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April 3, 2014

When you're looking to buy a car, of course you want one that's going to be reliable and not have you spending tons of money to fix it.

CarMD.com has recently released their annual list of the most reliable car manufacturers. The 2013 CarMD Reliability Rankings bases its rankings on the combined number of "check engine" related issues a vehicle has over the past year, as well as who has the lowest repair costs. The 2013 report is based on repairs that were done from October 1, 2012, to September 30, 2013, and features about 119 million model year 2003-2013 vehicles.

When it comes to manufacturers, Hyundai ranked #1 on the list, having the least amount of "check engine" problems and lowest average repair costs. The top five are rounded out by (in order) Toyota, GM, Chrysler, and Honda.

As for the top 10 most reliable vehicles, the 2012 Toyota Camry was crowned #1, followed by the 2012 Nissan Altima and 2011 Toyota Corolla.

If you're considering any of these vehicles, I recommend you use TrueCar and Edmunds Price Promise to get the best deal possible.

Most Reliable Vehicle Brands

RankManufacturer% CarMD Problems SeenAvg. Repair CostYear-Over-Year Overall Rating Comparison*Year-Over-Year Comparison
1Hyundai2.44%$312.670.80 (0.67)Rating Improved from #2 in 2012
2Toyota10.34%$540.530.86 (0.58)Rating Dropped from #1 in 2012
3GM28.75%$304.990.91 (1.12)Rating Improved from #8 in 2012
4Chrysler5.19%$325.380.96 (1.23)Rating Improved from #10 in 2012
5Honda12.62%$469.930.97 (0.98)Rating Improved from #4 in 2012
6Ford24.17%$385.821.04 (1.17)Rating Improved from #9 in 2012
7Nissan8.61%$404.611.09 (1.00)Rating Dropped from #6 in 2012
8Kia2.46%$346.921.56 (1.04)Rating Dropped from #7 in 2012
9Volkswagen2.61%$438.351.79 (0.99)Rating Dropped from #5 in 2012
10Mitsubishi1.74%$472.962.84 (n/a)New to Top 10
*(2012 Index Rating in Parenthesis)

Most Reliable Vehicles

RankVehicleOverall CarMD 2013 Index Rating Score
12012 Toyota Camry0.011
22012 Nissan Altima0.013
32011 Toyota Corolla0.014
42011 Toyota Camry0.015
52011 Nissan Rogue0.015
62012 Nissan Rouge0.016
72012 Nissan Sentra0.016
82010 Hyundai Elantra0.020
92011 Nissan Sentra0.021
102012 Mazda 30.021

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