Reliability and fun are two qualities that rarely go together in the automotive world. Think Dodge Viper or anything from Alfa Romeo.
But there is hope for enthusiasts without cash to burn on repairs. With help from Consumer Reports‘ 2017 reliability score rankings, here are 10 vehicles that promise the best of both worlds.
The Toyota 86 sits right at the top of Consumer Reports‘ 2017 reliability score survey ranking as Toyota’s most reliable model for the year. What makes it so reliable is probably what makes it so fun as well: It’s a back-to-basics sports car that doesn’t have a lot of fancy equipment prone to breaking that also takes away from how pure it is to drive. Base MSRP for this rear-drive, lightweight coupe comes in at $27,150 ($31,295 in Canada/destination is included in all pricing).
Since its arrival to North American shores in 2014, the Audi Q3 shook up the luxury subcompact SUV segment with its eager 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine and a tightly tuned steering setup that begs for a lot of twisty road excursions. MSRP starts at $33,875 ($36,995 in Canada) and it sits at No. 4 on the Consumer Reports 2017 reliability score survey ranking, representing Audi as its most reliable model this year.
Hyundai Elantra Sport
The fun-to-drive Hyundai Elantra Sport is No.10 on Consumer Reports 2017 reliability score survey ranking as Hyundai’s most reliable model this year. Just one listen to the raspy exhaust note courtesy of a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder makes it clear that this car just wants to play. Base MSRP starts at $21,800 ($27,303 in Canada).
Honda Civic Si (Sedan/Coupe)
The Civic Si is equipped with a buttery smooth six-speed manual and, for the first time ever in an Si, a turbo 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. MSRP starts at $24,990 ($30,312 in Canada) and it comes in at No.9 on Consumer Reports 2017 reliability score survey ranking.
Porsche’s mission with the Macan was to create a crossover so sporty you would forget you were driving something that could also go off-road. The Macan has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 249 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque and a starting MSRP of $48,850 ($55,350 in Canada). A No.13 ranking on this year’s Consumer Reports reliability score survey ranking is just icing on the cake.
Lexus GS F
The Lexus GS F has a brawny 5.0L V8 engine putting out 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque that means getting up to speed feels much faster than the zero-to-60-mph time of 4.4 seconds suggests. MSRP starts at $85,345 ($100,345 in Canada) and it ends up at No.2 on Consumer Reports 2017 reliability score survey ranking.
The Mazda3 has always been one of the better driving compact cars and it now comes with Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control technology, which helps it feel sharper in a corner. MSRP starts at $18,970 ($17,595 in Canada) and the 3 is Mazda’s most reliable vehicle this year, coming in at No.13 on Consumer Reports 2017 reliability score survey ranking.
Nissan’s two-door sports car is getting a bit old, but that’s probably what makes it both reliable and fun to drive. Similar to the Toyota 86, there’s less stuff to go wrong and/or hamper driving enjoyment. This rear-drive coupe is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 with 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet. MSRP starts at $30,875 ($31,748 in Canada) and Nissan came in at No.11 on Consumer Reports 2017 reliability score survey ranking.
What’s a minivan doing here? It might come as a shock, but the Pacifica is pretty fun to hustle around for what it is. It displays a solid and planted feeling for a vehicle of this size and its 287-horsepower V6 sounds entertaining when asked to deliver at full throttle. MSRP starts at $30,090 ($37,890 in Canada) and the Pacifica is quickly pushing Chrysler higher up the ranks on Consumer Reports’ reliability survey score survey ranking. Chrysler jumped up 10 spots from 2016’s list and the Pacifica led as its most reliable model.
The BMW M2 is a return to what the German brand does so well and it might be the purest example of a driver’s car from the automaker today. Even Jeremy Clarkson of The Grand Tour fame claims this is the best BMW ever built. MSRP starts at $54,495 ($66,545 in Canada) and it lands at No.5 on Consumer Reports 2017 reliability score survey ranking.