerChrysler union, the Crossfire borrowed its V6 engine and platform from the 1990s.Mercedes-Benz SLK and was built in Germany. It's an excellent performer, although its looks are an acquired taste and maintenance costs can be high.

Advantage:

  • Excellent performance
  • distinctive style
  • Looks and feels like an expensive car

Opposites:

  • As a two-seater, it lacks a lot of cargo space
  • distinctive style
  • Potentially high maintenance costs and expensive tires

methodology

To determine our list of the best vehicles under $5,000, we compare a wide range of reliability and quality scores, vehicle tester ratings, thousands of long-term reviews and owner ratings, and consider our own long-term experiences with these vehicles such as new & vintageused cars.

In addition to these criteria, the vehicle had to have an average transaction price of less than or close to $5,000, be manufactured after 1996, and be generally available in five major geographic markets. We researched hundreds of used car listings from Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Phoenix and Seattle.

Older models with fewer data points had to be further evaluated or were generally neglected due to a lack of available data. For example, the 2005-2007 Saab 9-2x may be a great used car, but there isn't enough data to adequately measure its reliability as it sells poorly new and is too hard to find for most buyers.

Some of the vehicles on our list are from brands that no longer exist. In all cases, the vehicle manufacturers still exist and there is generally adequate parts and service support. Discontinued brands often lose value, which can make them a good buy later on, but it can also depend on the model and manufacturer. A brother to the badge-engineered Toyota Matrix, the Pontiac Vibe enjoys good service support. The Saturn Astra, another GM car from the same era based on a European Opel design, doesn't.

We particularly focus on providing maximum value and reliability for the price, prioritizing models known for their durability and low running costs, but we also strive to offer a variety of models to suit different tastes. We also skipped some models due to higher than average withdrawal incidents.

While we can generally provide guidance on which models are the cheapest or most reliable, we cannot guarantee individual car performance. We've done the research, but we still encourage you to further research your options before purchasing, and as mentioned above, pre-purchase inspections are highly recommended.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q: Is it worth buying a 10 year old car?

That can be, yes. Vehicles over 10 years old are at or near the end of their depreciation curve, the time when a car is too old to be considered new but too young to be a "classic". Some of the best values ​​can be found in this area, but you must be willing to look around, inspect carefully, and live without a few modern features. These cars can also be easily transported for a long time as long as they have been serviced and buyers continue to invest in maintenance. That may cost some money over time, but $5,000 is still less than a third of the cost of purchasecheapest new car 2021and even most of the latest generation certified used cars.

P: Does mileage matter for used cars? What is more important, age or mileage?

Both mileage and age are important, but how a vehicle has been maintained is more important.

The older a vehicle is, the more its components can age and the harder it can be to get replacement parts, although big brand cars shouldn't have too much of a problem. The higher the mileage of a vehicle, the greater the mechanical wear, which can mean earlier replacement of parts or a number of costs due to component wear.

In the 1990s it was widely believed that most cars wore out after 100,000 miles or 10 years, but improved quality standards have increased vehicle longevity. The average car in the United States is now nearly 12 years old, and a quarter of cars are over 16 years old. It's common to seequality used carsOver 100,000 miles now but usually under 150,000. One vehicle on our list, the 2003-2008 Pontiac Vibe, has a faulty odometer that stops recording miles at 299,999. But this bug is well known because owners drove 300,000 miles to see it.

Proper maintenance and careful use are more important than mileage or age. The average vehicle is driven 12,000 miles per year over its lifetime, but many vehicles are seeing much less demand than that. A low-mileage car that has not been properly maintained or has been idling for a long time could cause more problems than a vehicle with high mileage that has been carefully maintained. If possible, ask previous owners for service records and request a pre-sale mechanical inspection.

Q: Should I have a mechanic inspect a used vehicle?

