When you’re in the market for a new or used vehicle, there are a variety of factors that come into play. Since owning a car can be expensive, it’s always essential to choose a vehicle that tailors to your wants and needs. If you live alone, a large SUV may not make the most sense. Neither will a two-seater sports car for a family of four. Size aside, the amount of use the vehicle will be getting is also a very important factor. Despite all of these variables, perhaps the most important factor to consider is its reliability. What makes a vehicle reliable? Which vehicles are the most reliable? Luckily, isure has everything you need to know when it comes to finding a reliable vehicle.

What makes a car reliable?

We all know how big of an investment a new car is. You also want to be satisfied with your decision for years to come. According to recent studies, new vehicle buyers in Canada are keeping their vehicles 6.4 years and driving them 116,797 km before trading them in. With this being said, the time and distance will vary significantly depending on the type of car it is. To help you make better decisions when it comes to purchasing vehicles, J.D Power reports that vehicle dependability is still at an all time high in 2023.

According to mechanics and auto professionals, vehicle reliability is rated on a number of different factors. These are as follows:

  • Average cost of repairs
  • Meet or exceed Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (MVSR) standards
  • Vehicle resale and trade-in value 
  • The rating from the U.S. Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluates how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash and the technology that can prevent a crash or diminish its severity
  • The average lifespan of a vehicle model
  • Safety rating
  • Major and minor engine issues
  • Vehicle technology and fuel
  • Brand, make, model reputation
  • Recall history
  • Brakes
  • Suspensions and steering
  • Body integrity
  • Vehicle safety features

As reliable as the car may be, you also have an effect on the longevity and/or dependability of your vehicle as the driver. Where you live, the climate, conditions of the roads you travel on, as well as the number of kilometers you drive, affect reliability of the vehicle.

Most reliable car brands

Being aware of the more reliable vehicle manufacturers can help to customize your search for your new ride. Here is a list of some of the industry’s most reliable car brands from consumer reports:

  1. Mazda
  2. Toyota
  3. Lexus
  4. Buick
  5. Honda
  6. Subaru
  7. Kia
  8. Infiniti
  9. Audi
  10. BMW
  11. Hyundai

Most reliable cars for 2023

With that in mind, you can get yourself a fantastic, reliable vehicle by choosing one of the brands above. However, with new vehicles coming out every year it is also important to keep in mind that each brand has their best and worst vehicles when it comes to reliability. For 2023, Consumer Reports states that for 2023, the most reliable vehicles are hybrid vehicles, followed by sports cars then hybrid SUV’s. In terms of model, the most reliable cars are as follows:

1. 2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

2. 2023 Lexus GX

3. 2023 Mini Cooper

4. 2022 Toyota Prius

5. 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata

6. 2023 Lincoln Corsair

7. 2023 Toyota Corolla

8. 2023 Subaru Crosstrek

9. 2023 BMW 3 Series

10. 2022 Toyota Prius Prime

Car reliability and your insurance

The vehicle you drive helps inform your insurance provider of your risk as a policyholder. Each vehicle has its own Canadian Loss Experience Automobile Rating (CLEAR) based on:

  • Its claim probability as well as its cost to repair and replace.
  • Safety features may lower your claim risk while also increasing the cost to repair due to their advanced technology.  However, if you drive a vehicle with built-in security features, such as anti-theft devices, you may qualify for discounts on you premium.
  • Cars that have an excellent safety rating will likely result in lower car insurance premiums.
  • Loss prevention: If your model has zero loss-prevention features and a high occurrence of being stolen, your rate may be higher as a result.

Having a reliable car will help lower your car insurance quotes, but the most important aspect is driving a vehicle you can trust for years to come. Whether you are looking to buy a new or used car, you want the cheapest, but most reliable, car, contact us or request a quote today!.

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