Most Reliable Cars
Reliability ratings for cars, trucks, SUVs and more are calculated based on analyzing over 12 million vehicles to assess a model’s long term durability.
Listed below are the Most Reliable Cars in 16 vehicle categories, as ranked by iSeeCars reliability score. Reliability is one of the most important elements to consider when selecting a vehicle. Whether you want a subcompact hatchback with excellent fuel economy, an emissions-free electric vehicle, or an all-wheel-drive SUV, there is a wide spectrum of vehicles to choose from across American, European, Japanese and Korean automakers.
How do car buyers find a reliable vehicle they can depend on? Automotive research firm iSeeCars analyzed over 12 million used vehicles to determine reliable cars with the best long-term staying power based on their ability to reach a high mileage threshold. While the analysis involved used cars, the results are also a strong indicator of predicted reliability for new model year vehicles.
This page focuses on reliable cars by vehicle type and powertrain (i.e. electric cars and hybrids), but shoppers interested in the most reliable car brands can browse our Most Reliable Car Brands page. That page features luxury brands like Acura, Genesis, Infiniti, Lincoln, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche as well as mainstream brands like Chrysler, Dodge, Honda, Ram, and Volkswagen.
Beyond reliability, buyers should consider their specific vehicle needs when shopping for their next model. Reliability can be found in performance coupes and practical crossovers, so there are no limitations on vehicle type. But while a luxury car with the latest infotainment and connectivity features may sound appealing, a small SUV with a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine and high reliability ratings, like the Toyota RAV4, might be the smarter choice.
Most Reliable Cars
Most Reliable SUVs
How We Rank These Cars
The iSeeCars reliability ratings indicate how dependable and long-lasting each vehicle is within its vehicle segment.
Each vehicle is rated on a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest reliability rating. Vehicles within a given category are sorted to show the most reliable ones first. If two cars have the same ratings, then we break the tie by seeing which vehicle has the higher overall iSeeCars Score. Along with the Reliability ratings, we show comprehensive iSeeCars ratings for each model, because we believe multiple factors should be taken into account when buyers are seeking the best overall vehicle. Two of these factors are safety and resale value, both of which are included in our ratings system.
The overall iSeeCars Score is an analysis of these three factors: reliability, resale value and safety. It is calculated based on the latest research and analysis by our data science team. The data analysis comes from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with NHTSA and IIHS Safety Ratings.
Vehicles are scored in three categories:
Reliability | 33.3%
The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.
Value Retention | 33.3%
The value retention score is based on our data science team's statistical analysis and prediction of 5-year depreciation from MSRP to determine which cars hold their value best, using US Bureau of Labor Statistics data to adjust for inflation.
Safety | 33.3%
The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).