Purchasing a new car is an expensive and stressful process. When the time comes to spend astronomical sums of money on a new car, it’s always a good idea to be prepared with the best information available. To help you with that, we have compiled a list of the top 15 reliable cars of 2023-2024.
15. 2024 Kia K5
Perhaps it’s the subtle amber parking light sparkle on the Kia K5, which starts at $26,515, but the thought of driving what has always been a humdrum family vehicle sounds thrilling.
The 180-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine powering the majority of K5 cars is mated to an eight-speed automated transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard on the engine; all-wheel drive is an optional feature available only on the GT-Line. The 180-horsepower, front-drive K5 we tested accelerated quite well around town, taking 7.0 seconds to reach 60 mph (96.56 kph).
According to EPA estimations, the front-wheel drive K5 with the base four-cylinder engine can achieve up to 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
Without a doubt, Kia offers one of the greatest warranties. Its limited powertrain coverage is the longest of any automaker, save from its corporate sibling, Hyundai, even though it excludes free regular maintenance. The powertrain warranty lasts for ten years or 100,000 mi (160934 km), while the limited warranty lasts for five years or 60,000 mi (96560.6 km).
14. 2024 Genesis G70
The G70, which starts at $41,000 est, demonstrates how Genesis created its own bright light and sought its own area. Despite being in its sixth year of production and still belonging to its first generation, the South Korean sedan, the G70, is still a formidable competitor for sports sedans.
With an eight-speed automatic transmission and a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, the standard G70 2.5T can produce 300 horsepower for the rear wheels; all-wheel drive is an optional feature. The increased output over the previous engine will undoubtedly be felt by drivers, who will also be able to accelerate to 60 mph faster—we measured the turbo 2.0-liter engine to reach 60 mph (96.56 kph) in 5.8 seconds.
As we await the EPA’s announcement of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder fuel economy, know that the rear-wheel drive G70 with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine received ratings of 21 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg combined.
Every G70 is protected by an amazing warranty and free regular maintenance from Genesis. In addition, the upscale brand provides an appointment-only valet service that includes loaner Genesis models to be used in the interim while the vehicle is being serviced.
The powertrain warranty lasts for ten years or 100,000 mi (160934.4 km), while the limited warranty lasts for five years or 60,000 mi (96560.64 km). Free planned maintenance is provided for a period of three years or 36,000 mi (57936.384 km).
13. 2024 BMW X1
Despite being at the bottom of BMW’s SUV lineup, at $41,495 in 2024, the X1 is everything but a bargain. The X1’s utilitarian interior and agile handling nearly make it a worthy substitute for the 3-series station wagon, which is sadly no longer available in the United States from BMW.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that powers entry-level xDrive28i vehicles produces 241 horsepower. The basic features include a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. In 5.4 seconds, the X1 xDrive28i that we tested reached 60 mph (96.56 kph).
In real life, the acceleration seems a little less brisk due to apparent turbo lag when passing on a highway or merging. The X1 is an enjoyable car to drive on winding roads because of its suspension, which is set for athletic handling.
According to EPA estimates, the X1 xDrive28i should get 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. While BMW’s powertrain protection and limited warranty are standard for the class, the firm offers three years of complimentary regular maintenance as a perk. Both the limited and powertrain warranties provide a four-year or 50,000 mi (80,467 km) coverage. Free planned maintenance is provided for a period of three years or 36,000 mi (57,936.3 km).
12. 2024 Kia Sportage
Space is a top goal for compact crossovers like the Kia Sportage in order to maintain a strong grasp on prospective buyers. It has a $28,415 base price.
A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 187 horsepower is Sportage’s standard powertrain. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and can have either front- or all-wheel drive. During the first test drive, samples of both the base four-cylinder and the hybrid engine were provided; the latter proved to be more satisfying than the former. The Sportage without a hybrid took 8.6 seconds on the test track to reach 60 mph (96.56 kph), while the hybrid took just 7.4 seconds.
When fitted with front-wheel drive, the Sportage is rated for 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway; all-wheel-drive vehicles are rated by the EPA at 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
With the longest powertrain warranty in the business, Kia offers one of the best warranty programs available. But it doesn’t come with free maintenance like rivals like Toyota and even Hyundai, its corporate sibling.
The powertrain warranty lasts for ten years or 100,000 mi (160,934 km), while the limited warranty lasts for five years or 60,000 mi (96,560.6 km). There is no free scheduled maintenance offered.
