Which brands of cars have the lowest repair costs and go to the repair shop the least often? Hyundai tops 2015’s rankings for the best combined score as compiled by CarMD – auto repair site.
Toyota came in second, and Honda – 2014’s winner – finished third. Ford came in fourth, Chrysler fifth, Kia finished sixth and General Motors came in seventh. Mazda, Nissan and Volkswagen finished up the top 10.
CarMD collects repair reports each year from its network of mechanics and this survey included work done to 251,000 vehicles of from model years 1995 to 2015. This included repairs of all problems that triggered the “check engine” light.
CarMD CEO Ioen Chen commented on the rankings saying that car maintenance and repairs happen in life, but this information can be used together with other tools and information to assist car shoppers in making informed decisions.
In the list of the most reliable individual vehicles, coming in first was the 2015 Toyota Corolla; the 2013 Lexus ES came in second; in third was the 2014 Toyota Prius; and finishing in fourth was the 2014 Toyota Avalon. Therefore, counting the Lexus, the entire top four were from Toyota. Coming in seventh was the 2014 Hyundai Sonata.
Below are some other highlights of the report released today:
Repair costs: Included in the top ten auto makers, Ford had the lowest cost per visit at $309 to the repair shop. $316 was Hyundai’s average. The average costs for Honda ($409) and Toyota ($412) were remarkably higher.
Repair frequency: Hyundai owners can anticipate fewer visits to the repair shop than any of the cars of its competitors. Honda and Toyota also scored well in repair frequency and that boosted their rankings in spite of their higher cost per visit.
Detroit: Included in Detroit-based companies, this year Ford moved up one spot to number four, and so did Chrysler to number five. However, General Motors, coming in at number seven, dropped three spots partly due to repair costs that came in higher than 2014.
Electric and Hybrid cars: As well as the hybrid-electric Toyota Prius coming in third, among the top 100 vehicles for reliability were three all-electric cars. These were the 2014 Nissan Leaf and the 2013 and 2014 Ford C-Max.
Naturally, this index is only a general indicator of average reliability and may not apply to a vehicle you own or could possibly purchase in the future. However, car buyers and owners are always in a better position if they rely on independent data instead of automakers’ advertising claims.