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Most Reliable Cars for 2023


Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson | Senior Contributor
May 8, 2023
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Reliable cars for any lifestyle.

Are you looking for a new-to-you car that's suited to your busy life? Maybe you're after a comfortable daily driver for your commute, or a practical family car with lots of room inside for the kids and weekly grocery trips? From sleek sedans to funky hatchbacks, there's a used vehicle out there that works for your lifestyle.

We've assembled a list of the top 10 most reliable used cars for 2023 shoppers based on cars with the highest reliability ratings from our partners at RepairPal.

Learn more about how RepairPal determines the most reliable cars.

Most Reliable Cars

  1. Acura TLX

  2. Lexus ES300h

  3. Honda CR-Z

  4. Toyota Camry

  5. Toyota Corolla

  6. Lexus CT200h

  7. Toyota Yaris

  8. Toyota Yaris iA

  9. Toyota Prius C

  10. Lexus ES350

1. Acura TLX

2023 Acura TLX

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

RepairPal reliability rating: 5 out of 5 stars

For a stylish midsize sedan that puts a smile on your face every time you get behind the wheel, the 2021 Acura TLX is an ideal choice. The sporty exterior styling is backed up by a choice of two engine options; a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant producing 272 horsepower, and a 3.0L turbocharged V6 engine with an output of 355 horsepower. The V6 is standard on the performance-orientated Type S trim, also featuring 20-inch wheels, Brembo sports brakes, and adaptive suspension (2021 models). And when you want a relaxing commute to work, the 2021 TLX offers plenty of driver convenience technologies as standard, like forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Read more on RepairPal’s breakdown of the cost, frequency, and severity of repairs on the Acura TLX.

2. Lexus ES 300h

2016 Lexus ES Hybrid ES300h

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

RepairPal reliability rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The 2019-2021 Lexus ES 300h is a luxury midsize sedan with smooth handling and a spacious, comfortable cabin, ideal for both daily commuting and longer-distance cruising. The standard powertrain is a hybrid unit consisting of a 2.5L four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, good for a very useful EPA-estimated 44 mpg combined on 2019-2021 models.1 Even on lengthy journeys, you and your passengers will have plenty of creature comforts on offer; 2019-2021 base models include features such as a sunroof and dual-zone automatic climate control. At the other end of the scale, the 2019-2021 Ultra Luxury trim offers a hands-free trunk release, upgraded leather upholstery, and a power rear sunshade.

Read more on RepairPal’s breakdown of the cost, frequency, and severity of repairs on the Lexus ES 300h.

3. Honda CR-Z

2016 Honda CR-Z LX

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

RepairPal reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

The 2016 Honda CR-Z is an enticing combination of a practical compact car and a sleek two-door coupe. Those sweeping lines are guaranteed to turn heads on the street, and for zipping through traffic in style, there are few better choices. All 2016 models are powered by a hybrid unit featuring a 1.5L four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, which when combined with the continuously-variable automatic transmission, is capable of a very impressive EPA-estimated 36 mpg combined.1 Inside is an impressive array of standard equipment, with base 2016 LX models including cruise control, automatic climate control, and a rearview camera.

Read more on RepairPal’s breakdown of the cost, frequency, and severity of repairs on the Honda CR-Z.

4. Toyota Camry

2021 Toyota Camry SE

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

RepairPal reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

The 2018-2021 Toyota Camry is a midsize sedan with aggressive styling and a capacious cabin, offering 42.1 inches of front seat legroom and 38 inches of rear seat legroom, as well as 15.1 cu-ft of cargo volume in the trunk. 2018-2021 models have two engine options available; a 2.5L four-cylinder engine is included as standard, capable of an EPA-estimated 34 mpg combined.1 If you want to add some excitement, you can opt for a 3.5L V6 engine packing 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. 2020-2021 models also include a performance-orientated TRD trim, featuring a sports exhaust, an aerodynamic body kit, and sports-tuned suspension.

Read more on RepairPal’s breakdown of the cost, frequency, and severity of repairs on the Toyota Camry.

5. Toyota Corolla

2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

RepairPal reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

The ever-popular Toyota Corolla received a full refresh in 2020, making this small sedan better than ever. 2020-2021 models feature sharp styling, a choice of two engine options, and a lengthy feature list including numerous driver convenience technologies, such as forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control, as standard. The sedan body also contains a very spacious and practical interior; on 2020-2021 models, there's seating for five inside and over 40 inches of legroom in both the front and rear seats. Plus 13.1 cu-ft of cargo volume means there's more than enough space for the groceries and your passengers' luggage.

