Is it time to replace your car? Owners of 27 percent of the vehicles in our latest Annual Car Reliability Survey acquired
them used last year, and they're definitely on to something. Data from our exclusive survey, conducted by the Consumer Reports
National Research Center, show that hundreds of used-car models provide good reliability. And they can be safe, fuel efficient,
Used vehicles are often some of the best values you'll find because you sidestep the biggest expense associated with buying
a new car: depreciation. For example, a seven-year-old Lexus RX SUV, a safe and reliable vehicle that typically costs $40,000
when new, can be found for $12,000 to $14,000. And young drivers don't have to settle for a new small car like the Toyota
Yaris when they can find a fairly new, roomier, and better equipped used vehicle in the same price range, such as a Honda
Accord, Nissan Altima, or Toyota Camry.
To minimize the risks, look for vehicles that have proved to be reliable. The following lists of models from 1998 through
2007 will steer you to the gems (and away from the duds) among the thousands of used vehicles on the market.
The Best of the best and Worst of the worst are based on our larger lists of Reliable used cars
and Used cars to avoid
(both available to subscribers
). These comprehensive lists give you a rundown of all the models that were found, from our
data, to be above or below average in reliability. Owners reported on any serious problems they had had with their cars, minivans,
SUVs, and pickup trucks in the previous year.
Best of the best
These are models that have performed well in CR road tests over the years, and have proved to have several or more years of better-than-average reliability. Listed alphabetically.
Honda Civic Hybrid
Infiniti I30, I35
Lexus GS (RWD)
Lincoln Town Car
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Porsche 911 (except '03)
Toyota Camry (except '07 V6)
Toyota Camry Solara
Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota Tundra (except '07 V8 4WD)
Worst of the worst
These models have multiple years of much worse than Used Car Verdicts in the 1998 to 2007 models. Listed alphabetically.
|Buick Rendezvous (AWD)
Chevrolet Colorado (4WD)
Chevrolet S-10 Pickup (4WD)
Chrysler Town & Country (AWD)
Dodge Grand Caravan (AWD)
GMC Canyon (4WD)
GMC S-15 Sonoma (4WD)
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Land Rover Discovery, LR3
Nissan Armada (4WD)
Nissan Titan (4WD)
Pontiac Montana, Trans Sport, Montana SV6
Volkswagen Jetta Sedan (turbo)
Volkswagen Jetta Sedan (V6)
About these lists:
The lists on these pages are compiled from overall reliability data covering 1998-2007 models with above-average or much-below-average
reliability. CR Good Bets and Bad Bets include only the models for which we have sufficient data for at least three model years. Models that
were brand-new in 2006 or 2007 do not appear. Problems with the engine major, engine cooling, transmission major, and drive
system were weighted more heavily than other problems.
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