The biggest fear that any used car buyer has is that the vehicle they pick out will not be reliable. It is a valid fear, the more so the older the vehicle is. Luckily, in this age of instant information there are people who’s sole focus is to track vehicle reliability data. So, with a stack of data in hand, we are offering you a list of the most reliable used cars on the market in 2014.
The Acura TL has been a consistently reliable car since its introduction, with many examples being used as daily drivers well after 150,000 miles. In order to have the best chance of combining long-term reliability and low mileage, you should look for a 2008-2009 model. The TL does carry a high price tag in many instances, so be prepared.
Production of the Ford Fusion began with the 2006 model year. The Fusion has performed well in every known metric: reliability, value, total cost of ownership, and safety. One caveat, if possible you should opt for the 6-cylinder engine. The more common four feels a bit, well, inadequate.
All three of these Honda offerings make an appearance for good reason. Each offers solid fuel economy and great long-term reliability. Each has been lauded by the professional critics and past owners. In fact, it is nearly impossible to read anyone’s top ten list of cars without seeing at least two of these models. You probably drive past at least two dozen of these vehicles each day that have in excess of 200,000 miles on them. With a little bit of prudent shopping, you can find a daily driver for many years to come.
Most Mazda offerings are fraught with despair. Owners are continually upset over poor transmissions and a lack of power. The Miata is the sole beacon of hope for the entire Mazda line-up. The very able standard 2.0L engine offers 170 hp and 140 lbf·ft of torque. The styling is fresh enough to avoid the dated look that Mazda is infamous for. Since the Miata is generally a second car, most are low mileage specimens.
Just offering the best fuel economy in the industry would be enough to keep people interested in the Prius, but it also offers reliability. As with many top fuel economy hybrids, the Prius does not offer the acceleration that many Americans take for granted, but the 110 hp engine will eventually reach highway speeds. A major drawback to many hybrid cars is the cost of replacing the battery for the electric engine. This repair can run into a few thousand dollars and buying a used one means that repair is closer at hand. If you are in the market for a car that is only about 1-2 years old, the Prius C was recently ranked by multiple publications as the most reliable vehicle available and offers 53 mpg/city and 46 mpg/highway. Remember, a hybrid uses its electric engine if traveling under 30 mph, that is why city numbers are higher than highway figures.