The car manufacturers you can trust: The ten most reliable brands REVEALED – but is yours among the best places?
- EXCLUSIVE: Warrantywise named the top brands in its Reliability Index
- Each manufacturer is ranked by number of defects, repair cost and repair time, based on more than 130,000 policies between 2021 and 2022.
- Honda leads the list with a score of 96.8 out of 100 ahead of Toyota and Suzuki
- Kia and Hyundai round out the top 5 – find out which other brands make it into the top 10
The last thing any motorist wants is to own a lemon of a car that constantly breaks down and costs an arm and a leg in repeated garage bills, especially with a biting cost of living crisis.
Luckily, we can tell you exclusively which brands you can trust.
A new report shared with This is Money has listed the brands that stand the test of time better than other manufacturers.
Extended vehicle warranty provider Warrantywise has given us the top 10 trusted brands based on data from over 130,000 cars – and it’s the East Asian manufacturers that dominate.
Most Trusted Car Brands: Honda leads the way with an incredible reliability score of 96.8/100 in Warrantywise’s Reliability Index
The best performing brands have been compiled in the company’s reliability index.
This ranks each car on a combination of factors, including the cost of repairs, how often they have problems, and the number of days it takes to fix them.
The data only represents cars that are not covered by manufacturer warranties, which means that the minimum sample age is three years. The maximum age of cars included in the analysis is 10 years.
Data gathered from 131,000 policies between 2021 and 2022 put Honda at the top of the charts with an incredible overall reliability score of 96.8/100.
“Honda’s solid reputation for being ultra-reliable seems unshakeable, and as noted in previous updates, the Honda Jazz has been named the most reliable used car in this year’s Reliability Index,” said Warrantywise.
Japanese and Korean brands took 6 of the top 10 spots in the most trusted car brand rankings, based on warranty data
And it’s the Japanese and Korean brands that continue to lead by example, sweeping the top five spots in the reliability stakes.
Toyota placed second, with an overall score of 91.2/100, followed by Suzuki and Kia, with Hyundai rounding out the top five reliability takeovers in East Asia.
Surprisingly, Fiat, Citroen and Renault make up the sixth to eighth spots, which could help dispel misconceptions that these European brands don’t build the most reliable vehicles.
The remaining two spots in the top 10 are held by Mazda and Ford.
Lawrence Whittaker, CEO of Warrantywise, said: “As the cost of living continues to rise, it’s important to keep things like reliability in mind when deciding which used car to buy. .
“By collecting and collating all of this data into an index like this, we are able to further assist our customers with their purchases by arming them with information to try to reduce the burden as much as possible.
“Consumers are keeping their vehicles for longer and we are able to provide them with a warranty to help them avoid large lump sums if something goes wrong.”
The Honda Jazz was named the most reliable used model by the extended warranty provider earlier this year. In fact, 9 of the top 10 cars are Japanese or Korean made.
Most Reliable Models, According to Warrantywise
The Honda Jazz’s affordability, stellar functionality and widely recognized reliability are why it is a favorite in Britain.
MOST RELIABLE USED CAR MODELS
1. Honda Jazz- 93.7/100
Average repair cost: £973.66
2. Mazda 2 – 89.9/100
Average repair cost: £2,422.31
3. Toyota Auris – 89.7/100
Average repair cost: £1,841.60
4. Mazda MX-5 – 86.5/100
Average repair cost: £586.94
5. Toyota Aygo – 85.5/100
Average repair cost: €1,339.36
6. Kia Ceed – 85/100
Average repair cost: £1,914
seven. Kia Rio – 84.9/100
Average repair cost: €1,655.39
8. Suzuki Alto – 83.9/100
Average repair cost: £733.70
9. Hyundai i20 – 82.5/100
Average repair cost: £2,361.36
Average repair cost: €1,128.44
And earlier this year, the Warranytwise Reliability Index named it the toughest of all used cars, earning an impressive overall score of 93.7/100.
With an average repair cost in 2021 of just £424.31, Honda’s reputation for making reputable engines remains strong.
Warrantywise’s reliability index for models placed the Mazda 2 in second place and the Toyota Auris in third place.
The Mazda MX-5 ranks fourth, the Toyota Aygo fifth, the Kia Ceed and the Rio sixth and seventh respectively, the Suzuki Alto is eighth, the Hyundai i20 ninth.
This shows that Japanese and Korean brands also dominate in terms of models.
Peugeot is the only non-East Asian car company to slip into the top 10, with its 107 city car taking last place in the model order.
Mr Whittaker added: “It is not surprising to see Honda at the top of the standings, given the reliability of their cars which has been proven time and time again, with the results of our reliability index.
“The Reliability Index is a great tool for us as it allows us to assess the market and help our customers make the right choice for them when deciding which car to buy; especially now that the cost of parts and labor is on the rise and people are genuinely looking for the best options to meet their needs.