Decades ago, Japanese automobiles had a reputation for being more dependable and fuel-efficient than their American or European rivals. Today, a lot of Japanese automobiles are made in the United States, which is a departure from the past.
Based on data from U.S. factories, Japanese automakers produced about 2.82 million automobiles in 2022 (Statista, 2022). However, studies indicate that this does not lessen their dependability.
Japanese automobiles topped Consumer Reports’ ranking of the most dependable vehicles for 2023, taking seven of the top ten slots.
U.S. News & World Report praised Japanese cars for their dependability as well, giving them ratings of eight or higher overall across all evaluation areas. According to the survey, “many of the features that made Japanese cars popular in the U.S. decades ago still carry over into Japanese cars.”
GOBankingRates has chosen seven of the most dependable Japanese automobiles currently on the road, based on research conducted online, including lists of the best Japanese cars at websites like Consumer Reports, MotorBiscuit.com, carVertical, and HotCars.
Websites for auto enthusiasts like MotorBiscuit.com have given Honda excellent ratings for dependability. Both the Civic and the Accord have “low annual repair and maintenance costs,” according to the website.
To determine which model is more dependable, the Civic or the Accord, you might toss a coin. Honda managed to escape the “least reliable” list this year, but surprisingly none of their cars made the list. HotCars’ ranking of the most dependable Japanese cars places the Honda Civic at the top, citing the car’s 50-year history of performance and dependability.
Drivers searching for fashionable, fuel-efficient cars ranging from family sedans to SUVs and minivans have long recognised Honda’s dependability. One of HotCars’ primary selling points, according to the company, is the low annual maintenance and repair expenditures of about $400.
The Honda Accord frequently appears on lists of the best-selling vehicles, such as the top SUVs, trucks, and automobiles according to Car and Driver for the first half of 2023. Car and Driver claims that although it has undergone an aesthetic makeover in 2023, its dependability is still unrivalled. It has a better than 27% probability of lasting over 250,000 miles, which is more than three times longer than the typical passenger car, according to iSeeCars.com.
The Toyota Corolla
With an overall score of 88 and a dependability rating of 93, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid is ranked as the most reliable car by Consumer Reports. It ranks first among compact automobiles as well. Additionally, the gas-powered Corolla (reliability rating: 81) was included in the CR list.
A comfortable ride, years of driving enjoyment, and a sticker price that’s affordable at little over $21,000 await you with the Toyota Corolla, regardless of whether you choose the hybrid or the already fuel-efficient petrol model.
Experts gave the family-friendly Camry, the larger sibling of the Toyota Corolla, excellent scores for dependability as well. On their list of the most dependable Japanese vehicles, HotCars gave it a ranking of No. 7, describing it as “easily one of the most reliable cars ever.”
On its list of automobiles likely to last more than 250,000 miles, iSeeCars.com ranked the Toyota Camry 23rd, meaning that it has a 20.4% higher chance of lasting longer than the typical car.
Miata Mazda MX-5
When it came to reliable Japanese cars, the Mazda MX-5 Miata consistently won out. Despite its elegant appearance, a two-seater sports car with an 85 reliability rating from Consumer Reports may not seem like the ideal choice.
The MX-5 is a fun, economical, and fuel-efficient car, but its small trunk makes it unsuitable for long road trips or even as a family car. While it might be dependable, most individuals won’t find it to be entirely useful. However, because of its durability, it might be the kind of car that you use for weekend travel for decades in your family.
Prius from Toyota
Nearly all experts commend Toyota vehicles for their dependability, handling, and fuel efficiency. Consumer Reports gave the Prius an 89 dependability rating, and it appeared on numerous online lists of the most dependable Japanese vehicles. For years of enjoyable driving, the Prius combines efficiency, excellent handling, and a budget-friendly price with a starting sticker price under $25,000.
Lexus GX 2023
At the top of our list of the most dependable Japanese cars is the Lexus GX. Designed for off-road adventures, the large-body SUV received a reliability score of 91 and an overall score of 75 from Consumer Reports, placing it as the second-best luxury mid-sized third-row SUV. With its cutting-edge technology and 6,500 lbs. of towing capacity, together with the legendary dependability that Lexus is known for, the GX is the ideal family car for long road journeys, camping holidays or matchdays at the football pitch.
The following article was first published on GOBankingRates.com: The Market’s Top 7 Dependable Japanese Automobiles