It’s never a guarantee that a car, even a highly rated one, won’t be a Lemon. But you can reduce your chances of ending up with a California Lemon Law case on your hands by choosing your next car from this year’s list of most dependable vehicles. The list is published each year by the car rating agency J.D. Power and Associates, which measures a car model’s dependability based on the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles. According to this year’s list, the following ten cars are among the most reliable cars you can buy in 2013 (Note: since it takes 3 years for J.D. Power and Associates to measure a car’s reliability, all of the following are 2010 models).
1. Best Compact Car: 2010 Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius has an MSRP tag of $21,400–$28,070, and it stands out for being the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle. It’s the most fuel efficient gasoline car, according to the EPA, with a 51 mpg city and a 48 mpg highway rating. See full dependability ratings here.
2. Best Midsize Premium Car: 2010 Audi A6
The Audi A6 has an MSRP tag of $45,200–$59,150. This 2010 model has a direct-injected, 3.2L V-6 engine, and it boasts higher fuel efficiency and more horsepower. It got full 5-star dependability ratings on every category except powertrain dependability. See full J.D. Power and Associates ratings here.
3. Best Entry Premium Car: 2010 Lexus ES 350
The 2010 Lexus ES comes with a price tag of $35,175–$35,175, MSRP. It has a standard 3.5L V-6, 272 horsepower engine with 6-speed automatic transmission. It has excellent traction and stability control, as well as a state-of-the-art airbag system. See full ratings here.
4. Best Large Car: 2010 Buick Lucerne
The Buick Lucerne, which has a price tag of $29,230–$42,515, is not one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the market, but it’s certainly one of the most safe and comfortable ones. The 2010 model includes backlit gauges on the instrument panels and Bluetooth connectivity. See full ratings here.
5. Best Large Pickup Truck: 2010 GMC Sierra HD
The 2010 GMC Sierra HD comes with a price tag of $27,685–$44,420, MSRP and a powerful Vortec 6.0L V-8 engine. For full rating details click here.
6. Best Large SUV: 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe
When the police force uses a car, you know it has to be dependable. The Chevrolet Tahoe has a price tag of $37,280–$53,615 and includes new features like flex-fuel capability and comforts like tri-zone climate control. Safety features include power-adjustable pedals and ultrasonic rear parking assist. See rating details here.
7. Best Minivan: 2010 Toyota Sienna
The 2010 Toyota Sienna has an MSRP price of $24,540–$37,865, and it has the same reliable, front-engine, front-wheel-drive design it had a decade ago. The Sienna sits 8 passengers comfortably and has some of the best handling of any minivan of its kind. See detailed ratings here.
8. Best Compact Premium Sporty Car: 2010 Nissan Z
With an MSRP tag of $30,410–$39,610, the Nissan Z is not only one of the most affordable sports cars on the market, but it’s also one of the sturdiest and most reliable. See more rating details here.
9. Best Midsize Pickup: 2010 Ford Ranger
The 2010 Ford ranger remains largely unchanged from its predecessor. It has a sleeker design and a 7-foot bed option available. It’s a great, versatile truck that can handle tough jobs without breaking down. See more rating details here.
10. Best Midsize Sedan: 2010 Hyundai Sonata
The Korean automaker Hyundai has taken top honors in recent years for its cars’ dependability, managing to surpass Japanese and European competitors. The Hyundai Sonata leads this year’s midsize sedan list, with an MSRP tag of $18,700–$26,550. For more rating detail, click here.
As mentioned, even models with top dependability ratings sometimes turn out to have permanent and dangerous defects. If you’ve recently purchased a car that seems to have a problem that won’t go away, contact a California Lemon Law lawyer today, and find out if you’re owed due compensation from the manufacturer.