Yes, ideally you already have a relationship with a mechanic you know, but if not there are many services that will perform pre-sales inspections. Ideally, this inspection should include a road test on various types of roads with potholes or broken pavement and driving at highway speeds to test the vehicle in all conditions. Adding a mechanical inspection can be socially awkward if the seller hesitates, and will likely cost you $150-$200, but it's money well spent. Keep in mind that even the best mechanics may not be able to find every possible problem, but they can help you spot obvious signs of neglect.

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Q: Where is the best place to buy a used car for under $5,000?

The best option is buying from a private party, and such offers are most commonly found on places like Craigslist, OfferUp, or Facebook Marketplace. Individuals don't have to worry about real estate costs on a car lot or paying retailers to make their inventory shine, so these costs don't factor into the selling price. They also tend to have maintenance records and at least some history of the vehicle, which most used car dealers don't have. Many used cars are bought at wholesale auctions and little information is provided. You can also find good deals at state or impounded auctions, but these sources are just as opaque when it comes to the underlying condition of the vehicle and you can't inspect the lot before you buy it.

FAQs

What is the most reliable used car to buy in 2021? ›

Each of these vehicles is a good choice, though we did find that the most reliable cars on the list were the Mazda3, Lexus ES, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Prius, and Acura ILX.

What is the best car under 5000? ›

10 Best Used Cars Under $5,000
  • 2009 Nissan Sentra. ...
  • 2008 Mazda6. ...
  • Sponsored.
  • 2008 Ford Focus. ...
  • 2006 Honda Civic. ...
  • 2005 Toyota Corolla. ...
  • 2005 Honda Accord. The Honda Accord is a midsize sedan with roomy back seats that easily fit three adults. ...
  • 2005 Toyota Camry. Consistently positive reviews earn the Toyota Camry a spot on our list.

What are the top five most reliable used cars? ›

Most Reliable Used Cars
  • 2008 Toyota Corolla. Toyota has long been known as an automaker with a focus on quality assurance at the factory and a simple, economical design. ...
  • 2017 Honda Accord. ...
  • 2017 Mazda3. ...
  • 2021 Nissan Rogue. ...
  • 2018 Lexus RX 350. ...
  • 2014 Honda Civic. ...
  • 2016 Toyota Avalon. ...
  • 2017 Kia Forte.
24 Sept 2022

What is the most reliable used vehicle to buy? ›

5 of the Most Reliable Used Cars You Can Find
  1. Honda Civic. They're sporty, they're simple, and they're one of the most reliable compact cars on the market: there's a reason the Honda Civic is one of the most popular used cars in America! ...
  2. Toyota Corolla. ...
  3. Chevrolet Silverado 1500. ...
  4. Mazda3. ...
  5. Honda CR-V.
29 Apr 2022

Which used cars have the least problems? ›

In this article, we put together a list of cars with the least problems that last much longer than their peers.
  1. Toyota Land Cruiser.
  2. Lexus RX.
  3. Chevrolet Tahoe.
  4. GMC Yukon.
  5. Chevrolet Suburban.
  6. Toyota Camry.
  7. Toyota Corolla.
  8. Honda Accord.
2 Mar 2022

What is the most unreliable car in 2021? ›

Top 10 Least Reliable Car Brands in 2021
  • Volkswagen (36)
  • Mini (37)
  • Ford (38)
  • Cadillac (38)
  • Mercedes-Benz (40)
  • Jeep (41)
  • Volvo (41)
  • Chevrolet (42)

What is the most reliable affordable car brand? ›

Toyota earns the top spot as the best automaker for dependability. Toyota vehicles are known for their longevity, and they are proven to last longer than any other brand. Toyotas are built so well they have below-average maintenance and repair costs, which helps contribute to why they remain on the road for so long.