11. 2024 Nissan Murano
The 2024 Nissan Murano starts at $39,285 and is a two-row crossover with a unique style and plenty of space. Every Muranos has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 260 horsepower under the hood. Both systems use a CVT, with front-wheel drive being standard and all-wheel drive available as an option on any model.
Long-distance highway excursions are the Murano’s specialty; the powertrain blends into the background and provides a tranquil ride. The Murano’s suspension is designed to be comfortable, so it smooths out even the toughest potholes for a comfortable ride. This makes road journeys easier.
The EPA estimates that the Murano will get 20 city and 28 highway mpg.
The standard warranty package for the Murano isn’t really noteworthy. All of the competitors in this market provide extended roadside assistance programs. The powertrain warranty lasts for five years or 60,000 mi (965,60 km), while the limited warranty lasts for three years or 36,000 mi (57,936 km). No free regular maintenance is provided.
10. 2024 Acura Integra
Priced at $32,695, the base Integra is powered by a 200-horsepower version of the Honda Civic Si’s turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. These 200-horsepower vehicles are all front-wheel drive and have a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) as standard equipment.
However, A-Spec cars also have the option of a limited-slip differential and a six-speed manual transmission. The 2.0-liter inline-four turbocharged engine in the Type S produces 320 horsepower and 310 lb-ft (420.3 Nm) of torque, making it far more potent.
Our six-speed manual A-Spec test vehicle reached 60 mph (96.56 kph) on the racetrack in 7.0 seconds, while the A-Spec with the CVT took 0.1 seconds longer. The base Integra model with the CVT, which is rated at 30 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, is the most fuel-efficient vehicle, according to the EPA.
Compared to most of its rivals, Acura provides a powertrain warranty that is longer, covering up to six years or 70,000 mi (112,654 km). A four-year or 50,000 mi (80,467 km) limited warranty, a six-year or 70,000 mi (112,654 km) powertrain warranty, and two years or 24,000 mi (38624 km) of free scheduled maintenance are all covered.
9. 2023 Lexus GX
Few mid-size luxury crossovers or SUVs can match the tough Lexus GX’s off-road capabilities. It boasts a striking outward style centered around a large grille and a roomy cabin. The starting price is $60,025.
There will only be one engine available for the 2023 Lexus GX: a 4.6-liter V-8 with 301 horsepower. Unlike the V-6-powered 4Runner, it is not shared. All-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are paired with the Lexus V-8. The GX cruised from 0-60 mph (96.56 kph) in 7.2 seconds during testing.
There will be no fuel economy accolades for the GX. This all-wheel-drive SUV only gets 15/19 mpg city/highway, according to the EPA. The GX’s cabin appears antiquated, maybe due in part to the fact that Lexus gave it its most recent comprehensive overhaul back in 2010. Although the cabin features leather and wood that looks suitably opulent, there are also some hard plastics that don’t seem acceptable for a car at this price level.
In terms of warranty coverage, Lexus surpasses competitors like Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Four years, or 50,000 mi (80467.2 km), are covered by the limited warranty. Six years, or 70,000 mi (112654.08 km), are covered by the powertrain warranty, and one year or 10,000 mi (16093.44 km) is covered by free maintenance.
8. 2024 Toyota Prius Prime
When Toyota unveiled the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid and its regular Prius sibling at the beginning of the 2023 model year, people were astounded. With its drastically simplified appearance, the all-new Prius went from being one of the most unattractive automobiles on the market to a true head-turner. The starting price of the Toyota Prius Prime is $33,770.
A 160-horsepower 2.0-liter gasoline engine is standard on all Prius Prime models. It is coupled with two electric motors, one of which drives the drive wheels and the other of which manages a planetary gear set to distribute the gas engine’s power in a way that resembles a belt-driven continuously variable automatic transmission.
At the test track, the Prius Prime combined its electric and gasoline motors to reach 60 mph (96.56 kph) in 6.7 seconds.
The Prius Prime can travel up to 44 mi (70.81 km) on electricity thanks to a lithium-ion battery pack. Based on using its four-cylinder engine and electric motors for propulsion, the EPA rates the Prius Prime as 50 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway.
Toyota’s warranty coverage is comparable to that of many of its rivals; in fact, it surpasses some of them by including two scheduled maintenance appointments within the first two years of ownership. The powertrain warranty lasts for five years or 60,000 mi (96560.64 km), the hybrid component warranty lasts for ten years or 150,000 mi (241,401 km), and the limited warranty lasts for three years or 36,000 mi (57,936 km).
7. 2024 Toyota Prius
Following a comprehensive makeover for the 2023 model year, Toyota doesn’t make any notable equipment modifications to the 2024 Toyota Prius, which has a base price of $28,745.
