The Best and Worst Used Cars

Published: July 15, 2021

The best and worst used cars. These cars scored very well on a road test and are divided up into the worst and best categories. Each has achieved multiple years of above-average used-car verdicts, indicating that owners have had relatively few problems.

Models built by Toyota and Honda dominate the list once again, and many of the best used vehicles are from Asian manufacturers. But high-quality vehicles are available from domestic and European automakers as well.

Here we highlight the most reliable and well-rounded vehicle in each category. We also list other contenders in order of their overall reliability scores for model years 2001 to 2010. Each model has at least three years of reliability data.

For small cars, The Honda Fit has been an economical, reliable, and versatile hatchback ever since it went on sale in the U.S. in 2007. It packs a huge amount of usable space into a small package and has standard antilock braking and curtain air bags. But before 2011 electronic stability control (ESC) was available only on models with the optional navigation system.

The best family car is the Toyota Prius for having outstanding reliability and fuel economy. But the redesigned 2010 model has only average reliability. Look for one with optional ESC, starting with 2004 models.

Worst Cars:

Audi A6 (2.7T, 3.0T)
GMC Acadia (AWD)
BMW 535i (AWD)
GMC Canyon (4WD)
GMC S-15 Sonoma (4WD)
Cadillac SRX (AWD)
GMC Safari
Chevrolet Astro
Hummer H3
Chevrolet Aveo
Jaguar S-Type, XF
Chevrolet Blazer
Kia Sedona
Chevrolet Colorado (4WD)
Mercedes-Benz R-Class
Chevrolet Impala (V8)
Mini Cooper Convertible
Chevrolet S-10 Pickup (4WD)
Chevrolet Uplander Saturn Outlook (FWD)
Chrysler PT Cruiser
Chrysler Town & Country
Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
Dodge Grand Caravan

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