Which older cars are most reliable? ›

Reliability by brand for cars aged six to 15 years old
RankBrandScore
1.Suzuki97.0%
2.Lexus93.6%
3.Toyota92.4%
4.Honda92.0%
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15 Oct 2021

What are the top 5 most unreliable cars? ›

  • Ignoring a Car's Reliability Rating Can Cost You Time and Money. ...
  • 2022 Chevrolet Suburban. ...
  • 2022 Volvo XC90. ...
  • 2022 Land Rover Defender. ...
  • 2022 Volkswagen Atlas. ...
  • 2022 Audi A6. ...
  • 2022 Audi Q8. ...
  • 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB.
21 Oct 2022

What used cars do mechanics recommend? ›

You'll frequently see mechanics speak highly of Toyota and Honda brands, including Lexus and Acura (their respective luxury offerings). If you ask mechanics their opinions about vehicles, they frequently focus on miles, longevity and major repair needs.

What are the 3 most reliable car brands? ›

Toyota, Lexus, BMW, Mazda, and Honda made the top five of the brands with the most reliable cars, with BMW jumping up from 10th to third position in just one year, pushing German rival Audi to sixth.
...
Most reliable and least reliable cars named in the US.
RankBrandAverage
1Toyota72
2Lexus72
3BMW65
4Mazda65
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What should you not buy a used car? ›

Used Cars to Avoid Buying
ModelYear(s) to Avoid
Mercedes-BenzGLE2020
MiniCooper2011-2013, 2015, 2018
MiniCooper Clubman2011-2013, 2015, 2018
NissanAltima2014, 2016
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What mileage should I avoid when buying a used car? ›

It can be somewhat risky to buy a vehicle that has racked up more than 100,000 miles. Even if it's well-maintained and has about 100,000 miles left in it, such a car is already past its prime. Generally, vehicles are likely to start experiencing problems after the 100,000-mile mark.

What is a good used car that lasts? ›

Longest-Lasting Cars: Toyota's Land Cruiser Easily Wins the Top Spot
Longest-Lasting Vehicles to Reach 200k Miles – iSeeCars Study
1Toyota Land Cruiser16.3%
2Toyota Sequoia11.2%
3Chevrolet Suburban5.1%
4Ford Expedition4.9%
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Which car brand has no problems? ›

The brand that ranked the highest in overall vehicle dependability is Kia, with a score of 145 PP100. Other mass-market automotive brands ranking high for vehicle dependability include Toyota (158 PP100), Hyundai (148 PP100), and Buick (147 PP100).

What car breaks down most? ›

1. Chrysler. Chrysler vehicles are some of the most unreliable on the market. They've been ranked as the least reliable car brand for three years in a row by Consumer Reports.

What brand of car is unreliable? ›

Off-road maker Jeep has been named the most unreliable car manufacturer following a survey of nearly 25,000 owners.

What are the top 10 least reliable cars? ›

  • 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLE. ...
  • 2023 Jeep Gladiator. ...
  • 2023 Chevrolet Bolt. ...
  • 2023 Ford Explorer. Price Range: $36,760 - $56,075. ...
  • 2023 Nissan Sentra. Price Range: $19,950 - $22,700. ...
  • 2023 Lincoln Aviator. Price Range: $51,370 - $89,280. ...
  • 2023 Hyundai Kona Electric. Price Range: $33,550 - $41,550. ...
  • 2023 Ford F-150. Price Range: $34,585 - $84,910.
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What are the 5 least reliable car brands? ›

These Are The Least Reliable Car Brands In 2022 (And The Cars That Got Them There)
  • 8/10 Jeep.
  • 7/10 Mercedes-Benz.
  • 6/10 Cadillac.
  • 5/10 Ford.
  • 4/10 VW.
  • 3/10 Tesla.
  • 2/10 Alfa Romeo.
  • 1/10 Land Rover Range Rover.
21 Nov 2022

Which car makes are cheapest to maintain? ›

10 of the Cheapest Car Models To Repair
  • Intro.
  • Toyota Yaris.
  • Hyundai i10.
  • Toyota Prius.
  • Toyota Aygo.
  • Citroen C4.
  • Mercedes A-Class Hatchback.
  • Nissan Leaf.
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What should you not say to a car salesman? ›

