2022 Top 10 Most Reliable Cars

It’s a horrible feeling. Finally acquiring that car you’ve spent so long saving for, only to have it breakdown on the drive home. 

Making a poor financial decision is bad enough, but when it comes to something as expensive as a car, it’s heartbreaking. To help you out, we’ve gathered a list of the 2022 top 10 most reliable cars currently on sale. According to Consumer Reports, these are the 10 sure-fire bets. The cars that should deliver miles of trouble-free driving.

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It’s an interesting list with plenty of surprises that covers a wide variety of vehicles. Read on to see what makes the cut. 

10. Mazda CX-9

Beginning the list is a three-row SUV from Mazda. The CX-9 is one of the more stylish and fun to drive seven seat SUVs out there, if not a bit compromised when it comes to passenger space. It’s been around for a few years now which means Mazda has had time to work out any possible trouble spots, making it the 10th most reliable vehicle currently on sale.

That’s pretty impressive considering it’s not the most basic vehicle mechanically. Surprisingly, it’s only the third most reliable vehicle here to offer at least six passenger seating, but more on that later.

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9. Subaru Crosstrek

And speaking of surprises, here’s Subaru’s compact SUV, the Crosstrek. It’s not a surprise that a Subaru made this list, but it is a bit of a shock that the Crosstrek is the only small compact SUV to make the cut. And even more astounding is the fact that the vast majority of Crosstrek’s come equipped with a Continuously Variable Automatic; a transmission many “experts” have been telling us for years can’t possibly be reliable.

The rest of the vehicle’s greasy bits are very familiar, with a choice of Boxer engines paired to Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system. 

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8. Toyota Highlander

Just ranking a bit higher than Mazda’s CX-9 is Toyota’s own three-row SUV, the Highlander. Offered as a pure gasoline-powered SUV or a fuel sipping hybrid, the Highlander offers a lot of choice. And apparently, a lot of reliability too. This isn’t too surprising as Toyota is a brand with a solid reputation for making cars that just don’t breakdown.

The standard 3.5-liter V6 engine may be in its last year of production, but it’s a solid unit that continues to give owners trouble free driving.

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7. Honda Insight

Another hybrid making the list is one that might not be top of mind for a lot of folks. The Honda Insight is sort of the forgotten sedan in the Honda lineup, with the Civic and Accord receiving all the attention. But this mid-size hybrid gets the last laugh as it’s the most reliable family member, and the only Honda to make this list.

The tiny four-cylinder engine and electric motor focus on efficiency more than performance. Want trouble free driving and great fuel economy from a Honda? Here’s your car.

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6. Mazda MX-5 Miata

What can’t the Mazda MX-5 Miata do? Always a favourite among the car loving masses, the Miata is fun, affordable, and quite efficient. Add in the bonus of being quite reliable too. That’s not an easy feat for a sports car as they usually lead a rough life, beaten on by drivers living their formula 1 fantasies.

But maybe it isn’t so surprising to see the little roadster on here after all. It has been in production for decades using the same basic blueprint. That’s a lot of time for Mazda to perfect the formula and make it last. 

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5. Cadillac XT5

The Cadillac XT5 is carrying the flag for American cars as it’s the only automobile for a USA manufacturer to make the 2022 top 10 most reliable cars list. Not only that, it’s also one of only two luxury vehicles to be featured here. With all the extra features and technology usually stuffed in these premium vehicles, there’s more that can break and hurt the reliability score.

What’s more, the mid-size XT5 is related to the more mainstream Chevrolet Blazer and GMC Acadia but is the only sibling to make the reliability cut. So, kudos to Cadillac.

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4. Toyota Prius

When the Toyota Prius first debut all those many, many years ago, people thought it was a novelty with technology that wouldn’t last. Well, it’s been a lifetime and the Prius continues to not just soldier on but be a completely bullet-proof reliable car. Look at how many of these cars get abused in taxi fleets across North America, but just keep going. This latest Prius is no exception.

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3. Toyota Prius Prime

As we just mentioned, Toyota is an innovator in hybrid technology and over the decades has really worked to perfect the craft. Here is the third hybrid from the Japanese manufacturer to make the list. And it’s yet another Prius, but this time, it’s the Prius Prime.  

As a refresher, the Prime is the Plug-in hybrid version of the Prius. It can run up to 25 miles on all electric power before the gas engine takes over. Pretty amazing that the more technologically advanced Prime ranks higher than the regular Prius on this countdown, right?

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2. Kia Niro EV

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Only one all-electric vehicle makes the top 10 list of most reliable vehicles and no, it’s not a Tesla. Its’ the Kia Niro EV. Kia, and the brand’s corporate cousin Hyundai, are quickly becoming leaders in the mainstream world of electric vehicles and the Niro’s placing here just solidifies that position.

Pretty amazing that Kia’s first attempt at an all-electric vehicle is here and longer established EVs like the Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet Bolt and Model S are not. Good on you Kia, good on you. 

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1. Lexus GX

Well, this is a surprise. Not that a Lexus tops the list of 2022 top 10 most reliable cars – that was almost a forgone conclusion as Toyota’s luxury division had built its entire brand around reliability. What’s shocking is that only one Lexus made the list and it’s one of the brand’s big V8 powered SUVs.

On second thought, maybe this does make perfect sense. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect, and the Lexus GX has been on sale in its current form more or less since 2009. That’s eons in the automotive world and has given the manufacturer a lot of time to work out the bugs and perfect this multi-person go-anywhere Sport ute.

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Hammer says:

Is this reporter really a car guy or even have some knowledge about what he is talking about? First of all you cannot have a “most reliable car of 2022” because many of them are brand new or have had significant mechanical changes done to them from previous years. And to base future performance on past performance is not always a safe bet it on automobiles. There have been several series of cars including BMW’s, Mercedes, Ford’s, Hyundai , etc. etc. where changes in a previously year model or a updated, modified model result in substantial quality and durability ratings and performance. Even Consumers Reports use the caveat that it’s recommendations are based on past performance but no such caveat here. So I guess the guy must be able to read it in the future Or is too lazy to do real research and write a worthwhile article. How sad but not surprising as we no longer have journalists, we just have copy writers.

Brooks Davis says:

Let’s see, nobody buys or cares about the Honda Insight, there are not one but two versions of the Toyota Prius , another poor sales performer that is on the chopping block. Continuing , how many Miatas are sold every year ? Less than 5.000 I am guessing .

What a farce of an article, something CR is very good at . Horse laughs to CR and to Auto Guide for shamelessly passing this on just for clickbait . It worked and here I am, LOL 😂.

Irfan Najam Sheen says:

Only one American vehicle rest are all Japanese. How come Germans didn’t get a place in top ten?

herman says:

What happend to hatches and sedans? SUVs are practical and all that but they arent stylish!

EVDOGG says:

I know right! I know lots of people who had great luck with German cars!

Ray says:

Predicting future reliability is just ridiculous. A model should have at least 2 years and 200,000 km under its belt before you can call it reliable..