These are the 19 most reliable used cars of 2018

BuickThe 2015 Buick LaCrosse was named the most reliable ‘large car.’

  • J.D. Power released its 2018 US Vehicle Dependability Study in February.
  • The study measures car reliability by surveying respondents who have owned 2015 model-year vehicles for three years.
  • Toyota won six categories, the most of any automaker, while General Motors came in second by winning five categories.

The used car market can be difficult to navigate. Sometimes, it’s tough to tell if a seller is unloading a car because it’s time for an upgrade, or because it’s underwhelming.

J.D. Power helps shed some light on that question with its annual vehicle dependability study, which measures how much customers like their cars over time. This year’s survey, which was released in February, collected feedback from 38,896 respondents who had owned a 2015 model-year vehicle for three years and determined the most reliable cars in 19 categories. The resulting data was used to determine the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles. The lower the score, the more reliable the car is.

Toyota won six categories, the most of any automaker, while General Motors came in second by winning five categories.

These are the winners in each of the 19 categories.

Small car: 2015 Kia Rio


Small premium car: 2015 Lexus CT


Compact car: 2015 Toyota Prius


Compact premium car: 2015 Lexus ES


Midsize car: 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

General Motors

Midsize sporty car: 2015 Dodge Challenger

High Gear Media

Midsize premium car: 2015 Lexus GS


Large car: 2015 Buick LaCrosse


Small SUV: 2015 Hyundai Tucson


Small premium SUV: 2015 Audi Q3


Compact SUV: 2015 Chevrolet Equinox

General Motors

Compact premium SUV: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class


Midsize pickup: 2015 Toyota Tacoma


Midsize SUV: 2015 Chevrolet Traverse


Midsize premium SUV: 2015 Lexus RX


Minivan: 2015 Honda Odyssey


Large SUV: 2015 Ford Expedition


Large light duty pickup: 2015 Chevrolet Silverado


Large heavy duty pickup: 2015 Ford Super Duty


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