The Toyota Prius range is commanded by a single powertrain. A 2.0-liter hybrid inline-four gasoline engine from the Corolla Cross hybrid crossover is used in this 194-horsepower hybrid system, which is coupled to a continuously variable automatic transmission. The Prius of last year needed an exhausting 10.5 seconds to reach 60 mph (96.56 kph) at the launch; now, it just needs 7.1 seconds.
For the front-wheel drive variant, the EPA predicts that the Prius can get 56 mpg on the highway and 57 mpg in the city. The fifth-generation Prius adopted a novel and alluring form, but the inside employed a more conventional automobile cockpit.
While Toyota offers comparable coverage to its rivals, it goes above and above in terms of bundled maintenance. Three years or 36,000 mi (57,936 km) are covered by the limited warranty, five years, or 60,000 mi (96,560 km) are covered by the powertrain guarantee, eight years, or 100,000 mi (160,934 km) are covered by the hybrid component warranty, and two years, or 25,000 mi (40,233 km) are covered by the complimentary maintenance warranty.
6. 2024 Mini Cooper
The Mini Cooper, which starts at $26,795 and is undoubtedly the most fun-to-drive little car, may not be suitable for every customer due to its small size and cramped interior. The Cooper is a real creampuff for those who can fit a tiny car into their lifestyle; it has a fun-loving state that encourages you to take it for a quick spin on winding roads.
The 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine that comes standard in this compact, lightweight, front-drive car produces 134 horsepower, which is more than enough power. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder S versions, which have 189 horsepower, are the ones we like more. The S tested out to be somewhat quicker to 60 mph (96.56 kph) with the larger engine than with the original 1.5-liter engine, clocking in at 6.2 seconds.
When using an automatic transmission, the standard three-cylinder engine in hardtop and convertible variants is rated for 29 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway; when using a manual transmission, the same results are obtained.
Compared to other small-car producers, Mini offers a marginally better warranty, especially with free scheduled maintenance.
The powertrain warranty lasts for four years or 50,000 mi (80467.2 km), the limited warranty lasts for four years or 50,000 mi (80467.2 km), and the free scheduled maintenance is covered for three years or 30,000 mi (48280.32 km).
5. 2024 Lincoln Corsair
Living up to the standard of your bigger siblings can be a difficult task, but it’s not one that the 2024 Lincoln Corsair struggles with. Starting at $40,125, the 2024 Lincoln Corsair has only things that impress.
A 250-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder is the entry-level engine for the Corsair and comes on the Standard and Reserve trim. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive will cost you extra. In our testing, an all-wheel drive Corsair with the turbo-four managed a 60-mph (96.56 kph) run in 6.1 seconds.
According to the EPA, the front-wheel drive model with the turbo-four is good for 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway, while opting for all-wheel drive drops the city number by 1 mpg.
Lincoln’s standard powertrain warranty is more generous than its German rivals. Buyers of Lincoln’s Black Label models are treated to a four-year/50,000 mi (80467.2 km) complimentary scheduled maintenance plan, but because the Corsair isn’t offered in the Black Label trim, its buyers will have to go out of pocket for all oil changes, tire rotations, and the like.
Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 mi (80467.2 km), powertrain warranty covers six years or 70,000 mi (112654.08 km), and no complimentary scheduled maintenance.
4. 2024 Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla, which starts at $22,995, isn’t meant to impress or thrill. Rather, it provides a reliable and secure journey regardless of the distance traveled.
The Corolla’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 169 horsepower, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) transfers that power to the front wheels. Although the sedan has a hybrid powertrain as well, all hatchbacks use the same drivetrain.
But the Toyota twins were stable on the highway and very careful in town. The last hatchback variant we had in for testing reached 60 mph (96.56 kph) in 8.3 seconds, while the all-wheel drive hybrid vehicle we drove reached the mark in a very slow 9.0 seconds.
The all-wheel drive hybrid is rated at 47 mpg city and 41 mpg highway, while the front-wheel hybrid is expected to get 50 mpg city and 43 mpg highway, according to the EPA.
Toyota offers a competitive warranty for the Corolla, which is emphasized by free scheduled maintenance. The powertrain warranty lasts for five years or 60,000 mi (96560.64 km), the limited warranty lasts for three years or 36,000 mi (57936.384 km), and the hybrid system is covered for eight years or 100,000 mi (160934.4 km). Free maintenance is available for 25,000 mi (40233.6 km) or two years.