5 Things to Never Tell a Car Salesman If You Want the Best Deal
  • 'I love this car. ' ...
  • 'I'm a doctor at University Hospital. ' ...
  • 'I'm looking for monthly payments of no more than $300. ' ...
  • 'How much will I get for my trade-in? ' ...
  • 'I'll be paying with cash,' or 'I've already secured financing. '
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What are the top 10 most reliable cars? ›

The Top 10 Most Reliable Cars for 2022
  1. 2022 Toyota Prius. The Toyota Prius is the all-star of the compact car class when it comes to reliability. ...
  2. 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata. ...
  3. 2022 Infiniti Q50. ...
  4. 2022 Chrysler 300. ...
  5. 2022 Acura TLX. ...
  6. 2022 Toyota Prius Prime. ...
  7. 2022 Honda Insight. ...
  8. 2022 Audi A6.
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Who makes the least and most reliable cars? ›

The report found that Lexus and Toyota make the most reliable cars, while Jeep and Mercedes-Benz make the ones you can depend on least. But those rankings reflect an average of all the cars each manufacturer builds. There can still be variation within any one brand.

What is the best brand used car? ›

A model from a more reliable brand will not only get the best mileage over time, but it will get there with the fewest amount of repairs along the way. Of the 10 brands selected, the top five scorers are Lexus (93), Toyota (86), Acura (79), Honda (70), and Nissan (67).

Whats the best year for a used car? ›

In retaining “like new” quality and inheriting a slower depreciation rate, the best used car age for buying is 2-3 years. In fact, Americans are saving up to $14,000 on a 3-year-old vehicle. For example, a car that may have cost you $30,000 when new would cost around $16,000 after just 3 years.

What is the oldest a used car should be? ›

We wouldn't go too far beyond the mid- to late-1990s for any car, as parts can be harder to find once a car crests 20 years of age. For higher mileage vehicles with more than 150,000 miles on the odometer, we might recommend trying to find a newer model year than the late 1990s.

What is the most reliable car for the money? ›

2022 Best Cars for the Money
  • Nissan Versa: Best Subcompact Car for the Money.
  • Honda Civic: Best Compact Car for the Money.
  • Honda Accord: Best Midsize Car for the Money.
  • Toyota Avalon: Best Large Car for the Money.
  • Hyundai Elantra Hybrid: Best Hybrid or Electric Car for the Money.

Whats the worst problem for a car? ›

The Most Common Car Problems to Be Prepared For
  • Broken Tail/Head Lights. A problem you may come across is broken tail or head lights. ...
  • Warning Lights. You'll find your warning lights located inside your car on the dashboard. ...
  • Bad Fuel Economy. ...
  • Flat Tires. ...
  • Rusting. ...
  • Bad Brakes. ...
  • Poor Alignment. ...
  • Overheating.

What should you not say to a car mechanic? ›

“The main thing that you should never say to a car mechanic is that you don't care how much it costs as long as it gets fixed. When you say this, mechanics tend to find many things wrong with the car that may or may not be reasonable or real. You may also want to avoid other things like: Money is no obstacle.

What brand of car needs the least maintenance? ›

10 Cars With The Lowest Maintenance Costs On The Market
  • 10/10 Toyota Corolla.
  • 9/10 Toyota Prius.
  • 8/10 Honda Accord.
  • 7/10 Kia Soul.
  • 6/10 Toyota Camry.
  • 5/10 Honda Fit.
  • 4/10 Nissan Versa.
  • 3/10 Toyota Yaris.
9 Mar 2022

What is the best and most reliable car of all time? ›

The Lexus LC 400 is one of the most reliable cars of all time. According to cars.com, the Lexus LC 400 models manufactured between 1997 and 2000 are the most trustworthy models with a perfect reliability score of 5/5.

What is the number 1 reliable car? ›

The Most Reliable Car Brands
Longest-Lasting Car Brands to Reach 200,000 Miles- iSeeCars Study
1Toyota2.3%
2Honda1.9%
3GMC1.8%
4Chevrolet1.6%
8 more rows
20 Mar 2022

Which second hand cars are reliable? ›

These are the 10 most reliable used cars you can buy
  • Peugeot 107. ...
  • Hyundai i20. ...
  • Suzuki Alto. ...
  • Kia Rio. ...
  • Kia Ceed. ...
  • Toyota Aygo. ...
  • Mazda MX-5. ...
  • Toyota Auris.

