Best car brands for reliability (and the ones to avoid)

Some cars rarely end up in a garage between services and others can't stay away. The What Car? Reliability Survey reveals the shining stars of the automotive league and the brands that constantly...

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The most reliable car brands

=4. Mitsubishi 

What Car? Reliability rating 95.8%

If you’re after a dependable hybrid SUV the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is well worth considering. In the newer car charts, it’s the most reliable hybrid SUV and the third most reliable of all the hybrid and electric cars that owners told us about in our survey. 

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=4. Kia 

What Car? Reliability rating 95.8%

Kia Sportage vs Nissan Qashqai vs Toyota RAV4

The latest Sportage stands out as the best family SUV for reliability and it’s predecessor isn’t far behind – in fifth place. Meanwhile, the Ceed also looks good, taking sixth place in the family car rankings. 

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3. Toyota

What Car? Reliability rating 96.8%

Toyota Yaris 2018 front tracking

The Yaris may be a small car but it’s big on dependability – with a faultless reliability rating of 100% it’s the joint-best performer in the survey, tying with the Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross. With a score of 99.6%, the RAV4 isn’t far behind the Yaris; it’s our top performer in the large and luxury SUV class. 

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2. Lexus 

What Car? Reliablity rating 97.5%

2017 Lexus IS300h review

Lexus has two outstanding models in the hybrid and electric car class: the IS saloon is in fourth place with 97.6% and the NX SUV is sixth with 96.6%. 

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1. Suzuki

What Car? Reliability rating 97.7%

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

The diminutive SX4 S-Cross, with a reliability rating of 100%, propels the Suzuki brand to the top spot (alongside Toyota) in the car brand reliability charts. The larger Vitara helps to bolster it score too – it’s the fourth most dependable small SUV and scored 97.2%. 

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