Top 10 Most Reliable Cars Under $25K

10. Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2.5

In the market for a cheap, affordable vehicle that won’t cause you headaches after a few years of ownership? AutoGuide has compiled a Top 10 list of the most reliable vehicles on today’s market under $25,000 based on data from Consumer Reports‘ 2013 Annual Auto Survey.

All of the vehicles on this list received Consumer Reports‘ “recommended” rating and have been reported to be relatively problem-free by owners who participated in the survey documenting how many issues owners experienced in the last 12 months of ownership.

Kicking off the list is the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2.5, which is also an IIHS “Top Safety Pick.” The base model Jetta SportWagen S has a starting price of $21,615 including destination and comes equipped with a 2.5-liter engine with 170 hp, 177 lb-ft of torque and a five-speed manual transmission. Volkswagen also offers its Jetta SportWagen with a TDI clean diesel engine with 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque but that’s priced from $27,070.