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21 Most Reliable Cars: Reviews, Photos, and More


PUBLISHED TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2021
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Does your busy schedule warrant a new-to-you car? Whether you need a daily commuter, a kid-friendly carpooler, or a practical ride to tackle your to-do list, there's a used sedan, coupe, or hatchback to suit your lifestyle.

To help you find your ideal match, we've compiled an updated list of the 21 most reliable used cars for 2022 shoppers, based on RepairPal Reliability Ratings. 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.1

  1. Toyota Prius

  2. Honda Civic

  3. Honda Accord

  4. Honda Fit

  5. Hyundai Elantra GT

  6. Kia Forte5

  7. Acura ILX

  8. Hyundai Elantra Coupe

  9. Lexus IS 200t

  10. Toyota Prius V

  11. Lexus ES 350

  12. Toyota Prius C

  13. Chevrolet Malibu Limited

  14. Toyota Camry

  15. Toyota Corolla

  16. Toyota Yaris

  17. Honda CR-Z

  18. Lexus CT 200h

  19. Toyota Yaris iA

  20. Acura TLX

  21. Lexus ES 300h

21.

Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (4.5 out of 5 stars)

With its fuel-sipping hybrid powertrain and around-town maneuverability, a used Toyota Prius is a great choice for commuting and running errands. 2017-2020 models use a 1.8L four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors that return an EPA-estimated 52 mpg combined.2 The Prius' hatchback design also provides impressive cargo room, with 24.6 cubic feet of volume.

Standard features on 2017-2020 base models of the Toyota Prius include:

  • 15-inch wheels

  • Cloth upholstery

  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat

  • Adaptive cruise control

  • Rearview camera

20.

Honda Civic

Honda Civic

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (4.5 out of 5 stars)

Available in sedan, hatchback, and coupe body styles, a used Honda Civic is a stylish compact car that meets the needs of many lifestyles. 2017-2020 models start with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine, or there's a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder on certain trims (2017-2018 Civic EX-T and higher; 2019-2021 Civic EX and higher). When equipped with the 1.5L turbo four-cylinder and automatic transmission, the 2017-2020 Civic delivers excellent gas mileage—an EPA-estimated 36 mpg combined.2

Standard features on the 2017-2020 Honda Civic EX sedan include:

  • Heated sideview mirrors

  • Cloth upholstery

  • One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto smartphone integration

  • Honda LaneWatch blind-spot camera

19.

Honda Accord

Honda Accord

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (4.5 out of 5 stars)

If you're shopping for a midsize sedan for your family, the 2018-2020 Honda Accord delivers a roomy cabin, with 40.4 inches of rear-seat legroom. Tenth-generation models (2018-present) feature a fuel-sipping 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine at the base level, which returns an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined.2 For sportier performance, try a used 2018-2020 Honda Accord—its 252-hp 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder is sure to spice up carpool duties.

Standard features on the 2017-2020 Honda Accord Touring include:

  • 19-inch wheels

  • LED headlights

  • Ventilated front seats (2018-present)

  • Heated rear outboard seats

  • Navigation system

18.

Honda Fit

Honda Fit

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (4.5 out of 5 stars)

Need a versatile cabin that’s still small enough for city driving? Try a used Honda Fit. This compact hatchback is well suited for carrying five passengers or bulky cargo. All 2017-2020 models include a second-row Magic Seat® with three modes (tall, utility, and long) that flips up or folds down to accommodate items of all sizes. Powered by a 1.5L four-cylinder engine, the 2017-2020 Fit returns an EPA-estimated 36 mpg combined.2

Standard features on the base 2017-2020 Honda Fit LX include:

  • 15-inch steel wheels

  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

  • Bluetooth® connectivity

  • Five-inch display

  • Rearview camera

17.

Hyundai Elantra GT

Hyundai Elantra GT

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The Hyundai Elantra GT is another stylish hatchback offering plenty of cargo space, with 55 cubic feet of volume with the rear seat folded. Sixth-generation models (2017-present) are equipped with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that can cover zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). Test drive a used Elantra GT to discover sporty handling that feels stable around turns.

Standard features on the 2017-2020 Hyundai Elantra GT include:

  • Heated sideview mirrors

  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

  • 60/40 split fold-flat rear seatback

  • Six-speaker audio system

  • Bluetooth connectivity

16.

Kia Forte5

Kia Forte5

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The Kia Forte5 is a comfortable hatchback with a roomy interior that's great for carpooling or road trips with friends. With 23.3 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear seats (and 56.5 cu ft with them folded), you'll have space for luggage and larger items (2017-2018 models). Used 2017-2018 Forte5 models also provide strong power delivery from the standard 2.0L four-cylinder engine, with 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque.

Standard features on the 2017-2018 Kia Forte5 EX include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels

  • Front fog lights

  • Leather upholstery

  • Heated front seats

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

15.

