Cars That Continue To Last
Levi Quinn (SubmitYOURArticle.com)
May 14, 2011
When purchasing a new car you want to make sure you buy one that will long outlive its repair costs. With so many cars to choose from it's easy to get swept up into the looks and style of a car, rather than considering what's practical and most cost effective. Before starting your new car search you want research the most reliable cars and then pick style options from there. Below are some cars that have been noted for their extreme endurance on the road:
Subaru Wagons: The standard all-wheel drive on these cars helps get owners through tough weather conditions. Additionally, Subaru's parent company is Fuji Heavy Industries, which gives the Subaru a truck-like attitude and determination. Subaru was also the only automaker in 2009 with 100 percent of its tested vehicles earning the recommended distinction. Subaru Impreza: This car stands out above the rest, as it was given a 45 percent above-average reliability rating. It received perfect reliability scores on its engine, transmission, suspension, brakes and even audio system. Honda Accord: The Honda Accord is a top seller because it gives drivers a stable sense of reliability and the style they're looking for, all in one. With new models annually, the Accord keeps attracting new buyers. Honda puts its engineering first and that is what constantly puts them ahead in the car market.
Hyundai Santa Fe: This car received the perfect score; a five out of five quality rating and estimated five-year maintenance costs coming in around $3,000. On top of small maintenance costs, the Santa Fe has a low initial cost of ownership.
Toyota Corolla: As the bestselling car in the United States, the Corolla has truly made a name for itself. Toyota has long been producing some of the most affordable and long-lasting cars on the road. The Corolla makes the list as one the toughest cars on the road almost every year. Honda CR-V: This crossover received a perfect five out of five overall quality rating from J.D. Power. Additionally, the CR-V earned perfect scores in powertrain, body and interior, and features and accessories. If you're looking for a stylish yet reliable car, the CR-V might be the way to go. Acura RL: This premium car offers a terrific and smooth ride. A little costly, yes, but it's a dependable luxury car made by Honda. Plus if you're looking to purchase a BMW or Mercedes-Benz, it is important to note they received less in reliability ratings than the Acura.
Ford Fusion: The Fusion made high durability marks, as it's a long-lasting and "tough" car. Ford may not outsell Honda or Toyota, but it sell gets this car right. Fusion sales are expected to rise over the next several years, so purchasing this car could be an investment in the future.
Notice anything missing from the list? You probably noticed SUV's and most luxury brands weren't rated top durability picks. The high cost of maintaining these cars, i.e. insurance premiums and repair costs, usually don't make the purchase worth your while. Instead, opt for a less expensive car that boasts long-lasting reliability and outstanding safety marks.
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