What is considered the most reliable car? ›

What are the most reliable car brands?
  • Lexus. This brand stays at the top, year after year. ...
  • Toyota. Many Toyota models are among the most popular cars worldwide because they are affordable, dependable, and easy to maintain.
  • Mazda. ...
  • Kia. ...
  • Honda. ...
  • Buick. ...
  • Hyundai.
14 Jun 2022

What is the most reliable affordable car to buy? ›

Best Affordable New Cars for 2022
  • 2021 Hyundai Elantra. The best affordable small car. See at TrueCar.
  • 2021 Toyota Camry. The best affordable midsize car. ...
  • 2021 Dodge Charger. The best affordable full-size car. ...
  • 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid. The best affordable hybrid car. ...
  • 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV. The best affordable electric car.
14 Oct 2022

What cars break down the most? ›

And if your car frequently breaks down, those repairs can start to add up.
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Here are the top 5 brands that break down the most and what makes them so unreliable.
  • Chrysler. Chrysler vehicles are some of the most unreliable on the market. ...
  • Fiat. ...
  • Jaguar. ...
  • Chevrolet. ...
  • Lincoln. ...
  • Cadillac.

What car lasts the longest? ›

Longest-Lasting Cars: Toyota's Land Cruiser Easily Wins the Top Spot
Longest-Lasting Vehicles to Reach 200k Miles – iSeeCars Study
RankVehicle% of Cars Over 200k Miles
1Toyota Land Cruiser16.3%
2Toyota Sequoia11.2%
3Chevrolet Suburban5.1%
14 more rows
28 Feb 2022

Which brand used car is best to buy? ›

Top 5 Trusted Used Car Brands in India
  • Maruti Suzuki. Maruti Suzuki is one of the most trusted used car brands in India. ...
  • Hyundai. Hyundai is a terrific option to consider while purchasing a second-hand car. ...
  • Mahindra. ...
  • Toyota. ...
  • Volkswagen. ...
  • Get a used car loan. ...
  • The bottom line.
6 Jan 2021

What is the most reliable 10 year old small car? ›

Reliability of small cars aged six to 15 years old
  • Toyota Yaris 2011-2020. 98.5%
  • Suzuki Swift 2010-2017. 97.8%
  • Mazda 2 2007-2015. 96.5%
  • Volkswagen Up 2012-present. 95.4%
  • Audi A1 2010-2018. 95.3%
  • Kia Picanto 2011-2017. 93.5%
  • Dacia Sandero 2013-2020. 93.0%
  • Honda Jazz 2008-2015. 92.9%
16 Dec 2021

What car brand has the most problems? ›

EVs reported more problems
RankingBrandProblems per 100 vehicles
1Buick139
2Dodge143
3Chevrolet147
4Genesis156
29 more rows
5 Jul 2022

What are the most unreliable cars? ›

  • Ignoring a Car's Reliability Rating Can Cost You Time and Money. ...
  • 2022 Chevrolet Suburban. ...
  • 2022 Volvo XC90. ...
  • 2022 Land Rover Defender. ...
  • 2022 Volkswagen Atlas. ...
  • 2022 Audi A6. ...
  • 2022 Audi Q8. ...
  • 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB.
21 Oct 2022

Which brand of car has the least problems? ›

The most reliable car brands - and the least
  • Kia. Reliability rating: 95.8% ...
  • Mazda. Reliability rating: 95.9% ...
  • Mitsubishi. Reliability rating: 96.9% ...
  • Dacia. Reliability rating: 97.3% ...
  • Lexus. Reliability rating: 98.7% ...
  • Alfa Romeo. Reliability rating: 86.5% ...
  • Land Rover. Reliability rating: 82.5% ...
  • Fiat. Reliability rating: 82.0%
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