Acura ILX

Acura ILX

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The 2017-2020 Acura ILX is a luxury sedan delivering sporty performance from its 2.4L four-cylinder engine, with 201 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. With a zero-to-60-mph time of only 6.6 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new), the 2019-2020 ILX makes easy work of passing moves. All 2017-2020 models feature high-end cabin appointments, including standard heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, and a sunroof.

Other standard features on 2017-2020 Acura ILXs include:

  • 17-inch wheels

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver's seats

  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity

  • Six-speaker audio system

14.

Hyundai Elantra Coupe

Hyundai Elantra

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The Hyundai Elantra Coupe is a sporty two-door with an energetic personality and powertrain options. 2013 models use a 148-hp 1.8L four-cylinder with 131 lb-ft of torque, or you can find 2014 coupes with a standard 173-hp 2.0L four-cylinder with 154 lb-ft of torque. Featuring a spacious cabin for five passengers, the 2013-2014 Elantra Coupe also offers generous cargo space, with 14.8 cubic feet of volume.

Standard features on all 2013-2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupes include:

  • Heated mirrors

  • Rear spoiler

  • Fog lights

  • Heated front seats

  • Bluetooth connectivity

13.

Lexus IS 200t

Lexus IS 200t

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (4.5 out of 5 stars)

For short or long excursions, try a used Lexus IS 200t. A luxury sedan with refined handling and a quiet cabin, it’s sure to delight passengers on all kinds of trips. 2017 models use a 241-hp 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pushes out 258 lb-ft of torque and can cover zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). Supportive seats with lumbar adjustments ensure lasting comfort with every mile.

Other standard features on the 2017 Lexus IS 200t include:

  • 17-inch wheels

  • Sunroof

  • Leatherette upholstery

  • Seven-inch display

  • 10-speaker audio system

12.

Toyota Prius V

Toyota Prius V

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The 2017 Toyota Prius V's wagon design delivers SUV-like interior space with 67.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume by folding the sliding and reclining 60/40 split-folding rear seat. Equipped with a fuel-sipping hybrid powertrain—a 1.8L four-cylinder engine with two electric motors—the 2017 Prius returns an EPA-estimated 41 mpg combined.2 If you carpool with friends, your passengers will appreciate the 109.4-inch wheelbase, which provides 35.9 inches of adult-friendly rear legroom.

Other standard features in the 2017 Toyota Prius V Two include:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels

  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity

  • 6.1-inch touchscreen display

  • Rearview camera

11.

Lexus ES 350

Lexus ES 350

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The Lexus ES 350 is a full-size luxury sedan with a spacious and serene cabin that's ideal for commuting and long road trips. 2017-2020 models feature nearly 40 inches of rear-seat legroom for taller passengers, and 16.7 cubic feet of cargo volume for luggage in the generous trunk (2019-2020 models). Seventh-generation sedans (2019-present) come standard with a potent 3.5L V6 engine with 302 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque.

All 2017-2020 Lexus ES 350 models also include these features:

  • Vehicle stability control

  • Power moonroof

  • Dual-zone climate control

  • Perforated NuLuxe® interior trim

  • Rearview monitor

10.

Toyota Prius C

Prius C

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (4.5 out of 5 stars)

Equipped with a 1.5L four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, the 2017-2019 Toyota Prius C is an ideal compact hatchback for city life, with an EPA-estimated 46 mpg combined.2 Offering 17.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear row, you can pack a lot of gear into a used 2017-2019 Prius C. A 60/40 split fold-down rear seat also increases the hatchback's versatility.

Standard features on the 2017-2019 Toyota Prius C base model include:

  • 15-inch alloy wheels

  • LED tail and stop lights

  • Cloth upholstery

  • Six-way adjustable driver's seat

  • Entune Audio with 6.1-inch touchscreen display

9.

Chevrolet Malibu Limited

Chevrolet Malibu Limited

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (4.5 out of 5 stars)

Making an appearance for only one model year, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Limited is a great used midsize sedan that's available in three trims (LS, LT, and LTZ). Powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, the 2016 model delivers steady power with 197 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. The suspension system is also tuned for comfort and provides a smooth ride that's ideal for long excursions.

Base models of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Limited include:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels

  • Cloth upholstery

  • 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks

  • Six-speaker audio system

  • Bluetooth connectivity

8.

Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The Toyota Camry is a midsize sedan that offers exciting powertrain options to liven your commute. 2018-2020 models come standard with a 203-hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine that returns an EPA-estimated 34 mpg combined, or you can opt for a zesty 3.5L V6 with 301 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque.2 Featuring 38 inches of rear-seat legroom and 15 cubic feet of cargo volume in 2017-2020 models, the Camry is also versatile for weekend getaways.

Standard features on the 2017-2020 Toyota Camry LE trim include:

  • Power tilt/slide moonroof (optional)

  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat

  • Cloth upholstery

  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback

  • Rearview monitor

7.

Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The 2017-2020 Toyota Corolla comes standard with a 1.8L four-cylinder engine and a smooth-riding suspension that makes this small sedan a pleasure to drive. Boasting 13 cubic feet of cargo space, you'll have generous room for shopping bags and groceries while your passengers will enjoy 41.4 inches of rear-seat legroom (2017-2020

models). With no shortage of active driver aids, you'll enjoy commuting in this sedan.

All 2017-2020 used Toyota Corollas include:

  • Pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection

  • Lane departure warning with steering assist

  • Automatic high beams

  • Dynamic radar cruise control

  • Rearview monitor

6.

Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (4.5 out of 5 stars)

With its tidy dimensions and fuel-sipping powertrain, a used Toyota Yaris is an urban-friendly commuter that can zip in and out of congested city streets. 2017-2020 compact hatchbacks use a 106-hp 1.5L four-cylinder engine that returns an EPA-estimated 35 mpg combined (2019-2020 Yaris models).2 The Yaris also boasts nimble handling that makes it fun to drive.

Standard features on the 2017-2020 Toyota Yaris L include:

  • 15-inch steel wheels

  • Cloth upholstery

  • Normal and Sport driving modes (2019-2020 models)

  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seats

  • Rearview monitor

5.

Honda CR-Z

Honda CR-Z

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The 2016 Honda CR-Z is a sporty two-seater with a stylish exterior that includes sweeping body lines and a glass-topped hatch. Powered by a hybrid powertrain with a 1.5L four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, this model sips gas with an EPA-estimated 36 mpg combined.2 All 2016 models also include three drive modes (Normal, Sport, and Eco) to customize the hatchback's performance. The CR-Z is available in three trims: LX, EX, and EX-L Navi.

The 2016 Honda CR-Z base model includes these standard features:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels

  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

  • Bluetooth connectivity

  • Six-speaker audio system

  • Seven-inch touchscreen display

4.

Lexus CT 200h

Lexus CT 200h

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (4.5 out of 5 stars)

A sophisticated choice, a used 2017 Lexus CT 200h is a luxurious hybrid hatchback great for nights on the town. Equipped with a 1.8L four-cylinder gasoline engine and a pair of electric motors, the 2017 model gets an EPA-estimated 42 mpg combined.2 Providing responsive handling and a total system output of 134 hp, the 2017 CT 200h's hybrid powertrain can cover zero to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new).

Standard features on the 2017 Lexus CT 200h include:

  • 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels

  • Heated sideview mirrors

  • NuLuxe interior trim

  • Power windows with one-touch open/close

  • Six-speaker audio system

3.

Toyota Yaris iA

Toyota Yaris iA

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The 2017-2018 Toyota Yaris iA is a stylish and fun subcompact car, with a 106-hp 1.5L four-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission that returns an EPA-estimated 35 mpg combined.2 On the road, the Yaris iA feels sharp and athletic, with responsive steering that thrives on winding roads. Cargo capacity is generous, with 13.5 cubic feet of volume.

All 2017-2018 Toyota Yaris iA models come standard with:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels

  • Chrome-tipped exhaust

  • Seven-inch touchscreen display

  • Two USB ports

  • Rearview monitor

2.

Acura TLX

Acura TLX

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (5 out of 5 stars)

If you're searching for a used luxury midsize sedan with powertrain choices, the 2017-2020 Acura TLX will impress with its base 206-hp 2.4L four-cylinder and available 290-hp 3.5L V6. 2017-2020 V6 models also offer optional all-wheel drive for enhanced grip in slippery conditions. Featuring well-balanced handling and a quiet cabin, the TLX is a comfortable sedan for long distances.

Standard features on base 2017-2020 Acura TLX models include:

  • 17-inch wheels

  • Sunroof

  • Dual-zone climate control

  • Leatherette upholstery

  • Forward collision warning (2018-2020 models)

1.

Lexus ES 300h

Lexus ES 300h

Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating: Excellent (5 out of 5 stars)

The 2017-2020 Lexus ES 300h is a luxury midsize hybrid sedan that pairs a 2.5L four-cylinder engine with an electric motor that travels from zero to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). With the hybrid powertrain, 2019-2020 models also return an EPA-estimated 44 mpg combined.2 Whether commuting or enjoying weekend drives, a used Lexus ES 300h’s composed handling and comfortable interior are a nice way to travel.

Standard features on the 2017-2020 Lexus ES 300h Ultra Luxury include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels

  • Perforated semi-aniline leather interior trim

  • Driver's-seat power cushion extender

  • Power rear sunshade with manual rear-door sunshades

  • Power open/close trunk with kick sensor (2019-2020 models)

From practical daily drivers to luxury cruisers and everything in between, this list can help you narrow down your search to find the right car for your needs.

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1RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 9/1/2021. Learn more.
2Fuel 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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