Let’s face facts and speak plainly: Cars are way, way too expensive. There’s a reason that the average car on the road is seven years old. No one can afford to keep buying new ones!
In the rare event that you do decide to pull the trigger on a new vehicle, you want to be very certain that it’s a good purchase for your hard-earned money. Let’s take a look at some of the most reliable car brands.
Toyota, unsurprisingly, is near the top of the list in terms of reliability. Their numerous offerings like the Prius consistently impress in long-term ownership metrics. Between the low cost of upkeep, the hybrid drive train, and the low introductory price to own the vehicles, it’s no surprise that Toyota is busy making mountains of cash.
Lexus also scores very highly on reliability measures. This is unsurprising, given that Lexus is actually a branch of Toyota. Where Toyota makes more affordable, mass-market vehicles, Lexus makes cars that are more “premium,” aiming for higher price points and more technology.
The luxury feel and long-lasting nature of cars like the Lexus GX have made the brand one of the most recognizable and profitable Japanese car badges.
You might be noticing a pattern, here. Mazda, along with Toyota and Honda, ranks among the most reliable and dependable automakers on the road today.
Even in fields like the sports car world, Mazda creates reliable vehicles with few mechanical or electronic issues. Look no further than the excellent response to the build quality of the Mazda MX-5 Miata to see how this extends to the company’s entire line.
Honda Motor Company rounds out our list, which, perhaps unsurprisingly, is full of entirely Japanese automakers. With vehicles like the Honda Fit and Honda Civic, the company has made a name for itself as a creator of affordable, indestructible vehicles that will keep their value for years.
Why Are Japanese Cars So Reliable?
The historical reasons for Japanese reliability can be traced back to the way the cars were created in a post-World War II world. Companies like Toyota and Honda couldn’t afford the factory space for a big production line like Henry Ford, so instead they did things in a slower, more methodical way. Their more hands-on design approach led to workers having greater control over the quality of the machined parts.
The short of it is that a tighter, slower, and more focused design ethos resulted in incredibly detail-oriented assembly processes. Where Ford could produce thousands of cars in a week, Toyota might produce a few hundred. However, those few hundred would all be of exemplary build quality, while Ford’s might have numerous errors in the build.