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Travel: 5 Reliable Cars For The Family

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 19-04-2013

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When you’re in the market for a new—or used—car, reliability is probably near the top of your priority list. You want to make sure that you and your family are safe when on the road, even in harsh conditions. There are some auto makers with a decades-long reputation for dependability, and each year major consumer testing organizations conduct on-road tests to rate the latest models for reliability. The length of the warranty isn’t always the best sign of a car’s reliability, however. Here are a few of the most reliable cars on the market today.

Toyota Yaris: Reliable Sub-Compact Auto

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The Toyota Yaris leads the pack in terms of sub-compact cars for reliability. This dependable ride comes standard with vehicle-stability control and traction control. While this model has been around since 2007, it has had numerous safety updates over the years. Both the Scion xD and the Honda Fit are also highly rated for reliability among sub-compact models.

Toyota Prius: 5 Stars from J.D. Power and Associates

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The Toyota Prius earns a perfect five-star rating in three of the four rating criteria used in J.D. Power and Associates’ latest reliability testing. It’s also a top pick from U.S. News and World Report, earning good scores for side impacts and rear crashes, as well as frontal offset and roof strength. This car is a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Nissan 370Z: Reliable Sports Car

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If you prefer sports cars, you don’t have to sacrifice reliability. The Nissan 370Z is rated best among compact premium sporty cars by J.D. Power and Associates. This car gets positive consumer feedback for each of its model years for mechanical quality and body quality, as well as powertrain mechanical quality. It also has both side and front-impact airbags, an anti-lock brake system and anti-whiplash restraints.

Toyota RAV4: Most Reliable Among Compact Crossover SUVs

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Clearly, you won’t find many complaints about Toyotas, as the auto maker leads the pack in yet another category with the RAV4. Considered one of the most reliable compact crossover SUVs on the market, the Toyota RAV4 has a four-wheel anti-lock brake system, side head and rear head air bags, side air bags, brake assist, traction control and plenty of other features that make it one of the safest cars on the road today. The Scion tC is another option earning good reviews for reliability in this category.

Ford Fusion: Top-Rated Among Midsize Cars

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If you’re looking for a reliable, midsize auto, you can’t go wrong with the Ford Fusion. This car comes with a three-year, 36,000-mile new-car warranty and a five-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty—which also covers the safety restraint system. Corrosion perforation is also covered with no mileage limitations for five full years. The Ford Fusion earns a Predicted Reliability Score of 4.5 in J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study.

When it comes to reliability, Toyota models are almost always a safe bet as these models earn positive reliability ratings from most major testing organizations. Check out Big Motoring World complaints and other dealership reviews and testimonials in your area before making your purchase.

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