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10 Reliable Car Brands That Run Forever (Almost)

2016 Lexus GS F

According to AutoMD.com, “longevity” is the 2nd most important factor influencing car buyers, behind price. Unfortunately, there isn’t a “sticker price” telling you the longevity of a vehicle. If you want to purchase a dependable vehicle, Consumer Reports has listed the most reliable car brands of 2016. While there are a variety of great vehicles from car makers outside this list, here are 10 of the most generally reliable vehicle brands this year.

10. MINI

While it may come as a surprise, MINI, the British Automotive marque owned by BMW, cracked the top 10 reliability list this year. MINI hasn’t been known as the most reliable brand in previous years, but the company is clearly making improvements, achieving above-average reliability ratings.

MINI Cooper S Convertible

9. Hyundai

Moving up 4 places from last year, Kia’s sister brand, Hyundai, has made the top 10 list of most reliable car brands. Hyundai has a variety of 2017 models already available, like the Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Sonata, and Hyundai Santa Fe.

2017 Santa Fe

8. Honda

Honda’s often cited for reliability, so an 8th place finish is actually a disappointing result for the company. Dropping 4 places from last year, Honda’s continuously variable transmission is one of the primary culprits decreasing its ranking.

2016 Honda Civic Coupe

7. Buick

The only domestic carmaker to make the top 10 list, Buick snags spot #7. Buick’s been making some great steps with new additions like the Buick Cascada convertible and Buick Envision compact SUV.

2016 Buick Envision

6. Kia

Kia jumped up 4 spots from last year. While Kia used to be known for lower-end vehicles, that is no longer the case. Some Kias are incredibly luxurious, like the Kia K900 or Kia Cadenza. Along with improved quality, Kia’s reliability continues to improve.

2017 Kia Cadenza

5. Subaru

Up 2 spots from last year, Subaru has one of the most loyal fan bases in the auto industry. With Subaru Eyesight, AWD in every vehicle, and a history of reliability, what’s not to love?

2017 Subaru Forester

4. Mazda

Thanks to SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and consistent innovation, Mazda has created some of the most fun-to-drive affordable cars on the market. Mazda has been particularly successful in the crossover market with new additions like the Mazda CX-3 and Mazda CX-5.

2016 Mazda CX-3

3. Audi

Audi has shown great improvement in terms of reliability, now ranking as #3 on the list of most reliable car brands. If you want both luxury and performance, Audi is definitely worth consideration.

2016 Audi A3

2. Toyota

Well, can’t say we’re surprised. Toyota has almost always made some of the most reliable cars. This year is no exception. If you want a car that lasts long, you should consider Toyota.

2016 Toyota RAV4 SE

1. Lexus

Topping the list of most reliable car brands for the 2nd year in a row is Toyota’s luxury brand, Lexus. Lexus not only creates luxury vehicles, they’ve introduced exciting performance options recently like the Lexus RC 350 and the Lexus GS F.

2016 Lexus GS F 001

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Dustin "Dusty" Rhodes

A fan of nice round numbers and working on tiny European cars, Dusty is the proud owner of a '58 Lloyd 600, a '50 FIAT 500, and is currently on the hunt for a Vespa 400. And, despite all that repair work, he still finds time to write about cars. 

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