When you buy a used car, reliability is one of the chief concerns. Japanese carmakers are generally known for being the most reliable ones. However, there are other car companies that also make extremely dependable cars. Today, we’ll be counting down our top five picks for the most reliable used cars you can buy.
5. Lexus ES
What do you get when you take a Toyota car and inject it with luxury? You get a Lexus.
The ES is basically a Toyota Avalon under the skin. It is the best-selling Lexus sedan of all time. The best-seller of a company synonymous with reliability. That puts it in almost the same league as that of Honda Fit if reliability is your concern.
If you want to add a touch of luxury and a premium feel to your next car, this is the one you need to buy.
Here are some of the reasons why:
- There’s a V6 variant available that puts out 285hp and does 0 to 60 in just under 5 seconds.
- There is a hybrid version that has 200hp and an EPA rating of 40mpg.
- This car has every little touch of luxury found in the likes of Mercedes and Audi.
- It has a 14cft trunk that is enough to carry your luggage for any road trip.
4. BMW 2 Series
Germans are not known for reliability but that’s just a stereotype. German sports cars might not be reliable but everyday German cars are. The BMW 2-series is the car you need to get if you want reliability with German attention to detail. Also, if the Honda Fit is too vanilla for you, you can always drive this around.
This two-door car is offered as a coupe or a convertible. Here are some more things that make this car a good option if you are looking for a fun daily driver.
- You can find this car with a turbocharged 6-cylinder engine that puts out 335hp.
- The car is available with manual transmission and a rear-wheel-drive option.
- You can also find used examples with an AWD system if that’s what you like.
- This car is the very definition of a track-ready daily driver.
- If you get a used 2-series with the xDrive package, you can really enjoy pushing it through corners at high speeds.
3. Ford Mustang
If you want to go American, this is the most reliable any American car can get.
Ford has been making these things since the beginning of time. They have truly perfected this car and the result is a 500hp beast of a street-legal car.
- You can get this car with up to 800hp as it has one of the most powerful production V8 engines of all time.
- If you like to get a fuel-efficient version of the car, you can opt for the in-line 4 engine that puts out 310hp.
- The Mustang is a perfect balance of retro styling, power, and daily civility.
- The independent suspension technology used on all four corners of the car makes sure that you get optimum handling and grip at all times.
- You can get this car with a manual transmission or an automatic transmission.
- Inside, this car is as luxurious and spacious as any true family car can be.
4. Toyota Prius
We know this one gets a lot of hate on the internet but it is, by no means, a bad car.
The Prius comes with a 400,000 miles warranty on the battery. It does not only give you peace of mind but is also extremely fuel-efficient. We’re talking upwards of 55 mpg! Now that’s some serious EPA rating for a car that weighs just under 3,000 lb.
The Prius is not only good for the environment, but it also has all the features that you may want from a modern car.
- An extremely roomy interior cabin that can easily fit 5 adults with a 50.7cft trunk space.
- The car has a 1.8L engine and a 60kW electric motor putting out a combined 134hp.
- The interior of the Prius is loaded with all the modern technology that you can wish for.
- It has all the essential driving aids and active safety features.
- Being a Japanese car, the Prius is extremely reliable. People have these cars with more than half a million miles and they still run fine.
To be honest, this is probably the only car on this list that rivals the reliability of the Honda Fit.
1. Honda Fit
Japanese reliability needs no introduction and Honda is the epitome of that.
Honda Fit basically has all the features you can demand from a used car. Let’s see some of the things about this car that make it the best option on this list.
We’ll not be talking about reliability stuff as that has already been addressed. It will be sufficient to say that unless you ram this thing into the back of a trailer or a concrete wall, it will not lead you to a workshop for at least a million miles.
- Honda Fit is small in size, great for the urban commute.
- It is offered in six distinct trims so you can find a used one that has everything you want.
- Honda Fit is one of the very few modern cars that have a manual transmission variant.
- It has a fairly large (52cft) trunk enough to haul your stuff.
- The small lightweight car combined with an inline 4 cylinder that puts out 130 hp is fairly agile for day-to-day driving.
- The new Honda Fit costs under 20k so you can get a used example at a bargain.