Read more on RepairPal’s breakdown of the cost, frequency, and severity of repairs on the Toyota Corolla.

6. Lexus CT 200h

2017 Lexus CT Hybrid CT 200h F Sport

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

RepairPal reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

If you want a more upmarket choice of hatchback, consider the sleek and sophisticated Lexus CT 200h. All 2017 models come with a hybrid power unit, combining a 1.8L four-cylinder gasoline engine with two electric motors to achieve an EPA-estimated 42 mpg combined.1 Add in some sharp handling, and you have a great car for zipping around bustling urban streets with ease. Inside, things get even better - there's seating for five passengers, 14.3 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the rear seats, and standard features including dual-zone automatic climate control, premium vinyl upholstery, and split-folding rear seatbacks (2017 models).

Read more on RepairPal’s breakdown of the cost, frequency, and severity of repairs on the Lexus CT 200h.

7. Toyota Yaris

2018 Toyota Yaris iA

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

RepairPal reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

For the ideal city runaround, the Toyota Yaris is hard to beat. A stylish hatchback, its agile handling makes it perfect for zipping around town. And thanks to a 1.5L four-cylinder engine, 2019-2020 models are capable of an EPA-estimated 35 mpg combined when paired with the six-speed automatic transmission.1 As for convenience features, the premium XLE trim on 2019-2020 models includes technologies like automatic LED headlights and wipers, automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, and Normal and Sport driving modes.

Read more on RepairPal’s breakdown of the cost, frequency, and severity of repairs on the Toyota Yaris

8. Toyota Yaris iA

2018 Toyota Yaris iA

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

RepairPal reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Want a nimble subcompact car and a stylish sedan all rolled into one? Take a look at the Toyota Yaris iA, a sleek sedan cousin to the traditional Yaris co-designed and developed by Mazda. 2017-2018 models include a 1.5L four-cylinder engine as standard, and when combined with a six-speed automatic transmission, it's capable of an EPA-estimated 35 mpg combined.1 That sedan body also means you get a nice amount of room inside, as well as 13.5 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the rear seats. All 2017-2018 models also include features such as a low-speed forward collision warning system, full power accessories, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat.

Read more on RepairPal’s breakdown of the cost, frequency, and severity of repairs on the Toyota Yaris iA.

9. Toyota Prius c

2019 Toyota Prius C L

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

RepairPal reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

The Toyota Prius c is an ideal choice if you're looking for a versatile used compact hatchback. All 2017-2019 models come with a 1.5L four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor, good for an EPA-estimated 46 mpg combined.1 Additionally, it can handle weekly grocery shopping with ease, with 17.1 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the rear seats. You even get standard features like automatic climate control and a 6.1-inch touchscreen display with voice commands on all 2017-2019 Prius c trims.

Read more on RepairPal’s breakdown of the cost, frequency, and severity of repairs on the Toyota Prius c.

10. Lexus ES350

2016 Lexus ES ES350

RepairPal Reliability Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

RepairPal reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Looking for supreme comfort and luxury in your daily driver? Check out the Lexus ES 350, a midsize sedan that's sleek on the outside and spacious on the inside. 2019-2020 models seat five inside with ease and offer 42.4 inches of front seat legroom and 39.2 inches in the rear. And with a host of creature comforts available on all 2019-2021 models as standard — including dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, and power-adjustable front seats — you and your passengers will enjoy every mile behind the wheel of the Lexus ES 350.

Read more on RepairPal’s breakdown of the cost, frequency, and severity of repairs on the Lexus ES 350.

From versatile city cars to powerful highway cruisers, there's a used car out there waiting for you. Need more help narrowing down your search? Check out these related articles:

RepairPal Reliability Ratings

For this article we've pulled the top 10 most reliable cars—in order—according to RepairPal rankings. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings and rankings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 3/21/2023. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings.

1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
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Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson | Senior Contributor

Adam Johnson is a freelance writer, content creator and automotive journalist, with over a decade's worth of experience. Having grown up playing the Gran Turismo video games, it is perhaps no surprise that Adam's main areas of expertise revolve around vintage cars, motorsport, gaming, and sim racing, & he has a particular affinity for affordable performance and muscle cars.

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