Cars have always been the subject of intense scrutiny—from the people who buy them to the ones they are driven by. But with so much information available, it can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction—and figure out which cars are actually the most reliable.
From the original black 1920s Model T Ford to today’s gas-guzzling SUVs, the automobile has gone through many changes. But the thing that has endured is a simple fact that it’s a car, and cars need to be maintained. For the average driver, one of the biggest challenges is choosing a car with a decent reputation. This can be especially tricky for new-car shoppers, who don’t necessarily know what to look for when researching cars. But the thing about reliable cars is that they’re just that — reliable. Here is the list.
- Hyundai Kona
The Hyundai Kona is a compact crossover SUV that was introduced during the 2016 New York Auto Show. This is the first Hyundai vehicle to be built in the new Kia NU (newly unveiled) style, based on the Hyundai Kona. The Kona is one of the most affordable Hyundai models and offers many standard features, such as Bluetooth, heated seats, and side-curtain airbags. However, the Kona does not come with the all-wheel-drive system standard on the Santa Fe Sport, and the base model version is only equipped with a 2.0-liter engine.
- Lexus NX
The Lexus RX is a very safe car when you consider how it looks. It has a very low accident rate, which can be attributed to its very quiet design, which does not give away the car’s position. The Lexus NX is quite possibly the most reliable luxury crossover on the market, and it’s pretty hard to argue with that statement. The not-so-subtle styling is slick and classy, the interior is comfortable and very easy to navigate, and the tech is up-to-date and packed with useful features. The Lexus brand is known for its build quality, and it’s easy to see why it’s taken the market by storm.
- Skoda Karoq
Skoda Karoq is a small SUV produced by Skoda. It comes in two models, but the models the company introduced in September 2013 are the second generation of the original model. It is the first model to be produced by the brand after a delay in the first generation. There are many factors that determine whether a car is reliable or not, but the easiest way to answer this is to look at the manufacturer’s reliability rating. Skoda is a Czech car manufacturer, and they are not especially well-known. But because they are so small, they have more control over their cars’ reliability, which means they can make their cars safer, too.
- Kia Ceed
I picked up a Kia Ceed when looking for a low-cost small car to run my errands and commute. I wasn’t expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised by the Ceed’s performance. After all, it is a small car, so with its turbocharged 1.4 litre petrol engine, the Ceed is not a speed demon. But I was pleasantly surprised with the Ceed’s fuel economy, riding comfort, and handling. The Ceed is also very durable — it is well-built and has a long warranty. It also had a service history, which is very important.
Kia is one of the top manufacturers in the Korean car market and is a relatively new carmaker in India. With a new car, a lot of effort is put into it to ensure that it is reliable and there are no defects.
It’s not enough to just know that a car is reliable, or that a service station is well-run, or that a motel is clean. You want to learn about the specific features that make each car, service station, motel reliable, etc. In order to do that, one has to look at the basics. Is the engine sealed? Is it reliable? Does it perform well? Is it economical? Are the warranty and customer service programs good? Are the parts easy to get? Do they come in a variety of sizes? Is the warranty program long and the parts easy to get? Is it easy to find the service station you want?