Buying a new car straight from the dealership isn’t always an option, and more than ever consumers are choosing to invest in used cars that save them money while still making it possible to drive away in something they feel proud of. Of course, with any purchase, new or used, consumers want to know that they are investing in a vehicle that will serve them well, consistently transport them without problems, and remain reliable for years to come.
J.D. Power has made this task infinitely easier with its 28th Annual Vehicle Dependability Study, which examines 2014 vehicle models to determine which in each category will last the longest while causing the owners the least number of problems. As J.D. Power VP Save Sargent said in a statement, “We find buyers are increasingly avoiding models with poor reputations for dependability, so manufacturers can’t afford to let quality slip, particularly on their best sellers. The good news is that consumers don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a very dependable vehicle.”
While Fiat demonstrated the most problems per 100 vehicles at 298, the industry average hovered at 156 and a few brands like Lexus, Porsche, and Toyota came in far under the average at 110, 110, and 123 respectively.
If you are looking for the most reliable small SUV from 2014, that would be the German auto Volkswagen Tiguan. The Tiguan is a five seat car that averages between $12,700 and $24,380. It can be compared to Honda’s CRV or Toyota’s RAV4, but it has proven to provide better performance with acceleration, high interior quality, and a sporty handle. Prefer a compact premium SUV? The 2014 Mercedes GLK beat out all other vehicles in its category. This German import auto is a bit more expensive than the Volkswagen, falling somewhere between $23,221 and $38,141. It offers premium cabin materials, excellent fuel economy for its size, and even diesel fuel efficiency potential.
Since the car you choose will be your sole source of transportation for many years to come, it’s important to do your research and make sure you are getting the most value for your money.