Other than the obvious steps to finding a reliable used car, accident damage, vehicle history report and clear title, some makes and models have an established history of reliability. Based on what owners have reported, recall data and cost of ownership these cars ranked above average for reliability.

2009 Pontiac Vibe

2008 Hyundai Sonata

2004 Acura TSX

2004 Toyota RAV4

2011 Honda Fit

2011 Honda Fit

2011 Mazda3

2006-07 Honda Accord V6

2004-07 Toyota Highlander V6

2011-12 Toyota Camry 4-Cyl

2007-08 Honda Pilot

2009 Mazda CX-9

2009 BMW 328i

2010 Toyota Avalon

2007-08 Acura MDX

2008 Lexus RX

These 2003 – 2012 Models are noted for having less than average reliability and high cost of ownership

BMW 7 Series

Ford F-250 6.0 Liter diesel

BMW X5 6-cyl

GMC Acadia

Chevrolet Uplander

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Chrysler PT Cruiser

Kia Sorento V6

Chrysler Town & Country

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Dodge Caravan

Mini Cooper S

Dodge Grand Caravan

Nissan Armada

Dodge Journey

Saturn Outlook

Dodge Ram 2500 diesel

Saturn Relay

Ford Explorer V6, 4WD

Volkswagen Touareg

If you’re looking for a reliable used car, do your research and start with a car that historically has been reliable.