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Consumer Reports: 5 Most Reliable Cars for 2015
Each year, the dedicated auto staff at Consumer Reports tests hundreds of new car models and conducts a massive survey of the individuals who own those cars, asking them to identify any problems they’ve had over the first year of ownership in any of 17 possible trouble areas. This year, the study covered 1.1 million car owners. and gives us a pretty good idea of which cars are providing trouble-free ownership and which confound their drivers with multiple trips back to the dealer.
Just as in recent years, Lexus and Toyota continued their dominance and came out on top in a #1-2 sweep for Toyota Motor Corporation, long the Consumer Reports reliability champion by providing buyers with the fewest overall problems. Rounding out the top 5 were Mazda. Honda and Audi. while the newly christened Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brands scored woefully below average with Fiat, Jeep, RAM and Dodge sitting at the bottom of the list. The biggest movers and shakers were Buick . which rose 6 places to lead all American brands at #6, and Infiniti. which fell 14 spots to #20 as buyers found many problems with the Japanese luxury brand s new InTouch infotainment system.
It was these interior tech systems; including factors like touchscreens, navigation, audio, smartphone pairing, backup cameras and multimedia controllers; that gave buyers more trouble than any of the other 16 categories in the survey, with overall infotainment-related issues rising since last year s test.
That being said, we d like to present you with the most reliable new model-year 2015 cars you can buy right now. Any of these fine choices from 5 different segments is sure to serve you well for years to come.
1. 2015 Lexus CT 200h
While each of Lexus s models scored well in the test, it was not the pricey LS flagship that earned the highest marks, rather one of the company s cheapest models in the CT 200h hybrid. Using essentially the same Hybrid Synergy Drive system as the Toyota Prius, the compact yet luxurious Lexus hatchback earns 43 city and 40 highway mpg while providing drivers with a smooth, effortless cruise and plenty of space for gear. Priced from $32,050, the CT 200h is currently seeing some great discounts, including heavy lease bonus cash bringing payments of under $300 per month with low drive-off costs.
2. 2015 Toyota Prius c
Speaking of hybrids, Toyota s subcompact Prius c scored the highest praise for reliability among all the company s models. The Prius c, which debuted in 2012, has sold nearly 1 million units worldwide and earns excellent efficiency ratings of 53 city and 46 highway mpg, equaling the standard Prius for the best combined efficiency among all hybrids at 50 mpg. The c is a bit sportier to drive than the Prius, and while you may be pinched for passenger and cargo space at times, its strong reliability is made better still through a base price of just $19,080.
3. 2015 Mazda Mazda6
Our current clear favorite among all midsize family sedans is also one of the most reliable cars on the road, earning top marks even among a Mazda catalog that is well above average. The Mazda6 is one of the newest entries in the segment, and has wowed owners with its sports car-like handling and standout styling. While Mazda cars may be without some of the trick in-car tech features of brands like Ford or Chrysler, the company s more-basic system is easy to use, which no doubt helped its overall reliability. Earning 37 highway mpg thanks to its 184-horsepower 4-cylinder and lightweight Skyactiv chassis, the 6 is priced from a reasonable $21,190.
4. 2015 Honda Civic
When the current 9th-generation Civic went on sale for 2012, critics were underwhelmed by its feature content and styling, although it was still one of America s best-selling cars, no doubt buoyed by legendary reliability. Honda has made incremental improvements to its compact sedan and coupe line each year since then, adding a more comfortable and tech-laden interior along with modern styling. Interestingly, it is the two-door coupe that scores highest among all Honda models, which may be a statistical anomaly or may mean slightly better reliability than the four-door sedan. Pricing starts at $18,290 for the coupe and $18,490 for the sedan, both of which earn 28 city and 36 highway mpg.