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Which automotive brands have the best reputation for reliability?

Top-Rated Used Car Brands

One of the biggest risks associated with buying a used car is that you don’t know as much about the vehicle history as you would like. Of course you have the CarFax report to tell you if services are up to date, but you still weren’t there to reassure yourself that the previous driver was gentle on the vehicle. It only makes sense that you would want to hedge your bets by picking from the top-rated used car brands. These are the automotive brands with the best reputation for long-term reliability.

Toyota, Honda and more

When thinking in terms of the best reputation, we’re keeping to your non-luxury options because most shoppers are seeking a non-luxury vehicle. For those who do enjoy premium vehicles, Lexus continues to dominate in the minds of many. That said, these are the top makes with the best reputations. Model reliability can vary, so you’ll still want to do your research on specific models and model years.

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This automaker is one that continues to impress year after year. In terms of reliability, while still earning above average satisfaction for on-road tests. When shoppers think of a vehicle that can easily last a decade, Toyota is the first to come to mind.


Though its reliability has somewhat declined in recent years, or rivals have simply improved dramatically, used Honda models continue to hold a strong reputation as the vehicle that just won’t let you down.

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You may have noticed that there are more and more Kia vehicles on the road, and you might just think that’s because they are affordable. In recent years, Kia has made giant leaps to outrank big names like Honda, while also providing better overall satisfaction. A decade ago, Kia didn’t have the best brand reputation, and you might want to steer clear if you’re considering a much older model. We’ve been seeing the brand rise in ranks since 2014, though, so it’s certainly one to watch if you’re looking for a vehicle just a few years old.

Which brand do you trust the most? Let us know with a comment here at the Auto Simple Blog.