3. 2024 Subaru Crosstrek
This vehicle is starting at $26,290. Though it has never been an off-road beast capable of breaking through rocks, the Subaru Crosstrek has long been a reliable, sturdy, and economical vehicle.
The base engine of the 2024 Crosstrek is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 152 horsepower; however, the Sport, Wilderness, and Limited variants have a more potent 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 182 horsepower.
When put to the test, the Limited model, with the larger of the two four-cylinder engines, took 8.1 seconds to reach 60 mph (96.56 kph); the Premium model, which has a four-cylinder engine with 152 horsepower, took even longer—9.5 seconds. Depending on the configuration, the EPA rates the Crosstrek up to 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
Although the new Crosstrek is roughly as roomy and cargo-friendly as the previous model, Subaru has added extra sound-deadening materials to reduce vibrations and updated the seat design for increased comfort. The Subaru’s uncomplicated styling may disappoint purchasers looking for a more designer aesthetic, and the inside will continue to be blatantly utilitarian.
Subaru offers warranties that are exactly comparable to those of the majority of its rivals. The powertrain warranty lasts for five years or 60,000 mi (96,560.6 km), the hybrid component warranty lasts for eight years or 100,000 mi (160,934.4 km), and the limited warranty lasts for three years or 36,000 mi (57,936 km). There is no free scheduled maintenance provided.
2. 2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda’s tiny MX-5 Miata sports car, which starts at $30,000 est., may be small, but it has a large, lively personality. This two-door drop-top is a delight to drive.
The only available engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 181 horsepower. The four-pot is eager to rev despite its low power. Additionally, it works nicely with the Miata’s factory six-speed manual transmission. In testing, the soft-top vehicle reached 60 mph (96.56 kph) in just 5.7 seconds.
The 2.0-liter engine achieves comparatively high EPA fuel-economy ratings of up to 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway, which is impressive considering how little this car is.
The cabin has all the necessities and is comfortable enough for two individuals. Although some would consider the cabin to be sparse, we, the glass half-full, enjoy the sensible arrangement of the tachometer, shifter, pedals, and steering wheel—as well as the surprisingly simple seating. The Miata hardly recognizes the necessity to bring along personal belongings with its tiny trunk and lack of storage compartments.
The Miata’s warranty coverage is mediocre, and the BRZ and GR86, two of its direct competitors, provide comparable protection. The limited warranty lasts for three years or 36,000 mi (57936.384 km), the powertrain warranty lasts for five years or 60,000 mi (96560.64 km), and there is no free regular maintenance.
1. 2024 BMW 3 Series
The BMW 3-series, which starts at $45,495, has been the benchmark in the sport-luxury sedan class for decades. Two powerful and smooth gas engines are available in the 3-series.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine in the 330i produces 295 lb-ft (399.96 Nm) of torque and 255 horsepower, but it seems like it has even more power. The M340i’s 3.0-liter inline-six turbocharged engine produces 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft (500.29 Nm) of torque when combined with a 48-volt hybrid system. A 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and an electric motor work together to produce 288 horsepower and 310 lb-ft (420.3 Nm) of torque in the 330e plug-in hybrid.
The four-cylinder 330i should achieve up to 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The best mileage ratings for the more potent six-cylinder M340i are 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the interstate.
The basic sports seats have many adjustment options, are supportive and well-bolstered, and make it simple to find a comfortable position. A comprehensive head-up display, adjustable ambient interior lighting, heated front and rear seats, remote start, and wireless charging are among the extra features of the vehicle.
BMW’s engine and limited warranties are comparable to those of competitors like Mercedes-AMG and Audi. Four years or 50,000 mi (80467.2 km) are covered by the limited warranty, four years or 50,000 mi (80467.2 km) are covered by the powertrain warranty, and three years or 30,000 mi (48280.32 km) are covered by the free maintenance.
One of the most crucial qualities of a new car is its dependability. While most new automobiles are built to last quite a while, there are still variations in quality. Although we have compiled this list to make things easier, the final decision is up to you.
What car is ranked #1 in reliability?
While Toyota is the most reliable brand, with all of its models rated above or well above average in reliability (save two), Lexus is the only automotive brand with all of its models rated above average or better in reliability this year.
Which car brands last the longest?
Cadillac, Honda, Toyota, GMC, Ford, Lincoln, Nissan, and Toyota are some of the brands that last the longest.
Do Mercedes last long?
How many years can you anticipate? Assuming you drive 15,000 mi per year (the national average), your Mercedes should last you between 10 and 17 years. Again, additional factors like as driving style, maintenance, and model influence this number.