Reliability is one of the most important aspects of a car to consider. Not only does it help to lower insurance but it also gives you a sense of safety and security. A reliable car is one that you can enjoy for many years with minimal costs towards maintenance and repairs. We’ve gathered some of this year’s most reliable cars from a range of surveys to give you an idea of the best makes to buy.
Honda Jazz MkII
The 2014 Reliability Index, which takes into account many kinds of factors of repair, found that the Honda Jazz was given the best rating for reliability this year. With an average of only £123.34 in repair costs, the Jazz is one of the top superminis on the market. As a manufacturer, Honda also comes second to Daihatsu, with only 1 breakdown in every 344 cars that are insured.
Kia Rio MkIII
Attractive, comfortable and reliable, the Kia Rio scored 96.5% for reliability in the 2014 Driver Power Survey. This supermini has been popular in recent years because of its all-rounded appeal. Not only it is reliable but its 1.1 litre diesel engine is also great for fuel economy and with just 85g/km of CO2 emissions, it’s road tax-free.
Toyota Prius MkIII
In J.D. Power and Associates’ annual Vehicle Dependability Study, Toyota has been a consistent competitor for top place. In three of the four criteria used for the reliability ratings, the 2010 Prius scored full points across the board. In the Driver Power Survey, the Prius also scored 98.84% making it the most reliable car in the small family car class.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
One of the best-selling sports cars of all time, the Mazda MX-5 has always been loved for its unique design, great handling and speedy engine but now it can add to its reputation with a Driver Power reliability rating of 96.25% and a number one spot as the most reliable compact sporty car in the J.D. Power survey.
There are many aspects to consider when buying a car, whether it’s used or new. Be sure to take into account what you can afford as well as the type of car that is most practical for you to manage. Reliability helps in keeping costs down but also making sure that you get the most out of your money.