When it comes to buying a preowned vehicle, reliability reigns supreme. You want a car or truck that will last your expected timeline without unforeseen repairs or breakdowns holding you back.
Fortunately, organizations like J.D. Power have consumers’ best interests in mind. Each year, the global marketing information services company releases their annual Vehicle Dependability Study, which examines the reliability of certain model year cars over a 12-month period. In this case, J.D. Power researched 2014 models, giving preowned shoppers a glimpse into issues that these now four-year-old vehicles are likely to experience.
To keep it simple, they grouped the vehicles by segment – there are 18 in total. Here’s a look at each category with the most reliable vehicle in the segment, as part of the J.D. Power 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study:
Small car: 2014 Chevrolet Sonic
Compact car: 2014 Toyota Prius
Midsize car: 2014 Toyota Camry
Large car: 2014 Toyota Avalon
Minivan: 2014 Toyota Sienna
Midsize pickup: 2014 Honda Ridgeline
Large light-duty pickup truck: 2014 Ford F-150
Large heavy-duty pickup: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD
Compact premium car: 2014 Lexus ES
Midsize premium car: 2014 Lexus GS
Midsize sporty car: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro
Small SUV: 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan
Compact SUV: 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Midsize SUV: 2014 Toyota Venza
Large SUV: 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe
Compact premium SUV: 2014 Mercedes GLK
Midsize premium SUV: 2014 Lexus RX
Compact multi-purpose vehicle: 2014 Toyota Prius V
The big winner on the list is Toyota, which took home the top spot in seven categories, while Chevy followed closely behind. Other popular marquees also scored well in the pickup truck categories, like the Ford F-150.
Remember: studies like these are a great way to narrow down your search when shopping for a used vehicle, but they only go so far. The best way to know if a model is right for you is by scheduling a test drive at a dealership, like at Key West Ford.
As the Lower Mainland’s premier dealer of new and used vehicles, we offer a wide inventory of preowned cars, trucks and SUVs in all makes. Don’t waste time shopping around – contact us today to schedule your appointment.