The 10 Most Reliable Car Makes and Models

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Foreign car manufacturers dominate the latest ranking of the most reliable vehicles.

Hyundai, Toyota and Honda are the top three names in CarMD’s 2015 Vehicle Health Index rankings, which gauges repair frequency and cost based on repairs related to the “check engine” light.

The 2015 index is based an analysis of more than 251,000 repairs recommended for vehicles from model years 1996 to 2015 in the U.S.

Ieon C. Chen, CarMD’s chief executive, explains in a company news release:

“Unlike other industry reports and rankings that rely on subjective survey data, CarMD’s index is the only annual ranking that bases its findings on actual in-use vehicle failures and associated car repair costs.

“Car maintenance and repairs are a fact of life, but this data can be used in tandem with other tools and information to help car shoppers make informed decisions about the vehicles they are considering.”

Hyundai took the No. 1 spot for the first time this year for the lowest combined check engine repair incidents and costs.

The top-ranked manufacturers are:

  1. Hyundai
  2. Toyota (including Lexus and Scion)
  3. Honda (including Acura)
  4. Ford
  5. Chrysler
  6. Kia
  7. General Motors
  8. Mazda
  9. Nissan (includes Infiniti)
  10. Volkswagen

The top-ranked vehicles are:

  1. 2015 Toyota Corolla
  2. 2013 Lexus ES
  3. 2014 Toyota Prius
  4. 2013 Toyota Avalon
  5. 2013 Honda Fit
  6. 2014 Volkswagen Passat
  7. 2014 Hyundai Sonata
  8. 2014 Ford Edge
  9. 2015 Chrysler Town & Country
  10. 2014 Kia Optima

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