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Which Car Brands Are The Most Reliable in 2023?

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By Jaden Francis - - 5 Mins Read
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When considering buying a new car, many buyers prioritize reliability. Whether the vehicle runs on gas or is an electric vehicle (EV), it is crucial that drivers can trust it to work without any unexpected breakdowns or faults.


According to the latest survey conducted by Fleet News, certain car brands are known for being the most reliable in the world.


In this report, the top 15 most reliable car brands for the year 2023 have been identified.


Here's how they are ranked...

  1. Lexus
  2. Toyota
  3. Mini
  4. Honda
  5. Subaru
  6. Mazada
  7. Porsche
  8. BMW
  9. Kia
  10. Hyundai
  11. Buick
  12. Infiniti
  13. Tesla
  14. Ram
  15. Cadillac


Lexus, Toyota, and Mini have been ranked as the top three most reliable brands, with Lexus moving up from second place last year.


Honda's luxury brand, Acura, came in fourth, followed by Subaru in fifth place. BMW has seen its eight-year reign at the top end as it goes to eighth place this year.


The Toyota Corolla has risen to second place in the reliable car brands 2023 rankings. This is a remarkable improvement from its fourth-place ranking in 2022 and eighth-place ranking in 2021.


Toyota has always been known for its reliability, and the Corolla hybrid, launched in 2018, is no exception. 


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Hyundai's Tucson is a new entry in ranking the most reliable cars. The model's latest generation was launched in 2020 with new hybrid and plug-in hybrid engines. The fact that the brand made this list so soon after its launch only explains its reliability.

How to Know a Car’s Reliability?

With data from 330,000 vehicles, from 2000 to 2023 to an early-introduced 2024 model year, surveyors have understood a car's reliability.


They focused on 20 trouble areas, ranging from minor to more severe, and then created a reliability score for each vehicle from 1 to 100. This would help users make informed decisions when purchasing a new car in the long run. 


To determine the reliability of a car, you should assess the severity of each type of problem associated with the brand.


These problems may include squeaky brakes, broken interior trim, engine or transmission issues that arise after the warranty period, as well as problems with EV batteries and charging. Additionally, you should examine track testing and safety data to gather more information about the car's reliability.


In this year's survey, the reliability of electric vehicles was determined with areas like electric motors, EV/hybrid batteries, and EV charging. These new areas reflect the changing automotive landscape and the increasing adoption of hybrid and electric vehicles. By adding these new areas, the survey provided a complete insight into a car’s reliability.


Electric vehicles have experienced more problems than gas-powered cars despite their increasing popularity. The most common issues relate to charging, electric motors, and batteries. These issues are fundamental in rating a car’s reliability.

Sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons are still among the most reliable cars in the world. According to consumer reports, hybrid vehicles have become more reliable, and the body style of your vehicle can also affect reliability. As technology continues to evolve, future models will likely do better.