10 of the most reliable cars you can buy

Many drivers prefer to buy a new car because they think it’ll spare them costly trips to the mechanic, at least for the first few years of the vehicle’s life.
But some new cars are far more dependable than others, according to a new report.

New ranking: Top 10 reliable cars 

Consumer Reports gathered data on more than half a million vehicles, covering more than 300 models, for its annual car reliability survey. Lexus and Toyota were the most dependable brands overall, and Buick surprised many with a third-place finish.
So when Consumer Reports released its list of the most reliable vehicles, we expected it to include those brands. In fact, half of the top 10 vehicles are made by Lexus or Toyota.
As Consumer Reports explains on its website, these cars will likely give owners fewer problems than their competitors.
Our survey takes a deep dive into the numerous things that can go wrong with a vehicle. We study 17 trouble areas, from nuisances—such as squeaky brakes and broken interior trim—to major bummers, like out-of-warranty transmission repairs or trouble with four-wheel-drive systems.
As you scroll through this list, remember what Clark has always said about buying a new car. In order to do a good job for your wallet, you really need to keep a new car for 8 to 10 years. 

Here are the 10 most reliable cars on the road, according to Consumer Reports:

1. Toyota Prius

  • Price as tested: $27,323
  • Comments: ‘The sensible Prius has always been about efficiency and low running costs.’

2. Lexus CT 200h

  • Price as tested: $32,012
  • Comments: ‘This small hatchback has excellent fuel economy, but its refinement isn’t up to the Lexus standard.’

3. Infiniti Q70

  •  Price as tested: $53,825
  • Comments: ‘Very good interior quality, a roomy rear seat, and easy-to-use controls are positives, although cabin ambience is austere.’

4. Audi Q3

  • Price as tested: $40,125
  • Comments: ‘Overall it manages to deliver a premium driving experience similar to the larger Audi Q5 but in a 10-inch-shorter package.’

5. Lexus GX

  • Price as tested: $58,428
  • Comments: ‘It is very quiet and quick for a hulking brute, yet the GX is highly capable off-road and has a high tow rating.’

6. Lexus GS

  • Price as tested: $58,858
  • Comments: ‘The GS competes well, delivering a balanced combination of ride, handling, quietness, and roominess.’

7. Mercedes-Benz GLC

  • Price as tested: $49,105
  • Comments: ‘The GLC rides comfortably and handles with athleticism.’

8. Chevrolet Cruze

  • Price as tested: $23,145
  • Comments: ‘The redesigned 2016 Cruze possesses big car qualities such as a comfortable ride and a quiet interior.’

9. Audi Q7

  • Price as tested:  $68,695
  • Comments: ‘Audi’s luxury three-row SUV is an impressive vehicle, and among the best we’ve ever tested.’

10. Toyota 4Runner

  • Price as tested:  $37,425
  • Comments: ‘Tough and ready to tackle off-roading adventures, the truck-based 4Runner falls short of most modern SUVs.’

Read more: Step-by-step guide to buying a car

Final thought

While a few affordable options made this list, most of these vehicles are very expensive. So as you begin your car research, review Consumer Reports’ rankings of 29 car brands, plus the 10 cars you’ll probably want to avoid buying.

And to get the best price possible, follow these ‘Clark Smart’ steps to buying a new car or buying a used car

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